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Staminee De Garre

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102 Ratings
Ratings: 102
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.49
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De Garre 1
Brugge, 8000
Belgium
phone: +32 50 34 10 29

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Reviews by hurfer:
Photo of hurfer
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I visited de Garre 3 times in the 2 days that I spent in Bruges. First off it really is in the smallest alley ever. Even with GPS and a lot of looking we couldn't find it. The lady at the Bottle Shop around the corner helped us.

We arrived around 2 in the afternoon on a weekday and the place was packed. An older local couple waved us over to their table, which he had some great conversations about Belgium. So as far as atmosphere this couple & the old world vibe of the place made it an instant 5.

The house beer van de garre triple was amazing, my favorite beer I had in Belgium besides lambics & guezes. We had a couple of these wonderful 11% beers which they serve a small cup of cheese with, that was almost as good as the beer.

Prices are great too. Also had some Pannepot there.

So to find it, start in the Markt square facing the Belfy, turn left. You will find it on the short block between Markt & Burg Squares. on the right side there is a very narrow alley way between a yellow chocolate store & a red store. I believe there was a sign that says cookies over the alley.

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Photo of GJ40
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We came to Brugge last year and did all the hard work to find it but De Garre was closed for construction. Fortunately it was open this time. What a place! I almost didn't go in because from my view at the door, it felt like I was interrupting a formal dinner party. But my wife urged me on and I was glad she did. Downstairs was full but upstairs was empty. It's so authentic and comfortable. We enjoyed the house tripel which was outstanding. No need to go through the menu for your first beer. This is truly a must visit in Brugge!

Photo of simoen
3.83/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

very small and busy but good beers

Photo of flexabull
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

As mentioned in other reviews, blink and you might miss this tucked away gem. Down a narrow little alleyway in between the Markt and the Burg, is this excellent pub.

Small and cozy, we squeezed our way up the tight steep stairs to the 2nd floor and settled in for a glass of the delicious house Tripel that came with a small plate of cheese. (How I wish I could have bought an empty glass to take home too)

I have to plead a bit of ignorance, because I came for the house beer only, and didn't even bother looking at the menu. But, I know the selection is solid.

Service was friendly and quick, even though they were fairly busy. In fact, I swear the girl that was pulling great drafts from the taps was maybe 18 years old, and she already had the skill mastered.

Fair and standard pricing.

Wonderful atmosphere and top notch beers, definitely made the effort to come here well worth it.

Photo of aleigator
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Nice place, very well hidden in the center of Brugge. Usually they put up a sign, which makes it easier to find, because the only way to the bar is through a tiny alley. Many locals there, who seemed to feel pretty much at home there, which is always a goog signal for me to drink there, because it doesn’t seem to be a tourist rip-off.
Of course we ordered a "Triple der Garre", which they offer exclusively only in that particular place. The beer was really pleasant, and gets served with some young cheese, which goes well with the beer.
The atmosphere in the place was enjoyable, people were chatting and drinking, got pretty loud later in the evening. Staminee de Garre has a country-sytle look, which somehow gets represented by its visitors. There is a maximum of three "Triple de Garre" you are allowed to drink, but this should not be a real concern, because after those three you should be able to fall asleep easily.

Photo of R3ason
5/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

Photo of dwagner003
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

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!

Photo of Olivier007
4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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.

Photo of azorie
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

We have visited this place like 13 times now. Service is slow even for Europe. I learned to order 3 tripels and just let them stare.

last time was March 2013
No smoking now upstairs.

Rewriting this a little. We have been here 10 times over the last few years, and we had visited long ago in the late 90's.

ok 1 bad expereince:

Last visit got beer downstairs in early April 2008, the downstairs was packed (and so smokey you could not see across the room)and we had no choice but to head upstairs. We got up there and drank what we had and even got another 1, but this was while a family, who knows who, but locals I am sure, were eating lunch! i did not think about at the time, but this had happened before at lunch time, and I only remembered after looking at pictures we have. Anyway after they left and the guy cleaned up we got abandoned. I mean we sit up an hour and no 1 came, but they sure did want the cash when I went downstairs. LOL but the place was still packed so we left.

Still if you do not smoke stay away if smoke bugs you.

So I say go for the de garre tripel but there are much better places in Bruges, now things change some if you go in the Off seasons, and in winter well things are really different.
So while I still say its a must see, I say if your there in MAY thru September avoid the place in the daytime.

Garre go there or miss out.

of course the tripel is the draw other wise you can get most of the same beer anywhere in Belgium. No food normally but the cheese is damn good.

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is very hard to find, but worth a visit. It is small and hard to get a table, but they have their own house tripel and a great cheese and meat plate. Very simple, not a big place, and that what makes this place great. Has a very local feel (but there is really no "local" place in Bruges as it is a tourist haven!) A must stop in for a beer anytime I am in the awsome town of Bruges!!

Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The legend of how difficult this place is to find is a bit blown out of proportion - in between Burg and Markt on Breidelstraat. Sure it's in an alleyway that may be hard to spot but if you just get in the area, it wont take you more than a minute to find it.

Lovely 2-story bar and definitely did feel like there were more locals than tourists, which is hard to believe given the prominent location. It was very packed and standing around really isnt an option. After a few minutes, we did land a table.

I knew of the house beer, and that was the plan from the get-go. The waiter wasn't going to let us escape that fate anyway. The tripel is worth the hype and the house glass is definitely a keeper if you can arrage that (tragically, I did not). I kicked back a few and turned the table over to the next group. Good stuff.

Photo of Quafftastic
4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A place not to be missed when in Belgium. Bruges is a great town, and its hard to imagine a better place to sit and have a great house tripel than De Garre. I only had a brief stop in to have one glass of the house beer in its glass but it was fantastic. Atmosphere was charming and friendly, service was quick which allowed at least a bit more relaxed enjoyment of the beer and time there begire needing to rudh to the train station, Definitely need to allot more time next time I go to soak in more of the place and have a second glass!

Photo of DoubleJ
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

You think Brugge's streets are small? Come look for Staminee De Garre, which is very easy to miss. Its located in a small alley way which looks like it only leads to one place, but actually leads to a handfull of places, including this on of a kind beer house. It feels old inside, but doesn't "look" like it needs refurbishing.

Tripel de Garre made this place famous, and is the one house beer served. If you're looking to switch from the house beer, two others taps pour (Witte Van Celis, Gulden Draak), plus 120 bottled beers (Boon, Bon Secours, Quintine, Hanssens, Buffalo). I wasn't here to try guest beers though. Part of the experience is watching how Tripel de Garre is served; it's poured into an oversized snifter with a head as thick as the beer itself, and served with a small bite of cheese. At €4 a pop, it's worth the money. The waiter will even take your order from your table and deliver too.

The most unique beer experience in Brugge. Don't miss it, and I mean that both literally and figuratively.

Photo of VAcrossr
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was lucky enough to revisit Stamnee De Garre after a visit on a beer trip in 2000 back before I was less of a BA. Took a little bit of searching, so if you're heading over to De Struise Beer Shop, it's in a quite narrow alley close by. The beer shop had closed but I was happy to find De Garre.

We got there before folks kept rolling in so we got a seat at the foot of the medieval wooden stairs well worn by the bar staff over the years. It's a real old-world atmosphere and the menu includes a few sausages (the wurst I had was very nice) to round out the menu. There is text in Flemish (I'm guessing), but it wasn't hard to figure out what the house beer was as well as the list of other Belgian brews and lambics. The server asked if we had ever been before, and we said way back over a decade ago, so he immediately said we should have the house beer. Not a bad recommendation, and many others were having it. The triple clocks in at 11% and I think I saw a sign indicating you could have three if I interpreted that correctly. Three would leave you pretty schlonkered. Not a whole lot of lacing once the frothy head subsides over about 15 minutes, and the golden colored triple tasted quite good and not overly sweet or boozy.

I also had a 3F gueze before our family had to leave. My 10-year old son was perfectly happy here, and the table next to us had a toddler, so definitely a family vibe with a crowd that at the time we visited spanned several generations. A decent selection of Belgian-oriented brews on the beer menu, good service even considering it got busy really quick once the sun went down, and good value.

Photo of Nolen12
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is my favorite place to drink in Brugge simply because the inside of this bar makes you feel like your back in time. It's very quaint and small and that's what I like about it. Not to mention my favorite beer to drink while in Belgium is their house brew which is called the Triple van De Garre. I simply cannot get enough of this beer. It's so smooth to be a 11.5% beer. They only allow guests 3 glasses of this beer because of how strong the beer is. I met an older woman outside of De Garre around 1130 am who for the last 25 years has went to De Garre everyday when they open at noon. That's dedication right there. The bar is down a narrow corridor and can be hard to find but find any local and they can tell you how to get there. Look for an orange sign that says "Cookies" and a break in the buildings.

Photo of hotsudge
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A hidden gem in Bruges! Must visit if in the area. Walk down the alley and surprise you can go into someone's old house and get some world class beer.

We didn't know what to order and the waitress quickly snapped shut our menu's and told us what were having. So glad she did... the triple was incredible.

After a couple drinks it was off to the loo... not so great... but the rest of the visit was what memories are made of.

Just ordered the glass online and wish we could the beer locally. Oh well back across the pond we'll go...

Photo of Kit_Darling
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The best beer in the world. Order the house tripel. I will travel back to Brugge just to drink this beer! This bar would have scored perfectly all the way around except that the bathroom downstairs smelled bad when people would open the door. I can forgive that though due to the place, people, and their amazing house tripel being so fantastic.

