The Capital | Leuven,
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The Capital
Above Average based on 20 ratings
Type: Bar

Grote Markt 14
Leuven, Belgium 3000 [ print map ]
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Mayor: JefVerstraete (10) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 1000

The Capital

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Beer Available At The Capital (arranged by most recent)
Grimbergen Winter 47, Deimerwaghter Bruin 63, Paljas IPA 82, Lefebvre Blanche de Bruxelles 52, Kempisch Vuur Hoppergod 63, Emelisse Dubbel 78, Roman Black Hole 11, Watneys Scotch Ale 39, Postel Blond 62, Bockor Dubbel Blond , Fort Lapin 10 61, De Ranke Saison De Dottignies 96, Westmalle Extra 92, Gageleer 62, Contreras Tonneke 39, Blaugies La Moneuse 98, De Ranke Guldenberg 96, Blaugies BiŤre Darbyste 91, Contreras Valeir Extra 93, De Plukker Rookop 66
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20 reviews for The Capital
 Ambiance  56%
 Service  52%
 Selection  69%
 Food  61%
 Value  62%
 Overall  54%
 Rating  62%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
Wim  (43) Weelde , Belgium | January 9, 2015
a visit tis place when i was on weekend with my girlfriend els in leuven a great bar with a great clear beer list too bad a lots of beers are not available the staff was good just a pity that he could not dutch my first beer was over time and taste strange but no problem i have a more expensive beer to replace it this a ok place
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 12/20
ruigo  (58) , Portugal | December 2, 2014
Claims to have the largest list of beers in the world... And it has, on paper. I asked four different beers and they didnít have them. Only on my 5th request I could have the beer I wanted. So, only 20% of the beers are available, so it means that out of the announced 2000 one can drink 400. The service is nice and friendly, although slow and the prices are a bit high. Probably there are better places to have a beer nearby.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
Yves  (19) Turnhout, Belgium | October 12, 2014
Place in the centre of Leuven. Claimed to have the largest selection of beers in the world. On paper they have it, but in reality a lot of beers are not available. We got a good compensation as my friend got a free beer he could choose from the cellar. Staff in general is very friendly. Ambiance is ok. The tapas are good, expensive though and long waiting time. Worth a visit though there are better places to enjoy a beer with also a nice selection.
3fourths  (1367) Boulder, Colorado | October 9, 2014| Updated October 20, 2014
Though the beer list is extensive - they boast that itís the largest in the world - I found the ambiance fake and the owner unpleasant. Nearly every wall is papered in fake design, wood paneling, brick, even a fake fireplace. Upon entering we were greeted by loud music and attitude from the female bartender. We took seats on the back terrace and enjoyed ourselves for the first hour, but when we were served massively oxidized beer we decided to say something. The owner is a meathead, passionate but appears to know nothing about beer other than how to collect it. We talked to him about the bottles, gave him our glasses, and he failed to pick up the oxidation, but to be fair he was wobbly drunk and decided to take our concern about the product as a personal insult. He uncomfortably refused to acknowledge the poor state, giving us the excuse that he has the largest collection in the world (as if that had anything to with it). I said "yet you canít even smell oxidation", to which he responded with an forearm into my chest to push me away and ignore what I said. Thatís when I left the building. Thatís a power move that only douchebags pull, and legally constitutes battery. I encourage you to spend your money elsewhere.

