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't Brugs Beertje

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't Brugs Beertje't Brugs Beertje
BA SCORE
100
world-class

124 Ratings
Ratings: 124
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: n/a
Taps: 5
Bottles: 300
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Notes:
Closed on Wednesday.

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.86/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The concept of this establishment is not a tourist bar. What you will find here are mainly locals. And though a lot of tourists mysteriously find their way to this bar. They keep on playing at home.
Here you might encounter the relation between locals and tourists. The tourists have made (and are still making) this city rich. But on the other side a lot of the native inhabitants had to move to make place for shops, hotels, restaurants, bars, etc. On top the city has become unreasonably expensive, housing and shopping. Some people welcome tourism with open arms, other will curse it.

You will find this establishment in an adjunct street of the steenstraat, a main shopping area. A large board hangs outside so it’s already recognisable from the steenstraat or the Zilverstraat. The house itself looks very simple and rather small. It has two larger windows with two bands of yellow squares on top. The door is in the middle.
When I walked in, I immediately became aware of the mature odours in the café. A typical beer, people and smoke odour. A characteristic of every Belgian bar worth visiting. I entered the café with HardTarget. We sat down at the window table to the right. At the bar where two twenty year old English girls and against the wall a few elderly woman. At another table against the wall a single elderly man. In the second room sat a family.
The two windows where decorated with dried flowering hop strings. All around the walls are decorated with various styles of beer memorabilia. Some in metal other in hard board. The beams are covered in carton beer coasters. It’s clear that this room was the shop area of a previous exploitation. When I overlooked room, the style elements made clear this used to be the living area.
The first room is dominated by the bar. An aggressive and arrogant styled rustic wooden piece of furniture. The wall behind the bar is filled with different beer glasses reflecting in the mirrors. Above the actual counter hang some more beer glass storing cupboards. They are decorated with hanging steins and old empty bottles in front.
The bar furniture is rather old or made to look old. The tables are quit small (fits the small room better). The light that falls in is tempered. Firstly by the small street and secondly by the two windows that have to give light to both rooms.
The second room is controlled by the marble chimney piece. Here too the decorations exist from beer memorabilia.
The staff we encountered was summer friendly. They are working, but would rather be tourists themselves = forced friendliness. But not to complain the service and correctness was there.
The menu has a more than normal selection, but it’s not endless. The primary note is on beer from the region around Brugge. No foreign brews to be noticed here. Odd as the previous bars tended to serve a bit of everything. But then again, it’s not a snobby / yuppie bar. No need to get smug here.

Photo of axisjones
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I was told to come here by Patrick at Bier Circus in Brussels, so it was a key destination in Bruges. It was easy enough to find in a small side street.
As with many Belgian bars, it can be described as "cozy". The front room is very small with an equally small back room. I bar sits in the front big enough for about 1.3 people. The atmosphere was simple, but in alot of ways it was so unique and memorable, with the soft light coming in the windows and the worn feel of it.
The service was just fine, the bartender was good to talk to and even hinted at some beer scene gossip. He knew his beer and came off as more knowledgable than smug.
The menu is impressive, offering at least a few hundred bottled beers and about 6 or 8 taps. There wasn't anything super rare on the menu, but it was very solid all around and offered a great range of styles as well as some local brews.
The serving of the beer is more elaborate than most places, incorporate various techniques, such as the knifing the top off to wetting the glass on the more heady beers (all served proper temp and glass).
I ended up talking to the people around me and just had a great time here. One of my best Belgian experiences, a great bar in a beautiful town.

Photo of texashammer
4.36/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

obviously a local bar. there are a few tourists but clearly a local hangout and rapport. very friendly bartenders with very good english, willing to talk at some length about beer if you want to. knowledgable people. busy and full most nights. there is a full book of beers, under 100 but quite a few, organized by region. there is a ritual of serving the beer here that I appreciate. it's a small place, and it gets pretty smoky, but it's a warm, comfy, cozy environment to drink in. they serve only the barest of snacks -- cheese, nuts is about it.

