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)
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.
We arrived at 11.30am and got a drink straight away. It soon filled up with tourists. Loud mouthed lager swilling tourists, not proper beer tourists. Yes, they have a large beer list, but nothing new, just the same old stuff you can get anywhere else. Then came the problem of trying to pay. We ended up just leaving the money on the bar. Won’t be going back again. There are plenty better bars in Ghent.
Traditional bar just next to river. Seemed like a quite touristic place. Bit boring music didn’t help. Selection is mostly Belgian classics, but I’ve managed to find something interesting. We didn’t have much time so we stayed only for one beer, but I don’t think I’d stay for more than couple of beers anyway. When it comes to bars Gent isn’t really a beer mecca so I guess this one is worth checking out, but don’t expect too much.
Great place with a patio right next to the river. The service was not particularly welcoming or smiling for that matter. He seemed like he was tired of tourists, which isn’t good when more than half your customer base are tourists. He seemed friendly enough to the locals. I only had their three house beers as there wasn’t anything on their beer menu I hadn’t had which looked particularly interesting. The Mammelokker was weird, and the Klokke Roeland was a bit boozy, but the Gandavum was really nice. The music was 1980’s which is always a plus with me.