Le Poechenellekelder

Le PoechenellekelderLe Poechenellekelder
Le PoechenellekelderLe Poechenellekelder
Bar, Eatery

Rue du Chêne 5
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

+32 2 511 92 62 | map
poechenellekelder.be

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.13
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
96
pDev:
9.93%
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cratez from Canada

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Visited with my wife on a recent trip to Brussels and Munich.

Tried the following:
Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille (bottle)
Brasserie Lupulus Lupulus Hopera (draft)

Both beers were drinking fantastic and my wife liked her wine and Aperol Spritz. Tap and bottle menus comprised one of the stronger beer lineups that I came across in Brussels. The snack mix was tasty too. Service was efficient as we never had to wait long for drinks. Not much engagement from the waiter but that was okay with us. Loved the creepy puppets and quirky, ramshackle vibe in here. Our overall experience was fun, and we would certainly come back.

Apr 19, 2020
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Suds from Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

On a beautiful late summer afternoon, I had the chance to re-visit this wonderful beer cafe. My first visit was many years ago, on a cold winter night. Then, I sat inside...this time, a colleague and I shared an outdoor table. This place has a wonderful Belgian beer list...countless options, many of which I have never seen. They are always served in the brewery's specific glass, at the proper temperature, and poured for you with great skill and care. The prices are incredibly reasonable, and the ambiance is pure Brussels The only downside is that the food menu is limited and fairly average. Still, it is absolutely worth a visit if you are in the area.

Jul 14, 2019
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Quafftastic from Virginia

4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

A great beer bar near the Mannekin. Extremely knowledgeable staff, tell them what you like and they’ll find a Belgian beer along those lines for you. Great selection if you are looking for some harder to find beers, which keep getting harder to find with upsurge in popularity last several years. A visit is at least hour and a half for a couple beers to enjoy. Decor is wonderful to browse through. Good place after dark as inside is more interesting than outside.

Apr 18, 2018
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Redrover from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This was our first stop in Brussels. Visited the nearly adjacent Mannekin Pis statue and after the obligatory photos went for a beer and some food.

The weather was cooler so we went by the attractive terrace and went in to the bar. It has a several rooms on the main floor and a cozy overflow room on the lower floor.

It is bright and airy and decorated with a strange mix of Medieval crossbows, old marionettes, beer memorabilia, some costumes for the Mannekin Pis statue, etc.

The beer selection was impressive. Yes they have several Cantillions but they offer so much more. While we were there, they were just rolling out the selection of Christmas beers. As expected, everything is served in the correct and marked glassware.

The food was very good. We had the onion soup and a great sausage and cheese sampler platter that went great with the beer.

Service was friendly but a bit slow. However, they did have a good crowd and we were in no real hurry.

I would have no problem going back for a repeat visit!

Nov 29, 2016
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tbeq00 from California

4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Stumbled on to this place after being underwhelmed by the Mannekin Pis statue. Beware- this little cafe is adjacent to one of the most touristy spots in Brussels. But, the patio was great even if the service was slow (par for the course in Brussels).

I was shocked by the beer selection - they had a better selection of Cantillon and 3F than any other bar I visited in Brussels and Bruges, and I hit nearly every one reviewed on BA. There were several that weren't available on-site at either brewery. I enjoyed a bottle of St. Lam and LP Kriek along with a snack of sausage and gouda, which was all that was available for food. It wasn't clear if they normally have a wider menu or if we came at an off-time.

Great shaded patio, good people-watching, great beer. Recommended.

Sep 22, 2016
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Graeme24 from Ireland

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Located right across from Manneken Pis, Le Poechenellekelder is a quirky little spot very worthy of a visit for the decor alone! Beer enthusiasts will not be disappointed either as it boasts a modest bottle list (60-80) along with a few on draft.

You will be seated on entering and it is actually a little bigger than you might suspect when entering. There is a spacious enough area downstairs also when upstairs is full. I would agree with earlier reviews that it isn't a pub for the beer ticker or those seeking out rarities but the bottle list is not to be scoffed at. I found the selection well put together with the usual classics: Cantillon, dupont, trappists, etc but also some good contemporary beers from breweries such as De La Senne.

