Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

't Brugs Beertje

Not Rated.
't Brugs Beertje't Brugs Beertje
BA SCORE
100
world-class

102 Reviews
Reviews: 102
Visits: 141
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: n/a
Taps: 5
Bottles: 300
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Kemelstraat 5
Brugge, 8000
Belgium
phone: +32 50 33 96 16

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Closed on Wednesday.
Place: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 102 | Visits: 141
Photo of deepchills
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I can't add much to the other reviews, this place was great. It's a little crampt, but so is everything place else in Europe. Also the food was so-so.
Other then that we had great time. Our bartender was Bjorn, he became our Belgium beer sherpa and guided us through our evening.
We had 9 different beers including one with amazing curry notes, and another that had the nose of vegetable soup. Both were delicious. We had Bjorn keep us in brews that we would never find in the states.
Cheers. (492 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

It's tucked away and near the Grote Markt...that's not very helpful. Many of the Brugge's streets are tiny, so being tucked away could just be about anywhere. Ok, it's west of the Grote Markt, and being off a main street, I thought that I would have half the place to myself. I couldn't have been more wrong.

There are multiple rooms in Brugs Beertje. I entered from the street, and already most of the seats were occupied. The walls are covered in beer signs, old and new, leaning towards signage that looked like it was out of the 1970s. I did find a little table near the bar, and sitting on top was one of the most fun beer menus that's I've come across reading. It feels less like a beer menu and more like a magazine, going into details about selected beers, featuring other beers "of the now", illustrations and more.

5 beers on-tap and a whole bunch of bottles, perhaps around 300. Pouring were De Koninck, Brugse Zot, Houblon Chouffe, Gouden Carolus, and Witte Zwaan. From the bottle were Bockor, Urthel, De Struise, Fort Lapin, Bink, Girardin. A few of the brands I hadn't recognized seeing at any other bar that I'd been to so far. Proper glassware and pours are practiced here, while quick and friendly service added a cherry on top of this beer sundae.

Enjoyable overall experience, and worth a look during the night hours of the city. (1,353 characters)

Photo of hotsudge
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Thank goodness someone told us about this place - it is part of Bruges and you cannot not go there.

The beer was out of this world, the atmosphere made everyone feel welcome. If you like good beer you can stay kinda feel.

Next time we are in Bruge hopefully my wife won't be passed out from too many Triples at Garre and can make it here. (342 characters)

Photo of geedub11
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A must see when visiting Bruges. The staff was very friendly and the selection is top notch.

As mentioned in many other posts, it can get a bit crowded because of its popularity. This is not a reason to dismiss this place. Although it was busy when we went, the staff found us a seat in minutes and offered several great opinions on different beers to try.

Ill make sure to check this place out every time I am in Bruges! (424 characters)

Photo of BierMeJohn
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This bar is a must go when in Bruges. It does get a little crowded at time, but you can't fault a place for being popular, right?! If the front is crowded when you walk in, there is another table area that you have to go out the back and through a small courtyard to get to.

I think they offer just a bread and/or cheese plate as far as food goes, which is typical of bars in Belgium so you can't fault them for that.

The staff is great and helpful and attentive even when the place is packed. The selection is also very good, but keep in mind that you might have to ask if they have something in stock as it didn't seem like everything the waiters told me they had was listed in the menu.

I highly recommend that anyone going to Bruges should make a stop at 't Brugs Beertje. Visiting earlier in the day might be a good idea to beat the crowd. Although I've been there 3 times now and the only time its been REALLY crowded was during the Brugs Bierfestival. (961 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Visited in June 2012. Reading the previous reviews, not much more really needs to be said about this place. Great atmosphere and feel to the place...classic pub. We must have arrived at little after 4pm and there was a nice crowd, I think that it was a Tuesday afternoon, so not overly crowded. The service was good and was very knowledgeable, as my wife proceeded to quiz him about what he would recommend for her, as she is not a fan of the Belgian style...ultimately I think that he found one that worked, but it was a grilling that he withstood nicely. The only slight downside was the selection, and while it was a great mass of beers, the first two that I chose, they were out of, which was slightly disappointing. Other than that, classic in every respect. Can't wait to go back. (786 characters)

