In De Wildeman

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97
world-class

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:
97
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
52
Avg:
4.45
pDev:
4.72%
 
 
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Photo of DoubleJ
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

What makes Amsterdam so...dam appealing? First day in the city and everybody that I've run into speaks English (even the homeless folks!). It probably helps that the city is such a tourist hotspot. With the museums closing, it's time to go drinking.

Tables on the street outside, though I found my spot just inside the bar. There are two rooms, with a bar splitting the two apart. Lots of beer memorabilia around, especially at the front window, where you will see beer glasses the size of fish bowls!

In de Wildeman has well earned its repuation as a beer destination is Amsterdam. 18 different beers on-tap of different nationalities (Flying Dog, Texels, Mahrs, Ayinger, Del Ducato, De Leckere) and an additional 250 bottles (De Ranke, Schelde, Boon, Vis Beer, Bink, Mardesous, Fullers, Anchors, Budels, Jopen). Not only are the beers kept in good shape, but they're served with appropriate glassware and not too cold. I had two drafts from here, and both put me in a good mood.

It's just not beers that's here, but scotch too. If you're fond of both beverages, In de Wildeman should be near the top of your bar crawl. Heck, just the beer warrants a visit.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This should be in the top 3 of your "to do" list in Amsterdam, well after getting stoned and the threesome anyways (don't do it before!!!). I always thought that the Bier Proeflakaal In de Wildeman, to give it its correct name, just meant Wild Man. However, I should have realized from the picture of the barely attired man with the 4 ft Club - that it actually translates as "Savage". Had the best range of beers in Amsterdam at one time, but newer establishments pop up all the time to challenge "The Grandfather", so this may have changed. Yet for me, it somehow still remains the best of the establishments in my humble opinion.
Around 18 Beers on draft, and a Beer List of around 200, of which, around 20% are from the homeland. The Worldly Draft beers vary from the ubiquotous Irish Guinness, domestic Oranjeboom, Teutonic Bitburger, Belgium De Koninck (excellent), French Belzebuth (holy shit! this is 15%), as well as a couple of UK offerings not usually found like Youngs RamRod and the Strongbow Cider. Oh, did I mention the Liberty Ale - how could I forget that?? ;-)
A Dutch Institution, that reminded of an original old Victorian Chemist Shop I once visited in London; dark interior, no music, lots of wood, creaky floors, wobbly tables, candles, wooden barrels a fantastic looking bar, hidden alcoves (find them) and if you listen carefully - just conversation, in at least 5 languages on my last visit. Food is Snacks Only - Who Cares?!. Do not be offended by the staff, they do know their beer - but rarely seem to want to chat or smile for some strange unknown reason. I know if I worked here - I would have a grin as big as the Golden Gate Bridge!!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I stopped here with some associates while in town on business (another good find from beerfly). It was a little hard to find at first, as I can't tell alleys from streets on the maps. But it was worth the search, and actually quite easy to find again I'm sure.

The atmosphere is phenomenal, all wood decor, relatively quiet (maybe 9:00pm on a Thursday), reminded me just a little of Kulminator from Antwerp. Of course the beer selection isn't anything like Kulminator (terrible comparison), but it's really really good nonetheless. There were maybe 20 taps, with about 10 sporting Dutch beers I won't see again too soon. The others held some Belgian and German names. The bottle list is extensive, maybe 100+ to choose from. They're conveniently listed by country, with most from the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, and Germany. All selections were good quality beers, I didn't see anything bad per se. The prices seemed reasonable, I might have expected a little cheaper from some of the local beers such as those from Brouwerij 't IJ, but what the hell it was a nice spot.

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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 dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

another stop that i missed on my first trip to amsterdam - locater literally across the street from my hotel and i could see it from the window

unfortunately closed on Sunday, which is odd, as Amsterdam doesnt typically align itself with the schedule of the church, but im sure they have their reasons.

stopped in on a Monday afternoon - maybe 40 taps including some strange american and other european offerings. I had a few De Molen taps, which were great.

This spot has a nice wooden interior and outdoor seating along a relatively busy alleyway.

