Cafe 't Pothuiske

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Type: Bar, Eatery

Het Bat 1
Maastricht, 6211 EX

+31 433 21 60 02 | map

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Added by Andreji on 07-15-2006

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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Right on the banks of the Maas and facing the oldest bridge in town lies this cafe, very much more like a beer bar and a restaurant than the former.

The atmosphere is fantastic. just getting here requires crossing the main squares and university areas in town and it is about 5 min. walking from the city walls and the church of our dear lady. the other bank can be perfectly seen as it lies flat in front with only a street separating it from the river itself, where only bycicles go by and shoppers stroll about with bags from the classiest stores, this being one of the poshest areas in town. the inside instead is very narrow and bistro-like with nice deco style. the beers on tap are exhibited above the bar with mini wooden kegs bearing the name of each beer, making it a lovely accessory.

the quality and service were very good. we were served with kindness and we made some fun of some mistakes in the menu they took rather lightheartedly (kip met groeten instead of kip met groenten, we were hoping to get some greetings with our chicken).

The selection is good for this town. about 12 taps plus 3 or 4 bieren van de maand (beers of the month), including Duchesse de bourgogne and the likes. bottles from belgium and netherlands including la chouffe, de leckere among other big names.

definetly, though, the food was to die for. my friends ordered a beautiful chicken salad while i went for a french specialty- pot au feu- which was not only fantastic but huge and went along with any beer. dessert? a maastricht classic vlaamse vlaai.

This place is definetly capable of standing up to any beer bar anywhere. what a great place to have a beer. hup holland once again!

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

After not having had it for years this was the place where I finally found Mestreechs Aajt again. There are several cafes in Maastricht that have had it on tap, but most have stopped carrying it. This is the place to get it.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.14/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Café 't Pothuiske was close to our hotel and had about 50-100 different beers to choose from. I ended up with a Boon Oude Geueze for a little sour finish to the day. My wife won that round by getting the paper wrapped Flanders red Liefman's Guodenband. This is a pleasant place and had a great selection of local and Belgian beers. This is certainly a place to return to, and we ended up here at the end of a couple long days!

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Photo of spoony
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

A-The Cafe 't Pothuiske is a cozy pub-feeling bar located on the heart of Maastricht's main (tourist) drag. The place is inviting and particularly clean for a pub. It manages to feel friendly to tourist idiots like me, but retain some of that authentic Euro beer-pub flavor. We visited on a Monday afternoon and found a few locals enjoying a cup of tea and some food.

Q-The beer selection is pretty solid, with quality locals of many shapes and sizes, as well as many of the better-known Belgians from just across the border. I did not have a chance to dig deep into the beer menu, but bottle and tap selection were above-average.

Ser-My wife and I wandered in on our first day in Europe, so we had a bit of jet-lag haze, which, when combined with the pouring rain, meant we were slightly dopey. The bar tender, however, was in good spirits and gave us some gentle ribbing for the aforementioned dopey-ness. He also knew how to pour beer and the timing of the service was prompt but not rushed. Glassware was, of course, suited to the beer.

Sel-The selection consists of a decent spread of bottles and taps from Dutch breweries I had never heard of and more well-known Belgians, along with a few macros comprises a list of maybe 25-30 beers. Not the biggest, but well-curated and filled with a few choices that you won't see at other establishments.

F-We just had sandwich and soup (croque monsieur and cream of asparagus), and both were tasty and functional, if nothing else.

V-The prices (beer and food) were in the middle of the road for the tourist-centric part of Maastricht.

O-This is a great place to drink beer on a rainy Monday afternoon. I would love to come back when it is more lively.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I finally got into here on 04OCT12. Had tried last year, but it was a Monday and the Pot was closed. Ended up stopping back here on 05 and 06OCT as well...

Very easy place to find; walk over the pedestrian bridge to the old town, hook a left down some stairs at the end of the bridge, and it's right there. They have an outdoor patio with a number of seats under an awning, but inside was where I parked, at the bar.

I entered through the right door, and the place spread-out long before me from near to far. There was a stairway to the near right heading to the WCs, then the bar was center right, for about 20' onwards. To the left and to the rear beyond the bar were many small tables, chairs, etc. Place had a lot of dark wood panelling half-way up the walls, plus dark wood for the bar and barback. Many photos, paintings, bottles and bier-related items adorned the walls and shelves. Above the barback were a number of small pseudo-kegs with tags indicating what was on tap. Below were shelves and shelves with every type glass available. There were a couple of tap-towers at the bar, with about 15-20 biers available, plus dozens more in bottles. I had a number of top-shelf Tripels there. I also ate, with some Goulash soup and a tasty meat-loaf type sandwich hitting the spot. The bartenders were A-1, remembering my preferences, suggesting new items, and always calling me "sir" (little do they know....). Overall, Pothuiske was a warm, comfortable, welcoming spot in the heart of the splendid city of Maastricht. Prosit!

4.58/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$


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Photo of ggaughan
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My wife and I visited Cafe 't Pothuiske yesterday on a day trip to Maastricht. What a great location just off the main river running through the city and in prime people watching location if you sit outside. Since the weather was fantastic with not a cloud in the sky, we took a table outside but I also took a look inside and it seems to have alot of character and a beer barrel above the bar representing each beer on tap. They have a nice selection of Belgian beers including some lambics, trappist beers and regional as well. There is also a decent selection of some Dutch beers and then some German beers to boot. They have a beer of the month on tap which this day was Schneider Weiss which I had.

The food was also very good and reasonably priced. I had a tuna salad broodje which was great because it did not have mayo but rather olive oil. Yum.

If you are in Maastricht for any reason, seek out this cafe as you will not be disapointed by the beer or food or atmosphere.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is one of the best bars in Holland and is part of the 'Alliantie Van Bier Tapperijen', which means 'the alliance of draught beer cafes', more or less.

It has 12 beers on tap and 55 bottles to choose from, a mix of Dutch and Belgian brews. Gulpen is the house brew, I started with their Dort, very good!

Located on the banks of the river Mass, with just an outside drinking area, a road and bike rack away from falling in.

Lots of beery adverts and posters on the walls, 12 mini barrels sit above the long bar, each with the tap beers name on and the correct glass under, so you can choose by beer or the look of its glass. We knew the beers, so the glasses were of secondary interest.

The food selection is also impressive. We had the 'Abbey Platter' to eat which was very good, ham, pate and cheeses from various abbeys with bread and salad bits.

All in all, a very good pub.

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Cafe 't Pothuiske in Maastricht, Netherlands
Place rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 7 ratings