This place lives up to its reputation. Of course, it has ten very solid taps and a bunch of interesting bottles. But above all, it has a great vibe, very friendly and helpful staff, and friendly locals. Definitely worth a look. I enjoyed sharing some beers with Alex of Brouwers Verzet, thanks!
Pub No.5 on the 2016 Lille the Drink in or out tour. Visited this later in the day due to its opening hours. We thought it lacked some atmosphere but I suppose this could be due to fact that it had just opened. Has the feel of a Belgian town bar but with the obvious advantage of a huge beer choice. The barman was helpful and keen to discuss the beers. A definite must visit in Lille but we did prefer Beerstro on the day.
Visited in 2011. As the name suggests, it’s a very small bar, just an elongated room along the counter; maybe too much "dirty looking"; they have 12 taps, 3 or 4 French micros and the rest Belgian; although they may have a special week with guest taps (such as Mikkeller); about 100 bottles, again with mostly Belgian beers, including many Trappists (no Westvleteren) and other good ones (no rarities, apart from Schorsch 31, Tactical Nuclear Penguin, Sink the Bismark); also some 10 French beers from micros; appreciated for not carrying macro shit; I hope with time they can increase the number of French beers. The guy knows his beers. Same owner as the L’Abbaye des Saveurs.
kermis (550) The Hague / Amsterdam , Netherlands | May 20, 2013
Fairly small bar with a mainly local fairly young crowd. Pretty busy (on a Sunday/holiday weekend). Varied tap selection and a fridge of interesting bottles. It’s a nice beer bar and definitely a place I would visit again when in Lille, but doesn’t have the kind of selection that warrants the scores given on ratebeer.
A stone’s throw from the Cathedral. A small bar with a mainly young (<30) clientele with knowledgeable bar staff and a good attitude. Manages to highlight local brews, extreme beers, awkward-to-source and others. This has to be THE place to drink beer in Lille. Very little dross. The soundtrack is not going to win an Oscar but apart from that a great lttle place.
basicaly the very (and only) reason I wanted to visit Lille ( or all of france, for that matter). I was mailing with Franck up front, and it turned out to be his birthday that very weekend. We came in the bar and it was very buisy. To our surprise, there was a big downstairs area, which was way less hectic. About 28 beers on tap, and a very decent amount of beers; They uncluded very much French beers ( that were mostly unknown to me, since I don’t see a lot of beers from France, and never tend to hear about them) . A lot of Belgian ones (the lambic selection here is amazing, and too cheap to be true, one might think ). next to that, a few established names in the craftbeerscene. The owner helped us out and we got a shockingly great French stout on bourbon barrels, as well as a Bon chien on Vin Jaune barrels ( both tap, but amazingly priced ) . The snacks were very nice sausages, and again were very cheap ( 5€) The owner took us to the private upstairs area and we had a very nice talk. He even showed us around in the cellar. I realize not everyone could expect him to Always have time ( and energy ! ) to do all this, but for us, personally, this ment to be a truly amazing beer experience. We stayed and were very surprised to find some of our favorite beers in Vintage, for prices i’ll be afraid to mention here... To cheap to be true, yet it is. Amazing place !
Went there on the evening they presented the Brussels Beer Project. 3 tasters (2 x 25cl and 1 x 12.5cl) for 10 euro. Lots of other cool stuff on draught and in the fridge! Friendly bartenders that know there beers. Understandable, but annoying, they don’t have a pricelist with the beers on tap.
Forgot to review , I do the job now ... Visited November 2012 , the place is pretty nice tiny and cosy.. Easy to find in a nice narrow street in the city centre .. They sell 12 beers on tap from North France and Belgium mostly ,in perfect condition so it’s a very good place where to sample the " biere de garde" ... I chatted with a guy who spoke English so I learned a lot about French beers and he already known some of Italian beer ..a very friendly place with passionate staff and good and not easy to find French beer on tap..