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Beer Available At Den Turk (arranged by most recent)
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77ships (103) Antwerpen, Belgium | November 24, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Easy enough to find. Den Turk is apparently the oldest bar in Gent & it certainly looks the part Lots of dark wood here, atmospheric & overcrowded for me personally. It reminded me a bit of ‘t Brugs Beertje in Brugge but it is nowhere near as cute as that place. Service was average & the beer list was pretty standard as well, we found a new beer for us here but it was way too expensive for what it was. There is nothing really here that you won’t find elsewhere. It is an average bar with an okay look, it is a bit too claustrophobic for me and I found little to get really exited about here. There are more interesting places to be in Gent. It is not a bad place just pretty inessential for beer geeks.
kraddel (90) some beerplace , Belgium | November 24, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
’regular’ bar . might be old, but thats the onley somewhat special thing here i supose . nothings bad, but nothings realy diffrent as well . good service, good selection, ok prices .. all very medium and not rememorable
tderoeck (133) Gent, Belgium | November 4, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
While being one of Gent’s oldest bars, this is still a really locals’ pub. Most regulars you will find here drinking their regular lager. But they have some trappists, some local brews, not too bad. They layout of the bar is pretty strange, one small room leading to another and another, but it’s cozy. Service can be a bit slow at times, but usually friendly. MESSAGE FOR FOREIGNERS VISITING GENT: if you read this, you’re probably planning a visit to Belgium, and Gent in particular. I’m always interested to get to know other ratebeerians, and if you come from an interesting country, we can maybe to an in person beer trade? Contact me!
Countbeer (160) Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, Netherlands | July 31, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
The oldest bar in Gent. Cosy, atmospherical and friendly. Beer list is decent but for the beer geeks a bit boring maybe. Though it’s good combination of all. Seatings outside always full (always when I passed this place). Inside it’s not really big but again the cosyness, the oldest bar, a nice beer and a chat makes it worth to visit.
Boudicca (575) London, England | September 13, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Den Turk is reputedly the oldest café in Gent, dating from 1228, and it’s bang in the centre of town, opposite the city hall. It’s a cosy traditional brown café with red check table cloths, those pretty lace curtains on poles covering the bottom half of the windows, lots of dark wood, subdued lighting and candles on the bar.
There are three tables in the front and stools round the bar, which seem to be very popular with locals. We called in for a nightcap latish on a Sunday evening and two old boys perched at the end of the bar seemed to recognise and greet just about everyone who came in. There are nooks and crannies at the back, too, where I think music (mainly jazz and blues) is occasionally staged. There are black and white photos of various well known musicians (Bob Marley, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and Ray Charles) as well as pictures of Gent in bygone days.
As for the beer, there are five taps – nothing unusual, but also c.30 bottles, including Trappists and a couple from Gruut, the local brewery-cum-brewpub. They also serve snacks and light meals – spaghetti bolognaise, lasagne, chilli con carne, toasties and the like. We didn’t try the food as we’d dined earlier at Amadeus (“the place for ribs”) and were well and truly stuffed.
(Visited 12 June 2011).
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