Brugge Brasserie

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BEER AVG
3.87/5
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24 Beers
399 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 111
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1011A East Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46220
United States
phone: (317) 255-0978

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Reviews by dorianmarley:
Photo of dorianmarley
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

If you are in Indianapolis, this is an alright place to go. The food is okay, except for the pommes frites, which are excellent. The menu is rather broad, so perhaps some of the many options I did not try are good.

The house beers are good. They offer a few unique takes on traditional Belgian beers.

The atmosphere is rather sterile, with sheet iron tables and trimming; more like a trendy restaurant than a brewery.

The people are idiosyncratic and helpful. They make the experience worthwhile.

More User Reviews:
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Very good service. Beers were varied and there was a good selection. Food was very good.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

About 5 or 6 years ago, someone sent me a Triple de Ripple in a trade. Ever since then, I wanted to visit this particular spot, since the beer was quite nice. Decor is really quite nice, beautiful and quaint. Lots of attention to detail and a very clean and mature kind of place. Service was very nice. Since I was there for lunch I basically had the bar to myself. I talked a good bit with the owners and they are very nice people. Beer was good, although they had more beer from their second brewery, Outliers, than they did for BB. Two guest beers also. I wouldn't have minded a wider selection on the Belgian edge, but there was still plenty to have. Overall a very worthy stop and a visit I have been wanting to make for quite some time now.

Photo of Joeyphunk
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

I love this place. I actually think the mussels And fries are better here than in Brugge Belgium!

Photo of sgrechukhin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Some great food options- stick with mussels though. One great beer on tap- Pooka. Delicious. Everything else can be hit or miss.

Photo of MeisterSmudge
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

This is easily my favorite beer spot in Indy. It can get a little bit crowded but there's usually plenty of room in the upstairs bar. Brugge brews some of my favorite beers and the guest taps and bottle selection are always outstanding as well. Service is great. The staff is friendly and I rarely find myself waiting for anything. The food is every bit as good as the beer. Especially the crepes. Cuisine is a little bit different from what you might find at most pubs, but there's enough variety for most people to find something that they will enjoy.

This is a must-visit for any beer geek visiting Indy.

Photo of Jho3325
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

This review can be summed up with two sentiments: Triple de Ripple and Mussels. Brugge has a nice atmosphere including outdoor seating with a friendly wait staff. While there is a nice menu, the mussels and classic Belgian pomme frites with various aiolis and sauces are the real winner here.

While there tap list of Brugge beers is typical small, the quality is very good. There is also an impressive bottle list of Belgians, Sours, and harder to find local stuff. It is a bit pricey, but for the quality is a fair deal.

Take a friend, split a pot of mussels and some fries and suck down a couple Triples for me!

Photo of inchrisin
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

I've been to Brugge a few times. They're slow to seat and slow to serve. The food is quite good though. The mussels are amazing and the frites are also quite good. I try not to get too fancy on the sauces. The beers are always Belgian and you can always find one or two of the five that you like. Solid way to spend an hour or more in Broad Ripple.

Photo of Beric
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited: 10 May 2014

Atmosphere: Lots of people in a great part of town. Neat art on the walls and soft lighting. Awesome copper tables with holes in the middle to store the cones of fries. Lots of young people ages 21-30 keeping the atmosphere loud and lively.

Quality: Incredible beers brewed both on site and at the main production brewery (under the name "Outliers").

Service: Kind of got a cranky old server.

Selection: Only four Brugge beers on tap and the guest taps contained about 8 others, most of which were brewed by Brugge at their production facility.

Food: Incredible food. The fries are incredible, as well as the homemade sauces.

Value: Food was inexpensive for what you get and the beers were also very reasonably priced for the quality, style, and quantity they give you. I would very highly recommend Brugge Brasserie to anyone passing through Broad Ripple.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A: A friendly, hopping spot, but does not take reservations, so be sure to call ahead to get a seat in less than an hour. Very loud, so do not plan for quiet conversation.

Q: The place delivers. The beer and food are well crafted fare.

S: Somewhat lackadaisical or perhaps just harried, but ultimately not enough to put me off the place.

S: There was a wide selection of beers, including the Tripel that I had which was easy to drink, but with real punch.

