In De Wildeman

In De WildemanIn De Wildeman
BA SCORE
4.46/5
84 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
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
84
pDev:
6.5%
 
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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of mltobin
3.6/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Flying-ABV
3.65/5  rDev -18.2%
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 drseamus
3.89/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This place was recommended by Andy at The Cracked Kettle because they have a pretty good selection of Belgian beers. Unfortunately, I found it to be the same as many other places in Amsterdam; heavily biased against and rude to American tourists. I ordered a La Trappe Quadruple by asking for a “La Trappe Quad” and he scolded me for shortening Quadruple. He was told my friend who wasn’t ordering a beer because he was driving that he couldn’t sit there if he wasn’t drinking. We ended up ignoring him and left after just one beer.

The selection is pretty good for trappist, Belgian, and dutch beers. They have around 200 bottles and 18 taps. Their gueuze and lambic selection was probably the best in the city that I found. All in all, they were good for the bigger beers in the area but didn’t have any of the rarer beers or anything vintage.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev -10.3%

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 BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of citrusjim
4/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Dropped in for a quick one while on vacation. It is a nice place all in all. It's loctated in alleyish road off of main shopping area (many bars & coffee shops). What I liked about this place was how old it was and that is seemed to be filled with locals - not drunken tourists. Like many spots in town, it's kind of a hole it the wall and a bit dirty. It had a decent selection including Westveletern cake. We grabbed a couple of beers and sat outside. We could have sat there all night. A real nice vibe. There are not too many good beer spots in Amsterdam.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.06/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Found this place randomly wandering around Amsterdam. It's ona crowded side street bordering one of the main roads going toward the center (nieuwezijd voorburgwal) and right across from a coffeeeshop. Laid back atmosphere, lacking the "party" feeling of most other bars here in Amsterdam, which was nice. Decor is beer casks and beer lists, all wood with some old dim lights. A lot of good beers on the list here, along with a huge list of NL crafts which was nice to see. Menu separates Flemish and Wallonian beers, as well as Trappists, and a seciton of Abbey-style beers. The last page was British, German, Irish and Czech beers with a couple of American crafts even on there.

Highly recommended for someone looking for good beer in a place so often dominated by Heineken and Amstel.

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Photo of simoen
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Fluffheady
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Kind of a dive, but I like it. They obviously have a nice relationship with a lot of American brewers. Flying Dog Brewery made a beer for them and it is sold in the States. I had the beer long before knowing this bar existed. The bar doesn’t have stools; rather, it is waist level. There are lots of round tables scattered around. It’s easy to forget what time it is. There is wifi (great for travelers!) Absolutely worth a visit.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.14/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited on the 28th October 2004. This place is a reasonably large (by Amsterdam standards) two room beer café. The room to you right as you enter is a non smoking room. This is regretably, very much a rarity in this city. In de Wildemann has an excellent beer menu as befits a famous beerbar, and lives up to most reviews I have read. Nice solid tables, and well decorated walls with authentic enamelled signs relating to breweriana. A must visit when in Amsterdam, and within staggering distance of Café Belgique.

Beware, this establishment does not open on Sundays!

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Photo of Hayley_86
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of crenegar
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

In A'dam 11/6 - 11/8 visited here mid afternoon, nice time of day not too crowded. 18 beers on draft - some of the more mentionables were, Texels Bock, De Prael Johnny, Floreffe Prima Melior, Rodenbach and Brugse Zot Blond. Oh yeah - Left Hand Milk Stout too - cool.

Met a women who lives a couple hours away by train but stops in every few weeks when many of the beers change. She reads BA but doesn't post here (c'mon girl! :-).

This place is less the party scene and more the serious beer bar - a great place to visit in A'dam.

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Photo of ptrck_nl
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of koopa
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The establishment is done up in a typical brown bar fashion. Space is fairly small but they don't over crowd it with tables so you always have elbow room. Service gets the job done but didn't impress by any means. Selection was fairly solid .... about 15-20 taps and a 100+ beer list. Mostly Dutch, Belgian, and German brews. Food offerings mainly consist of meat and cheese platters. Reasonably priced and recommended!

I go to Amsterdam yearly and always make Cafe In de Wildeman a "must do" on my list. The atmosphere is what its all about for me. I absolutely love the center table "up top" where you have an impressive commanding view of the store.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
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 phingdong
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of baggio
4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited this place during a weekendtrip to Amsterdam.

This place looks really _old_ and i don't think it has changed much the last 100 years. Very cool and really adds to the atmosphere.

About 20 beers on draught and they even had Flying dog gonzo imperial porter on draught while we were there. Amazing. Very good bottleselection too.

Very mixed crowd in this place but from what i could reckon there were some tourists and then alot of older gentlemen sipping away on some good beer while chatting about daily life.

We were kind of rushed so we didn't stay here for more than a beer but i'll most likely visit this place again whenever i happen to be in Amsterdam.

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

Photo of Andreji
4.28/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of cypressbob
4.28/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I'd heard so much about this place from fellow BA's and other beerfly reviews, it seemed like a must when in amsterdam

Fairly easy to find, head off dam square onto the damrak, then a few streets along and down one you will find this wonderful beer bar

I visited it a couple of times, the first during the day. It was quite empty but had a great warm atmosphere. The barman was very friendly and also commented on how much he liked my first beer selection, aecht schlenkerla marzen rauchbier, which was fantastic. While i was there i also had a de ranke xx bitter, also fantastic.

The second visit was later that night around 7, very busy but not over crowded. The same pleasant service, this time i tried bourgogne de flandres and la trappe quad, both a little disappointing but still, great to try new beers

All in all, a fantastic beer bar, amazing selection, lots of good local dutch beers, all the trappists, some german, few english and a ton of other great belgians

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Photo of Redrover
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Beer-Ed
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of JamFuel
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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In De Wildeman in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Place rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 84 ratings
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