De Ware Jacob


Vlasmarkt 19
Antwerpen, 2000

+32 491-259307 | map

Notes: New hours:
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 2:00pm - 3:00am
Sat: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm - 3:00am
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I have very happy memories of this Bar. It was one of the very first Bars that I frequented on a cold night during our 1996 Easter Trip. Our 2001 Trip based in Antwerp, & subsequent day trips thereafter over the years invariably included a visit here for a beer, or ten.

From the outside, it is probably barely 20 ft wide. The frontage is made of dark stained wood, with a window either side of a split double door. Neon signs for Stella Artois, Hooegarden & De Koninck in the dark front, so often turn ‘beer-oriented’ visitors away. But to miss this Bar would be to miss a bit of what real Belgium Bars are all about.

As you open the door, this takes you into a small one person sized lobby which has a second door to your right, that in turn eventually leads you into the Bar itself. The small lobby prevents the howling winds & rain (frequent in Antwerp) blowing directly into the bar & helps to retain the warmth during colder climes. De Ware Jacob is a very small cozy candlelit bar, which due to its small size, is often full on a night. Once inside the small one room bar, it has a few dark wooden tables that each seat about 4 people, to both sides of a central open walkway that leads straight to the Bar set against the back wall. This has a few high stools. On the left, as you enter, there is also a black-leaded cast iron wood burning stove which is responsible for the heating during the colder months. The left hand side Tables near this Stove prove popular when it is cold. So much so that when people that frequent them leave, it is not uncommon to see members of other Tables on the right, rush across to take them!

The Beer list is around 30, including Duvel, Orval, & the warming Blonde/Dark versions of the excellent Kasteel beers – the latter two were very welcomed during my last visit. But you don’t come here just for the beer range; you come here to soak up the atmosphere of a small Belgium Bar, so often full of locals who are often more than willing to chat. Every time I have been here, the welcome from the staff has been genuine & the fascination in our interest of Belgium Beer intriguing to the locals, but the hospitality always second to none.

Sitting in here with a Gordon’s Scotch Ale (allegedly brewed in Scotland for the Belgium market, but not marketed in the UK ironically) – looking out on a cold dark night, listening to the wind & rain lash the windows, will most likely ensure that once in here, you will probably leave when politely asked to.

Oct 13, 2003
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WareJacob from Belgium

4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This pub was taken over by a new enthusiastic owner in July 2013.
The interior was left unchanged, and a great beerlist is now offered of about 65 beers.
Background music of rock, blues, folk, jazz.
The pub exists since the seventies, the interior is from the early 20th century, and the house is from 1575.
An authentic Antwerp "brown" pub!

Jun 09, 2014
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ministoat from England

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

My girlfriend took the piss out of me for being unwell, and left her scarf here... karma!

A lively place, though hearing the local radio station got a little tiring as we drank a local Orval each. We'd heard that Orval has a different flavour in Belgium, and thought that we should put thi to test - it's true! It tasted very different to any bottled Orval we've had in the UK, a much fuller flavour and a genuinely nicer drink.

The staff were friendly and attentive, although it wasn't quite the quiet drink that we'd hoped for.

May 29, 2009
De Ware Jacob in Antwerpen, Belgium
Place rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 3 ratings