F: The beer was very good. The food was great. Frites and their sauces were always delicious, the crepes were extraordinary, and even where items did not end up being my cup of tea, they were always well done.

V: No question this place is worth it, even if it is by no means cheap. A great place to get together with friends and have a drink and dinner.

Photo of qcbrewer
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Found in the Broad Ripple neighborhood, just north of Indianapolis, IN. Parking is kind of limited, but shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Seemingly "newer" 2 story building, which from the outside is rather unassuming - as is inside so I'll forego my usual decor listing. As mentioned, there are 2 floors, both belonging to the brewery. Downstairs is primarily restaurant seating with roughly 10 tables, and also with a small 6 person bar with 1 tv (kind of in a cramped area). Upstairs however has a very large 20 seat bar, with 6 four tops and 2 six seater high tops. The upstairs seems to be primarily for sporting events (2 tvs over the bar and one large projection screen) and spill over from downstairs. There is outside seating either on the patio downstairs, or on the deck connected to upstairs.

There are 10 taps; 4 are house beers (tonight is Harvey, Leopold, Triple de Ripple, Black), and 6 guest taps. Their house beers are pretty solid (although I wasn't in love with the Harvey as said in my review of it) and I'm always interested in trying their latest.

The service is kind of hit or miss. One guy can be friendly, one can be a bit stuck up, and one can be indifferent.

Overall, I fully intend on coming back in the future, because I do think their beers are that good. Pretty easy place to grab a locally brewed Belgian style and watch a baseball or football game - it's not everywhere you can do that.

Photo of myersk27
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Great spot with authentic belgian style beers. Their sours are phenomenal. Incredible food menu as well, many different crepes and mussels. Love the red curry mussels. Also some unique dipping sauces for your frites. The nutella crepe may be the best dessert in the city. An upstairs bar features some guest drafts as well that are equally strong.

Photo of NateMac13
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

I stopped by Brugge Brasserie for an early dinner while I was in town for work. I didn't know anything about it but it sounded like it could be good. I'm very glad I went.

I ordered the Belgian Style Mussels and Fries which were excellent!

They had 3 of their own beers on tap. I had to try all 3. Their Tripel was the best of the 3 offered. They also had a Sour and an IPA which were both good. They also had a few good guest taps as well.

The place was empty when I got there and started to pick up by the time I was finished. The layout is really cool. They have an outdoor patio area you can sit at.

The service was very attentive but not a lot of smiles out of the crew.

Overall I was very happy with my visit. I'll probably go back next time I'm in Indy.

Photo of frazbri
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.75

Stopped at Brugge Brasserie for a Saturday lunch before heading downtown for a tradeshow. The brewpub sits just off the main drag of Broad Ripple. (not a local, so I'm not 100% sure that's how the location should be described)

The place was bustling, as was the rest of the area on an unseasonably warm January day. We entered through the north door and chose seating at the back bar. (overlooking the crepe station of the open kitchen)

The menu at Brugge is Belgian influenced. Moules frites, crepes, waterzoi, and carbonnade flamande are highlighted. My brother and I chose mitraiallettes, which are their sandwiches. I went with the meatloaf, and my brother ordered the duck confit. Both were served buried in frites (or fries in american) and two sauces for the potatoes. (I went with hot curry and garlic aioli) Both sandwiches were fantastic, and the heaping portion of fries was great, too. I'd even say they were a bargain for about $12 each.

I've scored the beer selection low, as there were only three house made beers available. (although there were some great guest taps) The three samples I had were all interesting, twisted versions instead of straight forward styles. I really liked the Veta, sour ale with plums. Nothing wrong with the quality, just not much variety.

Service was friendly and knowledgeable, Our seats at the back did seem like an afterthought at times, so I'd recommend sitting at a table instead.

Overall, it was a great lunch. I'd definitely revisit.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here for lunch on recommendation of aasher a local BA. He said try the Pookah Sour and he was right about that beer!

Atmosphere/quality: Nice clean restaurant that has outside seating, a small bar area seating about 6 to 10 people, a crepe bar and indoor dining area.

Service: This is the part that really dissapointed me the most. It was really slow service with being really busy. I am not sure if they were under staffed or what the reason was. Wasnt greated by any staff members until sitting at a table for at least 5 to 10 minutes. This was the only downfall of the visit here.