Service was very good. Our server was extremely pleasant and attentive and she made some good recommendations. Prices by and large reasonable enough(€3.50-€5.00) for the most part. Of course their are exceptions when it comes to large bottles and lambics but you do come to expect this.

Food menu is focused on small dishes /snacks which all looked quite good. For around €6.00 you can get a nice big chunk of chimay cheese with bread which I found to be good value not to mention really delicious. Overall I think it's a must visit when in Brussels and I'll certainly be back.

Mar 02, 2015
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djhowell from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Adjacent to the famous peeing boy, this is certainly a unique place. The decorations are odd, and everywhere (a weird mannequin was practically holding my hand at our table). The service was prompt, there were plenty of choices (40-50 bottles, a few drafts), they had free snack mix delivered to the table, and everything was properly served. It was a pretty lively crowd for late afternoon but nothing too crazy.

Nov 19, 2014
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byronic from Canada

4.09/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Forget Manneke Piss... you can see him when you make your way to this café. The selection here is great and you should definitely stay for a brew or two. The atmosphere is the reason to go here. Having been multiple times I believe the winter or damp cold days are the best. The place is generally quite packed and has a good combination of locals and tourist as clientele.

Jul 03, 2014
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outoffocus from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Happened upon this bar while wondering around the Grand Place. It is directly adjacent to the Mannequin Pis, so sitting outside you are basically watching throngs of tourists line up to photograph themselves. Even with that, it is still a great location. Service wasn't great, but it seemed to be just two guys taking care of the entire patio area, so the effort was there, just perhaps could have used more staffing. I'd happily go back.

Jun 05, 2014
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jdense from Oregon

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

A most interesting stop on my first Brussels beer sortee October 2013.

I didn't come to see the boy statue taking a pee, nor to look at the tourists having their picture taken in front of him. I came to visit one of the most unique beer drinking places on earth. I was fortunate to sit beside the General Montgomery mannequin, several locales waxed poetic as they walked by 'The Liberator of Brussels'. If I described the rest of the interior, you still wouldn't believe me: marionettes everywhere, a great breweriana collection. a nice cool vibe, and a great wait staff, I never had to wait for a beer on a pretty busy night and it was always delivered with a smile. A decent selection of the usual suspects in bottles. While I didn't eat, the quality and the portions looked quite good, especially the lasagna which should be enough for two hungry people. Prices are ala Grand Place, cash only. Did I really visit this place or was it some type of evil dream. I can tell you with some confidence, you will never visit another beer place on earth like Le Poechenellekelder. An absolutely essential stop, I'd suggest getting trashed at Delirium and coming over here and listening to Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles on the soundtrack.

Nov 07, 2013
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BelgianBeerPope from Belgium

4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I had two beers there on a lazy Sunday afternoon (Forestinne Mysteria & Goliath Tripel), we were lucky as somebody just left his table so we could sit outside in the sun :). It takes some patience to get the attention of the waiter but once ordered, he treats your choice as it was the last bottle on earth ! As it is right in front of 'Manneke Pis' there are heaps of tourists queueing for a glimps of the little bronze man so if you want to enjoy silence, this is probably not the place to visit, if you like watching people and enjoy a good pint, this place is perfect. Nice selection of beers, tap and bottle but there are places in Brussels with a more extensive beer menu. All in all, I always enjoy this place when I'm in Brussel, especially if you can sit outside.

Oct 04, 2012
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Just a few blocks from Brussels Grotemarkt plaza and onto a fairly prominent alleyway, an intersection that's marked by a statue of a black marble toddler peeing into a fountain and a street vendor of escargot tells me I'm close. I peer slight upward and leftward and see a faded sign that denotes the bar. On this most pleasant late April afternoon, I expect the exceedingly crowded patio to also resonate inside.

