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“More rare Belgian beers...”
Review of Het Oud Arsenaal

Het Oud Arsenaal
Ranked #142 of 1,459 Restaurants in Antwerp
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
74 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“More rare Belgian beers...”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

It took me a while to find this place, mainly because I marked it's location incorrectly on my map!

But once there I was in heaven. It wasn't very busy when I went in at about 4pm on a Wednesday. It was mainly locals who were propping up the bar so I sat at a table in the window and browsed the beer menu. Like other bars I'd already been to in Antwerp I hadn't heard of most of the beers.

I went to the bar and ordered a bottle of Jessenhofke Bruin and the lady told me to sit back down and she would bring it over, which she did and poured into a Jessenhofke brewery glass.

This is a good place to people watch and to while away the time, so I ordered another beer - this time a Hopus. Again this was poured into a Hopus glass at my table and then, something I have never seen before but had read about, the lady shook the bottle around a bit and then poured the remaining yeasty dregs into a small Hopus shot glass. Oh, and both glasses were placed onto a Hopus beer mat!

It's times like this that you want to sell your house back home in the UK and emigrate to Belgium. I'm a big lover of real ale, craft beers and "proper" pubs back in the UK, but nothing compares to this!

  • Visited October 2013
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los angeles
Level 6 Contributor
184 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Great beer, great atmosphere”
Reviewed 29 October 2013

The day to go is a Sunday when the market is on. Get there around noon, find yourself a corner table and lose yourself in the fabulous beers on offer. Just make sure you are not planning anything else that day is my recommendation. A real taste of old Antwerp and why I keep coming back. I suppose if you are a real beer aficionado then the Kulminator is where you will head first but try the Oud Arsenaal for a much more relaxed and enjoyable experience.

Visited October 2013
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Birmingham, England
Level 6 Contributor
907 reviews
571 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 353 helpful votes
“Well worth a few bollekes!”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

Lovely old bar with great beer selection, well worth a visit if you can get in it can and does get very very busy.

  • Visited October 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“nice beer tasting place”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

Fabulous selection of Belgian beers. Can be busy. Near nice areas of Antwerp, especially the market and Latin Quarter (Arme Duvelstraat). Shuts at 19:00 on Saturdays.

Visited October 2013
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Larnaca
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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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“Great choice of beers”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Great atmosphere in one of Antwerp's best and most relaxed of bars in the heart of the city.
Excellent choice of beers on tap also. Very popular with locals of all ages who are always keen to talk about beer..........what else?!!!

  • Visited September 2013
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