Photo of Scamboogery
4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

The only reason I'm not giving this place 5's across the board is because they didn't have Westvleteren. Besides that it is one of the best pubs I've ever been to. (163 characters)

Photo of JimTeal
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

't Brugs is a wonderful experience. If I could dream up a super cool beer joint, beertje, I doubt I could come up with anything close to 't Brugs, is is nothing short of a dream come true. The atmosphere is perfect, when you sit at a table or bench you know why and what you are doing in that spot. The selection, especially bottled beers, are worth a trip to Belgium. Service was just fine for a small beer joint with a single waiter, and if you show up 5 minutes after they open, I think 4pm, don't complain that its tough to find a seat for a few minutes. There's a good reason, knowledgeable beer drinkers all over Europe know the deal and they know to get there at 3:55, don't be late. We enjoyed our visits in September 2012, even with the furious North Sea storms blowing through, 't Brugs provided ample protection and what can only be called the perfect beer drinking experience. It is 5 minutes walk from the central square, where all the tourists pack the beautiful restaurants and pay top dollar for Leffe. No offense to the Square, you gotta go there, especially around sunset, but at 4 don't miss opening at 't Brugs. (1,131 characters)

Photo of benoniboy
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I visited in July 2012. Everything about this place has already been said. If you're a beer lover and go to Bruges, missing this bar is a sin. Apart from the enormous beer selection, Daisy, the owner is a legend and if you're lucky enough to be there when she's behind the bar, you'll be talking to one of the most knowledgeable aficionados of Belgian beer you'll ever meet (not to mention probably one of the most charming). There are many great beer joints in Belgium, but this one will stay with you. (503 characters)

Photo of mendvicdog
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

All around great place. They have 5 drafts, I believe three of which are seasonal. We tried all three seasonals and they were excellent. They have a pretty extensive bottle list. I think the only one I saw with more was the Kulminator.

The atmosphere was nice. Down a side street it was nicely decorated with old beer posters and tchotchkes. There is a bar area as well as tables.

Our waiter was very friendly and fairly speedy. He was helpful in picking out things to try if you told him what you liked.

I would highly recommend this place. (544 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.45/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Tried to stop here on 28Sep11 but it was closed on this Wednesday. I was successful, though, on Friday, 30SEP11...

The building itself is an unimposing brick building, on a narrow side-street near the center of town.

A couple of small bay-windows frame the doorway... Upon entering, there is a small L-shaped bar on the left heading to the rear. A coupleof beer towers ,are on the bar, but bottles dominate here. A number of small tables populate the area to the right in this first room. A second room is present in the rear, with about 5-6 tables of 4 to 6 seats each. The whole place is incandescently lit, giving 't Brugs Beertje a very warm, comfy feel. Contributing to the warmth are the yellow-shaded walls, when you can see them! Most of the wall-space is covered with old beer-related posters and placards, and there are old coasters filling whatever gaps there are to be found. Above the bar is a shelving unit displaying old bottles, and from which hang many old steins and mugs. All in all, this place was verrry comfy!! The staff was spot-on from moment-one; right there to inform and serve. No gripes whatsoever!! I had a light lunch of a Crocque-Monsieur, plus a few biers... The meal was tasty and solid, though nothing special... Biers? A shitload from which to choose, mostly bottles, as mentioned before. And there was a glass to match whichever bier was indeed chosen!! Super!! I wish 't Brugs Beertje had been open on the first day I visited. A super place to enjoy a bier or three!! Prosit!!