But up the narrow staircase and into the upstairs space reveals enough patrons to keep it lively but not enough to repel the group of nine of us who were thirsty and in need of an afternoon snack. A quick read of about 50 beers (eight or so on tap) lead me to the Watou Tripel from St. Bernardus brewery. As an accompaniment to the artisanal cheeses, meats, and mustard that was delivered I wished that I could spend an eternity here.

With the dusty puppets of circus-like whimsy and discipline, the framed political cartoons of undermined nazi regime, and the cases of Orval that are glued upside down to the ceiling... all fulfilling the notion of Belgian humor, historic burrs, and beer idiosyncratic mindset firmly put me in the mindset of Brussels past and present.

Reasonable prices, as are all throughout Belgium, and a full flavored beer menu that will satisfy every beer drinker to embrace their boarders, none will fill dissatisfied from the offerings delivered here. An easy order of De Rank XX Bitter, Orval Tappist, or Kasteel Donker would have satisfied just as well.

But with Belgium (as with Europe) the service will seem relaxed and appear not as attentive as American servers so a little extra patience and extra hand raising will have to suffice. But when the beers arrive, then the server does a fantastic job of decanting each persons beer with artistry and care.

Gotta love this beer cafe as it does all that Belgium does with beer culture and they don't mind if it's busy or sparse on customoership- they deliver each glass with class, friendliness, and professionalism.

May 17, 2012
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped here on part of a pub crawl in Brussels. Sitting outside on what I was told one of the nicest nights in Belgium all season. The outdoor cafe which is right next to Manekin Pis. In side it gets a bit creepy because this place used to be a puppet theater and they have puppets everywhere. Nice old wood and dim lighting makes this place feel very quaint. Just remember if you are sitting outside and have to go to the bathroom, it is inside, upstairs, through the bar, pass the creepy dummy sitting at a table, down the stairs passed the old stage with beer signs behind glass, make a right and there you go, but watch there is a window so people can watch as they come down the stairs. Anyway, I think the service was good, a bit overwhelming I am sure with a dozen Americans asking questions but he did good. A very nice selection of stuff I knew and never heard of. Lambics served in the basket and proper glassware all day.

Sep 29, 2011
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woosterbill from Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

My group of friends stopped in here for a mid-walk refresher while on our way from the Grand Place to Cantillon. Great location, fun, eclectic atmosphere (although I found some of the dolls a trifle creepy). Not crowded at all at midday.

The beer list is solid, but uninspiring. All the usual suspects are here, priced higher than I saw pretty much anywhere else around Brussels, and without anything really exciting. Our group wound up getting Saison Dupont, Chimay Blue, Tripel Karmeliet, St Bernardus Wit, and maybe one other one I can't remember. All were, of course, served in appropriate glassware (you've got to love that about Belgium!). The service was fine. No complaints.

If this bar were anywhere else, it would rule. In Brussels, though, it was bereft of truly interesting beers and distinctly overpriced. I really wish we had just walked straight to Cantillon, but that Saison Dupont was indeed tasty.

Cheers!

Sep 09, 2011
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3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

This place is practically across the street from the Mannekin Pis, so gets a lot of fraffic. I went twice while in Brussels, once in the afternoon when it was empty, and in the evening when it was fairly crowded.

I am not sure if this place is touristy, kitschy, or just weird, but I am leaning toward that last one. It is decorated with marionettes, Mannekin Pis costumes, old political cartoons, beer cases stuck to the ceiling, and a life-sized manequin sitting at a table on the way down to the bathrooms. The soundtrack when I was there was an old Wolfman Jack radio program on a 1/2 hour loop.

The beer list is pretty large, but mostly bottles. That seemed typical in Belgium. I didn't eat here, but the menu was exactly the same as in every beer cafe I visted in Brussels.

The service was decent in the day time, and comically indifferent, bordering on hostile in the evening. (Even by European standards.) Our server decided he didn't like one person in our party, and would only come to the table if one of the women in the group waved him over. He took our orders with a look of complete disdain and managed to convey pleasure in pouring our beers, while still making it clear he hated our guts. This, combined with the French couple obliviously making out at the next table, was so surreal it actually made the evening more enjoyable. I will go back to this bizarre bar the next time I am in Brussels.

