Gainsbar

Vlasmarkt 1
Kortrijk, Belgium 8500
bar  4.55/5.0 25 reviews
tu/we/th:12pm-1am/fr:12pm-3am/sa:2pm-3am/su:2pm-10pm

Mayor: kajser27 (7) | Taps: 10 | Bottles: +/- 120
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Fin  (976) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 11, 2016


We visited Gainsbar Thursday 11th March 2016, This Cafť is located reasonably centrally a few minutes walk from the Grote Markt on Vlaasmarkt. It was a gloriously sunny day so we sat outside, there were a couple of other tables already occupied with folk doing the same.

This is a smaller bar than I expected inside, the bar is ahead as you enter, but be aware as there are a couple of steps up to it. Inside there was a few tables and chairs stairs to the RH side of the bar led upstairs to the toilet, I would imagine this place would be quite difficult to access if you were disabled or used a wheelchair. Information about the beers available is displayed prominently to the LH side and on a pillar at the bar. There were ten taps dispensing a good choice of beers, we had Mikkeller Monks brew, Handbryggiet Flemish Brown with Cherries and Gulden Spoor Quad on tap and Loz also had to have an Orval. We also had a plate of cheese with mustard and celery salt, it was a huge slab of Jonge Gouda.

The barman knew his stuff, he was very professional, however he didnít appear so friendly or in the least bit chatty, which is fine I guess, perhaps at just after opening it was a bit too early in the day for him yet. We liked it here itís a great bar and on beer choice alone probably the best in town I shouldnít wonder, however for us, taking everything else into account it was bettered by Staminee Boulevard and Cafť In De Wolken.

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
Hopverdju  (12) , Belgium | February 8, 2016
Kleine gezellige donkere kroeg met mozaÔek toog. Leuke muziek: 50ís, rock a billy, blues, folk, alternatieve rock, meestal alles van vinyl. In ít weekend gaat de muziek wat luider Ďs avonds. 10 taps + krijtbord met suggesties en leuke gevarieerde bierkaart. Hier kun je zelfs nog iets nieuws proeven als bierliefhebber.
86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
kajser27  (18) Zagreb, Croatia | February 1, 2016
My favorite place in Kortrijk, located in the center, some 3 minutes from the main square and 5 minutes from the train station. 10 taps, I think 3-4 are reserved for Guests and the rest are from local breweries. Small 0.16l and 0.33l options so itís nice for tasting. Really nice guest beer on tap can be found here, Mikkeller for example. Some 120+ bottles, also a lot of local smaller breweries, lots of de Struise. No InBev as they say :) The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, with nice suggestions and serving in proper glassware. The place is rather small, some 7-8 tables and the bar, rather low light, a bit of beer soaked wood atmosphere, free WiFi. Usually itís not really crowded except weekend evening. Music on vinyl, rock mostly, Iíve heard Dean Martin also and some Iíd call usual hipster music which is to be expected from a beergeek bar like this. Also good source of information for beer related events in the area. Iíve been coming here every week while in Kortrijk, bringing my colleagues with me and hopefully Iíll return someday.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jprausch  (117) Bonn, Germany | January 18, 2016| Updated May 6, 2016
78
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Arve_Christian  (175) Oslo, Norway | October 24, 2015
Nice little bar in Kortrijk. 10 taps, some guest taps- quite good selection of interesting beers. Also nice bottle selection, above 100- mostly Belgian but also some "hop beers"- If you arre in Kortrijk its worth a visit
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82  (119) , England | March 29, 2015
Nice cool modern bar in the centre ideal for Cantillon; De Dolle and 3 Fonteine. I like the late hours on the weekend and the choice of music by DJís was commendable. It gets very busy and is clearly a popular destination for beer geeks. The beer choice is good. I enjoyed a Struise Pannepot Reserva and many lambics were consumed. I was also happy to find De Dolle. It is a very loud and modern beer bar. Itís a good place but with a few more tweeks could be amazing. Thanks to Glenn of Alvinne for pointing this place out to me.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
sic1314  (476) Leiden, Netherlands | March 8, 2015
Fairly small and modern, 10 generally interesting taps at reasonable prices and a decent bottle list.
80
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Mathieu87  (301) Brussels, Belgium | January 25, 2015
Great local pub in the Kortrijk City centre. Went there on a saturday afternoon around 3PM. Place is really cozy, but apparantly itís mainly in the evening that this place gets crowded and that you get a good vibe. Bartender was really friendly, real beergeek. Only served beer at the bar. But as we ordered some special stuff, he immediatly recommended the ACBF in a few weeks at Bierhalle Deconinck. Value is very decent: Oerbier Reserva at 7 euro, Hanssens Oudbeitje at 6 euro... And proper glassware! I love it! Overall a really nice place to hang out!
82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
RudolphSayven  (13) Lille, France | January 11, 2015
Nice place. Some old music, a good selection of beers, from Belgium, Netherlands & Denmark. Good ambiance & good prices. Iíll come back again!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
sir__v  (246) Lille, France | January 11, 2015
Nice bar in the center of the down. Good selection of beer from Belgium and some others countries like Danemark (Mikkeller) and Holland (De Molen), the price is also nice ! The menu is really nice with really good price (the x-mas beer selection was really relevant). About the tap there is 6 taps with classical belgium and local pils as Bokor but 2 craft taps like Struise, De Molen... The place is clean and really nice good decoration. And also good music. The people inside are calm and the place is not noisy, and the music is really great oldies rock and pop with vintage vinyls !

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