Belgium > Brugge
3fourths (1165) Boulder, Oregon | June 4, 2008| Updated April 20, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Took forever to find... we actually just walked up on it late at night while out taking photographs. Located down a skinny path of a road, reminds me of the entrance to Toone in Brussels. Inside itís small but really warm and comfortable, with a small number of tables on the main floor and a fireplace up against the wall. Of course you have to try the Tripel de Garre when youíre here, which comes with a small cup of cheese. Servers were great, atmosphere was warm and jovial, and even though itís adjacent to the markt they place is not frequented by ugly tourists. Recommended.
t0rin0 (960) Riverslime, California | November 18, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited in October 2012.
So we were warned that this is hard to find and it took a good 20 minutes of wandering around the block before we went through the little opening (barely wide enough to walk through) in the wall between two candy shops. Sure enough, back about 50 yards was de Garre. Itís a pretty nice alley all things considered. Cobblestone and ivy and less tourists. The bar is confusing to me as it is a large building for a bar with two stories, but they donít serve food. They do have some cheese but no real food. There arenít any bar seats, just tables, and they wait on them like they would at a restaurant. The de Garre tripel was decent but not my favorite; it just seemed like the thing to order in this situation. With a group of people I could see this being a fun place to hang out for a hour or two to get away from the tourist trap that is Bruges. The service was surprisingly good here too. It must have been an off time but we had no issues getting seats.
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | November 7, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
A Bruges institution, Staminťe de la Garre is packed with tourists, but tourists trying to flee from tourists which make it a comfortable, noisy yet cozy pub on two small stories, in an impossible and easy to miss tiny alley between the two main Bruges squares. Warm atmosphere led by the conversation, many being in English which probably helps to remind of an English pub. While approximately 100 beers are featured on the good, albeit not adventurous menu, most people take the house triple, brewed by Van Steenberge and a very soft, creamy, pleasant ale with the typical Van Steenberge yeast character, but soft edges and magnificient looks.
brokensail (617) Orange County, California | October 5, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Holy crap is this place hard to find. You have to go into a little tiny alley thatís quite easy to walk past. Itís very small inside (both down and upstairs). Four taps and a decent selection of bottles. Of course, you must try the house beer (the De Garre Tripel). They offer some small snacks like sandwiches and cheese.
nate2g (530) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | March 14, 2010| Updated March 22, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
A restaurant and bar with seating on two floors. A really cozy and warm feel to the place even though it was relatively busy. The Tripel de Garre is served here with accompanying cheese. A wonderful Brugge experience.
Theydon_Bois (461) The íSham, England | January 1, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Have paid a number of visits here over the years although on the last 2 occasions Iíve attempted to itís been wedged full and Iíve had to turn around and head elsewhere - be warned!
2 floor venue connected by a rickety wooden staircase. Seating is a hotch potch of wooden chairs and tables (if you can get one!).
Solid bottle range numbering 100+ and they give you a small cheese plate on the house to go with your beers.
Good atmosphere, older crowd in general.
Worth popping in and itís really easy to miss the passageway !
Get there early !
Fin (433) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 2, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Thought that I should get around to rating this place as Iíve been here many times over the years and as I will be in Brugge (probably) again tomorrow I may be in here again. It is up a easily missed little alleyway and is a cosy place on two levels, classical music is usually the only interruption from the chatter of others. I think that this place is best visited in the cold winter months. Well worth venturing into and the beer range is usually pretty good, possibly a tad pricey as I recall and service can be a bit iffy, also as others mention it can be descended on by hoards of tourists.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | December 6, 2006
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Was there around aug/sept 2006. Lucky me I had put that place on my hit-list cause I would never have found it. Itís right in the Brugge touristy area but hard to find nonetheless. A small sign next to a narrow passage leading to an old house. Very nice settings. I was there early in the after-noon, the place was almost empty and I could hear to old wood crack under my feet. Feels like this old house will collapse anytime, I like it. Not very big, can sit about 25 people on each of the two floors. Beer list is nothing to brag about. A few hundred bottles that you can easily find in other pubs. No vintage/rare stuff except for their house beer the ďTripel de la GarreĒ. It is brewed by Van Steenberge exclusively for this pub. Waitress refused to tell me who brewed the beer, ďit is a secretĒ she said!!! A nice classic but very strong tripel worth ordering. Each beer was served to me with a little plate of cheese. I donít think they serve food but I may be wrong. Classical music when I was there! A bit unusual for a pub. I really enjoyed this crampy old house with its mellow atmosphere.
bhensonb (422) Woodland, California | July 15, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Entrance is down a narrow passage. Good selection, but not the multi-hundreds of some. Good house beer. Cheese came with the beers. Service was pretty fast. Check what wimpie says below. Pretty much the case. Except the house beer was immediately suggested. Open on Wednesday when the little bear is not.
adnielsen (380) Fort Collins, Colorado | September 4, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Fucking a, I love this place. Itís damn near impossible to find down a hidden alley. I enjoy sitting upstairs, though itís a fucking inferno up there during the summer. You are served a small cheese sampler with each beer, which is neato. Pretty good menu of Belgian brews, but no rare whales.
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