The Bottle Shop
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Easy to spot and one of the larger, by square footage, stores in all of Brugge.
The selection was strong - some Cantillon and 3F stuff I didn't see elsewhere in Brugge. Large shelves full of all the classics and trappists at a slightly higher price point than you may find at some of the shops a little further from the center.
Definitely worthy of inclusion in your Brugge beerhunting itinerary.
08-31-2013 18:05:33 | More by dirtylou
4.8/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Absolutely loved this bottle shop.
- great organization- krieks were together, oud bruins were together, all the rarer stuff was together.
- prices were completely reasonable. They were cheaper than all of the tourist shops and had a much better selection.
- staff was super friendly and seemed knowledgeable. Only one woman working. I asked her where the Flanders styles were and she pointed the shelf where they were. Also, I picked up a de Ranke Kriek but wasn't sure if it was a Lindeman's type Kriek or a Cantillon type Kriek. I asked her if it was sweet and she replied definitively "no, no sweet at all." Wrapped up all my purchases individually and asked if I was flying home and gave me bubble wrap.
- Westy- I was just talking to her as she rang me up about how we can get most of the popular beer back in the US. she asked about Westy and I told her about the Gift 6-pack release. I asked if she had any and she did: $9 for the blond, $10 for the tripel, and $11 for the quad. She was out of the tripel but I took the other two. There was a tourist shop selling for $17 down the street.
06-06-2013 07:09:47 | More by BeerTampa
United Kingdom (England)
3.86/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
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
The Bottle Shop in Brugge, Belgium
95 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.