Selection: Small menu and small beer list. The beer list was 3 house beer including the sour and 4 draft guest taps. What I will say is that while the beer selection lacked in choices it was very deverse and you could still find something good to drink as far as a craft beer goes. The menu was small but I liked that what was available to eat.

Food: I order the mussels it came with bread and frites with 2 dipping sauces. I must say they gave you a 2 lb serving of steamed mussels and it was alot of food. I liked that you had about 9 choices for what you could have your mussels steamed in that was first time I have seen that. Also had cheese, sausage and chacuterie plate option that sounds good, but also pricey like the mussels. Everything tasted great from the food I ordered. The Pokah Sour was just as good as an Upland lambic and I might have even enjoyed it a little more since it was a draft sour.

Value: $32 for one beer, mussels, & frites; it was the cost of lunch for one person. The mussels I thought were a bit expensive, but the beer was a great value at 5.25 for I am guessing a 16 to 18oz pour of a spectacular sour beer. The portions are large and thats where the value is think.

Great reccommendation for sure from aasher, I will be back someday.

Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Visited Brugge on a Friday afternoon for lunch. There were a few other tables sat, but it was mostly empty with the bar itself not even being "open." But it was a very mild and pleasant Spring day - perfect for sitting on the patio.
Beer was all very good. I guess it shouldn't be overly surprising to anyone that the house brews lean towards Belgian in style with even the American IPA having a somewhat Belgian taste to it. And while I enjoyed some of their beers more than others, I do think they were all quality beers. However, I believe the house brewed beer was brewed with a purpose in mind with that purpose being to complement the food. And at that it did exceptionally well. There were a few guest taps as well, mostly locals if I recall correctly.
Our server was generally friendly and attentive as well as effective. She knew the beers on tap and knew about them. She was familiar with the menu. Otherwise, there wasn't much to converse about. There weren't any bartenders working at the time and the only other employees were in the kitchen.
Food was excellent. Focus is on Belgian-style foods with the main draw being a variety of crepes. Frites with a multitude of sauces were available as were mussels, salads and a few sandwiches. Had a brussel sprout and goat cheese crepe, which was very enjoyable, the frites, which were fresh cut and quite tasty, and the charcuterie plate, which I believe was mostly sausages and such from Smoking Goose (whom I came to enjoy as much as the beer during my visit).
Prices could be a little high, but I definitely feel you're paying for quality product here and it is worth it.
* Child friendly. Child menu available.

Photo of ahq514
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Visited here on a Sunday night for dinner. A small place with a quiet, friendly atmosphere. Sat at the bar, which only sat about 6 or so. Looked almost like an old house turned into a business. The few rooms I was in seemed like the lower floor of a house.

The service I got here was great. Interacted with two bartenders. One carried on a whole conversation with me about Shoreline Brewery, since I was wearing one of their shirts. The other also made sure we were taken care of whatever we wanted and talked to us about beer for awhile, while also pointing out all the good places to drink in town. They had 5 beers on tap, all Belgian style, but varying quite differently from each other. I got to try a little bit of all of them, and was impressed with the boysenberry sour and the sessionable golden ale. They also had about 5 or 6 guest taps, all quality beers.

Food was excellent. Got the steamed mussels, which seemed to be a specialty here. Otherwise they had a very different food menu, including various types of crepes, salads, and other items. Prices seemed in line with other bars in the area.

Overall a great place to visit for food and beer. Out of the 5 bars I went to in Indy on Sunday, this is probably the only one I would definitely come back to.

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I stopped by this place for lunch while on my way to pick up my Upland Gilgamesh. I had heard good things, and had seen their menu online, so I was excited to try it out.

A - The outside of the building is pretty cool with the decoration/signage acting like wall sculpture. Inside, the place is small, but cozy. The tables are copper-topped with holes cut out for the frites. My only rip on the place is the mismatch of taste level in the look of the place. There was bad art hanging from the wall, and the chairs did not belong. However, the wall lighting and the tables which I previously mentioned were up scale and forward thinking.

Q - From the food to the brews, everything there was quite good, and easy exceeded my expectations. The beers were great and original. These guys seem to understand that they need to focus on a few number of brews in order to push their quality.