4.45 rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$

230 (1,610 characters)

Photo of jerryjeff
4.72/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I'll admit upon initially entering I wasn't certain what to think. After all the really great reviews I was expecting the place to be a bit larger maybe. After perusing the menu for a while I spoke with the server who was very helpful and gave me a great recommendation for both beers I ended up having. While we were there I heard him interact with other patrons and my experience was not unique. The beer was great and the atmosphere was wonderful, I didn't feel very good the evening we went in but I wish we could have made an evening of it instead of the two drinks I had. (577 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Quaint and dark bar on a side street in central Bruges. Helpful and knowledgeable staff can guide even the least knowledgeable through the menu. Stocks an extensive selection of all beers Belgian--particularly beers from the Flemish region. Several orders of the cheese and salami plate will keep any session going long. Prices are super reasonable for nearly everything on the beer list. This place is an institution that is a must stop for anyone who likes beer. I've spent several nights here over the course of a few trips to Bruges... its the must stop at bar. (565 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A brilliant little beer bar near the heart of Brugge. The little bear, for those who don't speak Belgian (I'm fluent in Belgian). A nice atmosphere with two or three rooms going back from the front. Crazy little trinkets adorn the walls. If you have some piece of crap with you that you don't care about, try putting it in one of the wall decorations and see if it's still there when a buddy of yours visits in a year or two. After that, your buddy will be the proud owner of said non-noteworthy piece of crap. Good times... Anyway, the selection is excellent. I had a Rodenbach Vin de Cereal and a De Cam Oude Kriek, both of which were excellent and neither of which you're likely to find in the US of A. Service is very good from my experience. They'll come to your table and take your beer orders, as you'd hope they would. Not sure if they have food, but I didn't get any. Anyway, a very nice beer bar. A definite must-stop if you're in Brugge. (948 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Went here with a couple of friends, all on a vacation from California.

The place was crowded but with enough space to accommodate my group of the three. We were immediately immersed in the menu which offered up a bounty of Belgian beer unlike anything the three of us had ever experienced. Most of these beers we'd never heard of and the quality of what we sampled was superb.

Our server was extremely attentive and though we didn't have any difficult beer questions, he seemed like he'd have immediate answers if needed.

Didn't sample any food and don't recall whether or not it was served.

The price, in my opinion, very reasonable for the quality and selection that was available. Will definitely go back next time I find myself in Brugges. (751 characters)

Photo of hurfer
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

We arrived in the evening and it was very crowded, but were able to get seats at the bar without too long of a wait. We came back later in the night and it was still packed.
Great atmosphere, tons of old tackers and other breweriana covering the walls.

The menu is huge, broken up by region of Belgium. It is a little overwhelming to look at but, the staff is extremely knowledgeable. Bjorn was our server and he made tons of great recommendations. This place is a must stop if you find yourself in Bruges. (507 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I came to Brugge with hopes of checking this place out and sadly its CLOSED EVERY WEDNESDAY. However, amazingly enough it turns out this was the place I visited last June before I knew anything about beer. I had no idea of the name before but as soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what it was. This is a quaint small place, old decor, tons of locals. A very helpful bartender that offers great suggestions and is willing to listen to wasted Americans. They have a huge book of beers, lots of staples but also tons of semi-rare ones. A very chill place to hang out at.

In Brugge this is the top place to go and finish your night after bar hopping because once you get here, you don't want to leave. Highly recommended. (716 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Amazingly packed for the small size of the place, but pretty well worth the trip. Touristy but the selection is tops and balances it out. Menu is organized by Belgian region and there are choices from pretty much everywhere in the nation and some from abroad. Not the most beer-saavy crowd when I went, mostly going for the local Brugse Zot. OK but safe choice. The bartenders however are VERY knowledgeable, narrowing down preferences to make recommendations. "Sweet or dry? Stronger or weaker? Dark or light? etc etc Take this..." They know every corner of the menu and about Belgian beer.

The place as I said is surprisingly small but has a lot of character. I had to wait a bit for a spot to clear up, but I guess that goes with the territory of being very famous and small at the same time. That being said, the service is excellent and the price is more than right.

Good place, but come at a lower hour if you can. (923 characters)

Photo of flypaper
3.65/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Just returned from Brugge and visited 't Brugs Beertje, Cambrinus and De Garre, and I have to say the Bear was my least favorite.

Atmosphere - Two small rooms without much character. The entry room with the bar is definitely the better option. They were playing classical music the whole time, which really... sucked.

Selection - Not bad, but the menu was annoying because it was sorted by region.

Food - not much of a selection other than some finger food. We were a bit disappointed because we were somewhat hungry. Not a big knock though considering it is a beer bar!

