Visited with wife and friend at lunchtime on Saturday. Really interesting ambiance, golden trolls out front. Wife had been there many times before during the three months she lived in Gent, which helped. There is seating out front, as well as three floors inside (one up and one down). They seemed to be service challenged on Saturday - I even tried to order at the bar and was told to sit and wait. During the almost 15 minute wait for initial service, my wife walked next door and ordered a bunch of food from a small place that actually had a good selection of Belgian fast food items, including horse sausage. More on this later.
Tap list was decent, Trappist heavy. Bottle list was extensive, including a number of lambics. I tried the VAT 79 and VAT 109. They had all three Westvleteren beers in bottle as well - wife loved the XII, which doesn’t surprise me - she has expensive tastes.
More on service. It did take forever to get served, and the rather rude turnaround at the bar was a put off. Server, when he came, was friendly and took some photos for us, which was nice. When I ordered my second beer, I asked for VAT 109 (first was VAT 79). When he came, he had a second VAT 79; I told him I wanted the 109 - he said they didnt have it, so I showed him the list. He grumbled a bit and said he would get one and they would take the 18 euro for the opened VAT 79 out of his paycheck. We apologized for the mix up and left him a nice tip, but I thought it was rather unfriendly at the time. They really should open the higher value bottle at the table to avoid such confusion, particularly with a very multinational clientele. They did open the Westy XII at the table, but that was more to prove authenticity than assure that the bottle was correct.
Price wise my conclusions were mixed. Many of the bottles were reasonable. I found out later that day that the 18 euro for the VAT beers was a factor of two high based on other bars.
This place is clearly better than Waterhuis aan de Bierkant. The staff is attentive and friendly, which is always a good start. The place itself spreads over three floors, so there is space available. They have a good selection of beers with some nice lambics on the card, though none of them were new to me, and lots of other Belgian beers - classics as well as newer ones. If I ever to back to Gent I will revisit this place.
rikstar (144) , Netherlands | March 10, 2017| Updated March 13, 2017
Speels ingedeeld over drie verdiepingen daardoor groter dan je in eerste instantie door hebt. Royale bierkaart welke wel zo goed als geheel gereserveerd is voor Belgische brouwers. Wel voldoende diversiteit met.ook een aantal porters en ipas en zure bieren. Prijzen redelijk en gemoedelijke bediening
Posto bellissimo tutto in legno con differenti stanze di varie dimensioni.. bella selezione sia spina e bottiglia , personale gentile e con buona conoscenza dei prodotti, l’orario di apertura fino a tardi è un ulteriore punto in più !
Quite large and cozy bar with lots of wood and a good, classic pub ambiance. Was quite lively on a Monday Evening, mostly young people but also a few older people enjoyed their beer. Very interesting beer menu with not only, but lots of Belgian classics, accompanied by a dozen of new wave Belgian beers from BBP, Troubadour and others. Prices were still okay although not cheap, staff was very friendly and attentive. Nice place, enjoyed it quite a lot!
Touristy place with a decent selection of beers. Nice to go out with some friends. Update: it has been quite a while since I visited. Stopped by on the way back from Uncle Babe’s for a nightcap. Tilquin à l’Ancienne² on the bottle list! Really decent selection (best in Ghent??).