Excellent location beside a canal in the main tourist area, hence gets very crowded. Good selection including some interesting house beers fron Van Steenberge & Proef. Probably one of Gent’s essential visits - if you can get in the door.
Nice location, right next to the water. You can sit outside, inside or on the first floor (most people don’t know that) where you have a very nice view on Ghent.
Great selection of beer, a must visit when you are in Ghent.
Great riverside location, especially in the early summer evening to catch the last of the sun. Fantastic wide selection of Belgian beers at very reasonable prices (given the central location). Some helpful notes in the beer menu to guide the novice. Cheese platter w/ mustard is good value. Service can be a bit slow and shoddy at times especially when the bar gets swamped by passing swarms of tourists.
ekstedt (174) Göteborg, Sweden | July 23, 2012| Updated August 12, 2013
A very small, cosy and hectic place, and the fact that I payed my visit during the Gentse Festivaal perhaps made it extra crowded. Still very nice, rustic and simple with a good assortment, including some local stuff made especially for the pub. Servive fast despite the tough conditions.
Was really pleased when I found this place - is beautifully straight out of the canal and then they have a really good selection available. They have among other things, several beers brewed especially for the bar
Spent eight day in Gent. Found this place on our first day and try as we might, couldn’t find a reason not to return most days. The service was at times slow, but in their defense, they were at times busy. Ordered a Golden Draack on my first visit and the waitress told me it was a "Manly Bier." Clearly she knows something about bier and men. As a dark bier drinker, I thought they had a fair selection. No Grimbergen, and no Rochefort 10, but what they did have was very much appreciated. Prices were reasonable, escpecially when you consider their excellent location.
First bar I visited while in Belgium last May. I was new to beer so enjoyed the very nice bottle list. Had my favorites all in custom glasses. It was 9PM (21:00) on a Tuesday and I was able to find a seat. Read the paper and drank some great beers.
Visited twice during a long weekend over New Year (08-09). On the first visit we had to go upstairs because the small groundfloor bar was full.
Service up there was poor; the lad forgot our order and then only brought 3 beers, forgetting my on tap Gulden Draak Vintage. The lovely cheese platter we also ordered came only after reminding him. On leaving I found him downstairs texting someone instead of doing his job, very annoying. Everyone upstairs seemed to be tourists, no Flemish spoken at all, just French and English. The view from the windows however are great, the room and furniture all wooden and rickety.
The second visit was quieter and we found seats downstairs, the bar is very pleasant and again wood is the main stuff used throughout. The staff were more attentive and my on tap NIce Chouffe was in fine order. Everyone in the place on this occasion appeared to be local apart from us.
The bar is part of a business that has four distinct parts, this bar, Chez-Leontine, which is a posh looking Flemish eating house next door. Next door to that is ’t Dreupelkot, purely a Jenever Bar with 215 to choose from and lastly across the river on Kraanlei is their Beer and Jenever shop, which I also used to buy some rare beers before heading home.
In short, a good choice of well kept beers, pleasant atmosphere and surroundings, hope the staff are the ones we encounted second!