Photo of dougnboston
4.84/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What a great bar to hang out at. Loved it. The town of Brugge is full of great beer bars and bottle shops, but this is my second fav in town. My best is De Garre, but this is a close #2 and a "don't miss" attraction. Great beer selections and fun people. My friends and I closed the place twice and enjoyed many different belgium brews. I don't know the total number of beers, but it's lots. There are many locals here too, speaking to it's ture roots. It the front room get crowded, there is a back room. I found it easy to find and it's in most belgium beer books.

loved it, go! Enjoy. Have fun. It's a must see place for beer lovers.

Photo of tjd25
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The selection is extensive and includes a nice selection of local beer (had a nice Reggenboog dubbel). The staff is knowledgeable and serves the beer perfectly, making it a delight to look at them. Time stops as you enter the warm and greatly old-fashioned bar in a little street close to one of Brugge's most crowded street. I sat in the room in the back, and had a great time. Five or six tables, and maybe ten to fifteen people. Some locals, some tourists, but none of them too loud, and an warm impression of calm in the small but crowded room. It's hard to describe the place, because all its elements mix together to create a great timeless and attaching atmosphere. I loved it.
And the classical music in the back. Nice.
"Estaminets" are such great places to truly enjoy a beer ...and I';m gone already...

Photo of PisoMojado
4.18/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

What a great pub! Nearly 300 beers to choose from. Located off of Kemelstraat and Steenstraat, a couple a blocks west of the Grote Market. I enjoyed the evening as did several others; a somewhat rowdy crowd was there that evening.

So many beers to choose from. Just ask the servers if you can't make up your mind. I enjoyed a Guillatine and a Trugador Optimus.

The service was exceptional. Friendly, knowledgeable people(about beer, that is) who are eager to serve you. Beertje is an ideal Belgian beer pub.

The service was exceptional. Light snacks are served. I visited this place more than once while in Belgium. Don't miss out on the Beertje.

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

Visited this establishment twice on our recent weekend (20th-23rd May 2005), and we were delighted that it was located just around the corner from our "bijou" hotel (Van Eyck).
It is an exceptional place for range of beers, atmosphere and service. We did not have anything to eat here though, so cannot comment on that score. Daisy was the maitre 'd and was pleasent and efficient.
I had a couple of St. Bernardus tripels on the first night and Maredsous 8 on the second visit. We also attempted to visit late on Saturday night, but the crowd were overflowing outside so for comfort we went elsewhere.
The only downside, can be the cigarette smoke. It could improve, if it made the second (inner) room smoke-free. Opens from 4pm to 1am (officially).

2006: visited on a couple of occasions early April. Once again, it can be a victim of it's own popularity. It was too packed and smoky on one occasion. The staff are as friendly and knowledgeable as ever. It still is a place to find great and unusual beers, including most offerings from 't Smisje.

Photo of MrNuggets
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Ended up here about 4 times during an entire week of lounging around West Flanders. Walked in at 16:00 on a tuesday afternoon this past March. Was greeted by an lovely women by the name of Daisy and an empty bar room. I had planned on writing stuff that evening, so the lack of distraction was a huge plus. Without large groups of folks smoking, jolly drunk and yapping, I could thoroughly admire the beautiful interior. A large bottle of Gueuze was ordered and swiftly delivered. During the visit I mainly enjoyed the exciting beers on draught, McChouffe stood strong as one of the highligths. Not only was everything properly served, but it was at perfect temperature. Daisy knows her beer better than anybody and is more then happy to help you find your way around that huge menu they got.

One night I gathered up an interesting band of travelers and went out to celebrate what was our last night in Belgium, the last night until I returned in April in my case. I led the pack of already half way inebriated wayfarers to what was in my opinion, because of the extensive menu of hard to find and tasty beers served up in an enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere, the best bar in the city
A busy night, but the aforementioned barmaid didn't bat an eye to packed house. The crowd seemed entirerly made up of Bristish and American tourist, aside from foreigners I had at my table. One of which said the Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze tasted like piss. A friendly women at the next table recommended I try the Guido, on tap; I did not enjoy it, I found it too sweet. So she bought me a XX Bitter by De Ranke. Which I did enjoy, greatly.

