Le Poechenellekelder

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Le PoechenellekelderLe Poechenellekelder
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

56 Reviews
Reviews: 56
Visits: 78
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: 114
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Rue du Chêne 5
Brussels, 1000
Belgium
phone: +32 2 511 92 62

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Reviews: 56 | Visits: 78
Reviews by BeerBelcher:
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4.56/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

My first day in Belgium, jet-lagged, I went to the Cantillon brewery, the Mannekin Pis, and then stopped at this place for a respite. This place is adjacent to the Mannekin Pis, and is a great place to observe people at the statue and enjoy a great beer list (150+ beers) under a slightly creepy but cool marionette motif. This was the best beer bar I visited in Brussels (also saw Beer Circus, Delirium Café, and Beer Mania).

Ambience is a bit strange...lots of puppets and other kitsch hanging from the ceiling...reminded me of what a 150-year old TGI Friday's would look like if depicted in the movie EuroTrip, but somehow cooler than that.

Selection was terrific. Our server was also quite good. He spoke excellent English, and had a good knowledge of what was in inventory and was able to give recommendations based on what members of our party said they liked in a beer. Everyone was happy with what he brought.

I thought prices were quite reasonable.

If you are in Brussels, and you like beer, it would be a tragedy to miss stopping at the Poech. Subsequent visits to other beer places recommended in Tim Webb's excellent book Good Beer Guide: Belgium didn't make me think anything less of the Poech - great selection, great service, a non-tourist feel despite being next adjacent to a major tourist attraction. (1,323 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Zerric14
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Photo of Sixpoint
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Taillon75
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of RickyS
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of rodzm14
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Graeme24
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,332 characters)

Photo of ninkasibrew
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of djhowell
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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. (416 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Brushkanna
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cmrillo
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of RedDon
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of kirbsicles
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of byronic
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of outoffocus
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (438 characters)

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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Le Poechenellekelder in Brussels, Belgium
91 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.