They were hosting a cheese/beer pairing the day we stopped in which was awesome. They wheeled in a cart with about 10 different amazing cheeses, each paired with a specific tap beer. You order the beer, you get the cheese free. very cool

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Photo of Bierman9
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I recently made it here for a late night session of tasty biers after a day full of sightseeing in Amsterdam. The Wildeman is on a small pedestrian side street off of the main pedestrian shopping area, not far from either Dam Square or the train station. (Note: exit De Wildeman and go right 100 feet to find a small shop with A-1 Frittes!!). It was a dark, woody place, with big-ass ceiling beams supporting everything. I entered the main bar-room, on the left as you approach. It was a long room from front to back, with a bar on the right, some small tables and chairs on the left upon entry, and a few larger tables in the rear up 4 or 5 stairs. You can also take a sharp right upon entry and drink in a rare nonsmoking room! Out front were some benches for fair-weather quaffing under the stars. This Cafe has a very weathered yet warm and welcoming feeling. The front of the bar room was old glass windows with small wooden frames, which looked great! Old bier posters and paraphernalia decorate throughout. They had 18 biers on tap, mostly Belgian and Dutch stuff, but also some Bamberg bier and UK and Czech offerings. Their bottle menu was astounding! One hell of a lineup, with the noted absence of WestV 12 (though I was told the 'tender DID have some stashed away in the cellar...). They take the time to serve the biers in the proper glassware, and with a correct pour as well. I witnessed for the first time a nearby patron being poured 9/10th's of his bier in the glass and the yeasties decanted into a shot glass for the patrons pleasure. Service is basically self-serve; order at the bar and bring the goods back to your table. Despite that, the 'tender was extremely accomodating to questions and chit-chat. A great place! I had hoped to return on my last night, but time did not allow....alas....
Prosit!!

overall: 4.64
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: n/a | $$

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This has been a favorite of mine for years, it has been at the top of Amsterdams beer tree ever since I first went, when I was a baby.

It is very much a no nonsence beer bar, clean, tidy and busy at all times, with locals as well as us tourists. I even managed to get one of the seats outside once, but it was early! The staff seem pleased to serve you and will help choose a beer if you wish.

The beer selection on tap is ever changing and always in tip top condition. It is a classic beer bar and must be visited if you are in Amsterdam.

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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 francisweizen
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What an excellent bar! Located in the red light district is the "Wild Man" or "Savage" Cafe. The atmosphere is awesome. 17th century wood, old tables, creaky floors, nice bathrooms (watch your head!), and more! The quality of the 2 beers I had was awesome! A draught Andechs Doppel, and a bottle of T'ij Zatte (a local brew from a local Holland brewery!). The service was excellent, as the bartender was quick and spoke great English (as most places in Amsterdam do!). The selection was excellent, with many Belgian classics, and Dutch micros in the bottle. The tap list was almost 20 strong, and was a good mix of German, UK, US, Holland, and Belgian micros...as well as the Holland big three. What a great beer bar, and only a few blocks from "Coffee shop Abraxus" the other can't miss "CAFE" in Amsterdam!

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Photo of metter98
4.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Vibe: The bar is short walk down a alley off the busy pedestrianized Nieuwendijk, but once you step in you feel like you've quickly exited the tourist district. It is very cozy inside with lots of decoration of old beer-related items in a display case and on the walls. It seemed that the place was popular with the locals and several people brought their dog. I visited around 7 pm on a Monday and was surprised to find some empty tables

Quality: Beers were served at the proper temperatures in a variety of glassware such as goblets and snifters.

Service: There were only two people manning the bar and also waiting on the tables so service wasn't very prompt, but this seems the norm in Europe. The bartenders did talk with some of the people ordering and paying at the bar.

Selection: The bar had about a dozen beers on tap, some of which seemed to be uncommon beers and limited releases. I was shocked to find a gose and a pumpkin beer on-tap.

They had light appetizers but I didn't try the food.

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Photo of shivtim
4.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by during at 10-hour layover at the Amsterdam airport.
Pretty easy to find, if you get lost just ask someone. It's located on a nice little brick alley with some outdoor seating. Very pleasant to sit outside and people watch. The inside is dark and woody and cool.

The selection is pretty good. 18 on tap, and quite a few bottles. Lots of local-ish stuff. Could use a little more variety on the tap list, but it's still great. Bartender was very friendly and helpful. Beer was served in proper glasswear.