A lively political discussion among new friends turned foul as it began to creep past 1:00. The night ended with a drunk british girl inches from my face screaming at the top of her lungs, "the IRA bombed my town!!!" Daisy quickly put her in her place, which was outside of the bar.

Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Visited this pub twice during my three-month stay in Leuven, Belgium in 2004.

Duing my first visit, a glance at their beer menu stunned me for providing so many Belgian beers from all regions under one roof. Do they really accommodate so many beers at any one time? So they declared, but the first two rare beers I wanted to try were out of stock. Never mind, I was happy enough to taste two fantastic ales brewed by a local brewery (De Regenboog) which they said were only avalilable at their pub.

Two and half months later, during my second visit, the same young barman was there and provided me with two other new, delicious brews from the same local brewery (incl. "Pandreitje 2002" which is not yet reviewed on BA), as I had found the menu not so interesting anymore, as I had tried my best "binge-tasting" as many beers as possible. When I requested to keep the bottles so as to collect the beer labels, the helpful barman offered to tear them off for me (otherwise I had to pay a fee of 20 cents euro for their loss for recycling the two bottles), and I truly appreciate his time and efforts. Generally the service is quite good and professional when you make yourself seen, otherwise it is at best erratic as only one barman has to provide table-service to the whole room of tourists--what an unenviable/extremely challenging job...

The atmosphere during both of my visits (on the early evenings during weekdays) was lively, if not too noisy. The happy atmosphere was attributed to its loud interior decoration and also partly to high-spirited tourists (mostly Americans and British as I witnessed during both of my visits) who occupied most of the tables which were arranged so closely to each other that it was hard for one to manoeuvre freely, while the locals smartly and quietly indulged themselves in fags and beers by the bar. The whole picture is thus really interestingly self-contradictory, maybe because the owners tried to make the pub as popular as it was professional. But that's not my cup of tea--apart from the beer side.

Overall, I do think it's a must-visit destination in Bruges for any beer lover, if not only for those fantastic local beers~~

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited twice during my visit, and had both a good and a somewhat disheartening experience. Overall a must-visit in town, but not my #1 for Brugge. If you come here, follow it up with spaghetti bolo across the street at the Hobbit... and now for my analysis:

BAD:
My first visit. Male bartender, mid 30's with dirty blonde hair and a real jackassy attitude. Wouldn't acknowledge what you were ordering until you had the pronunciation dead-on. Which is difficult when dealing with rare Belgians that you might be trying for the first time. Flanked on both sides by fat British tourists who kept ordering Kwak for the novelty of the glasses. Guy to the right of me was a lefty smoking like a fish, nearly burning me several times. Had two and had to get out.

GOOD:
Second visit. Pleasant older woman with short, dark hair. Made great beer suggestions and did a better job of preparing the 'Little Nibbles' plate (a great snack!). Arrived at 4:30, opening time is 4. Locals only and not too crowded... perfect! Got a chance to notice the memorabilia- neat old bottles and plenty of interesting De Dolle brewers posters.

Overall... it's just one of those touristy, somewhat-pleasing nooks that is as inconsistent as can be. Beer selection is good, and Regenboog is not easily found around here. Don't miss it, but look around for something better like Dickie's Grillhouse!!

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

As other reviewers have said, this is the local place to hit in Bruges. Found it on Tuesday night, and thank goodness, because they were closed Wednesday night! Not as hard to find as it sounds here (or maybe because the Beerfly makes it so easy to find), but it is well worth it. 300 beers is more than enough (even after having seen 2004 beers at Delerium Cafe in Brussels).

I really enjoyed all aspects of this place, warm, cozy, comfortable feel, with lots of people to talk to (both visitors and locals). I was surprised that they only had 5 taps, of which 2 were for Stella-level beers. Chouffe and Floreffe on tap- not bad, but not a large selection. But the bottled beers make up for it.

Food selection is small, but if you want a light dinner made of snacks, it's perfect. I had my 3 or 4 beers accompanied by a nice cheese platter that was good local cheeses with nice breads (2 types).

Photo of LarryKemp
4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Atmosphere - a nice cozy place that had a lot of locals. Most if not all spoke English and the patrons knew their beers. The bar tenders were willing to talk about the city as well as recommend great beers to a couple tourists.

