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Le Poechenellekelder

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72 Ratings
Ratings: 72
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 114
Cask: N
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Rue du Chêne 5
Brussels, 1000
Belgium
phone: +32 2 511 92 62

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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 56
Photo of Graeme24
4.14/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Located right across from Manneken Pis, Le Poechenellekelder is a quirky little spot very worthy of a visit for the decor alone! Beer enthusiasts will not be disappointed either as it boasts a modest bottle list (60-80) along with a few on draft.

You will be seated on entering and it is actually a little bigger than you might suspect when entering. There is a spacious enough area downstairs also when upstairs is full. I would agree with earlier reviews that it isn't a pub for the beer ticker or those seeking out rarities but the bottle list is not to be scoffed at. I found the selection well put together with the usual classics: Cantillon, dupont, trappists, etc but also some good contemporary beers from breweries such as De La Senne.

Service was very good. Our server was extremely pleasant and attentive and she made some good recommendations. Prices by and large reasonable enough(€3.50-€5.00) for the most part. Of course their are exceptions when it comes to large bottles and lambics but you do come to expect this.

Food menu is focused on small dishes /snacks which all looked quite good. For around €6.00 you can get a nice big chunk of chimay cheese with bread which I found to be good value not to mention really delicious. Overall I think it's a must visit when in Brussels and I'll certainly be back.

Photo of djhowell
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Adjacent to the famous peeing boy, this is certainly a unique place. The decorations are odd, and everywhere (a weird mannequin was practically holding my hand at our table). The service was prompt, there were plenty of choices (40-50 bottles, a few drafts), they had free snack mix delivered to the table, and everything was properly served. It was a pretty lively crowd for late afternoon but nothing too crazy.

Photo of byronic
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Forget Manneke Piss... you can see him when you make your way to this café. The selection here is great and you should definitely stay for a brew or two. The atmosphere is the reason to go here. Having been multiple times I believe the winter or damp cold days are the best. The place is generally quite packed and has a good combination of locals and tourist as clientele.

Photo of outoffocus
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Happened upon this bar while wondering around the Grand Place. It is directly adjacent to the Mannequin Pis, so sitting outside you are basically watching throngs of tourists line up to photograph themselves. Even with that, it is still a great location. Service wasn't great, but it seemed to be just two guys taking care of the entire patio area, so the effort was there, just perhaps could have used more staffing. I'd happily go back.

Photo of jdense
4.14/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

A most interesting stop on my first Brussels beer sortee October 2013.

I didn't come to see the boy statue taking a pee, nor to look at the tourists having their picture taken in front of him. I came to visit one of the most unique beer drinking places on earth. I was fortunate to sit beside the General Montgomery mannequin, several locales waxed poetic as they walked by 'The Liberator of Brussels'. If I described the rest of the interior, you still wouldn't believe me: marionettes everywhere, a great breweriana collection. a nice cool vibe, and a great wait staff, I never had to wait for a beer on a pretty busy night and it was always delivered with a smile. A decent selection of the usual suspects in bottles. While I didn't eat, the quality and the portions looked quite good, especially the lasagna which should be enough for two hungry people. Prices are ala Grand Place, cash only. Did I really visit this place or was it some type of evil dream. I can tell you with some confidence, you will never visit another beer place on earth like Le Poechenellekelder. An absolutely essential stop, I'd suggest getting trashed at Delirium and coming over here and listening to Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles on the soundtrack.

Photo of BelgianBeerPope
4.51/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I had two beers there on a lazy Sunday afternoon (Forestinne Mysteria & Goliath Tripel), we were lucky as somebody just left his table so we could sit outside in the sun :). It takes some patience to get the attention of the waiter but once ordered, he treats your choice as it was the last bottle on earth ! As it is right in front of 'Manneke Pis' there are heaps of tourists queueing for a glimps of the little bronze man so if you want to enjoy silence, this is probably not the place to visit, if you like watching people and enjoy a good pint, this place is perfect. Nice selection of beers, tap and bottle but there are places in Brussels with a more extensive beer menu. All in all, I always enjoy this place when I'm in Brussel, especially if you can sit outside.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Just a few blocks from Brussels Grotemarkt plaza and onto a fairly prominent alleyway, an intersection that's marked by a statue of a black marble toddler peeing into a fountain and a street vendor of escargot tells me I'm close. I peer slight upward and leftward and see a faded sign that denotes the bar. On this most pleasant late April afternoon, I expect the exceedingly crowded patio to also resonate inside.

