Halfway down a very small alleyway hardly noticeable but found opposite the imposing Beer Experience Museum just off the main square. This is a small and intimate two floored-two room beer house. It has a predominantly wooden design in all aspects on both floors with a head hitting winding stairway to get up to the upper level. Thereís active bars on both floors and small tables seating up to four crammed into what spaces are left. Itís all open plan so those below can see the floor above and vice versa. The beer selection is extensive, although it you take too much time deciding youíll probably get the house beer pushed upon you.
Took forever to find... we actually just walked up on it late at night while out taking photographs. Located down a skinny path of a road, reminds me of the entrance to Toone in Brussels. Inside itís small but really warm and comfortable, with a small number of tables on the main floor and a fireplace up against the wall. Of course you have to try the Tripel de Garre when youíre here, which comes with a small cup of cheese. Servers were great, atmosphere was warm and jovial, and even though itís adjacent to the markt they place is not frequented by ugly tourists. Recommended.
So we were warned that this is hard to find and it took a good 20 minutes of wandering around the block before we went through the little opening (barely wide enough to walk through) in the wall between two candy shops. Sure enough, back about 50 yards was de Garre. Itís a pretty nice alley all things considered. Cobblestone and ivy and less tourists. The bar is confusing to me as it is a large building for a bar with two stories, but they donít serve food. They do have some cheese but no real food. There arenít any bar seats, just tables, and they wait on them like they would at a restaurant. The de Garre tripel was decent but not my favorite; it just seemed like the thing to order in this situation. With a group of people I could see this being a fun place to hang out for a hour or two to get away from the tourist trap that is Bruges. The service was surprisingly good here too. It must have been an off time but we had no issues getting seats.
Holy crap is this place hard to find. You have to go into a little tiny alley thatís quite easy to walk past. Itís very small inside (both down and upstairs). Four taps and a decent selection of bottles. Of course, you must try the house beer (the De Garre Tripel). They offer some small snacks like sandwiches and cheese.
Visited on 10th December 2016. Tucked away down an alleyway this is a strange little place. Three floors linked together by steep stairs, the decor oozes character and hasnít changed for years. It was really busy so had to go right to the top to get a table, service was pretty slow as a result with us seemingly ignored for some time, we persisted and got a beer, the quality was decent, prices good. The beer range was solid enough. Would go back and try it when a bit quieter.
nate2g (1140) Boomtown!, Australia | March 14, 2010| Updated March 22, 2011
A restaurant and bar with seating on two floors. A really cozy and warm feel to the place even though it was relatively busy. The Tripel de Garre is served here with accompanying cheese. A wonderful Brugge experience.
Fin (1039) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | October 2, 2013
Thought that I should get around to rating this place as Iíve been here many times over the years and as I will be in Brugge (probably) again tomorrow I may be in here again. It is up a easily missed little alleyway and is a cosy place on two levels, classical music is usually the only interruption from the chatter of others. I think that this place is best visited in the cold winter months. Well worth venturing into and the beer range is usually pretty good, possibly a tad pricey as I recall and service can be a bit iffy, also as others mention it can be descended on by hoards of tourists.
Have paid a number of visits here over the years although on the last 2 occasions Iíve attempted to itís been wedged full and Iíve had to turn around and head elsewhere - be warned!
2 floor venue connected by a rickety wooden staircase. Seating is a hotch potch of wooden chairs and tables (if you can get one!).
Solid bottle range numbering 100+ and they give you a small cheese plate on the house to go with your beers.
Good atmosphere, older crowd in general.
Worth popping in and itís really easy to miss the passageway !
Get there early !
Traditional old bar tucked away in an alley but pretty close to the Market Square. On 2 levels, getting up to the top level is via some wooden steps at the back of the pub. Pretty full on our visit, so the service suffered a little. There is a good vibe to the place but is quite touristy. The beer list wasnít that impressive really, but I did want to try their own brewed beer, so worth a visit for that reason.
Rune (718) TromsÝ, Norway | June 3, 2011| Updated June 28, 2011
Straight into the alley from the busy shopping street of Breidelstraat you find this little gem of a beer cafť. The few tables upstairs and downstairs were rapidly filled after they opened their doors at noon on an ordinary Tuesday. The beer menu is satisfying, mostly bottles, but the house beer de Garre, made by Van Steenberge, is on tap, and was lovingly served on a little tray together with cheese snacks. Classical music, local feeling and an old-styled dťcor. Closed on Mondays? It was a great pleasure meeting Strebs (see below) accidentally here (visited twice during a stay in Brugge, May 2011).