Quality - They had many beers to select from and many were on tap. The beers were served at the proper temperature and the only thing that detracted from the beer was the smoke in the bar.

Service was good. The bartenders were knowledgeable and willing to share insights with us.

The selection was outstanding.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Nice little café near the Grand Place in Brugge. The place is located in small alley beside a main shopping street, which limit the number of tourist that just happens to find the place. The place is really cosy with some nice classical music being played in the background. The selection is quite extensive and presented in a book with all beers split by region. The waitress/owner can sometime be a bit rude and may pretend not too speak French or English even though she perfectly does. The plate of cheese to accompanied beer is really good. I guess this is a must if you pass by Brugge.

Photo of Beermaninpa
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere:
Two rooms, a little dark and dingy. A little overdone with all the adverts on the wall for me. You can tell this bar has been around for a while, not that is a bad thing. It can get a little crowded and cramped at times.

Quality:
Food is always solid, the beer is always in good shape. They know what they are doing with the beers here.

Service:
Prompt, informative and courteous. What more can you ask?

Selection:
Probably the best in Bruges. Good tap selection, extensive bottles, consult the staff they will help. One of the keys here is to try beers you have not seen before, this may be your only chance.

Food:
Solid and hearty. Pretty basic menu, everything I have had I have enjoyed and not regretted.

Overall:
Every I go to Bruges ( 6 times and counting ), I always stop here at least twice for a beer or two. My personal preference in Bruges is De Garre, but that's because I generally like a quieter, more mellow bar. Beertje is a little louder, boisterous and better for larger groups.

Photo of JohnW
4.36/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This very small bar is a must for any serious beer drinker, and is a delight. To say it is a bar or pub would give the wrong impression, as this is for beer drinkers only who want to sample the amazing range of beers in the menu of about 150 or more. Quiet classical music, sensible conversation with like minded beer lovers, cosy atmosphere, contemplation of the beers, makes it a place to go. This is NOT for those who just want to drink any old lager, get drunk and cause embarrasment to others or the staff who run it.

Can be very crowded, and standing not encouraged, you need to sit down and be served by the staff. The list of beers can be daunting, and you may need to already have some idea of what you want to try (or have a reference book!) but the staff happy to recommend something, if you give them some idea of what you prefer. Beer is the menu - not for food!

Had two visits while staying in Brugge, and enjoyed it very much both times, though on the second visit there was a crowd of fellow English visitors, who had come from watching some football match and just there to get drunk and ruin the atmosphere - they obviously knew nothing about beer from what they were drinking. The bar staff were not too happy with the noise and upset they were creating, and were probably asked to leave sometime after we left - feeling embarrassed by our fellow countrymen.

If you find there is no room to sit, go back again in about an hours time, you may have better luck second time around.

Photo of francisweizen
4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Ah, The Bruges Bear, an awesome little pub off of the main street towards Brugges Grand Palace. The atmosphere is awesome! Classical music playing, old beer posters on the walls, great beer glasses on display...This is a clean, OLD, friendly place to drown some brews. The quality of the brews was exceptional! I had a three fountains gueuze, and a girardin (black label) gueuze here and both were spot on fresh! The service from Daisy (the owner) was attentive and nice. A few UK tourists were in the place, and she recommended excellent beers to them in perfect English! The selection is 200 strong and nicely layed out by region (West Flander, Waloonia, etc...). An awesome bar, beaten only by the Kulminator in Antwerp (who are friends with the owener of this place, I believe...)

Photo of wbthink
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This is an old world style bar with beer signs & trays galore. Its 2 room layout make this a nice warm place to enjoy some terrific bottles. The Brugs Beertje has lots of West Flanders bottles, including those by Regenboog, that are not found elsewhere. Friendly patrons and gracious hosts make this one place not to miss while in Belgium.

Photo of zerk
4.16/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

As you enter 't Brugs Beertje, you see a small bar, a few tables, and a doorway to a small room full of tables. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, with dark wood everywhere and quite a selection of breweriana on the walls. The one thing I found slightly annoying was the very loud classical music... I like classical music and all, but this was a bit overbearing.

