The Capital | Leuven,
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The Capital
Exceptional based on 12 ratings
Type: Bar

Grote Markt 14
Leuven, Belgium 3000 [ print map ]
+32(0)488619419 | facebook

Mayor: JefVerstraete (17) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 1000

The Capital

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12 reviews for The Capital
 Ambiance  55%
 Service  57%
 Selection  71%
 Food  58%
 Value  63%
 Overall  59%
 Rating  67%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
JefVerstraete  (62) , 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 3/20
beeroverwithme  (112) TÝnsberg, Norway | April 24, 2014| Updated April 25, 2014
This bar aims to have one of the largest bottle beer menus in the world, and the menu looked impressive (lots of Belgian) though their 20 taps carried more ordinary draft beer. Small but OK food menu. Very noisy late in the evening, with a very young customer group that seemed accustomed to shouting across the tables as a way of communicating. But the real let down for me: This is the first beer bar Iíve been to where the bar manager refused to acknowledge an infected beer (he just held it up to the light, as if that proved his point). We ended up paying for a bottle we didnít drink much of and left. We wonít be coming back. Ever. Visited: 2014-04-24
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 7/20
SVD  (31) , Netherlands | April 6, 2014
Alright... letís get started first of all this isnt a bashing attempt of this place, itís just i dont agree with some stuff. Ambiance: ok looks decent but for a beer cafe too few beer related stuff on the walls Service: waiter was quick to ask what we wanted even when we didnít seen the entire list(and itís a long long long excel sheet list, and when we ordered it has to be by number, and a friend who ordered something had to choose something else, and the waiter had to look the number up at our list, even though he proposed the beer.... can be done better IMO. Selection: yeah you can get 2000 beers quickly if you add all the different bottle sizes of one beer as a different beer, Leffe 33LC and Leffe 75CL are two beers.... Food: NA Value: Damn expensive if you ask me.... Overall: nah this bar doenst do it for me, expensive, no ambiance, nah.....
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
PeterZD  (13) Zaandam, Netherlands | March 5, 2014
A bit disappointed. They were all over the media saying that they had 3,000 beers. but once I arrive there is a sign saying : cuurently 1,600 beers. Also not bad, but then they should say in the media that they have 3,000 beers. Anyway, a bit disappointed, but the atmosphere was Ok and there were of course plenty of beers to choose from. By far not as cozy as some other beer bars in Belgium.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Abio  (50) Waasland, Belgium | February 3, 2014
The fake walls are a bummer, and the beer card is pretty simple putted together, and I hate to call a number. But for the rest... Prices are OK, specially with this location. And the waiter was very good. Right glass also for a not that common brew. For me this is good.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
gEUS  (47) Linden, Belgium | February 2, 2014
Top location but not really the nicest beer bar of Leuven: music is way too loud, tables are packed on each other and the selection is big (1900 beers when I was there) but most of them Belgian brews... no international list whatsoever. Beer taps feature Leffe and similar dull beers. Exceptions are De Dochter, Struise, Dolle, De Ranke. Nice for average beer drinkers and students but not the capital for more advanced beer drinkers. The capital of corporate beer industry yes, not that of craft beer.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
DennisPieters  (2) , Belgium | January 27, 2014
Very good bar! More then a 1000 beers. Very good service and nice prices. And a good tapas bar!!!
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 10/20
Zupastan  (6) Kortrijk, Belgium | January 20, 2014
Bar in the centre of Leuven. They claim to have near 3000 bottles, but this is far from true. It was also claimed that foreign beers would arrive soon, but 5 months later still nothing. This place is always very crowded (and thus very hot as well), but I do have the impression that itís quite hard to have a normal conversation. Furthermore the beerlist feels like a Chinese menu, with numbers you have to mention to the waitor when ordering a beer. They do have a nice selection, but my feeling is that quantity prevails the quality. Improvement might not be a bad thing.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken  (172) Tokyo, Japan | January 4, 2014
Interesting place. Seems to be aimed more at locals and tourists rather than beer geeks, but still worth a visit. The selection is nowhere near as big as they claim judging by the menu, but everything I ordered was in stock, so canít complain. Prices are interesting, with most 330ml bottles priced at 3.50, so you can get some good bargains. 750mls tended to be around 10 euros. Will go back again, as there was plenty I wanted to drink. The competition between this place and Delirium is probably a good thing as it might get both to pull up their socks a bit.

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