But up the narrow staircase and into the upstairs space reveals enough patrons to keep it lively but not enough to repel the group of nine of us who were thirsty and in need of an afternoon snack. A quick read of about 50 beers (eight or so on tap) lead me to the Watou Tripel from St. Bernardus brewery. As an accompaniment to the artisanal cheeses, meats, and mustard that was delivered I wished that I could spend an eternity here.

With the dusty puppets of circus-like whimsy and discipline, the framed political cartoons of undermined nazi regime, and the cases of Orval that are glued upside down to the ceiling... all fulfilling the notion of Belgian humor, historic burrs, and beer idiosyncratic mindset firmly put me in the mindset of Brussels past and present.

Reasonable prices, as are all throughout Belgium, and a full flavored beer menu that will satisfy every beer drinker to embrace their boarders, none will fill dissatisfied from the offerings delivered here. An easy order of De Rank XX Bitter, Orval Tappist, or Kasteel Donker would have satisfied just as well.

But with Belgium (as with Europe) the service will seem relaxed and appear not as attentive as American servers so a little extra patience and extra hand raising will have to suffice. But when the beers arrive, then the server does a fantastic job of decanting each persons beer with artistry and care.

Gotta love this beer cafe as it does all that Belgium does with beer culture and they don't mind if it's busy or sparse on customoership- they deliver each glass with class, friendliness, and professionalism.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.06/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped here on part of a pub crawl in Brussels. Sitting outside on what I was told one of the nicest nights in Belgium all season. The outdoor cafe which is right next to Manekin Pis. In side it gets a bit creepy because this place used to be a puppet theater and they have puppets everywhere. Nice old wood and dim lighting makes this place feel very quaint. Just remember if you are sitting outside and have to go to the bathroom, it is inside, upstairs, through the bar, pass the creepy dummy sitting at a table, down the stairs passed the old stage with beer signs behind glass, make a right and there you go, but watch there is a window so people can watch as they come down the stairs. Anyway, I think the service was good, a bit overwhelming I am sure with a dozen Americans asking questions but he did good. A very nice selection of stuff I knew and never heard of. Lambics served in the basket and proper glassware all day.

Photo of woosterbill
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

My group of friends stopped in here for a mid-walk refresher while on our way from the Grand Place to Cantillon. Great location, fun, eclectic atmosphere (although I found some of the dolls a trifle creepy). Not crowded at all at midday.

The beer list is solid, but uninspiring. All the usual suspects are here, priced higher than I saw pretty much anywhere else around Brussels, and without anything really exciting. Our group wound up getting Saison Dupont, Chimay Blue, Tripel Karmeliet, St Bernardus Wit, and maybe one other one I can't remember. All were, of course, served in appropriate glassware (you've got to love that about Belgium!). The service was fine. No complaints.

If this bar were anywhere else, it would rule. In Brussels, though, it was bereft of truly interesting beers and distinctly overpriced. I really wish we had just walked straight to Cantillon, but that Saison Dupont was indeed tasty.

Cheers!

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3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

This place is practically across the street from the Mannekin Pis, so gets a lot of fraffic. I went twice while in Brussels, once in the afternoon when it was empty, and in the evening when it was fairly crowded.

I am not sure if this place is touristy, kitschy, or just weird, but I am leaning toward that last one. It is decorated with marionettes, Mannekin Pis costumes, old political cartoons, beer cases stuck to the ceiling, and a life-sized manequin sitting at a table on the way down to the bathrooms. The soundtrack when I was there was an old Wolfman Jack radio program on a 1/2 hour loop.

The beer list is pretty large, but mostly bottles. That seemed typical in Belgium. I didn't eat here, but the menu was exactly the same as in every beer cafe I visted in Brussels.

The service was decent in the day time, and comically indifferent, bordering on hostile in the evening. (Even by European standards.) Our server decided he didn't like one person in our party, and would only come to the table if one of the women in the group waved him over. He took our orders with a look of complete disdain and managed to convey pleasure in pouring our beers, while still making it clear he hated our guts. This, combined with the French couple obliviously making out at the next table, was so surreal it actually made the evening more enjoyable. I will go back to this bizarre bar the next time I am in Brussels.

