Super authentic and local bar. Excellent choice of low priced beers. Owner has a lot of knowledge about beers and city history.
Nice atmosphere. Can take a bit longer to get beer when the bar is full.
Excellent selection of Belgian ales. Oud Arsenaal is only place I have found so far that has a good selection of lambic family ales (lambics are from Brussels, this is Antwerp, and the paucity of lambic ales here would make one think they're in two different countries). The owner Stefan (whose grandfather started the business in 1929, served till 1952; his father ran the business from 1952 to 1992 when Stefan took over) is well traveled and knowledgeable, not just about Belgian ales. Tell him what you like and go with his recommendations. The clientele is 80% local and 20% visitors - I had a nice chat at the bar with a couple of local regulars. If you're looking for a casual, comfortable, friendly, and reasonably priced place in the center of Antwerp, to sample Belgian ales, this is the place to go. I went back for a third evening, my last in Antwerp, and had a couple more gueuzes recommended by Stefan. This a great place to go to just meet and chat with local people. I will definitely go back here next time I am in town.
Authentic Belgian beer cafė. A mix of people just enjoying the best beers. No nonsense.
Great beer in this brown bar