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The Capital
Above Average based on 29 ratings
Type: Bar

Grote Markt 14
Leuven, Belgium 3000 [ print map ]
0488 06 78 16

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Hours: Daily 12.00-03.00


Mayor: prawlie (3) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 1000


The Capital

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Beer Available At The Capital (arranged by most recent)
De Dochter van de Korenaar Extase 98, Struise Pannepot 100, Dormaal Amber 73, Troubadour Magma 97, Préaris IPA - No Hops No Glory 74, La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #18 99, Chapeau Cuvée 82, Kempisch Vuur Haverstout 69, Hopschepper 91, Grimbergen Winter 46, Deimerwaghter Bruin 63, Paljas IPA 85, Lefebvre Blanche de Bruxelles 49, Kempisch Vuur Hoppergod 63, Emelisse Dubbel 75, Roman Black Hole 11, Watneys Scotch Ale 40, Postel Blond 62, Vander Ghinste Dubbel Blond , Fort Lapin 10 69
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29 reviews for The Capital
 Ambiance  58%
 Service  53%
 Selection  70%
 Food  62%
 Value  61%
 Overall  57%
 Rating  64%
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60
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 10/20
peponi  (47) Krakow, Poland | May 31, 2015
Rather disappointing. According to the menu you can get 2000 beers, but in fact only a little part is available. Everything is average, so hard to say something more ...
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt  (130) Göteborg, Sweden | May 21, 2015
Quite nice place, a bit hectic at saturday night when I visited. Good beer selection, albeit not anything special.
78
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Hamirubi  (29) Waarschoot, Belgium | May 9, 2015
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
danielecamo  (36) , Italy | April 29, 2015
Locale ben arredato, grande e abbastanza moderno. Lista delle birre enorme, quasi 200 birre e sinceramente sono proprio troppe. Poca chiarezza, difficile orienarsi alla scelta anche per chi ha dimistichezza con i prodotti. Servizio rapido e veloce.
52
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 9/20
JohnRMurdoch  (330) Glasgow, Scotland | April 23, 2015
Large modern Belgian Beer Bar (which tries to look traditional) that claims to have the largest selection of beers in the world. 2000 Belgian beers on offer, but they only had my 4th choice. Not staffed by beer enthusiasts and europop blares out. This place should be good but it isn’t. It tries to be several types of bar rolled into one but it fails.
70
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Tim Webb  (271) Cambridge, England | March 17, 2015
I beg to differ with the tone of many of the disappointed reports on this place. I do not judge it for what it fails to achieve but rather for what it achieves. It is a product of the same stable as Fiere Margriet and I think made a mistake by launching straight into trying to stock the largest selection of Belgian beers in the world. Trying to do that, as the crews from Liège’s various Vaudrée bars found out years ago, takes a lot of skill and experience. The problem is that the enlightened drinker, such as our good selves, uses such places to source rare and obscure beers, causing an occasional run on something for which there is otherwise little demand. On the other hand, the average drinker will be attracted to the idea that they stock all the mundane beers under the same roof, so Luc can have his Ename Tripel, Piet his Tongerlo Blond and Dieter his Maredsous 8, all under the same roof. And the food is fast, unimaginative and limited. Though this is a student town, so maybe that is why. I have a horrible feeling that they will stumble before they get to fly but I hope they make it into the air. It could be a whole load worse.
44
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 8/20
Smalle  (8) Leuven, Belgium | March 16, 2015
Claims to have the largest beer selection in the world. Probably not the largest and definately not the best: they do have a large selection of standard, commercial, Belgian beers, but nothing that would take much effort to source. They have a small number of "beer geeky" beers on the menu, but they are almost never in stock. My standard practice at this place is to select three beers from the menu and hope they actually have one of them. Service is friendly enough, but the staff is not particularly knowledgeable about beer. Targeted at tourists, not beer lovers. The mini hamburgers are not bad!
62
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 12/20
MarcoDL  (101) , Netherlands | March 16, 2015
Bar that claims to have the biggest beer selection in the world. While this is obviously wrong, they nevertheless maintain this statement on their glasses and beer menu. On top of that, they claim they have 92% availability, but for me it was more around 50%. Huge selection of beers, but mostly Belgian standard beers. With the enormous stack of dubbels and tripel, there are some interesting beers, but half of these seem to be out of stock. Employees are friendly, but don’t have a clue about what they’re serving. The menu listed the La Trappe oak aged, but didn’t mention which edition, so naturally I asked which editions they had, the girl didn’t understand what I meant. This might happen with more obscure beers, but La Trappe Oak Aged is quite well-known. After bringing me the beer, she asked me what I meant and how she’ll be able to see which edition it is for herself. She seemed eager to learn this, which is a good thing. But the manager needs to provide his team with this kind of basic knowledge. All in all, this place has potential, but needs a lot of improvement.
64
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier  (110) Belchium im Biersgau, Germany | February 27, 2015| Updated June 4, 2015
Visited V and IX/2014. An interesting, slowly developing chapter in the self-disneyfication of Belgian beer culture, in the same broad entrepreneurial league of Bxl Delirium Café and Gent’s Rock Circus: more is more. Fake bric-a-brac decor, faux fireplace, comfy big fake leather couch, flashy beer cellar lift, tiny tapas bar which closes early. 20 safe Belgian choices from tap which can be sampled at a fair €1-1,5 at my last visit. The problems with the behemoth bottle list have been well covered here below, but the main problem here for me is that orders are taken by mostly not very beer-savvy students (some of them not very fluent in either Durch, French and even 2 with rudimentary Erasmus English) wielding electronic devices, punching in numbers and checking whether your desired beer is still available in the system, - which some of the more spectacularly underpriced beers weren’t. Tantalisingly problematic, it’s still good fun to drop once every few months to see how the entrepreneur at the wheel is steering this off and back on course, depending on where his delusions of entitlement and grandeur are taking this megalomaniac project within the tiny Leuven scene, heart of the shareholders’ empire.
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
Wim  (44) 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

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