Aug 11, 2011
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mdunman from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped here for a bit on my tour of Europe after seeing that little boy across the way taking a wee. I tried one of the samplers to get the deepest breadth of what Belgium had to offer before we left the country. On the whole I enjoyed the feel of the place, nice old style location where you could hang out all night long. The service was pretty good (given it was a Tuesday afternoon). It seemed to me to be a bit pricey, but we were ordering Belgian beer after all, so it was worth it. Next time I'm in Brussels I would like to go back, but honestly I would try somewhere new next time.

Jan 05, 2011
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kaitrin from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Located on Rue Mannekinpis, directly across from the Mannekin Pis Statue.

The decor is what makes this place, funky and tons of stuff to look at, but ultimately cozy and inviting.

The selection was pretty solid. All the beer worth while is served in the bottle. I would have liked to have seen more Flander Bruins, but they're selection of Gueuze was nice and they did have some good rare beers. However, the price of the rare beers was equivalent to what you find in the US. (i.e. Dues Brut Flanders was 30 euro)

My rating on the service has a caveat...I would have rated the service as poor, but once I finally got the waiter talking he opened up and directed me to some other great places in the area. This might have been because my french was poor, however, previous to the information session, the service was slow, he forgot our order twice in a row, and really wasn't well versed on his product.

Overall, I would give this place an A- and would return in a second, on a cold winter night it was the perfect place to drink delicious bier.

Nov 28, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Decent reviews and quite a few on BA so I figured this place was worth checking out, IT IS NOT...Located kitty corner of the Pissing Boy so its in a nice locale and easy to find. At 5 in the afternoon this was already super busy and we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. Once we were seated we were presented with a bottle menu of about 40 beers and about 8 drafts, all winter beers. The selection was a lot of Belgian lower tier beers, but there were some of the higher end stuff. The beer selection isn't a problem, its more of the atmosphere. The walls are covered by some costumes of the pissing buy and tons of puppets, very strange. Its loud, and way too busy, and full of all tourists. The music was all American with hits by Mariah Carey and tons of Christmas music.This is a total tourist trap that because of a good location picks up traffic.

Avoid this place, just cheesy.

Nov 27, 2010
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BucBasil from South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Location is great - right next to the ridiculous Mannekin is. Interesting decor seems to focus on costumes and puppets and a small section dedicated to Mannekin Pis. Strange. Another room is cluttered with random beer related stuff, including a whole crate of Orval stuck upside down on the the ceiling. Quiet somewhat older crowd, mixed between beer and coffee drinker. The beer list is great, separated into about 20 browns, 15 ambers, most of the trappists, and what seems to be 40 or so blondes. There's a section dedicated to lambics and sours as well.

This was a good place to take a little stop while waiting for the rain to pass, and it was right where I was so not an out of the way place at all. Pretty reasonably priced, and the tap offerings were good as well.

Nov 05, 2010
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SevaTse from New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Decent enough place. Huge bottle selection, and three drafts, which were all quality (had them all). They bring you a chex mix type snack with your beers. A nice spot to sit outside right across from the Maniken Pils. Good people watching/ relaxing atmosphere. Even cooler inside, but I wasn't gonna sit there on a nice day like that. Just like other places in the vicinity, it's close to major tourist attractions, and thus won't require a special trip.

They do not accept credit cards, so plan accordingly.

May 31, 2010
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dirtylou from District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

cool spot - location is adjacent to the Mannekin Pis - that pissing little statue gets a ridiculous amount of visitors. Poechenellekelder provides a wonderful oppurtunity to drink lambic on the sidewalk and watch the idiot tourists (note: i guess i am one of them)

on our first visit we sat outide and had a Cantillon Kriek and Geuze. on our second visit we sat inside for some 3 Fontein and Boon lambics. service was OK, but nothing special on both occassions. i guess when you speak different languages, that can happen.

the interior and exterior both provide strange vibes revolving around this silly pissing statue - the inside is kind of a shrine to the boy.

beerlist was strong, good amount of cantillon to choose from and lots of other belgians. there is a waffle stand outside of this place that is pretty divine too.

