In De Wildeman

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98
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83 Ratings
In De WildemanIn De Wildeman
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

Kolksteeg 3
Amsterdam, 1012 PT
Netherlands

+31 206 38 23 48 | map
indewildeman.nl

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PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
52
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
6.26%
 
 
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Reviews by Andreji:
Photo of Andreji
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

On my rather typical dutch experience (that is going all over the city by bike), it was rather easy to find the cafe In de Wildeman. It is located right off some of amsterdam's most important pedestrian- and commercial- streets, like the Damrak and the Nieuwendijk.

I pause here and note for future visitors, that the cafe appears listed on the unexisting Kollegstraat. In reality, it is in the Kolksteeg, as would appear listed in your eyewitness or lonely planet guides.

Yes, the kolksteeg is actually a street that comes right off from the busy nieuwendijk, and I had to make my way by foot, for the police had already once stopped me aan het fietsen in the area.

as you go further west through the Kolksteeg the area becomes less crowded and somehow you stumble accross the cafe. the atmosphere is good because it is a nice resting place after the "stressful" amsterdam walking or biking, but it sort of undermines its priviledged location and makes very little of it. Some tables outside rather chucked against the wall as so not to obstruct the passing pietons.

The inside was a bit of a downturn to the place. yes, it is beer-decorated but it was notably abandoned. sometimes it is good to have the feeling time stopped before the second world war- which is much of what the place just feels like- but then it's also good to think the cleaning lady came by once in a while. glass displays with greasy, dirty windows. uncomfortable chairs with cushions that need a bit of a fixing....oh well, still at the back there were some wooden barrels just to enhance the feeling and, all-in-all, it's so quiet it's just better to sit outside.

The service is pretty good. it's not crowded so they get right onto what you're looking for. much like any dutch they can handle english as well, but they had a keen interest on my capacity to blabber out some nederlands so I had a brief but pleasant chat with the bartender. He was also kind (to other customers' demand) to give out tastings so that visitors could define their drink of choice.

That is, because it's hard. the menu has a good 200 beers listed according to categories (trappist-belgian abbey- dutch- other places et caetera). It's pleasant to go through so many choices for a connoiseur. they had some 10 taps but i didn't scan through those- i had enough to go through on the menu. My choice at the end was a de Prael Mary- only one because at 3pm before lunch and skipping breakfast, there's only so much high abv brews you can take.

Overall a good place although there is lots of room for improvisation.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Redrover
4.29/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Our first visit here was on a Wednesday night, it was mellow and laid back. We tried to go again on Friday and it was standing room only and was much livelier.

There are two rooms to this establishment. We sat at the elevated part of the main bar. It was a great place to sit as you can easily see the chalkboard menu and spend some time people watching. There is a ton of wood, some great old beer stuff and older windows and floors, it is lived in in the best way.

Service was professional and became friendlier as the night went on. There were two bartenders and they had to hustle to keep up with the crowd. Never saw them frazzled or in ill temper.

Beer selection is large and mostly from Belgium and the Netherlands with a few other options (German & US) thrown in. 18 drafts and a massive bottle list will make sure you find something you will like.

I thought this place attracted the most serious of the beer aficionados compared to the other beer spots in town. They had a mix of tourists and locals.

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Photo of skullsplitter
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

In De Wildman is a small place that you can visit when you're in Amsterdam with friends. The beer selection is good, ranging from dutch beers to US beers passing through abig belgian availability.

There's not great chance of finding rare beers here but you'll be able to chose between the ones who shaped everything we know about craft beer today.

The food is not fantastic but that's not what the place is really about. In De Wildeman has become one of my to-go bars in Amsterdam, the vibe and the selection makes the choice easier than ever.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Love this place. Tucked away along one of the many small streets not far from the train station and the Damrak, In De Wildeman is a real gem. They often have Cantillon on tap and the bottle list is pretty incredible too. The building seems very old but that only adds to the allure. The staff is always great, willing to make recommendations and shoot the shit when they're not packed. Sitting outside on a busy night is an experience in its own. Some prime people watching.

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Photo of barleywin
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Flying-ABV
3.65/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 1

15 beers or so on tap; hundreds bottled on menu arranged by style/country. Nice & small setting serviced by *very* knowledgeable staff. I didn't see a food menu. WiFi available. Great place!!

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Photo of Noelito76
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of bostonbeans
4.65/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of phingdong
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of herrburgess
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of ptrck_nl
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of biersommeliertexel
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of pat61
4.86/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

this place has been around for a long time - I probably first went here over 20 years ago and have returned several times since. It can hold a pretty decent crowd. They have 18 taps and over 250 bottled selections with a great assortment of local, euro and imports. The crowd is mixed, tending towards young, with a blend of locals and tourists. Beautiful place to drink.

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Photo of simoen
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of MoFro
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev -10.5%

Very hard to find in a small narrow alley but when you find it you can have some great beers there.

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Photo of AlexM
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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In De Wildeman in Amsterdam, Netherlands
4.47 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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