Nice bar well located in Le Vieux Lille. We went there for the opening on a Saturday. Place wasn’t too crowded, music wasn’t too loud and there was Rugby on tv, so it was quite nice. Interior is beautiful. Service was friendly. There was 12 taps, including Cantillon Vigneronne and a couple of other very nice beers, including one from Struise. Decent bottle selection too. There’s no bottle list though, but they seems to have a lot of fresh/changing stuff so it’s understandable. Price are good (Vigneronne was 5 Euros for 25 cl) on some stuff and a little high on other, but in general the price are really fair. A great bar, and just few steps away from the other place you can’t miss when in Lille: L’Abbaye des Saveurs.
Not hard to find & close to anything central in Lille. This place looked way more rundown than expected. Non-matching partially broken chairs that appear to have been reclaimed from a high school, totally worn wood with varnish coming off, paint flaking on the walls, every piece of wood has marks,… This is a bit closer to two shootings away from being a heroin den than charming. The place nicely filled out with people & they were playing the entire “Master of Puppets” album which was quite nice. +/- 12 beers on tap, indicated on a board. Tap list was very interesting & varied, 3 or so solid French beers, one De Molen, one Brewdog, one Haandbrygerriet plus some nice Belgian fare. Very well chosen list because it covers all bases from 2.9 % ABV to 15.2 % ABV, saison, IPA, barley wine etc. Great stuff there. Sadly there was no beer list for the bottled beer or we didn’t get one because I see other reviews mentioning a vintage list. For bottles I just looked what they had in the fridge which was fine, a list would have been nice because apparently they have some stuff in the cellar & I am not psychic. The stuff in the fridge looked interesting, mix of very nice offerings from BE / NL / FR / DE / UK etc. Found some interesting FR beers which are not in the majority but France isn’t much of beer country so that is understandable. Interesting to see no Mont Salève here which I think is one of the very few truly great French brewers. The selection isn’t the biggest but they had plenty of interesting beers which were new to me which is great & the beers that they had which I had already had, in many cases I wouldn’t mind drinking them all night long. As usual Quality > Quantity. Prices were good and very reasonable & service was good by BE standards. This is obviously head and shoulders from anything that you would expect beer-wise in France but than again this is not that far from the Belgian border. Beer selection would be quite impressive in Belgium as well. It would be nice if they refurbished it because I wasn’t sure if I needed to do drugs here or drink craft beer by the looks of it. It is possibly that I am just being a cry-baby since all of the regulars and plenty of the visitors are perfectly fine with the way it looks.
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..
Alors choix intéressant, mais assez pauvre au final lorsqu’on connait un peu la mentalité , et la prétention du lieu, se prétendant être un des meilleurs bar à bières au monde. il suffit de comparé avec des bar comme le moeder lambic à bruxelles par exemples. L’accueil s’est dégradé depuis pas mal de temps. Certains serveurs ayant la grosse tête aussi et se croyant les messies de la bières venu pour precher la bonne parole. Bref un bar qui pourrai être sympa si il ne se prenait pas au sérieux
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.
facebeer (15) Calais, France | October 11, 2013| Updated October 23, 2013
Large beer choice but the staff is rough and not so clean, especially late in the night.
Hide in the center of Vieux Lille, this bar is just really awsome, Staff people are passionate, get lots of knowledge and always good tips. 12 taps, for all drinkers & beer geek and a range of whiskey. The selection change often. Events, meeting and tasting with local brewers !! once of my favourite bar ever=