Belgium > Gent
Alengrin (85) , Belgium | June 16, 2015| Updated July 18, 2015
62 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Famed concert hall with a venerable history of socialist activism and politics behind it; not a beer place per se, but they do commission this Triomfbier by Dupont and seem to focus on organic beers, the pioneer of which was indeed Dupont, at least in Belgium. In summer, their roof terrace is transformed into an outdoors café where I could spend hours. Pleasant enough place to have a beer, both inside in winter (when it is often very crowded) and outside in summer, worth a visit.
Hamirubi (32) Waarschoot, Belgium | April 13, 2015
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (115) Belchium im Biersgau, Germany | February 16, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
[1997-2015] The roomy, sometimes chilly café area of this now multifunctional and once godless temple of Flemish Socialism conjures up the splendour of Viennese coffee houses, transported into more sober North Sea climes. This is basically the place where people of all walks of life congregate before or after concerts, parties and readings, but also the only place to get Dupont’s great new subtly smoked Vooruit anniversary beer on draught, along with a nice range of partly "organic" beers and many interesting other finds by smaller breweries. Not all bar staff have the same level of pouring skills, self-service mentality is written large. True-to-their-origin democratic prices, also for soups of the day and snacks. Usually occupied by students using it as their living room/study and soaking up the free WiFi.
cristophdb (2) , | June 28, 2014
58 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Mathieu87 (227) Ganshoren, Belgium | December 8, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
Been there a few times allready, but it’s been quite some time. Last time was a few months ago, when during the interval of a try-out of a Belgian comedian. So service then was rather slow, because 200+ people tried to order a drink in less then 5 minutes time. Their homebeer is really intersting though!
Update: good prices, chill place.
77ships (139) Antwerpen, Belgium | November 24, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very easy to find, the concert hall with which this place is affiliated is very high & has “Vooruit” written on it on the side. Place looks like a cafeteria in not the most flattering way, looks a bit rundown it is clearly old and feels like it could use a renovation. It is clean & from where I sat you can look into the kitchen so they have nothing to hide. The whole place smelled of spaghetti so it is very canteen like in a not flattering way. There were lots of people eating basic dishes, it looks a bit depressing to me. If you are not eating you need to order at the bar which seems to take a very long time. It didn’t seem like we would ever get service in here unless if we specifically were to request it. Luckily the music selection was impeccable, they were playing the entire discography of Beach House who I think are an incredible band. Given that this part of the concert hall, I think that it is safe to assume that music selection is always interesting here. They had plenty of Dupont offerings including one that is made specifically for them which turned out to be a smoked saison & was spectacular. Other than the Dupont beers the beer list mostly has the usual suspects. Prices seemed pretty average to me. I would suggest to pop in & try the house beer and move on.
AndySnow (221) Stockholm, Sweden | November 14, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Sat outside, a place that remind me of huge stairs. Not a huge selection, but decent enough, and being able to sit in an outside lounge in the sun is worth a bit. Not necessarily worth a visit by itself, there are far better places in Gent, but if you happen to pass by worth a quick visit.
tderoeck (172) Gent, Belgium | November 8, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice beer list, not excessive but interesting. Always a lot of Dupont beers along other biological beers. Some "regular" ones as Maes and Grimbergen for the boring people. Good food at reasonable prices. But everything is self-service. You go to the bar to place your order, pay and get your drinks. Then you wait until your "beeper" goes off and you go get your plate at the kitchen counter. Always nice to go for lunch on a work day.
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!
ekstedt (160) Göteborg, Sweden | August 13, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Trendy place in a large building containing various cultural facilities. Good beer list with some unusual stuff. Nice place to hang out.
Boudicca (986) London, England | August 28, 2011| Updated September 13, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Vooruit is an arts centre with a concert hall, theatre and café housed in an early 20th century building owned by the Vooruit Cooperative. It’s just south of the city centre and well worth a visit for the architecture alone. The café is a bit like an upmarket art deco student refectory and it’s very spacious, occupying three adjoining rooms. At the front there’s a huge lobby area with a stage, large mirrors adding to the sense of space and a tiled staircase leading down to the toilets; in the middle is the bar area, the entrance of which is flanked by two statues of stooped figures on either side supporting the ceiling; and at the back there’s a third splendid airy room with a staircase and a glass skylight with a very attractive leaf and flower pattern border. There are marble topped tables and, in the middle room, a long table down the centre.
If I were in Gent for any length of time, I might make this my base as it’s a pleasant place to be (although it can be very busy when the theatre throws out), it serves good food at a reasonable price and has free wifi.
The beer list isn’t particularly long but it’s certainly interesting. There are 33cl bottles of two Oxfam beers (blond and bruin) alongside five biobieren and six trappist ales as well as three 75cl bottles: Dupont Bon Voeux, Dupont Cervesia and Dupont La Biere de Beloeil – all delicious and perfect for sharing with friends, as we did when we went there with Jackie and Simon. In addition there are six taps which include three from Gruut, the brewpub just round the corner (blond, amber and bruin).
(Last visited 11 June 2011).
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