Kortrijk Beer Guide: Your Kortrijk guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Kortrijk

76 /100
Albert Heijn (Grocery Store)
RINGLAAN 34 152
“Wel ja, ze hebben Nederlands bier.“
Hopverdju 133 days ago
74 /100 GROENINGELAAN 15
“The second place visited during my first brief exploration of Kortrijk with a beery theme, thanks Luis for the recommendation. Apparently a hotel or B&B with a pub at ground level, all located in an old-fashioned, if attractive building; the interior was very cosy and 'brown', like any old school urban Belgian beer pub (think Brugs Beertje and the like). Classical music was playing and the owner, an elderly lad, was very friendly. On summer nights, apparently the other side of the street is used as a patio, with tables scattered over a large lawn with beautiful old trees on it. The beer list was extensive only in an old-fashioned, exclusively Belgian and 20th-century kind of way, but did include several ticks from local breweries (Bossuwé, for example) especially in the 'cellar remainders' section of old beers that have passed their 'best before' dates. I think I would love this place in winter time just as much and would love to return just for the nice atmosphere and cosy vibe it has, but I heard that the owner is planning to retire so no idea how much longer it will stay open...“
Alengrin 327 days ago
76 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“Finally made it to Kortrijk's foremost beer bar last week - unfortunately I never visited it when it was still run by the previous owner, as I came to understand that the 'beery' part of it has been tuned down a bit since then, with a less extensive beer menu. Still several interesting things on tap, though, including a Ghent beer I never even saw in Ghent itself; some of the tap beers were clearly past their prime, though, I guess this place simply does not attract enough craft beer lovers to keep it going, but it is to the current owner's credit that he advised against ordering certain beers because they were no longer in prime condition. Bottle list is a bit predictable, but does contain smaller breweries, if Belgian only (including a couple of traditional lambics - no rarities, though). Seems to have a kind of brown pub-like vibe to it, with a lot of attention for the music scene as well. I visited it on a relatively quiet night but I can imagine it being quite loud (and 'boozy') on a Saturday night. Still, clearly among the better options for decent artisanal beer in the town of Kortrijk, very reasonably priced as well.“
Alengrin 327 days ago
8 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“De geur van marihuana waait van de terras binnen. Uitbaters zeggen er niets van...“
BeerHopper33 477 days ago
8 /100
Dingen (Bar)
12 BUDASTRAAT
“Zou open moeten zijn op maandag maar dat is het nooit.“
beerbeerbeers 496 days ago
100 /100 BUDASTRAAT
“Amazing bar, with great and friendly service. Personnel knows what they serve and help you choose if you are uncertain. Selection of beer is good, they have about 20 ish beers. Food is very nice and cheap. All in all, a comfy and chill atmosphere; perfect to enjoy a beer, a glass of whiskey, or any other of the many alcohols they have.“
YeastChalice26 578 days ago
72 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“A hole in the wall pub with a bigger outdoor patio. Pretty standard local selection, but an interesting small number of taps and couple of one off bottles. When in Kortrijk...“
Gerbeer 663 days ago
74 /100
Souffleur (Restaurant)
SCHOUWBURGPLEIN 16
“We visited here Friday 27th April 2018, another place that we were visiting for the first time here and yet it is really quite central, its in a square, about 5 minutes walk from the station and even less to Gainsbar. It has a lovely looking exterior as it is housed in a lovely stone building. I have added this as a restaurant, truth is whilst it clearly does food I think that it could just as easily be logged as a bar.

We sat outside soaking up some sun and ordered some food and a beer. The list was pretty good but we decided on old favourites Orval (Loz) and Duvel Tripel Hop Citra (Fin). We ordered Croque Monsieur (or similar) and salad and it was very good, a bit pricey perhaps but the portions were substantial and the salad very fresh.There were a few folk sat outside and whilst I didn't really venture inside other than to pay the bill there were a few inside also. It appeared quite spacious inside and also fairly modern looking with a large bar area in the centre.

We liked it here, the service was very good, swift and friendly. The beer choice whilst it didn't have much unusual stuff did provide a pretty wide range. I would definitely return, probably for a bite to eat again.“
Fin 794 days ago
56 /100 HARELBEEKSESTRAAT 29
“We visited here Friday 27th April 2018, this was our first visit here and yet it is but a stones throw from Staminee Boulevard. Its about a 7-8 minute brisk walk from the centre heading east and can be found on the corner of Vaartstraat and Harelbeeksestraat. I understand that it is a small Hotel/B&B, however we came here for a meal and a beer.