Photo of mdunman
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped here for a bit on my tour of Europe after seeing that little boy across the way taking a wee. I tried one of the samplers to get the deepest breadth of what Belgium had to offer before we left the country. On the whole I enjoyed the feel of the place, nice old style location where you could hang out all night long. The service was pretty good (given it was a Tuesday afternoon). It seemed to me to be a bit pricey, but we were ordering Belgian beer after all, so it was worth it. Next time I'm in Brussels I would like to go back, but honestly I would try somewhere new next time.

Photo of kaitrin
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Located on Rue Mannekinpis, directly across from the Mannekin Pis Statue.

The decor is what makes this place, funky and tons of stuff to look at, but ultimately cozy and inviting.

The selection was pretty solid. All the beer worth while is served in the bottle. I would have liked to have seen more Flander Bruins, but they're selection of Gueuze was nice and they did have some good rare beers. However, the price of the rare beers was equivalent to what you find in the US. (i.e. Dues Brut Flanders was 30 euro)

My rating on the service has a caveat...I would have rated the service as poor, but once I finally got the waiter talking he opened up and directed me to some other great places in the area. This might have been because my french was poor, however, previous to the information session, the service was slow, he forgot our order twice in a row, and really wasn't well versed on his product.

Overall, I would give this place an A- and would return in a second, on a cold winter night it was the perfect place to drink delicious bier.

Photo of jrallen34
2.98/5  rDev -27.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Decent reviews and quite a few on BA so I figured this place was worth checking out, IT IS NOT...Located kitty corner of the Pissing Boy so its in a nice locale and easy to find. At 5 in the afternoon this was already super busy and we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. Once we were seated we were presented with a bottle menu of about 40 beers and about 8 drafts, all winter beers. The selection was a lot of Belgian lower tier beers, but there were some of the higher end stuff. The beer selection isn't a problem, its more of the atmosphere. The walls are covered by some costumes of the pissing buy and tons of puppets, very strange. Its loud, and way too busy, and full of all tourists. The music was all American with hits by Mariah Carey and tons of Christmas music.This is a total tourist trap that because of a good location picks up traffic.

Avoid this place, just cheesy.

Photo of BucBasil
4.1/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Location is great - right next to the ridiculous Mannekin is. Interesting decor seems to focus on costumes and puppets and a small section dedicated to Mannekin Pis. Strange. Another room is cluttered with random beer related stuff, including a whole crate of Orval stuck upside down on the the ceiling. Quiet somewhat older crowd, mixed between beer and coffee drinker. The beer list is great, separated into about 20 browns, 15 ambers, most of the trappists, and what seems to be 40 or so blondes. There's a section dedicated to lambics and sours as well.

This was a good place to take a little stop while waiting for the rain to pass, and it was right where I was so not an out of the way place at all. Pretty reasonably priced, and the tap offerings were good as well.

Photo of SevaTse
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Decent enough place. Huge bottle selection, and three drafts, which were all quality (had them all). They bring you a chex mix type snack with your beers. A nice spot to sit outside right across from the Maniken Pils. Good people watching/ relaxing atmosphere. Even cooler inside, but I wasn't gonna sit there on a nice day like that. Just like other places in the vicinity, it's close to major tourist attractions, and thus won't require a special trip.

They do not accept credit cards, so plan accordingly.

Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

cool spot - location is adjacent to the Mannekin Pis - that pissing little statue gets a ridiculous amount of visitors. Poechenellekelder provides a wonderful oppurtunity to drink lambic on the sidewalk and watch the idiot tourists (note: i guess i am one of them)

on our first visit we sat outide and had a Cantillon Kriek and Geuze. on our second visit we sat inside for some 3 Fontein and Boon lambics. service was OK, but nothing special on both occassions. i guess when you speak different languages, that can happen.

the interior and exterior both provide strange vibes revolving around this silly pissing statue - the inside is kind of a shrine to the boy.

beerlist was strong, good amount of cantillon to choose from and lots of other belgians. there is a waffle stand outside of this place that is pretty divine too.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited 10/2008

Poechenellekelder is a two-tiered cafe located within spitting distance of the most overrated tourist attraction in the world.