May 30, 2010
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ViveLaChouffe from Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited 10/2008

Poechenellekelder is a two-tiered cafe located within spitting distance of the most overrated tourist attraction in the world.

Still giddy from the Cantillon tour, we ordered up a 750 ml bottle of Rose de Gambrinus to split. Poechenellekelder is a classic Belgian brown bar but full of Mannekin Pis replicas dressed in little outfits created for the real one over the years. Marionettes hung from the ceiling and walls and the requisite beer signs were plastered over a glassed in square. Service was good but expect to be left alone. We snacked on the little crisps they made available and leisurely enjoyed our lambic. Prices were average for Brussels.

Beer list was good, both bottled and draft and lots of lambic, well north of 100 beers offered. Definitely worth a visit and not too far fromthe Cantillon brewery.

May 27, 2010
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gfreed from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A great place for a number of reasons, some of which actually relate to beer. There are puppets hanging everywhere; some are monks, some are clowns; I saw death hanging just over my own table. And it's dark, so don't expect to be able to read your phrasebook or your map. This evening, the music selections were interesting: lounge-jazz renditions of 1970s hits like "Smoke on the Water" and "Stairway to Heaven." Well.

If you get a table in the front, you can watch the hordes of people taking pictures and posing in front of the Manneken Pis which, for whatever reason, became the symbol of Brussels many years ago. I am a former adolescent boy, yet even I fail to see the attraction. If there wasn't a fence around it I'm sure people would be lining up to drink from the stream. Prove yourself a real grown-up: skip it and head here instead.

The food offerings are limited: cheese, soup and a few pasta dishes. I had the spaghetti Bolognese, which was packed into a small, attractive dish and buried under a blizzard of parmesan cheese. My daughter would have loved it. The sauce was light, the pasta was well-cooked and the cheese was... well, cheesy.

Excellent beer list, both tap and bottles. I had a Forest Blonde (bottle) and a Slagh lager (tap); the waitress didn't know who made it. The former was a pale ale that tasted nearly like a German lager; the latter was rather eh-- somewhat like a fair Pilsner but a lot fruitier.

The service is spare-- you'll be left alone once you order, so if you want another round you'll have to make yourself known. The Sunday night I was there it was quite busy; even so I managed to stay for a hour with nobody pushing me out the door. This is clearly a local favorite, based on the number of children and dogs in the restaurant. Very homey. Everybody smokes and the ashtrays are full. At first I thought the smoke might ruin the beer for me but I soon found that it only added to the atmosphere. Absolutely put this on your beer tour.

Nov 15, 2009
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Travlr from District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Just off the Grand Place. Puppet theme with a strange collection of costumes and props. Good beer selection, not huge but very well chosen with occasional rare finds. Very decent food, lots of good cheeses, staff have good recommendations for what cheese goes with what beer. Mostly young and inexperienced waitstaff, but very friendly, especially by Brussels standards. Don't bend down to pick up the two euro coin on the stairs - it's nailed down! Great for watching tourists go berserk over that puny ridiculous statue.

Nov 08, 2009
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

After a lovely morning touring and drinking Cantillon, Elaina and I went to see the Japanese tourists taking photos of the Manneken Piss and buying overpriced chocolates. The Poechenellekelder's large patio gave us the perfect vantage point for this and better yet it came with large bottles of La Moneuse.

The Poechenellekelder's atmosphere was impressive. In addition to the large patio and humorous view, the tavern boasts a comfortable though lively bar area and a cavernous cellar complete with its namesake puppet theater. I also enjoyed a giggle or two at the painting on the wall featuring a Waffle with a large red X through it and the motley decorations found inside the establishment. Service was exceptional to the point where I felt compelled to photograph our waiter. We had a nice chat with the friendly fellow who was good enough to keep our glass full with one of our most favorite beers. The tap list was good and the bottle list extensive. Highly recommended.

Sep 16, 2009
Le Poechenellekelder in Brussels, Belgium
Place rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 96 ratings