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't Brugs Beertje

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

120 Ratings
Ratings: 120
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 6.56%
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 Brabander
3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

Brabander, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of flypaper
3.65/5  rDev -20.1%

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.

flypaper, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Bierschenker
3.86/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

Bierschenker, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of mbonugli
3.89/5  rDev -14.9%

Contrary to other reviews, we didn't feel so welcomed at this establishment. Place was small and jammed . We had to wave our waiter down just to order food and he said he would be back.

Draft selection was small, but the bottle list was huge. We got the typical cheese plate which was ok.

mbonugli, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -14%

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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of bierman2000
3.96/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

bierman2000, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of morebeergood
3.98/5  rDev -12.9%

After dinner at Den Dyver on 3/25/07, we came to the Beertje to finish the night off right. Wasn't too crowded on a Sunday night, so we got seats at the bar. Atmosphere was cool in here, lots of beer stuff but not overkill. The bartender was great, he was more than happy to talk to us about beer and recommend a few of his favorites. I tried the Hercules Stout and a Bruges Tripel, and my wife had a Bruges Blonde and a t'Smisje honey. We chatted with a couple from Wash DC for a while, and when we were leaving, I asked the bartender where I could buy a bottle of water. He gave me a free one from the refrigerator. Very nice guy. I highly recommend stopping in here for a few beers.

morebeergood, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev -12.5%

phingdong, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of uno99
4.06/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

uno99, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of zerk
4.16/5  rDev -9%

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!

zerk, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of PisoMojado
4.18/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

PisoMojado, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of wkimmerly
4.19/5  rDev -8.3%

I generally agree with all the glowing comments on this board about 't Brugs Beertje. However, I won't give it an A+, I knocked down on atmosphere for a specific reason. That is the smoking. I have never been in a place where the tobacco smoke was so oppresive as this bar. It has been three days since I was there and I am still coughing and hacking. It wasn't until I had been there about half an hour that my wife and I learned about the third room in the back which is completely non-smoking. The middle room, which is connected to the main bar is still very smokey. The main bar was full of chain smokers. A woman sitting beside us smoked seven cigarettes during the course of our first beer!

The back room was heaven, and finally allowed us to unwind and enjoy everything alse about this bar that is so magnificent. I can imagine this place was an inspiration to some of the great Belgian bars in the US like Burp Castle and Monk's Cafe. And the service is indeed very good. Daisy and her staff are very friendly and attentive, and that is not so common over in Belgium, where service tends to be pretty aloof.

If you enjoy cigarettes as much or more than beer, then consider my review an A+ for your purposes. But myself, I cannot wait for the day when Belgium follows suit of England and France and bans smoking in bars, because it really does spoil the atmosphere.

wkimmerly, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.21/5  rDev -7.9%

If you're looking for a huge selection of Belgain beers to be had with some locals, but don't want to travel outside the city, you've found your place. Hard to believe there were so few tourists here considering it's proximity to the town center. Beer selection is phenominal, and service is good. The place has two rooms, both being very small (and quite smokey). Most beers are served in their own glass, and staff speaks English well enough for an American to get by. There are nicer bars in town with equally large selections, but none that feel so "local".

RedBeerchetta, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.22/5  rDev -7.7%

Brugge is it's own worse enamy.

The place is awash with tourist all year round, it is a lovelly city to visit, but really has nothing to offer but pretty buildings and a load of great beer bars. As you travel from bar to bar, you have to navigate round crowds of people, who are just blocking the street, normally looking up at some impressive roof guttering or window frame. It is bloody annoying!

As luck would have it, this bar is on just about the most boring street in the city centre. However, as has been already said, tourist find it, that is because the good burgers of Brugge have put its location (along with a few others) in all the guide books.

My last visit was ruined by a bunch of Londoners, who thought drinking 'Quack' like water would make them interesting and funny. It failed, they just became very loud and the females just couldn't handle it, no trouble, just a constant dribble of them coming into the back room to get to the toilets. The time before that the tables next to mine had beer hunters from New Zealand, Wales and Germany on them, we all got on fine and had a great conversation about beer, not too sure when we left!

My scores are for normal visits, not my last one.

The choice of beers is mind blowing, I normally have all the draught ones first, then play in the bottles. Trouble is, they are all so strong, you have to be so careful, or you become useless very swiftly. The quality has always been fine and where do they keep all those glasses? Every single beer you ask for (out of about 200), comes with the correct one.

The decor is old and faded, nicotine yellow being the main colour. Posters, pictures and old advertising boards hang willy nilly on the walls. The place just drips with character.

The service can vary, depending on how many are in and if any staff are about!

Locals still use it, even with the huge infux of tourists and they are keen to talk, if you are sober and obviously interested in beer.

This bar is highly recommended my me, I always have and I always will use it when in Brugges.

BlackHaddock, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of LarryKemp
4.22/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

LarryKemp, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of uturn
4.25/5  rDev -7%

uturn, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of alfrantzell
4.25/5  rDev -7%

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.

alfrantzell, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of BucBasil
4.28/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

BucBasil, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of spoony
4.29/5  rDev -6.1%

Reviewed from notes dated May 23, 2013.

A-Beertje has a quant, pub-like feel, but the place was cleaner and better-lit than many pubs with big windows facing the street. The bar is near the main Markt Square of Brugge, but on a quieter street. The front room is small with four or five tables, and the bar holds no more than a half-dozen spots. Like so many Belgian establishments, there is a variety of beer paraphernalia on the walls. The place filled quickly with tourists like myself shortly after the 4:00-pm opening.

Q-The beer selection is full of great choices, but by this point in my trip, I was used to a substantial selection of Belgian bottles, and to be honest, there isn't much here that you can't find at numerous other establishments. However, that says more about the great places to drink beer in Belgium than the Beertje, and I could drink here every day of the week if I were in Brugge.

Ser-We sat at a table and the service was pretty typical. Not annoying or cloying (like American service can be), but definitely European in style in that you have to ask for what you want. The beers we ordered were, of course, served in proper glassware and poured with care.

Sel-As usual for Belgium, the tap list is small (six beers, I think), but unlike some other places, the taps here appeared to rotate regularly and included a decent spread of brews. The bottle list deserves its good reputation because there is plenty of great old-world brew to choose from.

F-We just nibbled on cheese cubes, which were pretty mediocre, but I can't rate the food because anything you can eat on a toothpick is tough to judge.

V-Prices were decent, if slightly higher than some other lesser-known bars around Brugge.

spoony, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%

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).

Dukeofearl, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.34/5  rDev -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.

JohnfromDublin, May 24, 2005
Photo of hurfer
4.34/5  rDev -5%

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.

hurfer, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
4.34/5  rDev -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.

jrallen34, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%

My wife and I visited here after the high ratings it received and we were not dissapointed at all. The place is not very big but has a nice cozy, comfortable environment. Small bar area with small back dinig area with vintage belgian beer signs and serving trays hanging on the walls. Their selection was very good with offerings from 't smisje, popperings as well as al of the trappists an standards. The food consists mostly of snacks and small sandwhiches. Nothing too fancy, but of high quality and very reasonably priced. I would love to go back here again someday. Highly recommended.

corby112, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

DoubleJ, May 20, 2013
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