Still giddy from the Cantillon tour, we ordered up a 750 ml bottle of Rose de Gambrinus to split. Poechenellekelder is a classic Belgian brown bar but full of Mannekin Pis replicas dressed in little outfits created for the real one over the years. Marionettes hung from the ceiling and walls and the requisite beer signs were plastered over a glassed in square. Service was good but expect to be left alone. We snacked on the little crisps they made available and leisurely enjoyed our lambic. Prices were average for Brussels.

Beer list was good, both bottled and draft and lots of lambic, well north of 100 beers offered. Definitely worth a visit and not too far fromthe Cantillon brewery.

Photo of gfreed
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A great place for a number of reasons, some of which actually relate to beer. There are puppets hanging everywhere; some are monks, some are clowns; I saw death hanging just over my own table. And it's dark, so don't expect to be able to read your phrasebook or your map. This evening, the music selections were interesting: lounge-jazz renditions of 1970s hits like "Smoke on the Water" and "Stairway to Heaven." Well.

If you get a table in the front, you can watch the hordes of people taking pictures and posing in front of the Manneken Pis which, for whatever reason, became the symbol of Brussels many years ago. I am a former adolescent boy, yet even I fail to see the attraction. If there wasn't a fence around it I'm sure people would be lining up to drink from the stream. Prove yourself a real grown-up: skip it and head here instead.

The food offerings are limited: cheese, soup and a few pasta dishes. I had the spaghetti Bolognese, which was packed into a small, attractive dish and buried under a blizzard of parmesan cheese. My daughter would have loved it. The sauce was light, the pasta was well-cooked and the cheese was... well, cheesy.

Excellent beer list, both tap and bottles. I had a Forest Blonde (bottle) and a Slagh lager (tap); the waitress didn't know who made it. The former was a pale ale that tasted nearly like a German lager; the latter was rather eh-- somewhat like a fair Pilsner but a lot fruitier.

The service is spare-- you'll be left alone once you order, so if you want another round you'll have to make yourself known. The Sunday night I was there it was quite busy; even so I managed to stay for a hour with nobody pushing me out the door. This is clearly a local favorite, based on the number of children and dogs in the restaurant. Very homey. Everybody smokes and the ashtrays are full. At first I thought the smoke might ruin the beer for me but I soon found that it only added to the atmosphere. Absolutely put this on your beer tour.

Photo of Travlr
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Just off the Grand Place. Puppet theme with a strange collection of costumes and props. Good beer selection, not huge but very well chosen with occasional rare finds. Very decent food, lots of good cheeses, staff have good recommendations for what cheese goes with what beer. Mostly young and inexperienced waitstaff, but very friendly, especially by Brussels standards. Don't bend down to pick up the two euro coin on the stairs - it's nailed down! Great for watching tourists go berserk over that puny ridiculous statue.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

After a lovely morning touring and drinking Cantillon, Elaina and I went to see the Japanese tourists taking photos of the Manneken Piss and buying overpriced chocolates. The Poechenellekelder's large patio gave us the perfect vantage point for this and better yet it came with large bottles of La Moneuse.

The Poechenellekelder's atmosphere was impressive. In addition to the large patio and humorous view, the tavern boasts a comfortable though lively bar area and a cavernous cellar complete with its namesake puppet theater. I also enjoyed a giggle or two at the painting on the wall featuring a Waffle with a large red X through it and the motley decorations found inside the establishment. Service was exceptional to the point where I felt compelled to photograph our waiter. We had a nice chat with the friendly fellow who was good enough to keep our glass full with one of our most favorite beers. The tap list was good and the bottle list extensive. Highly recommended.

Photo of steeltown71
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Across the street from the most famous statue in Brussels, Poechenellekelder is my favorite bar in the city. This is much more low key than the Delirium, and is a great place for a relatively cheap bite to eat as well as a superb bottle list.

I visited around 2:00pm and had some lunch (spaghetti jambon-fromage) and a Cantillon Kriek. The menu had an impressive list of Lambic, Gueuze, and trappist/trappist-style ales as well as sours, etc. Also had some vintage bottles such as Cuvee van de Kaiser from the last couple years and Cantillon Lamvinus. I didn't see Westy on the menu although they have a few crates of empties on display so not positive if they have a regular stock or not. My Kriek was served in a Cantillon glass at the perfect temperature.

