A nice cafe overlooking the main square. Appallingly slow waiting staff. I had 3 beers with my food and had to wait 20 mins for the first, I ordered the 2nd as food arrived then 25 mins with an empty glass for the 3rd!! I did not leave a tip!! Unfortunately most of the other bars mentioned on this were closed so not much choice to go elsewhere!
We came here after visiting Westvleteren, walking around Poperinge for food and beer. Think we had Kapsalon for dinner at some kebab place.
Anyway! This is located right at the Grote Markt and we walked in here instead of any of the other pubs more or less on chance. We made the right decision as they had a nice selection of primarily De Dolle and Struise stuff, even some fresh Struise Imperialist on draft. The owner was a hop grower (he even offered us to drive us out to his farm the next morning!) and sat down and talked beer with us. I remember the beers being pretty cheap for what it is. A solid place to go down some Imperialist or Arabier in this small, charming town.
Stopped in for a beer while staying in Poperinge. As soon as I walked in, it smelled like I walked into a smoking station. The smell was overwhelming. There was no one at the bar so I took a seat outside. It does have a nice view of the town center and a decent beer selection. Service was decent. I got my beer, but couldn’t get over the smell of smoke on the glassware. Can’t say I’d go back.
Now run by a local hop farmer and after a very dodgy transitional stage is back on form with an improved beer selection featuring De Dolle & Struise. Update 1/1/15: now has probaly the most interesting (but not the largest) beer menu in town with a De Struise beer on tap and the likes of Fort Lapin in bottle - check the cabinet as not everything is on the menu.
Rather large bar in 2 stores right on Groze markt. A few taps and bottles, mostly locals, including some Struise, Hommelbier, etc. Service a little slow, fairly priced. Nothing to go out of the way for, but nice enough for a drink after a tour around town.
This place totally surprised me and they had a good selection of both Struise and De Dolle. Very nice owner and the best place on Poperinge! Was there during the Football World Cup and on the second floor they had like a movie theater with football.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 2, 2013| Updated December 15, 2013
Visited October 2012.
After a string of unsuccessful stops around the oost/westvleteren area we stopped here looking for something to eat. The problem was, of course, that outside of tourist season NOTHING is open during the week outside of an hour for lunch and another hour or two for dinner. I don’t remember what we actually ate (aside from the cup of soup that I had) but we probably ended up settling for some crappy halal food. They did have cake which in retrospect I should have tried. They have an interesting bottle list of some things that you don’t normally see, mostly local stuff. What I ordered wasn’t bad which was the hommel bier which seemed fitting considering where we were and that we had just come from the hop museum. Service was decent considering this is Belgium. Not sure I’d journey across Belgium to get here but since at some point I’ll undoubtedly be back in the area (still have to visit de Dolle and Rodenbach after all) I’ll probably stop in for a beer on the way to/from St Bernardus to load up on more schwag.
Went here because it was literally one of the only places open in the city. Small draft list with a half decent selection of bottles. Not really worth going to on its own, but it may be your only option depending on when you’re in town.