This one has been an "Estaminet" without interruption, since 1696, leading a relentless humanitarian fight against world thirst. While you aimlessly hang around the Grand-Place, leave the crowds behind and march to # 66, rue Marché-aux-Herbes. Enter without any fear an adorable cul-de-sac alley (impasse Sainte-Pétronille), lined with trees and bushes. Climb the steps, push the door, and choose your room. The first one is for non smokers, the middle one used to host the old puppet theater, as you can judge by the bleachers and the stage. The third room with the service bar is also accessed from rue des Bouchers. The brick and plaster walls are decorated with Toone's memorabilia, and tables and chairs won't be replaced for an other 100 years. With the price of your refreshment comes the right to use a fast internet connection for 1/2 hour. There's an old "Spoelbak" game table if you take the kids along. Speaking of kids, the staff is made of nice students, please leave them a tip. The fun beer to drink here is the Kwak, which comes in a sand-glass shaped glass, held up straight in a wooden frame. You always remember the next morning if you drank more than one. They also carry the wonderful De Coninck. For a snack, order a boterham with plattekees or Maredsous cheese. Do check the preview for Toone's theater, located upstairs, in the "Going out" section of this guide.
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