I liked all the seating areas - patio outside near the Manneken Pils, the upstairs tables, and a downstairs which might be for parties. For the volume of tourist traffic coming through this area, I was stunned at the completely reasonable prices and lack of overcrowding (at least when I visited). Staff was very cordial and more than happy to make recommendations.

I wholeheartedly recommend a visit and enjoyed my time here more than the celebrated Delirium Cafe.

Photo of adamette
5/5  rDev +22%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place, just feet from the Mannekin Pis, is not to be missed. Classic Brussels beer bar and a Beer Advocate must see. Here is the breakdown of my visit on 6 28 09:

Atmoshphere: Could not be improved. Mannekin Pis costumes of the past, Belgian beer signage, oversized bottles of beer from around the world (with an emphasis on Belgians), great tables with a place marker near most seats with prior benefactors listed, great little metal winding staircase to say nothing of the incredible outdoor seating for about 80 again just opposite the Mannekin Pis. Not only it is a BA must see but it is not easy to miss, so close to a tourist stop like the Mannekin Pis.

Quality: Cannot be improved where I can see with about 400 beer bottles served in appropriate glassware in the highest class way.

Service: Excellent introduction to beer provided by our mutilingual waiter who was patient and right on in his assessment of their available beers. Much of what he had to say was already understood by me but it was very nice of his to provide the overview and I thought to myself if I had not known anything about beer this would be the ideal introduction. Bravo!

Selection: As stated, 400 bottles and (possibly..I did not check) a few taps with a concentration on Belgians. Need I say more?

Food: Did not attempt. I am not even sure that they offer food. I was so entranced by the beer there.

Value: Just fine. My wife and I each had a beer and it was something like $10 USD.

Notes: Special thanks to BA (again) for being able to know about this place and look for it. You came through again!

Photo of EatsTacos
4.59/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This is in my opinion the best pub in Brussels for many reasons. The atmosphere of the interior is great; cozy, warm, interesting, not overly touristy. The patio is also fantastic. The servers mostly speak good english and are more than happy to give advice on beers and make recommendations. More often than not they're happy to see customers come there to get quality beers and are happy when you don't order a leffe blonde.

This is above all a beer bar and there is a good beer menu. You could spend quite some time delving into the menu and discovering some not-so-common Belgian beers. They also have rotating taps.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

So, you are looking at the little guy peeing with all the tourists gawking...turn around and look to your left and that is where you want to be.

Poechenellekelder, the puppet cave, is about as good as it gets when it comes to Belgian beers. You can sit outside on a nice day and watch the tourists or go inside and enjoy the atmosphere. Inside you'll see lots of things dedicated to beer, Mannekin Pis and puppets. Its a pretty awesome mix to be honest.

The beer selection is outstanding. You name it and they've got it including daily specials. We had a bunch of different things but what stood out was the fresh and aged Orval presented in different glasses for comparison's sake. It was just perfect.

We also had some Chimay cheese that was served with the traditional brown bread and really hit the spot. Does it get any better than great cheese, bread and beer. The monks have it right on.

Definitely not a place you want to pass up in Brussels. In fact, if you only have time to go to one, screw Delirium and check this place out!

Photo of tph767
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Just returned to my hotel from Poechenellekelder. I reviewed this place a couple of years ago. Apparently BA doesn't let you do a separate review, but autofills your review from the last time. I used to visit this place about twice a month, because I have a pretty cool job. Since then my job changed and I haven't been to Belguim at all. Well I am back with my wife. I finally get to show off my favorite place.
Everything is exactly the same. The tacky decorations, the location, the music, the beer list. In fact the menus were so torn up the probably were original from the last time. Oh, and the wait staff is the same!!!
You can expect slow service, not so friendly wait staff (Introverted type B, same as all the other beer places in Brussels/Brugge), and a good beer menu.
What you may not expect is it seems to be always full, and nobody else speaks English. This is our second night and there were some British guys sitting close, talking beer (I'm thinking this is good). Whomever that was that reviewed this a "tourist trap"....it may be decorated that way but has been full of locals the past couple of nights.
All I can say is this, go in wist patience, leave with a happy buzz. Enjoy the cheese plate, and have a donner kebob on the way back to your hotel. Do not imitate Mannekin Piss, I saw lots of Police cruising around tonight!!!

Okay, back to my Westvleteren 8. Gotta go to the comic book museum tomorrow!

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Le Poechenellekelder in Brussels, Belgium
91 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.