Belgium > Gent
77ships (103) Antwerpen, Belgium | November 24, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very close to “Waterhuis aan de Bierkant” but less crowded. Comfy place with lots of dark wood. Solid selection but nothing particularly rare, we found some tick’s here but nothing to get very exited about. Regular prizes & professional service. This is a solid enough bar.
kraddel (90) some beerplace , Belgium | November 24, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
staff seemed a little bit in a bad mood, yet was very good at hiding that towards the costumors . he was friendly , the card had some selection, yet not extremely special . value was ok, not that diffrent . if you’re passing by , you can hop in . but nothing too seek out
tderoeck (133) Gent, Belgium | November 4, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Good beer menu that is a decent representation of Belgium’s beers. We have Trappists, commercial abbey beers, pilseners and sweet kriek, but also real geuze, saisons, etc... If you come in with a large group, go to the second floor (not the pool table, even higher!) where there are pieces of tree trunk to sit on around two large wooden tables. Great atmosphere, but during my last visit, a couple of weeks ago, there were people smoking at the bar. Since Belgium bars are supposed to be smoke free since summer 2011, this was a major turn-off.
MESSAGE FOR FOREIGNERS VISITING GENT: if you read this, you’re probably planning a visit to Belgium, and Gent in particular. I’m always interested to get to know other ratebeerians, and if you come from an interesting country, we can maybe to an in person beer trade? Contact me!
MarshallStaxx (10) , | October 16, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant and cosy bar opposite the castle, lots of dark wood. Decent, if unremarkable, Belgian beer selection at reasonable prices. Friendly, chatty staff who will engage you in a game of chess or backgammon on a midweek afternoon.
Bontus (17) Flanders, Belgium | August 22, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
As a student, I often went to "the end of civilization" (as it roughly translates) for drinks. The staff is friendly and they have a knack for telling wether you’re interested in beer or just want some lager. Once they open up it’s a great place for general conversation. As it is located away from most student hangouts, it’s a good choice on a week’s evening. Prices are center city prices, a bit too high for students, but OK.
Countbeer (160) Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, Netherlands | July 31, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Located across the castle of Gent. Lots and lots of space outside. Mix of new and old brown inside. Decent beer card. Very friendly service. Was difficult to find new beers, but that is not what it is about. Great view, great service, good beers and one of the better places to have a good drink!
Boudicca (576) London, England | August 29, 2011
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Not to be confused with ‘t Gebed Zonder Einde, the upmarket restaurant in Walpoortstraat, this café-bar is in a small square sandwiched between the imposing Gravensteen castle and the newly renovated fish market. It was recommended to us by David K, who said it was a nice place to visit although he didn’t think we’d find any “scoops” there. He was right on both counts.
They have 42 bottles in fridges behind the bar and six taps, all with beers from Haacht. The Keizer Karel is served in a “Pot van Olen”, a traditional pottery three handled mug for which you pay a five euro deposit if you’re going to sit outside. There’s a legend that an innkeeper called Olen made a three handled mug (or a “mug with three ears”) especially for Charles V (aka Keizer Karel, who was born in Gent) and there’s a legend attached to it which I haven’t quite been able to fathom.
‘t Einde has a narrow, typically Flemish frontage with a few tables outside on the square and a longish room inside. The front area has cherry wood panelling and yellow colour washed walls with black and white prints of local scenes and a mirror ball, such as those found in nightclubs, rather incongruously attached to the high ceiling. At the back it has a more intimate feel, with high top tables for two tucked against a slate wall opposite the bar.
There weren’t many people there when we visited on a Sunday afternoon but I got the impression that it’s a locals’ sort of place where you could easily while away time playing games (they have cards, Scrabble and Monopoly available) fortified by nibbles such as the ubiquitous cubes of cheese. I see that it’s listed in “375 Originele Café’s in Vlaanderen” (see http://originelecafes.wordpress.com/) - only available in Dutch / Flemish but worth a look if you’re travelling in the area.
Service was efficient, with really good teamwork in evidence from the two bar staff. I noticed that there were four “Erkende Meester Bierschenke” diplomas on the wall. I think this translates roughly as “approved master beer servers”, which would be about right.
(Visited 12 June 2011).
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