I liked Cambrinus more (the only place I found a Westy 12) although it was a bit sterile. Best option for my money in Brugge - De Garre and its fabulous house triple. (742 characters)

Photo of uno99
4.06/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Well here I was, in Bruges, and of course my heart racing at thought of drinking a beer in the legendary Little Bear. I wish I had more time to spend in this lovely little beer cave.

A: Classic Belgian Cafe. However, the Tuesday evening I was there, it was almost all tourists. It was however quite lively, and everyone in the place was disscussing beer, and some even making notes. A beer geek meeting post from people around the globe.

Q: From what i could tell, beers were served in appropreate glassware and proper temps.

S: Service was prompt, kind, and professional. the passion the woman serving us had for beer was evident in the pour, and the knowing acknowlegment of our selections

S: I wasent as blown away by the selection as I expected to be... Lets be clear here, the beer menu is a huge book, but most of it is little articles and stuff. However there was a good selection of rarer stuff. A lot of stuff you had to ask for, and wasent listed in the menu, which is a complaint I often have. I dont like having to wonder what beers a place has, Id like to see it listed in the menu with the price.

Overall a really excellent spot with an amazing reputation. I'd go back for sure next time I'm in Belgium. (1,222 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Visited: 8-23-10

We were already at the door when Daisy opened it at 4:00 PM sharp. We planned to have a couple of beers and move along. We did, 6 hours later...

I started with the wonderfully dry and well hopped Taras Boulba and moved on to a couple of beers that couldn't be had anywhere else. One from t' Smisje even featured this bar on its cartoony label. We moved onto Ichtegems Ouid Bruine, Adelardus Trudoabijier, De Cam Oude Geuze Kriek, Guido, Bolekes of De Konnick, Ave les Bon Voeux and Cuve de Ranke, and that was just to start us out. We would continue the evening tasting wonderful sour beers and all sorts of Flemish oddities that I had not seen before and have not seen since.

Service from both Daisy and the other staff was flawless. They knew each beer on their menu. They were friendly, prompt, and kept the beers coming.

I befriended some young Brits at the next table and they broke out a geography game called Mapominoes. I taught them Euchre and later learned the French version "Quinche" from some other patrons. I put some loud and fat British blowhards in their place, much to the pleasure of the locals present who seemed to have a particular disdain for the drunken Englishmen that frequent Bruges. And we had a fine chat with some Japanese beer connoisseurs.

The Little Bruges Bear was like that. Just being there was akin to attending a planned gathering of the worldwide beer geek society. It was wonderful. With more than 200 exquisite beers to choose from, fair prices, an atmosphere of a quintessential old school Belgian bar, and impeccable service how could it not be.

Before we left the entire family from De Dolle walked in to celebrate their matriarch's birthday. She was turning 91, 92, or 93. I forget exactly. I bought grandma Herteleer her first beer, an Ara Bier of course, and thanked the wonderful family again for the kindness they had shown us the previous evening.

't Brugs Beertje is a must for any true beer enthusiast. One of the best beer bars in the world. (2,019 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Het Brugse Beertje. A legendary beer cafe in Bruges. I've been here a couple times before, and it's always well worth the stop. This review comes from our trip to Bruges last weekend.

This is a small cafe with classical music, which reminded me of the atmosphere in De Kulminator in Antwerpen. I love that little touch. The decor and layout was nice as well, though a little impractical at times, and not quite as "gezellig" as it could have been. Still, one of the best the world has to offer.

If we think of qualitiy as rarity of beer offered, there were certainly a few things on the menu that fit the bill. A few things on there that you wouldn't see at every beer bar, such as Black Albert, Black Damnation, and Elliot Brew from De Struise, though they were out of the former two. They also didn't have any Westvleteren at the time, though said they often had them available. Full line-up of De Dolle beers as well, which is rare to see. This is all Belgian of course, and with 300 or so different Belgian beers, you're bound to find something interesting.

Beyone rarity, the selection was top knotch for a Belgian beer bar. All the usual suspects were there, including all the trapists and plenty of different abbey brews. A great selection of geuze and lambics, as well as lots of larger format bottles for sharing with friends. One of the biggest beers lists I've ever seen at a beer bar.

