The Capital | Leuven,
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The Capital
Good based on 16 ratings
Type: Bar

Grote Markt 14
Leuven, Belgium 3000 [ print map ]
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Mayor: JefVerstraete (18) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 1000

The Capital

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Emelisse Dubbel 76, Roman Black Hole 11, Watneys Scotch Ale 40, Postel Blond 62, Bockor Dubbel Blond , Fort Lapin 10 54, De Ranke Saison De Dottignies 96, Westmalle Extra 92, Gageleer 63, Contreras Tonneke 39, Blaugies La Moneuse 98, De Ranke Guldenberg 96, Blaugies BiŤre Darbyste 91, Contreras Valeir Extra 93, De Plukker Rookop 67, Deca Vleteren Alt 85, Lefebvre Hopus Primeur 2014 92, Girardin Gueuze Black Label 100, 3 Fonteinen Doesjel 98, Felix Oud Bruin Speciaal Oudenaards 83
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16 reviews for The Capital
 Ambiance  59%
 Service  53%
 Selection  72%
 Food  58%
 Value  66%
 Overall  56%
 Rating  64%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin  (20) , 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  (35) 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  (18) , 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  (128) 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  (79) 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 3/20
beeroverwithme  (147) 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  (36) , 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.

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