't Brugs Beertje
Taps: 5 / Bottles: 300
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 98 | Display Reviews Only:
3.65/5 rDev -19.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
Just returned from Brugge and visited 't Brugs Beertje, Cambrinus and De Garre, and I have to say the Bear was my least favorite.
Atmosphere - Two small rooms without much character. The entry room with the bar is definitely the better option. They were playing classical music the whole time, which really... sucked.
Selection - Not bad, but the menu was annoying because it was sorted by region.
Food - not much of a selection other than some finger food. We were a bit disappointed because we were somewhat hungry. Not a big knock though considering it is a beer bar!
I liked Cambrinus more (the only place I found a Westy 12) although it was a bit sterile. Best option for my money in Brugge - De Garre and its fabulous house triple.
09-12-2010 12:10:23 | More by flypaper
3.86/5 rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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.
07-18-2006 12:46:07 | More by Bierschenker
3.89/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
Contrary to other reviews, we didn't feel so welcomed at this establishment. Place was small and jammed . We had to wave our waiter down just to order food and he said he would be back.
Draft selection was small, but the bottle list was huge. We got the typical cheese plate which was ok.
11-03-2013 22:35:32 | More by mbonugli
3.93/5 rDev -13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
Nice little café near the Grand Place in Brugge. The place is located in small alley beside a main shopping street, which limit the number of tourist that just happens to find the place. The place is really cosy with some nice classical music being played in the background. The selection is quite extensive and presented in a book with all beers split by region. The waitress/owner can sometime be a bit rude and may pretend not too speak French or English even though she perfectly does. The plate of cheese to accompanied beer is really good. I guess this is a must if you pass by Brugge.
06-29-2004 14:54:59 | More by Phyl21ca
3.96/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
A smoky loud place but an excellent selection. The service is okay you may wait a long time for beer number 2 but the beers are delicious and only bottled when I was there in Feb. 2000. A good place to hang out with friends and just discover new tastes.
02-24-2003 13:27:12 | More by bierman2000
3.98/5 rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
03-29-2007 16:46:56 | More by morebeergood
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.
09-09-2010 20:43:10 | More by uno99
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
't Brugs Beertje in Brugge, Belgium
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