Belgium > Brugge
bhops (37) Dallas, Texas | April 17, 2008| Updated August 13, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 16/20
Really a fun place, tucked in a dark alley. Upstairs was smoke free environment, which was a nice relief. Beer selection was quite good, and the waitstaff very friendly. Nice ambiance.
jercraigs (333) Toronto, Ontario | March 14, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
The house beer comes with a little bowl of cheese! That alone should score big points for any establishment! :) Cozy little spot, nice wood. Did not venture to the upstairs room. Sandwiches are about the only food options, which we did not try. Interesting bartenders. Tables are ridiculously low, and my chair was tiny and started to hurt my (apparently giant) ass after about five minutes. Not sure if the rest of the seating was as lilliputian as mine. If you’re smaller than me you likely would not even notice. Nice little spot, but I would likely choose other spots in Brugge to head to first unless you are keen to try the house beer. Aside from the house beer offerings included some Struise, Pannepot, St. Bernardus, etc.
FatPhil (350) Tallinn, Estonia | March 7, 2008| Updated September 16, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Well, I’d only recommend the house triple to tickers (alcoholic nonsense, IMHO), but the rest of the menu looks pretty solid. Staff did their job more than adequately. Need to visit again to concretise my view of this place. Not blastingly good, but with almost no negative aspects either. And I like listening to classical music while I sip my beer!
Well, my views were reinforced. Service was still good, atmosphere very civilised, beer selection made it hard to find a new beer, but we did find 2 in the end. I don’t know why, but I just can’t get excited about this place. Popped overall up to 12, as I did enjoy being here.
Jerre (83) Waregem, Belgium | January 5, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Was here years ago.
Good service. Many British people visit this pub.
JoeinDahlem (296) Berlin, Germany | October 9, 2007
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
In the heart of tourist central, a good place to hide from the others. The De Garre Tripe is always worth sampling, especially in that gorgeous, heavy, snifter-type glass. Great selection includes Pannepot and other gems. Always friendly service.
oberabcbbsok (38) Hoboken, Belgium | May 26, 2007
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
A good bar with some very good beers. Only 4 beers on draft but 2 of them are excelent. The tripple the Garra and Gulden Draak. Classic music and every day the Bolero of Ravel for closing time
JK (309) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | March 19, 2007
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
A nice place, hidden down an alley in Bruges. It looks expensive but a bit worn. I would call it character. Service was friendly. The selection is adequate but not impressive, but the house beer brewed by Steenberge is good. Not many tourists at all, surprising considering the location and the horse carriage drivers point this out to tourists. Go for the house beer at least.
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. It’s 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 “Tripel de la Garre”. It is brewed by Van Steenberge exclusively for this pub. Waitress refused to tell me who brewed the beer, “it is a secret” she said!!! A nice classic but very strong tripel worth ordering. Each beer was served to me with a little plate of cheese. I don’t 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.
HermanW (8) Coevorden, Netherlands | August 20, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
It is some years ago when I was in the Staminee de Garre. At that time I was not a beer rater but only a beer lover.
We had some special beers there and supprise all the beers where compagnied with some cheese.
Also the announcement that there would be only 2 strong beers whould be served per person was very supprising and we agreed with it. Beer is to enjoy and not to get drunk.
Brodie (21) Blowing Rock, North Carolina | June 10, 2006
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Easy to find if you have Tim Webb’s guide. Loved this place. Packed with locals. Sat upstairs, lots of windows, laid back atmosphere. Professional but slow service. Very good selection, house tripel is very good. Very cool, laid-back cafe in Bruges with selection any beer afficionado can appreciate.
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