The Bottle Shop
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 19 | Show All Ratings:
4.33/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Easy to spot and one of the larger, by square footage, stores in all of Brugge.
The selection was strong - some Cantillon and 3F stuff I didn't see elsewhere in Brugge. Large shelves full of all the classics and trappists at a slightly higher price point than you may find at some of the shops a little further from the center.
Definitely worthy of inclusion in your Brugge beerhunting itinerary.
08-31-2013 18:05:33 | More by dirtylou
4.8/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was hesitant about visiting this shop after reading a previous review. But decided to give it a shot anyway.... GLAD I DID!!! The owner Sylvia was very helpful in assisting us in finding our selections and even recommended some things we had not tried based on what we liked. She was and is spot on!!!
I noticed a previous post that I have to believe was complete bunk regarding taking photos in the shop.. we not only took photos, but took then with Sylvia!!! Not sure why someone would post something like that, but ask about it when you go in and share a laugh...honestly it is one of the more ludicrous posts I have come across and so far from what I experienced.
Atmosphere---The store is very clean and organized with a good selection of beers you might expect and some you might not. Accompanying each beer is appropriate glassware.... very cool indeed! Only thing that would make it better is having someplace to sit and enjoy a beverage... that would make it perfect :O)
Quality--Due to location and amount of customers, beers rotate naturally and the replacements are stored downstairs in appropriate darkness and temp... in other words unlike some other shops I have visited, there are not bottles that appear to have been exposed to too much light :O)
Service --- Another thing they do very well is package all of your purchases... individually wrapped and ready for transport to your hotel or luggage! Sylvia even recommended some beers based on "what we liked" and she was/is spot on!!!! It is nice when the owner knows her products!!!
The store can get a bit busy at times (we have returned at least 3 times since our initial visit)
If this bothers you and you are in the area, just ask when a slower time is and stop in then... you will be amazed at how nice the staff is!!
Selections-- We also scored some harder to find St Sixtus Abdy wooden crates... that was a cool find! There are some selections that are not on display but are available... just ask!
It is a bottle shop in a touristy area... but unless you are going to pay high cab costs and hunt out a "locals shop" this a great place to grab some beer. Highly recommend going when you can spend some time with the staff or owner and talk beer... very good people!!!!
08-07-2013 15:42:02 | More by nonpo
4.6/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Absolutely loved this bottle shop.
- great organization- krieks were together, oud bruins were together, all the rarer stuff was together.
- prices were completely reasonable. They were cheaper than all of the tourist shops and had a much better selection.
- staff was super friendly and seemed knowledgeable. Only one woman working. I asked her where the Flanders styles were and she pointed the shelf where they were. Also, I picked up a de Ranke Kriek but wasn't sure if it was a Lindeman's type Kriek or a Cantillon type Kriek. I asked her if it was sweet and she replied definitively "no, no sweet at all." Wrapped up all my purchases individually and asked if I was flying home and gave me bubble wrap.
- Westy- I was just talking to her as she rang me up about how we can get most of the popular beer back in the US. she asked about Westy and I told her about the Gift 6-pack release. I asked if she had any and she did: $9 for the blond, $10 for the tripel, and $11 for the quad. She was out of the tripel but I took the other two. There was a tourist shop selling for $17 down the street.
06-06-2013 07:09:47 | More by BeerTampa
United Kingdom (England)
3.86/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
In the heart of Brugges, so one would expect a little bit higher price per bottle. The bottle selection is pretty good if you are visiting Belgium and would like to take a variety of the common Belgium beer styles home.
I actually like to buy most of my beer from the Carrefour supermarket chain because the price per bottle for the more common stuff is about €1 cheaper.
05-18-2013 18:32:19 | More by geedub11
2.75/5 rDev -36%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$$$
I shopped in several local beer stores on my trip and the attitude here is is the worst!! The only bad encounter I had in Bruges at all was in this shop! Other than that the people are delightful and they have a great city.
This store was the second place I visited, and being that I intended to buy several beers and make a large purchase I asked for some advice. The woman rude to begin with, which I was going to let pass (I just came from Paris). However when I asked about the Westvleteren 12 she had displayed (with a very reasonable price) she refused to sell it to me and said it was for display only. I picked it up and showed her there was a price on all of the bottles and she literally snatched it from my hand and put it back (and muttered something dirty about Americans under her breath). Needless to say I was totally dumbfounded by this put down the basket I had collected and left. If she doesn't want the business of Americans, I say don't give it to her! The Bier Temple down the block was very friendly and sold me the exact same beer, no fuss. What that woman's deal is I will never know, but there are too many good beer stores in the area with great selections for me to recommend a fellow American shop here where we are obviously not wanted. and it's too bad, looked like a cool store, and easily could have been. But if your American do me and yourself a favor and go somewhere else.