The tables were made up for diners and so it was difficult to really get a feel for the place as a bar, however we entered from the corner and the bar/serving area was off to the left. I have to confess to not really recalling much about the beers available, suffice to say I believe that the choice was decent, I think that it is likely Loz had an Orval and I had a Rochefort 10. We opted for set menu €33 each I think for three courses, Goats Cheese Salad to start, Beef Stew (cooked in Chimay, I think) and Ice Cream or a Cheese Board for the third course. We enjoyed the starter's but the stew we thought was gloopy and well below par, it also glistened, so it's unlikely we would eat here again. Also the young female server had a complete air of indifference, she looked like she'd rather be anywhere else than here on a Saturday evening. So all in all this place just about registers as ok, but easily the weakest of the places we've been to today.“
Fin 802 days ago
70 /100
Sweet Nuts (Grocery Store)
STEENPOORT 3
“Visited on 23/03/2018. Grocery store selling bio food and drinks. Also some tables to eat and drink there. Selection of about 8 bio beers from different regions of Belgium“
Bierridder_S 829 days ago
80 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“Well worth a detour. Best of all several on tap. Good selection of beers from micro breweries. Enthusiastic staff. Beers good quality, glad I came, will be back!“
b727trijet 1058 days ago
80 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“Nice beer bar in Kortrijk, centrally located. Small room, with a bar at the back, after a couple of wide steps (beware!). 10 taps, with good belgian classics and craft ones mixed with some really nice imports (Hair of the Dog when we visited). Bottle list is extensive, around 100 i guess, with lots of choices. Nice "No AB InBev crap served here" (or something similar) sign. Nice terrace outside, attentive service, fair prices and good vibe, strongly recommended if in the area.“
Lowenbrau 1060 days ago
78 /100 GROENINGELAAN 15
“Visited with Miro and Travlr, bumped into Joel inside. Cozy, traditional interior, the upstairs room felt like having a beer in a living room. Beer list wasn’t spectacular, but we were able to find some interesting beers. Worth checking out.“
Iznogud 1183 days ago
84 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“Located in the city center. Visited several days in a row, before and after ACBF. It was quite relaxed, even peaceful before the festival and total madness after the festival which was expected, I guess. Not a large place, patio outside. Great music, punk and rock combination, really enjoyed it, gets a bonus for ambiance :) There are 10 beers on tap, mostly Belgian alongside some imports like Magic Rock. Very nice bottle list with affordable prices, Belgian modern craft, lambics, imported stuff - a little bit of everything. As good as it gets in a small place like Kortrijk, a must visit.“
Iznogud 1185 days ago
80 /100 GROENINGELAAN 15
“Zeer gezellig café en vriendelijke uitbaters. De bierkaart was vroeger avontuurlijker maar is nog steeds ok. Samen met Gainsbar de beste plaatsen in Kortrijk voor bier.“
beerbeerbeers 1212 days ago
80 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“Gezellige bar in Kortrijk. één van de weinige plaatsen waar je een buitenlands bier kan drinken. Wel veel bieren geschrapt op de kaart.“
beerbeerbeers 1212 days ago
76 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“Funnily laid out (the high steps up to the bar are not exactly customer friendly), very interesting selection for a Belgian bar outside the major cities. Competitively priced and with a welcoming atmosphere.“
Scotty001 1224 days ago
76 /100 GROENINGELAAN 15
“Very characterful place. Very cozy, almost cramped, looks like someone’s living room. Small bar downstairs, then another room upstairs with a few tables and chairs, interesting artwork. Creative printed menu, although slightly difficult to read. Interesting enough beer list, fairly small, with an emphasis on Belgian beers. Friendly staff. With other bars closing in Kotrijk, this is now one of your better options.“
Travlr 1225 days ago
84 /100 GROENINGELAAN 15


We visited here (last stop of the day) on Thursday 11th March 2016, we had popped along an hour or so earlier but it was yet to open. Btw please be aware of the opening times, I should have written them down and tried to edit this entry as they are on the door and don’t Tally with we have on here. To get here requires a 5-6 min walk from the centre, we went past a park and found it easily enough.

