Centrally located near the market square in Bruges. Smallish with a front room smoking section and a non-smoking back room that also has a fireplace. Auxilliary back room past the toilets. Good atmosphere. Helpful and pleasant staff, even when they’re busy. Great selection of Christmas beers when I visited in December. Lots of tourists, but an occasional friendly local also. Definitely a top Belgian bar.
In a small alleyway off the northern part of the main commercial street in the city - less than a couple of minutes walk west from the central square. This place is only open in the evenings and gets packed quickly. On arrival as a half-way house before dinner, the main front room was already packed with not a seat to be had at any of the small wooden tables in the small square room, nor on the stools at the bar to the left. We were shown into the back room past the toilets which was almost empty. The atmosphere didn’t really compare in here to the front so it was somewhat disappointing, although I guess this part would have been full as well an hour or two later - so probably arrived at the worst possible time! The drinks were top notch though with keg options including Christmas seasonal brews complimenting large bottle selection that exists here.
Opens at 4pm. Inside it’s a small cramped barroom up front with some tables in the back room. Beer list is certainly good, but I was sort of expecting something better... no, not the level of, say, Bier Circus or Delirium, but I had a hard time finding anything new or interesting on their menu. A lot of gueuze and kriek but you can find that stuff at the cafe down the street. I finally settled on a mid-aged bottle of Mort Subite Oude Kriek, which was a good choice as it has a fully developed sourness and it somewhat rescued what was becoming a disappointing visit. Recommended, for sure, but I do not think that ’t Brugs should be considered on the same level as the other legendary beer cafes of Belgium.
We stopped here after wandering around and taking pictures for a bit. I was very pleasantly surprised by both how cozy it was and how nice the service was. Service in Belgium was pretty bad all around but these guys were nice. They also have a pretty good beer list. I was tempted to buy the oaked Straffe Hendrik after I learned aobut it an hour earlier at the brewery but then I saw the price tag of 30 euro... The beer list isn’t quite what we had experienced at Kulminator the day before but it was pretty good. This was also the perfect opportunity to have a Chimay and experience the quaint Belgian pub. They have plenty of beer signs everywhere to let you know where you are. Prices were pretty high on the beer though, which makes sense since Bruges is the Euro Disney for adults. I didn’t want to order any food so I paid no attention to the prices on that. If I find myself in this part of Belgium again I’d probably stop in for another beer.
Visited on 10th December 2016. 2 roomed venue a few mins out of the centre of Bruges. Got there for opening and place was already packed. It’s got a lovely feel to the place, a proper locals boozer feel to it, just nice and traditional. A good range of beer on tap and in bottle. I had the beer recommended in BlackHaddocks ratebeer review on the menu, it was decent stuff too. Nice friendly staff were offering us another drink straight away too. Value was good too. Really liked this place and one not to miss in Bruges.
Full of happy souls indulging on many fine brews. The pub bursts with character and is welcoming even when crowded. A nice focus on lambic, which I stuck to. The staff were friendly and chatty, and keen to discuss beer with less knowledgeable visitors, even though they got asked the same questions over again. Well run beer bar.
Fin (1126) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 9, 2014
I can’t remember how many times I have visited this place over the years (let’s just say lot’s) Our most recent visit on Saturday December 6th 2014 saw this just as popular as ever, seriously within 10-15 minutes of opening it is already packed, you really need to be here bang on opening time, we were very lucky this time as a table was free and we were 30 mins after opening. The beer choice is still huge and for Brugge still very reasonable we had a couple of De Dolle beers one of which was the special anniversary beer brewed for the pub. Btw they will let you bottles to takeaway. It is a great pub to sit in on a cold day or night at this time of year, the chat is great and the place is buzzing, for atmosphere it really reigns supreme, my rating moves up one notch to 92 this and Cafe Rose Red really are unbeatable in Brugge. This initial visit (see below) was years ago This truly is a shrine to beer for anyone in Brugge. The range of beers is probably second to none and as important the staffs knowledge of their beer stock is equally impressive. It’s a wonderfully simple place with no distractions to good chatter and beer drinking. My only real gripe is the opening hours, as I recall it doesn’ t open on a Wednesday and opens later in the afternoon, otherwise it’s safely in my top ten pubs 90
Have enjoyed beers here on an annual basis since the early 2000’s, most recent visit around midnight on a busy Saturday in July ’12.
Solid bottle list of 250 or so and 5 taps at the bar. Best thing about my most recent visit is that the place is ALL no smoking now. I’ve had many a night when I’ve returned to my hotel room stinking of cigarette smoke after a session in the Bear!
Service is usually good but does suffer from being overly packed as this place gets a lot of mention in tourists guides, hence fills up with all manner of tourists wanting beer in novelty glasses - it’s always Kwak’o’clock in the Bear!
Food is pretty basic, I wouldn’t come here for my evening meal but the cheese board goes well with the beers.
You normally get a later drink than the hours suggest, curtains closed door on the latch etc. Daisy has kept it open just for our small group of 4 or 5 for a good hour after closing in the past.
As a first time drinker in Belgium back in ’00 the menu was pretty mind blowing and held a ’wow’ factor, but I don’t really get that so much now having drank most of them. My only criticism is that they don’t tend to stock many rareties and there were only 2 or 3 Struise offerings on the menu and none of the hard to gets!
A nice, cosy place. Has a real ’broken-in’ feel. They have a big beer list that has all the classics plus lots more (though nothing too crazy). The service is pretty solid decent here, the prices pretty fair. Conveniently located, so well worth a visit.