Footnote: Iím not surprised to read similar comments from users Mathieu87 and feuriod (below). Let us all cross fingers that this guy goes out of business.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin  (30) , Belgium | September 28, 2014
Since last year, this pub claims to overclass Delirium Cafť in terms of number of beers available. Not all of them were in stock when I visited this place earlier this year - and disappointingly, they hardly had any foreign beers, though I did manage to eventually get my hands on a big bottle of Big Mama Stout from Italy. Prices are reasonable and the staff is very friendly (apparently they are paid per customer they serve, which explains a lot). The system used to pull up beers from the cellar is an original find but the beer menu itself is hard to use if you are looking for beers from a particular country or brewery. I kind of liked this place, but it is clear that they are still "under development".
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
ShivanDragon  (38) Leeuwarden, Netherlands | September 7, 2014
Via ratebeer reviews gevonden, van de buitenkant is het gewoon ťťn van de vele kroegen in de studentenstad. Idee achter de bierlijst is leuk, echter alles op alfabet is en dan ook niet eens consequent, dan weer brouwernaam eerst dan weer biernaam. probeer de bieren van de Struise brouwers er dan maar uit te halen. Dan ook nog eens personeel welke niet eens Nederlands/Vlaams/Frans kan spreken maar enkel Engels... -1 om dan vervolgens ook nog eens je bestelling op te nemen, geschiedt enkel per nummer, en dan ook nog eens de nummers willekeurig in je PDA te voeren opdat je uiteindelijk een totaal ander bier te verkrijgen dan je besteld had.... erg slecht..,, maar uiteindelijk komt dat ook wel weer goed. je zit er overigens prima, mooie lokatie, lekkere bieren .
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
PeatyPete  (19) , Netherlands | August 24, 2014
To start prices are okay. The beer menu is immense but unfortunately many are out of stock. Too bad you have to order from the menu via numbers. Thatís not really my thing. For the beer lover a good place for ŗ successful evening.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 1/20
Mathieu87  (162) Ganshoren, Belgium | August 17, 2014
I finally made to the wannebe biggest beer bar in Belgium. To start with, itís not. They have for about 1500 beers listed in the menu. In total, I ordered 8 beers, but only 3 of those seemed available. They stated at the first page of the menu that 92% of the beers in the menu are available, apparently, for me it was only 37.5%. Anyway, went there at around 7PM during Martrock. The place was rather empty, for about 10 people sitting downstairs. After ordering 2 beers they didnít have, we ordered the Oud Beersel Oude Kriek and a La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged, both very low priced and had two tasting glasses (15cl) from draught, at only 1 euro, so very cheap as well. The ambiance was cozy and we did enjoy the place. Ordered a plate of the tapas as well with garlic potatoes, spanish sausages, tortillas, meat balls and mini pizzas. The plate was decent, but nothing special. Cool concept though with the independent restaurant inside the pub! After we finished,we left and went exploring the city a little, wondering why this place got such a bad reviews. It wasnít anything superspecial, but it was an enjoyable place. After the Gorki concert, we went back, because we had seen they had Rodenbach Vintage for only 5 euros and 3 Fonteinen Doesjes for only 4.5 euro. Both were unfortunatly sold out, again. Bartender said he could recommend another beer instead of the Rodenbach Vintage: Volga Rouche. I asked him if he ever had the Rodenbach Vintage, because those beers are quite a few miles apart from each other. Anyway, he was smart enough to get the guy who knew all the beers. Then I met one of the two owners of the place, a very íhautainí, unfriendly guy, in his late 30ies I guess. The rudeness with which he served was really unseen. Iíve been to quite a few beer places, met quite a few bartenders, but this guy beats them all. I strongly suggest every to go there once, so youíll be able to have your own opinion, but I wonít visit again. Itís a shame, because this place has a lot of potential,but itís run by incompetent people unfortunatly.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
JefVerstraete  (91) Ghent, Belgium | May 5, 2014
Nice place in the center of Leuven. Bar with a lot of space, friendly staff and huge collection of Belgian beers. Hopefully they will also get some outstanding beers from abroad. Unfortunately, it can be very crowded in the night, with a humid and warm atmosphere, not very enjoyable. Sometimes you also have to wait very long for your beer. Update: they have to restock their popular beers. I was in the capital today and I had to order 5 different beers before they had one available!
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 8/20
feuriod  (6) , Norway | April 24, 2014
Well. To begin with, it was ok. A bit hard to get the staffís attention. But this is definitely a place thatís 100% after your money, and not much more. Me and a friend ordered a beer that was bad. Like waaay infected. I told the waitress, and soon after she presented us with the bill. I said Iím not paying for that - and then their "beer expert" checked it and found it ok. Partly by looking at it!! We were forced to pay for it. Stay away, guys.

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