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“small, but overcrowded beer den” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Biercafe Gollem

Biercafe Gollem
Raamsteeg 4, 1012 VZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Ranked #38 of 2,239 restaurants in Amsterdam
Cuisines: Dutch, Bar, Pub
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Groningen, The Netherlands
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“small, but overcrowded beer den”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

I have been here 3 or 4 times, but was surprised when it was closed down for some town. Later I read in the local and national newspapers why that was. It re-opened late 2013.
When I first got there with 2 friends, small and cosy pub with beer specialities. O.K. they were over-priced, about 20% more expensive than other pubs close by selling the same special beers on a better location with a view on the squares, canals and streets, putting that aside it has its charm as a small pub.
The surrealistic afternoon I spent there with an American friend was us entering Gollem and everyone, literally everyone, in Gollem was drinking Pauwel Kwaks using the wooden stands the laboratory glasses are put in. that was so awkward, and funny. The pub has a nice atmosphere, but can be way too crowded, and if you want to use the lavatory then it is a) difficult and b) unpleasant for the people sitting close to the lavatory door, they constantly have to stand up and move their chairs. Unfortunately it is charging way too much,

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Banbury
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Beer paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Superb choice of draught and bottled beers, very friendly and knowledgeable barman, and cosy atmosphere - highly recommended for any beer drinker

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sherwood, Arkansas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Tourist Trap”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

The good: Large selection of beer, central location, patient staff
The not so good: Loveless chain store, manned by a single bar tender who was clearly overtaxed serving a bar so full that people were standing everywhere, leading to long wait times. Exclusively frequented by tourists. Some beers were out and this would sometimes be marked on the menu board and sometimes the bar tender would have to tell customers, sometimes repeating this many times to different people who wanted the same beer.
Advice: Amsterdam is a city full of great bars. Explore.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, New Zealand
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great beer bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Fantastic beer hole in the wall. Huge range of beer. I went for the stout and it was super tasty. It is a veery small place so go early when there is still room.

Visited December 2013
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Gisborne, New Zealand
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36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, great beer!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Huge selection of beer, and staff that really seem to know about it; small bar that exudes character and would be a great place to spend many an evening. Must get packed easily. will be going back.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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