S - Our waiter was awesome, and he seemed to have a valued interest in their beer even though he did not seem to be a brewer/owner. He answered a lot of questions for me, and checked on us several times.

SL - They have 10 taps: 5 house brews and 5 visitors. Upstairs, they have a decent selection of bottled brews, but not much local stuff (no FFF). They focus on small breweries, which is cool, but they did not have much I cannot get at home.

F - The food was very good. My wife and I shared a white beer battered cod crepe and a large pomme frites with curry, pesto, and a new Belgian style sauce. My wife also had a house-made soda (orange cream ($2)), which was a little too sweet, but as the ice melted a bit, it was quite tasty.

V - My wife and I split our meal, which was way too much food... I was not expecting a good value, but now I know better. Beerwise, I ordered a Harvey, which was a larger pour than what I expected ($5) and a flight of their Triple de Ripple, Tyro, and Black ($7).

Overall, I know I will be coming back, and I look forward to getting some of their brews in bottles/growlers in the future.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A: This is a quaint, small space that can get cramped at times. But it has a nice feel when it is not so crowded. There is a small counter with minimal seating and just a couple tables.

Q: The beers here are really good and quite fresh. Definitely a plus over the cramped conditions.

Ser: A tad slow, but extremely friendly and knowledgable.

Sel: A small selection of Belgian beers, but the beers are extremely good. I enjoyed a Belgian ale here that was extremely crisp and refreshing. They also have a trippel, black belgian ale and a pilsner on tap.

O: This is a nice little stop if you catch it when it is not crowded. The beer is really good and makes this worthy of a visit.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The exposed wooden rafter/floor joyce ceiling wasn't the first thing that caught my eye as I walked in this place, it was the awkward look and feel when entering from the north entrance.

If you come here, use the west door, not the north.
Trust me, it will help with your first impression of the place!

The north entrance leads to more of a cafe than a bar-- it looks like it is only half-finished, and the fact that from that cafe counter a customer cannot actually *see* the bar, it feels as though you've walked into the wrong place... That is until you see wine and beer listed in chalk above the counter.
Oh, the bar is around the corner you say?

Ok. I walk around and... Wow. It's so small. This is about the size of a decent home made basement bar... Six stools at the counter and only 2 tables (one is a table for 2, and the other holds 6-8).

I like the art and light fixtures.

The bar has one major problem-- everytime the door opens to the outside, a rush of cold air makes it quite unpleasant on the metal patio furniture provided.

Luckily, the beer is good. Quite impressive actually.

I didn't try any food, but the prices seemed a bit pricey.

Overall-- come for the beer... I would suggest avoiding this place on really busy nights.... Perhaps a weekday afternoon would be ideal.

Photo of mdvatab
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited Brugge for the first time on 12/10 w/ a group of fellow BA's and a buddy from out-of-town.

Brugge is a fairly cozy place, and is well-decorated. Creative, unique wire tap handles cach one's eye when checking out the bar, and a large window allows a view of the shiny stainless steel bright tanks.

The selection of their house brews included about 8, ranging from pilsener to IPA, to a couple of sours (their specialty), to a darker lager and a stout. My favorite by far was Harvey, which I'm thinking was a Flanders Red. Definitely a skillful mix of berry tartness & sweetness, and also some wild "funkiness". My buddy had never tried a sour, and really enjoyed this one too. A great entry-level sour ale.

I also tried a small order of their frites, which were delicious on their own, but come accompanied by a choice of many dipping sauces. (I really enjoyed the vinegar/sea salt and garlic aioli.)

All in our group enjoyed this spot, and look forward to meeting up there again!

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Had tried BB at Great Taste in 2007, and was looking forward to the stop in Indianapolis. My niece is a newly minted Boilermaker, so we picked her up from my alma mater to head to Indy to be tourists. After a walk through the memorials downtown, we headed to the Broad Ripple neighborhood to hang out and hit the pub. Of the three pubs in the area, BB is the highest rated as well over Broad Ripple and Thr3e Wise Men.

Walking in the door, we had very friendly and quick service. Took a seat and order up some frites. As avid traveler and fan of the Netherlands, I'm well acquainted with frites. However, these didn't taste very authentic. Unless you're really hungry, think twice about ordering the L'Enorme--it truly is enormous. Waitress at the next pub said they couldn't finish it with five around the table on night. For dinner, we ordered crepes--scrambled eggs, roasted tomato, double glazed onion and swiss. Enjoyed it a lot.