Our waitress was friendly and helpful, but not terribly prompt.

The selection is very good, with a menu boasting page after page of Belgian ales, sorted by region. I was utterly speachless when I looked over the list, taking probably 15 minutes to decide where to begin.

This is a must visit if you're going to Brugge!

Photo of bierman2000
3.96/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

A smoky loud place but an excellent selection. The service is okay you may wait a long time for beer number 2 but the beers are delicious and only bottled when I was there in Feb. 2000. A good place to hang out with friends and just discover new tastes.

Photo of Longstaff
4.66/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I visited 't Beertje in September 2002 and this was an awesome place except it got real smokey when they closed the door at closing time. Good thing is, they will let you sit and drink after they lock the door. The front door said they had 300 beers, but I counted only 200 on the menu - what a ripoff ;>) only 200 Belgian beers to choose from. The local patrons and the owners who also serve you were real friendly. The Hobbit next door is real good place to eat. If the ribs are included in your entree, they are all you can eat, and tasty as well. After your meal here cross the street and enjoy the best beer bar in Brugges.

Photo of oqnid
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Mai 2002...a month I will never forget. I got to visit Belgium and Holland, but the pinacle of my stay must be my visit to "little Bear". Of course there is a hundred + pub/bistro/brewpubs over there but the expirience I've personnaly had at this 300+ beerbar is forever cimented in my mind!
Very small pub, maybe 5 or 6 seats at the bar where, of course, I sat. A warm greeting from Daisy, that I later found out that she owned the place with her husband Jan, hands me a menu...I thought she was handing me a receipe book...whoa, almost 20 pages all well organized in styles of beer that, needless to say, were all Belgian brewed. It took me at least 15 minutes just to figure out what me first beer would be. Of course, I was looking for me second selection after ordering my first one.
Four hours later, just I was prepared to "roll" out there...in comes Jan! Would talked and drank some more...nicest guy I ever met.
I must say that for a small place like that to actually have every glass for their 300+ beers is astonishing!
THE place to stop in Brugges...if your not to "connoisseur" of beer...stay an evening, talk with the owners (and especially Joey) and you'll make Michael Jackson blush towards your knowledge of Belgian beers.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

SIMPLY - A MUST. I first visited the "Little Bruges Bear" during Easter 1994, and visit every time I am in Bruges or nearby. A relatively unknown place then, but a Belgium legend now. A beer list of over 200, coupled with classical music, educated beer tourists, amiable locals and helpful staff, all contribute to make this a never forget establishment. If you've been - you WILL want to return. Try to get into the back room and witness time completely evaporate as you drink beer with like minded people, amongst the plethora of Belgium advertisements, some from now sadly defunct Breweries. No Food, only Snacks. Bloody Hell - WHO CARES !!!! Fantastic - I want to retire in Bruges!!!.
The personification of Orwells "Moon Under Water"
- THE Perfect Bar.

Photo of javier
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Unfortunately I was here before I was truly educated in the ways of Belgian beer. This was back in college when I thought I knew everything.
I can't remember what I had but I remember being impressed with the selection of styles and varieties. Each beer comes in a glass matching the brand and is expertly poured for you (2 fingers of head!). I sat there for a few hours with my friend discussing the finer points of god knows what with a middle aged English couple who matched us drink for drink. I'm not too proud to say they drank us under the table.

great bar in a great city.

Photo of Todd
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Ah yes, the "little bear" ...

When I stayed in Brugge back in 2000, this was the place I visited every single day / evening. Hundreds of beers to select from (about 6 on tap, over 300 in the bottle), quaint pub feel, outstanding service, and the small selection of pub type food did the job just fine -- my favourite being the cheese cubes served with mustard and parsley salt. If you want a "real meal" The Hobbit and its legendary dry-rub BBQ is next door.

Also, note that not all of the beers available are on the beer lists ... ask for something "special" and say hello to Daisy and her husband, who is a well-known local brewer.

Certainly not the biggest Belgian beer bar, but one of the best out there for many other reasons ...

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't Brugs Beertje in Brugge, Belgium
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