It was a bit of a walk but definitely worth it. A small pub with a very nice lineup on tap. I had a Boon Jonge Lambik, a Kernel Pale Ale and a Rodenbach Caractere Rouge, all draft. The bottle list is impressive and ranges well out of the more ordinary options, from Pinta IPA’s to a 75cl bottle of Toon van den Broek @ €9,50. Good atmosphere on the terrace and inside as well, comfortable lounging outside, people playing poker at the bar, a group throwing darts. A mix of locals, students and international crowd. No doubt this is the best destination in Groningen if you’d have to pick only one.
Quick stop on our way back to where we had parked the car. I wish we had more time because they had a nice tap list and an even better and much, much greater selcetion of bottles. We sat outside, but inside it looked much more comfortable and cozy. Wooden interior, warm and inviting. Very helpful stuff. Good prices. They offer a small variety of snacks as well. I haven’t visited any other places in Groningen but this seems like the one to spend your whole day at.
Visited 3 times. Best beer bar in Groningen. Old fashioned ’bruin café’ ambiance, bit shabby. Very friendly service with beer knowledge. Impressive selection, with hard to find beers, also on tap. Prices cheap, ok to high.
Fin (965) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 3, 2015| Updated October 4, 2015
We visited Bierlokaal Café de Koffer on Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October 2015, (great bar!) this is a little further out of the centre but hey Groningen is quite a compact city so even from the Grote Markt it is still only about an 8-10 mins brisk walk up Vlismarkt over the canal and eventually off to your right. It is situated in a nice little area and jostles for attention with three other Cafés two on this street corner and two on the opposite side, it was great to see three of them busy with lots of folk taking in the wonderful October sunshine and sat outside on the pavement patios (the fourth would have been busy but was yet to open today) we joined them outside and perused the beer menu. The beer list was huge with 11-12 on tap and I think they have 290 listed in bottles. It being sunny we both went for hoppy numbers netherworld of which we’d had before. I went inside to have a look around, I guess it is a small’ish’ simply furnished place, the bar ahead and off to the LH side as you enter. The walls seem to be rather taken up with huge boards listing all of the beers that they have. Two staff worked very well to keep everyone in beer. We shared another beer, we would have had one each but had exhausted our funds prior to another trip to the cashpoint because of the rather frustrating all too familiar issue of what cards you can/can’t use in The Netherlands. We really liked it here, it’s an excellent bar with a superb beer choice.
Due to a quite late arrival in Groningen we had to choose one place to go to, and luckily this one was the one. A rather cosy, smallish place, but with a really good selection. A really nice gentleman was serving the beers, and also telling us a lot about some of the new breweries as well as recommending us some of the more rare ones from the selection. As for the place itself, it was a bit like going back in time, but in a comfortable way, and the other people in the pub were pretty much youngsters sitting and chatting or then playing board games. As we went in, the place was almost empty, but then at about 21-24 hours it got quite crowded for a bit (mid week visit), and then going more silent again. One of the places I remember with warmth from this Summer 2015 road trip.
Dark and cozy bar just outside the city center. Selection is quite nice, besides a fair amount of Belgian and Dutch beers I was pleased to discover a number of US and UK brews on the board. They often have limited supplies of beers that are not so easy to find. I had my first 8 Wired beer here. Friendly and helpful staff. Will definitely return here.
Really nice small bar at a 5 minute walk from the city center. Staff made us feel at home and knew a lot to tell about all the great beers. Nice selection, a lot of Dutch, Belgian, American and English beers!
We will come back when we are in town again