Inside it was a little dark but very atmospheric, there was a room at the front where we eventually sat at a table by the window, but we continued to the bar first which appears to be at the centre of the pub/Café bar. There were a couple of locals sat at the bar, I never really looked at the long list of beers, instead I settled on a sheet which the landlord prints regularly with new offerings and I settled for a Struisse Blue Monk which was very good.

We never really explored this place though I suspect it went a good bit further back. Loz told me to check out a strange little nook and cranny downstairs as you exit the toilets where a small space has been filled with a number of toylike figures and put on display, mmhhh... Interesting, slightly strange but quite amusing. We really liked this place, it had a nice atmosphere, some strange paintings adorned the walls, nice soft lighting, a very good bar, Loz’s favourite and my second favourite. “
Fin 1583 days ago
42 /100
Nata (Restaurant)
GROTE MARKT 4


We visited Nata on Thursday 11th March 2016, This Café/Restaurant occupies a prime spot in the Grote Markt although some building work smack opposite meant our view was of a chap moving large concrete blocks with a JCB or similar vehicle, but hey it was a wonderfully sunny day so we sat outside. Most of other the other outside tables were also full with others taking full advantage of this great weather, only three days previously there had been heavy snow in these parts we were told.

As the previous rater mentions, this isn’t really much of a place to lure in beer lovers, it just about gets a nod from me for including Orval and Duvel Triple Hop amongst an otherwise very small and unexciting choice, we had one of each. Inside this is a very big and quite smart place certainly more geared towards those eating, in fact it stretches back a long way and also has a similarly proportioned area upstairs, it was empty inside, I nipped in as the toilets are upstairs.

Unfortunately this place seems to be plagued by rather bold but mangy looking pigeons who were frequently on top of tables scavenging for food, If I was the proprietor I would have to do something about that. Anyway back to the bar, it’s ok but there are much, much better bars in town.

Fin 1584 days ago
78 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1


We visited Gainsbar Thursday 11th March 2016, This Café is located reasonably centrally a few minutes walk from the Grote Markt on Vlaasmarkt. It was a gloriously sunny day so we sat outside, there were a couple of other tables already occupied with folk doing the same.

This is a smaller bar than I expected inside, the bar is ahead as you enter, but be aware as there are a couple of steps up to it. Inside there was a few tables and chairs stairs to the RH side of the bar led upstairs to the toilet, I would imagine this place would be quite difficult to access if you were disabled or used a wheelchair. Information about the beers available is displayed prominently to the LH side and on a pillar at the bar. There were ten taps dispensing a good choice of beers, we had Mikkeller Monks brew, Handbryggiet Flemish Brown with Cherries and Gulden Spoor Quad on tap and Loz also had to have an Orval. We also had a plate of cheese with mustard and celery salt, it was a huge slab of Jonge Gouda.

The barman knew his stuff, he was very professional, however he didn’t appear so friendly or in the least bit chatty, which is fine I guess, perhaps at just after opening it was a bit too early in the day for him yet. We liked it here it’s a great bar and on beer choice alone probably the best in town I shouldn’t wonder, however for us, taking everything else into account it was bettered by Staminee Boulevard and Café In De Wolken.

Fin 1584 days ago
86 /100 BEGIJHOFSTRAAT 17


We visited Café In De Wolken Thursday 11th March 2016, This Café is a modern looking place, it is situated at about 2 o’clock if you used the Grote Markt as being central and it is close by two large churches on Begijnhofstraat.

Inside as already mentioned it has a very modern appearance, it is a long rectangular bar with much of the tables and seating at the front, the bar starts about half way along with a few stools and regulars propping it up on our visit. One wall near the front has a great display of old records sleeves illustrating the owners passion for Blues, Jazz and Folk music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. There were some great record sleeves and along with the more familiar Bob Dylan (The Times They are a Changing), Leadbelly, Tom Rush, Spider Blues, Bert Jansch also featured. As you might expect the music in here was well chosen with Goin to Chicago by Clarence Gatemouth Brown, That Ol’ Feeling by Pee Wee Russell and lots of other corkers. We chatted to the landlord who said he used to visit London back in the sixties to buy his records.

