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't Brugs Beertje

Not Rated.
't Brugs Beertje't Brugs Beertje

103 Reviews
Reviews: 103
Visits: 147
Avg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
Taps: 5
Bottles: 300
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 103 | Visits: 147
Photo of mendvicdog
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
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 | $$$


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Photo of jerryjeff
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of hurfer
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.28/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of flypaper
3.65/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of uno99
4.06/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

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Photo of alfrantzell
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of ridedammit
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

When A and I visited Brugge we spent a good deal of our evenings (and Euros) here or at De Garre. t' Brugs Beertje is a Beer lovers dream. A nice atmosphere with local and out-of-town patrons. Selection is amazing with regional and local beers that all but the most geeky of beer geeks has ever heard of.

There are 2 main rooms, the first is near the front door and also contains a small bar, the other is right next to it and contains several tables. there is also another larger room past the bathrooms down a short hall, but I believe that is reserved for large partys or something.

As I mentioned in my review of De Garre, if you go to Brugge, you really must go here.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is the type of place where you could fit in with a suit or simply some torn jeans and a T-shirt. This is the "Everyman's Bar", which I love about it. The place is CLEARLY dedicated to the brewer's art, with breweriana oozing out of every corner. It was small, but cozy, with a lot of things (and people) to look at.

Everything about the place was quality driven. Proper glassware, clean tables, quality beer menu. Clearly this was a place for the celebration and respect of beer.

It wasn't empty in there per-say, but we had seen it more crowded on other occasions... nonetheless, the bartender always seemed easy to get ahold-of, and he often took time out of his work to chat about beer, which was quite nice. This was some of the best service we had at a beer bar in Belgium.

A wonderful and extensive selection of beer. The menu was organized by region IIRC, which made it a bit difficult to choose beer of preferred style. But regardless, the menu was impressive. Vast with many choices. Not too many rare beers, but the volume of the beer selection made it easy to never get bored in there.

The food was simple, but good. We had ham and cheese sandwiches, which were promptly made and delivered to the table. Nothing crazy about them- they were just good.

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Photo of thepeter
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Exactly as you imagine a Belgian beer bar to be! A quaint fairly good sized place that was pretty full of happy and friendly beer lovers from all over. It had a rustic feel and while your tables were separated (slightly) from one another there was a communal feel to the place. Service was very good, especially since it was crowded. The beer selection was solid with specials at the back of the menu that included Oerbier Special Reserva and HORALs Oude Gueze Mega Blend along wiht a bunch of others goodies. We went there twice but only had the cheese plate, which was great. The rest of the menu looked good and our neighbors enjoyed their meal. Pricing seemed average for the city. This was my favorite pub in Brugge. A must when you visit.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I'm not sure what else needs to be said about this place. It's precisely what you picture a Belgian pub to be. Cozy, quaint, excellent beer, knowledgeable servers, and a jovial crowd. It doesn't have the biggest selection, but there is plenty enough to keep you happy. It's a must visit when in Bruges.

One important note that I wish I knew in advance is that the rare stuff is in the back of the menu. This is where they had Black Albert, Vin de Cereale, and a few others. If you aren't one to scour every inch of a big menu book, then you could easily miss this section.

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Photo of Travlr
4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Centrally located near the market square in Bruges. Smallish at first glance, with a front room smoking section and a non-smoking back room that also has a fireplace. Auxilliary back room past the toilets. Good atmosphere, lots of beer- and hops-related decor, and a photo of Michael Jackson (the real one) over the mantle. Helpful and pleasant staff, even when they're busy. Great selection of Christmas beers when I visited in December. Lots of tourists, but an occasional friendly local also. Definitely a top Belgian bar.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I always had an image in my head of beer bars in Belgium, and 't Brugs Beertje absolutely fit that ideal image to a "t." It was like a sud filled dream. Small bar, ceiling bedecked in dried hops, walls covered with genuine old beer advertisements, not the dime-a-dozen reproductions used to spruce up some beer joints in the US who lack character, Delirium Tremens trinkets filled the windows, smoke filled the air. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The beer list was delightfully extensive and reasonably priced. My only wish is that I could've spent more time there. Beauty in beer bar form.

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Photo of bnietz
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

What can you say about this place that hasn't already be said. OK, I have one...it could be less smokey...how about that!

Our first night found us sharing a bar stool with a film maker and director from London and our tour director from the Half Moon Brewery. What an interesting mix of people!

't Brugs Beertje is a joy to behold. From the great conversation of other beer fanantics, to the great service from Daisy and others, it is a must see on a trip to Bruges.

My wife and I enjoyed many different beers including a nice Moinette Blonde and a Zambe DeBois on tap.

Come early and stay late to this little piece of heaven!

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Photo of californiakulak
4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

What a place. It is kind of hidden down a small pedestrian street in Brugge. Once inside and seated you are presented with a 10 pound book that acts as their beer menu. How to choose? Thier selection was simply amazing. Most of their beers were priced right. My wife stuck to the lambics but I explored several different styles on our two trips to this bar. The atmosphere was very endearing. It is tiny inside and looks very old. I would strongly suggests that any visit to Brugge is incomplete without a visit to this beer institution.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

We spent only a couple of days in Bruges. Despite the wide variety of available bars and beer-related restaurants (not to mention the bar present in our very own hostel), we returned to this place several times. That speaks volumes for its quality.

The crowd seemed to be mostly tourists, although we ran into a few born-and-raised Brugites (?) that chatted with us. No one minded that we took pictures and / or jotted notes. They seemed to expect it, even.

Apparently there is a third non-smoking room in the back, which I was unaware of, but I sat in the two smoking rooms, and developed some reactions as a result (I am allergic to cigarette smoke). Plan ahead, I suppose.

The servers are attentive and bring the beer to your table, although not all of them pour properly. This is probably just a beer snob complaint, but when it comes to beers that generally have high carbonation, a good pour is a must.

The bottle selection is outstanding, and is presented in a laminated binder. There are only a handful of taps. I'm not sure if they rotate much.

The food platters were decent; mostly snacks, but they were a good way to get some solid food with your beer. Everything in Bruges closes pretty early it seems, so you may rely on their food menu if you're here for a while.

The prices were very reasonable.

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't Brugs Beertje in Brugge, Belgium
100 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.