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Staminee De Garre

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Staminee De GarreStaminee De Garre
BA SCORE
98
world-class

88 Ratings
Ratings: 88
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.04%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

De Garre 1
Brugge, 8000
Belgium
phone: +32 50 34 10 29

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Photo of dwagner003
5/5  rDev +11.6%

The highlight of any Bruges visit. Amazing bar, set deep in a hidden alley. A few high quality beers on tap, none of which can compare to their house tripel. Get it. Several times. Buy a magnum, too. They don't sell the glasses, so don't be a dick and steal one. They literally count them and will chase you down if they notice one missing from your table. Not worth it. Just go and enjoy one of the most amazing places in the world of beer.

dwagner003, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of JohnW
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%

This is an amazing place! Can be difficult to find, just off the Market Square on Breidelstraat, down a very narrow alley, more like a stone doorway opening in the wall.

This ancient building, on two floors (upstairs is no smoking) with small tables, probably seats no more than 56 people, and NO standing allowed. So, if it is full, you must leave and try again later.

For serious beer contemplation only... look through the comprehensive menu, choose a beer, and the attentive waiting staff will bring your beer with glass on an individual tray, and pour it for you. Quiet classical music in the background, the buzz of serious and happy (but never loud) conversation, in an intimate atmosphere make this place very special.

We went twice, and made very welcome, and especially so on the second visit, they then realising we were not the usual British lager louts (even though we are 'mature !")

If I could go here every night, then I would, but I am not that lucky.

The beer menu very good, and you may need to know in advance what you would like to try, or the staff happy to recommend something, The house beer Le Garre Trippel is Piraat 10.5% and really excellent, but you only allowed to have three!

The very steep narrow wooden stair case could be dangerous after drinking three Le Garre Trippels!

Average beer prices ranged from €2.75 to €3.50, but some of the more specialist beers could be €5 while we were there in March 2004.

The menu is for beer only, no food, only very light snacks, though each order for beers does come with a small dish of cheese cubes.

I hope to visit this place again before I die!

JohnW, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
4.71/5  rDev +5.1%

Another bar that would have simply been IMPOSSIBLE to find without a good beer guide. We actually walked right passed the tiny alley twice while looking for Staminee de Garre.

A 2 level bar with a small homey kind of feel to it. The main floor was packed on this particular day so we headed up the old curling, wooden staircase to the second floor. This is where we met our bartender Frederick who is also the owners brother. What an interesting character frderick was. In fact, our stay extended for several hours b/c of the fact that Frederick was constantly encouraging us to try new beers. Or as he would put it, "my suprise for you".

The bartender did everthing he possibly could to make sure we tried new and excellent beers. He really did go out of his way. Great service...ummmm...and i think Frederick was a little tipsy as he had been drinking bacardi & coke on the job, LMAO.

The highlights were Triple Van De Garre (the house brew made by Van Steenberghe) and Gulden Drak, both of which were on tap. Frederick went so far as to bring us a round "on him" just in case we didn't approve. At one point i almost thought i was on hidden camera b/c Frederick decided he would help us sample the beers that were on our table. In any other place i might have sucker-punched the waiter but this guy was SO nice and friendly that we all had a good laugh over it.

In the end, Frederick decided that we deserved to pay for only half our bill...which meant a big tip for the good man!!!

A great place. Excellent selection. Even better service. Find the alley and get there...and then hope Frederick is serving you!

Popsinc, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of Beermaninpa
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Atmosphere: Down this little alley way you will find one of my top bars in the world. I am not sure how old the building is, but it has to be at least 400 years old. Two levels, with seats for about 45 people and that's it. If there are no seats, you have to come back later. So it does not get to crowded. Wood Burning stove in the winter, brick and wood abound. Tastefully decorated, they even hang a Christmas tree between the two levels during the holiday season. Noise is at a minimum and if you get loud the owners ( Carl andCarla ) will ask you to keep it down.

Quality: Beers are served in the glass which it should be in, and the glasses are spotless. The beers are always top notch.

Service: Some of the best around, attentive, quick with suggestions and they know their beer inside and out. Very willing to recommend other places to go off the beaten path which are not overrun with tourists.

Selection: Over 120 beers in the bottle and 4 drafts, including their house beer De Garre Triple. Ask for recommendations, the staff knows the beer.

Many a day in Belgium I have lost here. Friendly staff will treat you like family, if you give them the proper respect ( Carl is a fan of IPA's, so bring him a bottle or two). On your first visit you should ask for the egg shot ( ? ) , it looks like imitation vanilla pudding and packs a little bit of a punch. This place makes me want to move to Brugge and just hang out there. Some people are there just having coffee reading the paper and chatting away. Go by your self and you may end up on a table with complete strangers and end up with some new friends.

Beermaninpa, May 13, 2003
Photo of otrejo
5/5  rDev +11.6%

otrejo, Oct 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

brunomisumi, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of beerpirates
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

beerpirates, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of R3ason
5/5  rDev +11.6%

Amazing little bar that will take you away from the bustle of tourists, and let you slow down to drink a glass of Belgium's finest. Went in the middle of the day (mid February), and it wasn't crowded at all. Plenty of beers to choose from, but I--like others--would definitely recommend the house tripel. Great experience, and it'll be my first stop the next time I'm in town.

R3ason, Aug 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

sholland119, Aug 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

millelacsmark, Aug 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

DrDominator, Aug 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

hopuspokus, Aug 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

RedDon, Aug 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

spointon, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Brabander, Jun 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

jackmax, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.98/5  rDev -11.2%

Not to give up on our quest to discover new beer adventures in Bruges, we went searching for Staminee De Garre. This was in one of Chris' guidebooks as an old pub on the smallest street in Bruges. They are known for having a special De Garre tripel that is made for them and only available at the pub, which prompted our quest. We wandered in circles around and around a large block looking for the place with the aid of a paper map and two different mapping apps on our cell phones. When we were about to give up, one of our group managed to get the directions from a cranky chocolatier (that likely gets this request often) and we were off around the block again! The opening to the "street" is really a tiny alley that looks like a store front entrance, truly a hidden little place. Walking into this street, I felt like I had just been transported to Diagon Alley or perhaps Platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter. Very strange. The pub within instantly transported us to a lost time.

The special De Garre beer was served in an enormous bowl glass that looked more suitable to goldfish than a drink! We initially requested to share one, but that is not allowed, so we were all served a smaller and easier to handle version of the glass. The beer was 11% ABV, but dry and drinkable with a slightly sharp finish, and was served with a small bowl of cheese cubes. This place is fun and well worth the effort to find it!

Jackofallbrews, May 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Twal, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

Heretic42, Mar 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Howdymike, Mar 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Stevenwings, Feb 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

CSO, Jan 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

CBHird, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Olivier007
4.81/5  rDev +7.4%

If you go to Bruges, you have to visit the Garre.
I was born in Bruges and worked in touristic center of Bruges for 10 years.
This place and his atmosphere is one of the best in Bruges, also the prices.
Not everyone will like the house beer but the menu gives you a range of very good belgian beers.
Service is very good.

Olivier007, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

uturn, Jan 09, 2014
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Staminee De Garre in Brugge, Belgium
98 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.