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

8/15/12

Only spending a day in Bruges, we had a full schedule of sightseeing. Being fans of In Bruges, we walked to the top of the tower and then did a canal boat ride. Walking along the canal to the brewery, we tried but failed to make the tour at De Halve Maan; we still had a great time sampling their beers in their outdoor cafe.

My plan for the evening was to visit 't Brugs Beertje; however, I missed in my research that the bar is closed on Wednesdays, our only day in town. Not knowing where to go, since the day was also a holiday, Assumption Day, we headed back to our room. After some research on BeerAdvocate with the hotel WiFi, the desk clerk helped us make a call to confirm that Staminee de Garre was open. With success finding a good beer bar, we headed back to the heart of Bruges.

A beautiful brick bar down an alley, hidden from the main road, we wiggled our way through the full bar, hawking a table near the bar. The first round included the house tripel in their own glass, a bittersweet souvenir story in its own right. Each draft comes with a small bowl of Gouda cheese.

In addition to a good draft list, the bottle selection is outstanding as well, and, more importantly, it was all served with exceptional detail and care. They have an immense respect for beer. The only drawback is that we should have eaten dinner beforehand since they didn't offer much besides appetizers. However, sitting and chatting through great beers until we headed out into the dark to witness the fairy tale lighting of Bruges.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/02/staminee-de-garre-bruges-belgium.html

Photo of redbeeerd
4.26/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This place has an amazIng atmosphere with the type of old world charm you would hope to stumble upon in a town like Brugge. It's a refreshing retreat from the nearby touristy shopping areas. It's down a narrow alleyway and so can be a bit hard to find.

Although serving the entire establishment on his own, the barkeep managed to get to is fairly quickly and with the friendly Belgian attitude so common here. We ordered two of the house beers - Tripel de Garre for a reasonable €3,5 a piece. They were absolutely amazing, and I would recommend to anyone to give them a try. We enjoyed them so much we ordered a second round, and considered a third. Only our ability to still navigate the small stairs back down and out of the establishment stayed our hand on the third round.

If you don't enjoy this type of place then you should probably stick to the touristy shopping lanes. If you can't palate the beer you shouldn't probably even be wasting your time in Belgium. If you are one of those people, however, I would recommend looking for Charlie Rockets just down the street. It's modeled after Belgian's idea of an American bar.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -27.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

So even though this place is very hard to find without good directions, this place was packed around 3pm in the middle of winter. It appeared to be mainly locals, but I was treated very well by the staff. There really was not much decoration to this place. Just a few tables and a bar.

I ordered the triple, and the waiter quickly brought it up the stairs to me with a small cheese plate as well, which was nice. Unfortunately, I did not like the beer very much at all.

I didn't have time to try anything else but doubt I would have liked any of their other offerings.

If I had to do it again I would spend more time in Struise and t' brugs beertje and not go here.

Photo of willseph
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

If you're having a hard time finding this place, stop in the Bottle Shop and ask directions or look for the store with the orange awning, it's just to the right of it. Quaint, cozy, and very old-world feeling. Their bottle and draft list is quite impressive, but I was there for the Tripel. In fact, the waitress came over, pointed to it on the menu, and said "You want this."

Prices were pretty reasonable considering what you were getting. They sell magnums of the Tripel to take away, I believe it was 25e when I went, which I thought was pretty reasonable considering it's a gorgeous bottle with delicious inside.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.06/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This is a nice little place in a small alley just off the main square. It seems like most everyone in there was there for the house beer. They had a good bottle list as well with pretty reasonable prices, but I don't know how fresh the bottles are as it seems like the turnover is much higher for the house beer. Most of the crowd seemed to be a bit older. The place overall had a mellow comfortable feel of an old pub. I'd say it is worth a visit of you have the time. Not the best selection in Brugge but still good.

Photo of callmemickey
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A quaint little bar tucked away down an alley near the center of Brugge. If you don't know what you are looking for, you will never find this place. Not the deepest selection of beers, but certainly nothing to laugh at either. This place is ideal when you just want a good standard Belgian beer and no fuss. Prices are right and their house beer (which they push on the tourists that come in without much beer-knowledge) is decent. Mostly, this is a nice place to spend a few hours if you find yourself in town while t’Brugs Beertje is closed.

Photo of BucBasil
3.96/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Tucked away in the smallest alley ever, but a great location in between the 2 squares. The place has a great old atmosphere - everything is sagging and the wood is very creaky. Good place to enjoy a beer. The downside? It is PACKED and very small. Came once and left since there were no spots, then came back later and it was even more packed somehow. Luckily a group of locals saw me standing there and invited me over to their table. No English, but a great time sitting there drinking and laughing. The guy was explaining the beer to me I think, but mostly I just got the words "11%" and nodded. Cool experience.

Each beer comes with a free portion of cheese.

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Staminee De Garre in Brugge, Belgium
99 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.