Had a sample of the I70 Ghost Ramp IPA--and wasn't impressed. First draft was of the Tripel de Ripple, which was ok but lacked some character. The final draft was Harvey--a sour ale with blueberries. Easily the best of the night, but still light and middle of the road. Good stop and enjoyed the dinner, but don't think I'll make Brugge Brasserie a regular stop for future Indy trips.

Photo of Brophmonster
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Visited for lunch on Monday 8/15/11.

Atmosphere was pretty upscale. Very nicely decorated. Well lit and very clean. It was pretty empty, but the crowd there seemed pretty varied.

Quality was good. I had two beers, a 10% imperial Gose that was outstanding, as well as a very good oak aged sour raspberry ale.

Service was tremendously lacking, especially considering how empty the place was. Sat at the bar in front of the bartender and another employee who I think was the manager. Took quite a while before we were asked what we wanted to drink. We said we'd like to eat, but were not given food menus. At this point the bartender walked away and didn't return. After about 5 more minutes I asked the guy I assume was the manager if it was OK if we ate at the bar, hoping he'd get the hint, and he just said yeah and went back to cleaning and organizing the back of the bar. So we just walked around the side of the bar and got our own menus. After this the bartender returned, took our food order, and another beer order. The food showed up reasonably fast, and at the point the bartender stayed at the bar, and service was marginally acceptable for the rest of our lunch.

Selection was pretty good. Good selection of house beers on draft, and maybe 5 guest drafts. Food menu was varied, and it all sounded good.

I had a meatloaf sandwich for lunch, which was really good. They also have Belgian fries with a ton of different toppings you can order. Between our party of 3 we tried 10 different topping sauces and they were all great. Really impressed with the food, almost made up for the service.

Value here was pretty good. Reasonably priced with high quality beer and food.

Overall this place seems great! But, we did have terrible service. I'd like to think that this was an abberation, so I will return next time I'm in town adjust my review accordingly.

Photo of Preismj
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

small place in Indianapolis. Came here on a trip to Upland to pick up my lambics and was recommended by a fellow BA to check it out as they have good food and brews. interesting decor, wish it would have been a bit larger, but it was a nice well kept place. Very unique. The food here is tremendous. Not one person was talking at our table as we were too busy shoveling in the frittes and whatever else we got.

Very solid guest taps at this establishment, but the real creme de la creme was what they brew themselves. Big fan of the Harvey. Wish they did growlers of this, only negative thing I can say about this place. Solid food, solid beer...friendly waitstaff let us purchase their glassware as well. Prices not too bad at all either. If you are on you way into town and looking for solid food and nice, unique beers and a quaint little restaurant, check this place out.

Photo of DCon
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Being the second brewpub my girlfriend and myself visited in the Broad Ripple Village, this was tremendous! We walked over from the Thr3e Wise Men (while they recommended this place to us, and I'm glad!

Atmosphere was very calm and relaxing. We first started off in the bar downstairs and after our first drink, wandered upstairs to the bar with their Bombers/Guest Taps. Different from normal brewpubs in that it wasn't loud, noisy, usually crazy, but more time to hang and learn about the beers they brew.

Quality was great. Nice furniture inside, perfect lighting, good sets of tables on the outside patio (both levels), and clean.

Service was absolutely one of the best qualities of this place! At the bottom bar, Chez was our server and was very helpful about the 2 beers we were drinking. Then we went upstairs to the top bar and Noah was our bartender there. He spent over 30 minutes tuning us in to all of their brews + all guest taps and gave multiple samples to help us judge our next beers. He also led us to some good contacts @ Kahn's Liquor Store for the next day's journey. They were fantastic and helped us beyond the necessary amount to keep a customer satisfied.

The only thing we tried were the Frites. They were delicious coming with Bleu Cheese, Roasted Garlic, Fresh Syrup and French Dijon Dipping Sauces.

Great time, good prices! ($5.25 for any of their beers, $5 for the frites), and has some really fun employees who could really educate new beer drinkers or even let veterans take on new wants/rare beers. Will be back again!

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Brugge Brasserie in Indianapolis, IN
92 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.