The lady and young man working were plenty attentive. The place was busy on a Friday night, but our group of 4 always felt welcome. We were kind of boxed in at the back, so I feel they gave us special attention because we couldn't get out of there. Informative and polite the whole time, and we loved the ceremonious pours they gave us as well.

We had some cheese here, but there's not much in the way of food, so eat beforehand. The prices are right though, and the beer list is fantastic, so be prepared for a wonderful evening at Het Bruges Biertje! (1,959 characters)

Photo of alfrantzell
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The bartender of 't Brugs Beertje is part cat. In no other way can his reflexes be explained. Tourists had filled the bar to capacity and were brimming with vim and beer. Movement was a futility. Enter Martin, our server, who despite the crowd sensed when we were ready to order, exchanged pleasantries in perfect English, and produced our bottles quickly.

The selection was shy of amazing - we ordered from the bottle menu HORALs Mega Geuze Blend, 2005 3F Schaerbeekse Kriek, and 2007 Rodenbach Single Barrel - but paired well with the salami and cheese platter.

A good time overall thanks to our resourceful server, a credit to catkind. I suggest that his anatomy be studied for the advancement of medical science. (719 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.45/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I spent 2 nights in Brugges this past April and loved 't Brugs Beertje so much that I made sure to visit a few times over the course of those days.

Atmosphere:
The space has a small front bar with some standing room behind it, a small room behind it with about 5 tables and a fireplace, then a door that leads to a hallway with bathrooms and a back bar that I'm sure 75% of all tourists who visit this place never even realize exists. Kind of like Monks Cafe in Philly in that sense. The walls are adorned with Beer Memorabilia and wood accents. Cozy is an understatement!

Quality:
I don't think they had a bad beer on the menu. Everything was served in its proper glass.

Service:
What a great group of people running this place! Daisy served us the first night at a table in the "middle room" with the fireplace. She was quite professional and personable at the same time! She served our selections with pride and with precision. She was constantly moving but always made time to exchange a few words about her establishment and the products they offer. She also took the time to recommend some other bars in Bruges. She mentioned Cambrinus and 't Poatersgat and wrote down the street names that both were on for us. The second night we were served by several young guys at the front bar and the back bar. All were very nice and accomodating. I asked if they had anything off the menu and the bartender was delighted that I knew to ask that and took great pleasure in telling me about some reserve bottles he could make available to me.

Selection:
Again a great selection of brew is at your fingertips while spending time in this establishment. Some of the things I tried include De Rank Saison De Dottignies, Smisje Wostyntje, 3F 05' Vintage Oude Gueuze, Jandrain IV Saison, 07' Pannepot Export, Vin du Cereale, etc.

Food:
Mainly finger foods...cheese platters, sausages, etc. Daisy was kind enough to give me some of the same mustard with my platter that they used to make the Smisje Wostyntje and she served them to me together so that was a nice experience.

Value: This place is not expensive at all. (2,114 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited 10/2008.

This cafe was at the top of my list for Brugge and was quite crowded when we entered. We grabbed two rickety chairs at a small table which may have been the last two seats in the house. Even though it was quite busy, our server arrived in no time and took our order. I ordered the Verhaeghe Echte Kriek and Dave took a chance on a mustard bier, Wostyntje from Brouwerij de Regenboog. The Echte Kriek was pretty unique, a mixture of a Flanders red and a kriek, but the combination is a natural that I'm surprised other breweries don't try.

The cafe walls are covered with old brewery signs and it's a cozy, if cramped, little space. The beer list is not as large as Cambrinus but it a very well chosen selection of more than 200. The list is so well-chosen, in fact, that it makes it hard to choose yourself.

Service was very good considering the crowd and our waiter was quite knowledgeable about the beer. Prices were fair and the beer list was extensive and filled with quality selections.

For dinner, we ordered a bowl each of Spaghetti Bolognese which was pretty damn good I have to admit. (1,114 characters)

't Brugs Beertje in Brugge, Belgium
100 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.