04-21-2013 16:14:17 | More by adamlr23
4.8/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
One of my main destinations for my weekend in Brugge, this place was the best bottle shop I visited in my three weeks touring Belgium. The ladies who worked there were more than willing to walk me through the shop and answer all of the dumb questions I had as well as make recommendations on what I should buy to drink now vs. age. They were also able to help me find the de Garre pub, which was a huge help as it's not easy to find. Prices are comparable to the Beer Temple and other shops in the area.
12-12-2011 17:56:01 | More by willseph
5/5 rDev +16.3%
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
We recently took a Eurotrip over the Thanksgiving holiday. A welcome change eating mussels and fries vs. the traditional turkey and mashed potatoes. Anyways, the main purpose of going to Belgium was to enjoy their wonderful brews (every other country we went to also had great selections of Belgium brew). We went to every bottle shop in Brugge and the very last one we went to, the Bottle Shop, had exactly what we were looking for, Westy 12. I was very excited as all the other stores told us we could only get it from the brewery/monastery itself. Bought one bottle for 10 euros and they packaged it ready to be packed and brought back to the US. The guy behind the counter also made a good suggestion for a nice saison. Overall, this is the place to go to get some nice Belgium brew when in Brugge. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
01-04-2011 23:04:11 | More by ccorbett0
4.15/5 rDev -3.5%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went here last weekend on our trip to Brugge. It's just off the main square, and very close to the Bier Temple. The Bottle Shop was definitely the best beer store in the city center, no question.
Lady behind the counter was nice enough, and took some time to explain the different lables on the Drie Fontein Oude Geuze Vintage '05 that I was looking at. She advised me to buy the cheaper one, as they were the same beer inside. She also wrapped everything for me so they wouldn't get broken. I love the Flemish accent too, so gotta give her points for that :-)
The selection is the best in the city center. It pales in comparison to Dranken Gers in the outskirts of Gent, but is much more impressive than the other two options in the city center: De Biertemple and Baccus Cornelius. For what it is and the location, it's pretty good. Lots of Belgians are on display here of course, with a decent selection of geuze and lambic, but nothing overly rare. No Westvleteren, but the other trapists are all here. Some nice larger format bottles as well. No imports.
Prices are reasonable for the city center of Bruges. I ended up buying a few Black Albert at 4 each and a Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait at 5 and walked away feeling decent about it.
If you're in Brugge and only have 5 minutes to spare (how retarted would that be), make this your stop.
07-06-2010 14:50:17 | More by Jeffo
3.8/5 rDev -11.6%
quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$$
I went in here with my wife for a purchase of "souveniers". My wife had a camera in her hand, and snapped a photo of store's interior. The woman behind the counter immediately began waving her finger at my wife with a scowl on her face.
My wife apologized and immediately put the camera away, yet from that moment-on this woman made my wife feel very uncomfortable in the shop. The woman seemed to be waiting for us to exit, which we promptly did without any purchase.
The quality of beer here is incredible, and the selection is as well. Lots of rare beers here, and an entire wall of special Christmas beers still available. Westvleteren was available for 10Euro.
Perhaps the camera was a faux-pax, but we made every effort to apologize and show respect. The attendant was a big turn-off. Perhaps on another visit we will have a different experience (and actually purchase some beer as a result).
03-23-2010 01:54:22 | More by jgasparine
4.85/5 rDev +12.8%
quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
We went to this place on our day in Bruges, 14JUL09, following a stop at 't Brugs Beertje. This place didn't look big from the outside, but you walk in and it extends pretty far back, with shelves and shelves of bottles in all sizes filling the walls. Much like de Biertempel, there are variety packs of different beer assembled in wooden crates. The glass, if available, is next to the matching beer on the shelf.
I grabbed a basket and started tracking down de Struise, where I found Pannepot and Rosse, but not the Black Albert I had just had at 't Brugs Beertje. The shopkeeper informed they were out of it. I also picked up some de la Senne beers, a blonde ale called Omer from Bockor (on the shopkeeper's reccomendation), and very surprisingly a bottle of Rodenbach Vin de Cereale. As a huge fan of Rodenbach and the Grand Cru, I was especially happy to track this one down.
Overall, a truly great store with helpful staff and certain beers I didn't see anywhere else up to that point or afterward for the rest of our trip.
07-31-2009 20:00:28 | More by bernardus
The Bottle Shop in Brugge, Belgium
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