Beatiful old house, a true pub feel inside and absolutely perfect riverside patio on a nice day. Good selection with a few uniques, reasonable prices and quick service, if you catch them at the end of the bar (we had little time and a long wishlist, so we didn’t have time for their classic Belgian table service this time)
This bar once had a reputation for a huge selection of beers - but times have changed and expectations are higher now. Still, when the weather is warm it's a great place to sit outside.
SinH4 (357) Garching b. München, Germany | July 21, 2018
Visited on a national holiday. A hugely crowded bar with lots of space outside and some live music going on. Selection is just a collection of standard Belgians, so I might have had too high expectations there. The location is admittedly nice, and it seems like it could be a relaxing place if it weren't for the music (which was still fun, though). All in all a bit disappointing that this is one of the top places in Gent, but nonetheless a pleasant place to have a decent Belgian beer if it's not exactly a national holiday when you visit, I guess.
I am not sure why this rates so high. The ambiance is great, the name (Waterhouse at the beer side) is perfect, but the beer list is average with most of the usual Belgian beer suspects. They have the advantage of three house beers which are ok but not great and they surely miss all the new Belgian craft breweries that came up in the last couple of years (Dochter vd Korenaar, Hof ten Dormaal, Alvinne, Siphon, etc.).
Having said, this is still one of the best beer bars in Gent.
Visited numerous times over the years, as you can't avoid it when you're looking for beers in Ghent. Last visit: 18th of April 2018, afternoon. Very quiet on the terrace, great sight. The inside is old-fashioned, can become very crowded on a Friday or Saturday evening. Beer selection has all the classics, a changing tap list; handy if you want to catch up on your Abbey Tripels, for example. They could do with some more real craft beers though. Two unique house beers are a plus - Bitburger too, I must say. The young waiter (I believe his name was Cedric) was friendly and correct, and made some suggestions - which were, ironically, unnecessary for an average Ratebeerian. However, previously, I've always had the impression that service is slow and I've never felt really welcome. Prices are variable, in a few cases very expensive. It's a good place, and I love it on a summer's day, but I miss a touch of innovation and curiosity.
I entered and stood by the bar and tried to call the bartender several times. He served the people beside me and told me that I had to order to the other waiter in the room. After trying to order something for 20 minutes I just left the bar without drinking anything. And when I tried to talk to the bartender again he was just rude and unpleasant. Definitely not a place to return.