In De Wildeman

BA SCORE
97
world-class

52 Reviews
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:
97
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
83
Avg:
4.45
pDev:
4.72%
 
 
Taps:
18
Bottles/Cans:
250
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 83
Reviews by taez555:
Photo of taez555
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

For some reason I had a really tough time finding the Wildeman. The street name Kollegstraat was blocked by a sign so I kept going up and down the streets in circles. The kicker was, when I found it, it was closed. Good to note that it’s not open Sunday’s. But if you’re heading from the central train station it’s really very close, just go straight down the main road (damrak I believe) a few blocks to where the canal on your left ends and take a right on the small Side street/Alley. You’ll go past café 420, another little street, a Belgian french fry place and then it should be on your left.

The interior was very small. There’s a small bar on the left side as you enter. A few tables with locals smoking cigars on the right. A smaller seating area up a set of stairs towards the back with some old barrels against the wall. The whole place maybe seats 30 or 40. Very rustic Old World feel with a small bit of brewerania. I have to agree the Long Beach bum’s review; it sort of has this old drugstore sort of look to it.

The beer selection was easily one of the best in Amsterdam. In a city where Heineken and Oranjaboom dominate, this place is like walking into Belgium. A small assortment of tap beers was posted on the wall. A nice mix of common local and Euro standards as well as some more obscure Belgians and Dutch beers. The key to the Wildeman though is the bottle list. Had to be between 100-200 beers. A small world mix, a good assortment of quality Dutch beers, but for the most part Belgian beers. They were out of all the Westy’s when I was there, but beyond that a great selection of common and rather obscure beers. All served in the correct glass at the correct temperature.

They have a small list of food. Mostly some different cheeses and meats. We ordered some chips and salsa and an assortment of cheese that came with some really hardy pumpernickel bread. It wasn’t to bad, but let’s just say it’s a good thing the Belgian fry place is right next door.

The woman, who was tending bar/the wait staff, was rather helpful. Not the most friendly, but she knew her beer, even suggesting a few to try telling me “this would probably be better after the trappist”

When we were there it was mainly just locals smoking cigars and chatting. We actually met a very nice couple from the UK while there. We chit chatted about quality beer, he actually mentioned he was a member of CAMRA. Quality beer drinkers of the world unite.

Basically, if you’re going to Amsterdam to drink beer, café in de wildeman is a must visit. Although, to be quite honest, when I was there it sort of felt like an Amsterdam buzz kill. This town is about weird sex, drugs, and Van Gogh. If I wanted Belgium I could just hop on the train for a short ride over the border. But, that being said, an amazing beer bar.

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Photo of Redrover
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +7.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Flying-ABV
3.65/5  rDev -18%
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 -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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

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

Photo of herrburgess
4.45/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of ptrck_nl
4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of biersommeliertexel
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of pat61
4.86/5  rDev +9.2%
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 -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of MoFro
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev -10.1%

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 +6.7%

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