Belgium > Gent
Beer Available At Velootje (arranged by most recent)
tquest (14) , Belgium | September 7, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
Oh well, what to say about this crazy bar.... . When it’s open (and that is not very often) you really need to visit it.
Inside it’s sO messy ... the cat is laying on the table and when it wakes up it mostly tries to catch a mouse because there are plenty ... . The owner is even more crazy but okay this bar has so many stories. btw, if you are over 1.80m it’s pretty hard to get in ... .
adamjackson (112) Lyme, New Hampshire | June 4, 2012
40 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 1/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 11/20
The weird bicycle bar. There was no place to sit. Just one seat available. One beer on tap. Owner is slightly crazy but very funny and pleasurable to speak with. Charged me nothing for the beer but I gave him 5 Euro anyway. It was just me in there on a Friday night at 10PM. It’s a very dirty place but technically a bar. Make sure you sign his guest book while you’re there.
BlackHaddock (227) , England | March 30, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 20/20
Please note this review is from 2009.Bizarre, perplexing and weird are the best three words I can spell, that sum up this place.
I forced my reluctant wife to enter what can only be discribed as a dirty, full garage or shed. We were met by a bearded chap (Pater Lieven) with three Christmas jumpers on, he moved some rags, wood and an empty crate to reveal a bench seat and a small but long, thin table. Above our heads were a multitude of old bikes, lamps, bird cages (with plastic fish in them) and religious artifacts, there is other stuff too, but you only have 5000 characters in a Beerfly review. The only light came from candles and a roaring wood fire at the far end of the garage/shed.
Through the gloom we now saw other people, some young French speakers and a group of middle aged Flemish men. I asked if he had any Amber beers, he said he only had dark and wandered off to return with two bottles of Rochefort Trappist Ale 10 and no glasses. My wife decided we didn’t want to ask for glasses because of cleaning issues, so we risked Viles Disease instead.
Half way through our beer the Flemish chaps left and Pater choose that moment to replenish the fire. He rummaged around and came up with an electric circular saw and proceeded to cut up a wooden pallet covering my wife with wood shavings. There was plenty of wood stacked around the room, but just for show (I assume) he wanted to fill the room with noise and wood dust.
Have a look by all means, but don’t expect a cheap beer and just enjoy the strange ways of a deranged, disturbed, unbalanced owner.
jfb (65) , Germany | March 28, 2012
54 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 10/20
Can’t really add much to what the others have already said about this place - it has to be seen to be believed. Trying to sign the online guestbook in a coherent fashion while drunk is quite a challenge. The bottled beer is rather expensive, but that shouldn’t prevent a quick visit to marvel at the fine and most tastefully arranged décor.
Boudicca (373) London, England | August 28, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 18/20
Velootje had changed since my previous visit a few years ago. It now has beer on tap (Delirium Tremens) and the visitors’ book, which it’s compulsory to sign, is now online. It also looked as if Lieven, the owner, had tidied up a bit as well because there was room to sit by the fireplace. Apart from that, it was just as I remembered it – like a very untidy, overstuffed junk shop - and fully lived up to expectations!
Jackie, who can type properly (i.e. with more than two fingers), bravely took on the task of writing in the visitors’ book on behalf of four of us and we’d almost finished our beers by the time she was done. It took ages, partly because the owner and his enormous black cat were “supervising” and partly because apparently - and this shouldn’t have come as a surprise in this surreal place - the keyboard had been “adapted” so that the labels on the keys didn’t correspond to the letters appearing on the screen.
Enough said - but visit while you can. Velootje is still lit by candles and oil lamps, still has piles of clothes festering in a corner and still has an ashtray full of fag butts under the no-smoking sign. Rumour has it that the health and safety police are on the case …..
(Last visited 11 June 2011).
Benjii (63) Edinburgh, Scotland | June 19, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
I love this place! Found this pub by following the Lonely Planet instructions to look out for a rustic metal flag. Once you squeeze your way in you will be confronted by a mass of train sets, religious paraphernalia, antique bicycles and more! Things are hanging from the ceiling and cover most seating areas : ) We got a spot on the end of a cluttered picnic bench and were offered, "a good strong beer"- St Barnadus 12 from a crate on the floor. Absolutely a must see pub.
jaspe007 (8) Utrecht/Wageningen, Netherlands | November 1, 2010
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 20/20
I went here cause one of my mates (who is from Gent) said I should... and I went because he wouldn’t explain why exactly I should go... Went with my girlfriend. Found it at around 9 in the evening... looked grubby from the outside. Went in... stood on the doorstep, in awe. Almost went outside again, but some more customers were coming in so we got shuffled inside. By far the most intriguing "tavern" I’ve ever visited, and so woth it. Drank 2 Pater lieven and a Slaapmutske. Everything on the non-existent menu is 4 euros. If you don’t want beer you can get a coke, orange juice or water. It was bizarre, but so worth it.
caesar (224) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | May 16, 2010
28 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 6/20
Freaky bar. Hardly no place to enter, and inside is a lot of... how do i put this nicely... authentic furniture... We drank beer from the bottle, probably coz you cant trust the glassware. Probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience if you go here :P
Tim Webb (173) Cambridge, England | August 8, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 14/20
The key phase is ’studied eccentricity’. This place is unique. A ticker’s nightmare. An unanswered question. It even freaks me out and I have had all the Belgian jabs.
Stew41 (118) Woodend, Australia | April 22, 2007
40 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Without a doubt one of the strangest bar experiences ever!! Tim Webster’s commentary in his Belgian guide plus the various reviews on Beer Advocate did not prepare me well. The bar is located in an old shop crammed with all sorts of junk; most notiably bikes and lamps. You drink at one of a couple of filthy tables out of dirty glasses and drink whatever is handed to out out of an esky / cooler box. The owner is a freak, and spent most of the night sitting on a throne-like chair stoking a fire with broken furniture. Go for one beer to savour the experience.
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