The beer choice was very good, ok so it was not such a singing or dancing selection as Gainsbar, but it must have run to 80-100 with a nice range of styles, I managed to bag a new rate without to much difficulty. This place is all about sitting back relaxing and a listening to some nice music, we really liked it here.

Fin 1584 days ago
82 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“Kleine gezellige donkere kroeg met mozaïek toog. Leuke muziek: 50’s, rock a billy, blues, folk, alternatieve rock, meestal alles van vinyl. In ’t weekend gaat de muziek wat luider ‘s avonds. 10 taps + krijtbord met suggesties en leuke gevarieerde bierkaart. Hier kun je zelfs nog iets nieuws proeven als bierliefhebber.“
Hopverdju 1616 days ago
62 /100
De Dingen (Bar)
BUDASTRAAT 12
“Alternatieve kroeg met de sfeer als een huiskamer. recyclage tafels en stoelen. Gelegenheid tot het spelen van gezelschapsspellen. Oorspronkelijk koffiebar maar met een bescheiden maar leuke bierlijst. Af en toe andere biertjes. Moortgat bieren van het vat.“
Hopverdju 1621 days ago
86 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“My favorite place in Kortrijk, located in the center, some 3 minutes from the main square and 5 minutes from the train station. 10 taps, I think 3-4 are reserved for Guests and the rest are from local breweries. Small 0.16l and 0.33l options so it’s nice for tasting. Really nice guest beer on tap can be found here, Mikkeller for example. Some 120+ bottles, also a lot of local smaller breweries, lots of de Struise. No InBev as they say :) The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, with nice suggestions and serving in proper glassware. The place is rather small, some 7-8 tables and the bar, rather low light, a bit of beer soaked wood atmosphere, free WiFi. Usually it’s not really crowded except weekend evening. Music on vinyl, rock mostly, I’ve heard Dean Martin also and some I’d call usual hipster music which is to be expected from a beergeek bar like this. Also good source of information for beer related events in the area. I’ve been coming here every week while in Kortrijk, bringing my colleagues with me and hopefully I’ll return someday. “
kajser27 1623 days ago
76 /100
Dranken Pauwels (Beer Store)
GUIDO GEZELLELAAN 157A
“Visited 18th January 2016 - Good place near to Kortrijk centre. Good selection with nice classical Belgium beer for a really good value. There is a small area for some special beer like gueuze or lambic and also for special breweries, and if you go upstairs there is a huge selection of special Belgian breweries. Good service and good selection for a good value. Good place to visit.“
sir__v 1635 days ago
84 /100 BEGIJHOFSTRAAT 17
“Gezellig, niet te druk. Geen te grote selectie bier, maar wel een goeie! Bijna altijd aangename muziek waarbij men nog kan praten zoals: jazz, blues, fado...“
Hopverdju 1653 days ago
80 /100
Dranken Pauwels (Beer Store)
GUIDO GEZELLELAAN 157A
“Great shop! This place goes further than most similar type of Belgian ’warehouse’ shops. Not only do they have a great amount of (mostly good) beers on offer, their service is top notch, speedy and friendly. Some euro craft (could still work on that, though) and decent to great prices. Went away with more than 3 crates of new ticks, so I certainly don’t complain! If they work on that international selection, all will be good for them.“
erickok 1665 days ago
72 /100
Dranken Pauwels (Beer Store)
GUIDO GEZELLELAAN 157A
“Warehouse close to the center of Kortrijk. Decent selection of mostly Belgian beers, although beers from Rooie Dop, De Molen and Jopen have been added. Entire selection of Gulden Spoor available, including homebeer Tineke van Heule. Prices are ok and staff is friendly. As it’s located at the end of my street, I pass by regulary. It’s a nice stop, when you are in the neighborhood, but don’t expect something special.“
Zupastan 1717 days ago
78 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“Nice little bar in Kortrijk. 10 taps, some guest taps- quite good selection of interesting beers. Also nice bottle selection, above 100- mostly Belgian but also some "hop beers"- If you arre in Kortrijk its worth a visit“
Arve_Christian 1723 days ago
46 /100
Nata (Restaurant)
GROTE MARKT 4
“This is not really a beer place. It’s a restaurant, and yes they sell beers. If you have to go there, buy an Orval.....“
Theis 1861 days ago
88 /100
Nata (Restaurant)
GROTE MARKT 4
