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't Brugs Beertje

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't Brugs Beertje't Brugs Beertje

Taps: 5 / Bottles: 300
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
100
world-class

111 Ratings
Ratings: 111
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 6.59%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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Beermaninpa

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

05-07-2004 02:00:24 | More by Beermaninpa
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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

04-06-2004 11:43:32 | More by JohnW
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
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...)

04-01-2004 01:23:11 | More by francisweizen
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wbthink

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

10-18-2003 17:40:54 | More by wbthink
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zerk

California

4.16/5  rDev -8.6%
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!

09-05-2003 17:06:05 | More by zerk
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -13%
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.

02-24-2003 13:27:12 | More by bierman2000
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

11-13-2002 08:04:15 | More by Longstaff
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oqnid

Quebec (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

10-29-2002 09:49:50 | More by oqnid
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

08-17-2002 00:33:49 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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javier

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

05-08-2002 12:58:33 | More by javier
't Brugs Beertje in Brugge, Belgium
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