Great stop if you're in A-dam. Very easy walk from Amsterdam Centraal.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited back in June 2012:

Stopped in while on a recent visit to Amsterdam, among other places...and what can I say that hasn't already been said about the place. This place is an absolute must for any beer enthusiast. We walked into the place maybe around 6 or 7pm, don’t recall the day at this point, after stopping at the Burger Bar right down the street (which frankly a must stop as well) and the place was packed, both inside and out, but we were lucky enough to grab a table. The place is kind of small, but has a great atmosphere...a little light music and so many languages being spoken that I lost count. Very causal and relaxing. This is a place that you could easily hang out in all day.

As others have stated, there was a list of maybe 11 beers on tap and I didn't really recognize any of them, which was great, all different breweries and styles. I think that we tried maybe 4 or 5 on that visit. And the list of bottled beer was unbelievable...I think that my wife and I must have read over the thing for at least a half an hour, just in awe of the sheer volume. The service was decent, but the place was crowded, so I can't really fault the guy, but he was friendly and accommodating. Overall, it was a very unique experience.

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Photo of david18
4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was recently in Amsterdam and this place was one of two that I had heard that I have to visit. It was fairly easy to find, basically in the center of town, about five or six blocks from Central Station, two or three blocks from Dam Square, although it's so unassuming you could easily miss it.

To walk inside (at least at the time that I did) you'd have no idea it was as unique a beer place as it is. Most of the clientele were older locals, many drinking heinekens, amstels, leffe, etc. The place is small and very unadorned. The bar itself was about a foot lower than a typical bar with no seats.

The beer list, however was amazing. I didn't recognize anything on the draft list. Many were from Northern Europe and included Belgian as well as American styles. I had two beers, an American IPA and a Russian Imperial Stout. Both were amazing. The bottle list was also impressive with beers from every country imaginable.

A must visit for any beer enthusiast and a great place to bring anyone.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of AlexM
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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 jgasparine
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place was a beacon of metaphoric light in the smoky town of Amsterdam. Every beer in this place was amazing. Even though I had heard of nearly everything on draft, I was amazed to find how incredible Maredsous 8 tastes when it is fresh!!

As stated, the selection is incredible. The establishment itself if also incredible. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 on the atmosphere is that the bar was eerily quiet despite being full. I am used to the murmur of lighthearted conversation when in a pub, but here nobody seemed to talk above a near-whisper, and I found it a little awkward to try and keep the volume of my conversation down.

The servers were incredibly knowledgeable, and the service was prompt. This is definitely a place I want to revisit again and again!

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Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of koopa
4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Hayley_86
4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of millelacsmark
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ggaughan
4.36/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This was the first real beer bar in Amsterdam that I visisted with my wife on a recent trip. There is a very welcoming quality to this cafe. Although it can be smokey I bet, the windows were open and the air quality was pretty good. Tons of old breweriana around the bar that I spent a good deal of my time looking at. I had 2 beers while visiting (De Drie Ringen Cordeaux from Holland and a Hanssens Mead the Gueuze). Both were very good. There was a nice selection of Dutch beers and Belgian as well. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Amsterdam as it was the best bar we visisted there.

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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 FrankLloydMike
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

After spending three months studying abroad in Berlin, and visiting Prague, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Italy, I was glad to finally find what I had been looking for in a bar. In de Wildeman is what I had imagined to be a typical, old world bar with a dark interior, no music, busy and aged. It is incredibly cozy and replete with a sort of timelessness that heretofore I had not found in a bar. I've got to admit that since coming to Europe (and this is the opposite of what I'd imagined), the beer bars of America far outpace their European counterparts--which seem to be fewer and farther between, and less cozy and comfortable. In de Wildeman is the exception. It reminded me of the Publick House in Boston, but without food or music, much smaller, on a narrow alley, and a feeling that it was incredibly old. The beer selection was quite good, and I mostly stuck to the Trappists, which were served nicely at room temperature and in the proper glassware. My friend and I stood at the low, wooden bar near the door in the crowded entrance--all the seating being occupied--and admired the old taps and ancient, dusty bottles above the bar. I can't speak highly enough of this bar, and having moved on now to Basel, which is a beautiful though beer-negligent city, I miss the hominess, intimacy and selection of In de Wildeman, and it makes me even more eager to return to the beer bars back home in Boston, though I think it is romanticism more than nostalgia that makes me so keen on In de Wildeman--a longing for some unattainable old world bar from the past that probably never existed, but this is the closest I've come.

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