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The Capital
Above Average based on 32 ratings
Type: Bar

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

Hours: Daily 12.00-03.00

Mayor: ruigo (2) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 1000

The Capital

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Beer Available At The Capital (arranged by most recent)
Kempisch Vuur Jeneverbier 44, Brouwkot Kalle 61, Helleketelbier 63, Caulier 28 White Oak IPA , De Dochter van de Korenaar Extase 98, Struise Pannepot 100, Dormaal Amber 69, Troubadour Magma 97, Préaris IPA - No Hops No Glory 70, La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #18 100, Chapeau Cuvée 81, Kempisch Vuur Haverstout 71, Hopschepper 89, Grimbergen Winter 44, Deimerwaghter Bruin 63, Paljas IPA 88, Lefebvre Blanche de Bruxelles 48, Kempisch Vuur Hoppergod 57
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32 reviews for The Capital
 Ambiance  59%
 Service  52%
 Selection  72%
 Food  62%
 Value  61%
 Overall  58%
 Rating  65%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
tricksta_p  (133) Steenwijk, Netherlands | October 30, 2015
Visited on a monday evening. Big place with relatively low lighting, which is good, and a bit artificial decoration, which is not so good. 20 taps but not a very interesting selection, mostly commercial and bigger Belgian beers. Beer menu appears impressive in a big binder. Most beers are Belgian and they are sorted alphabetically, not by style or brewery, which makes searching for specific beers quite a hassle. You have to order them by their number instead of the name, which does feel a bit ’wrong’. Outside they advertise as having 2000 beers but many of them were not available, which seems to be a common problem reading some of the other reviews. Still, I found a couple of worthwhile new beers here. The young lady behind the bar seemed friendly enough, but it was clear she knew next to nothing about the beers she was serving. They only accept cash, and I was bit annoyed to have to go to a nearby cash machine and return to pay. Overall this bar is a mixed bag, I’m glad I stopped by but you have to lower your expectations, this place doesn’t have a lot of ’heart’.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
erickok  (203) Leuven, Belgium | August 16, 2015
Admittedly interestingly decorated bar, which claims to have the most beers in the world. Well they do have a very big book, but several beers I asked for weren’t available... So much for that claim. Atmosphere was very good despite the tourists and uninterested staff. Still got a nice tick able beer and sitting outside was pleasant, seeing the locals a tourists come by. No as bad as the reviews here made me think. And you might actually run into a new release or in known beer, so that’s good. More expensive than needs be.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
SeniorZozo  (23) Budapest, Hungary | July 28, 2015
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 10/20
peponi  (61) Mainz, Germany | 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 ...
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt  (160) Göteborg, Sweden | May 21, 2015
Quite nice place, a bit hectic at saturday night when I visited. Good beer selection, albeit not anything special.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Hamirubi  (32) Waarschoot, Belgium | May 9, 2015
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
danielecamo  (42) , 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.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 3/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 9/20
JohnRMurdoch  (347) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Tim Webb  (336) Bristol, 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.
  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!

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