“One of the finest venues in Kortrijk’s grand place. From its terrace take a look at the World Heritage belfry while you sip a local beer or any other magnificent belgian ale.“
huineman 1890 days ago
70 /100
Dranken Pauwels (Beer Store)
GUIDO GEZELLELAAN 157A
“OK drankenhandel close to the center of Kortrijk. Besides the usual macro lagers they have a selection of Struise, Alvinne and quite some Gulden Spoor beers (the brewery is almost located in their backyard). Also had some Hof ten Dormael, Dochter van de Korenaar, few De Molen’s and regular Cantillons (OG, Kriek), Boon. Not a a shop to go out of your way for, decent still. Prices are OK.“
berntholer 1907 days ago
88 /100
Dingen (Bar)
12 BUDASTRAAT
“Really like this small quirky cafe. Beer menu is small but well-chosen with good stuff from the likes of Senne & Dupont. As with most Kortrijk cafes, opening times are a seldom realised aspiration.“
baxterfish 1931 days ago
84 /100 GROENINGELAAN 15
“Nice cafe looking a bit like a traditional British pub. Service at the bar only. Good choice of beer but expensive (Rohefort 10 @ E5.70!!). Food was nice but pricey. Possibly Kortrijk’s cosiest cafe. As with other Kortrijk cafes, there is no guarentee it will be open.“
baxterfish 1931 days ago
82 /100 BEGIJHOFSTRAAT 17
“Nice liitle modern bar with a smallish but well-chosen beer menu. Recommended.“
baxterfish 1931 days ago
82 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“Nice cool modern bar in the centre ideal for Cantillon; De Dolle and 3 Fonteine. I like the late hours on the weekend and the choice of music by DJ’s was commendable. It gets very busy and is clearly a popular destination for beer geeks. The beer choice is good. I enjoyed a Struise Pannepot Reserva and many lambics were consumed. I was also happy to find De Dolle. It is a very loud and modern beer bar. It’s a good place but with a few more tweeks could be amazing. Thanks to Glenn of Alvinne for pointing this place out to me.“
tdtm82 1932 days ago
90 /100 GROENINGELAAN 15
“Great old school hang-out bar in Kortrijik. Good value. Great selection. Some nice lambics. Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux on tap. Beer is kept really well. Staff are wonderful and attentive. Cool stack of records. An utterly fantastic place. Thanks to Martin Ridge for the reccomendation. I’d gladly come back.“
tdtm82 1932 days ago
84 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“Fairly small and modern, 10 generally interesting taps at reasonable prices and a decent bottle list.“
sic1314 1953 days ago
80 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“Great local pub in the Kortrijk City centre. Went there on a saturday afternoon around 3PM. Place is really cozy, but apparantly it’s mainly in the evening that this place gets crowded and that you get a good vibe. Bartender was really friendly, real beergeek. Only served beer at the bar. But as we ordered some special stuff, he immediatly recommended the ACBF in a few weeks at Bierhalle Deconinck. Value is very decent: Oerbier Reserva at 7 euro, Hanssens Oudbeitje at 6 euro... And proper glassware! I love it! Overall a really nice place to hang out!“
Mathieu87 1995 days ago
82 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“Nice place. Some old music, a good selection of beers, from Belgium, Netherlands & Denmark. Good ambiance & good prices. I’ll come back again!“
RudolphSayven 2009 days ago
80 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“Nice bar in the center of the down. Good selection of beer from Belgium and some others countries like Danemark (Mikkeller) and Holland (De Molen), the price is also nice ! The menu is really nice with really good price (the x-mas beer selection was really relevant). About the tap there is 6 taps with classical belgium and local pils as Bokor but 2 craft taps like Struise, De Molen... The place is clean and really nice good decoration. And also good music. The people inside are calm and the place is not noisy, and the music is really great oldies rock and pop with vintage vinyls !“
sir__v 2009 days ago
74 /100
Gainsbar (Bar)
VLASMARKT 1
“Nice bar , trendy atmosphere . Pretty clear that there is passion in the house . Selection is basic, but nice . Even some foreign beers ! Service was not capable of pouring the beer , which was one of the onlh downsides here . I have the feeling the rotating drafts are normally better ( heard things like hopping frog ) thsn the gulden spoor that was on now . Will return . Nice place , but expected more of this“
kraddel 2104 days ago