Herberg de Dulle Griet

Herberg de Dulle GrietHerberg de Dulle Griet
Herberg de Dulle GrietHerberg de Dulle Griet
Bar, Eatery

Vrijdagmarkt 50
Gent, 9000

+32 9 224 24 55 | map

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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Nearby the square where the Café is, most tourists will have seen the famous huge cannon called “Mad Meg”, a bloody huge lump of steel that I would dearly love to fire towards the hordes of Tourists that populate many of the Cafes here in Ghent at the height of the season (only joking – or am I ??)
This Café has a really good beer list, perhaps overstated by the Management, but quantity wise it is still around 150. However, once you sit down and examine it in detail it is annoying to be told that a few/several/many (delete as applicable depending on the time of year) of the beers may not be available. Still what is available is very good, prices are reasonable (for Ghent anyway) and there are many notable beers here worth trying.
Toilets are up a ridiculously small tight spiral staircase that will send you crashing to the floor with wet pants if you have drunk too much. You can sit either inside with good service, or outside and suffer the indignity of being ignored as the waiters change shifts after you have arrived. Food is limited to nibbles, or even a Sandwich if you are lucky and the Waitress fancies you (I got a Sandwich from her but not a Nibble!).
It can get very busy at weekends, packed even, and on a night time monster “Yoof” noises regularly emanate from its doors. On my last visit at night, I braved it, because I feared becoming Old and Wrinkly if I walked away. I became Old and Wrinkly by entering. Damn.
Well worth a visit during quiet day times, at night you take your chances, either that or get some baggy jeans and an Eminem T-Shirt.

Dec 05, 2002
More User Reviews:
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bierfonteintje from Belgium

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Sep 29, 2018
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robotic_being from Florida

4.82/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

AMAZING selection of local Belgium and hard to find regional bier. Friendly staff and very eclectic decorations on the inside, from floor to ceiling all you see is beer ephemera. A must see for any enthusiast.

Aug 08, 2018
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emincems from Turkey

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Oct 19, 2017
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siebevl from Belgium

3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Apr 30, 2017
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greedysoul from Netherlands

4.17/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Jan 31, 2017
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Dec 22, 2016
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Miket13 from New York

4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Apr 04, 2016
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amano_h from Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

They have a decent-ish selection, but they're egregiously overpriced. If Gent weren't so deprived of good watering holes (I guess deprived when compared to cities like Brussels, Antwerp, or Bruges) this place would have probably gotten a two star from me instead of three.

Service is quick and snappy, as expected from Belgium, and the only food on the menu is a giant platter of cheese and sausage. I definitely don't recommend trying to finish it if you're on your own.

Feb 19, 2016
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StephenHerdman from Belgium

4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Had multiple beers over the course of a few hours, with the highlight beingthe yard of Pawel kwak.Not for the standard of the beer but for the experience it delivered, and the ceremony of handing over a shoe as collateral for the glass and holder. Atmosphere was carefree and fun and as a cage decends full of shoes the bell rings and you know another yard is being served. Selection was overwhelming and excellent. Will return again.

Feb 04, 2016
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.01/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Nice selection on a peaceful square on Ghent. Got a Canrillon Kriek and plenty of other Belgian greats all over. Great spot of you're in Ghent.

Aug 30, 2015
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atomicbeer from New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Awesome selection. Awesome location. Warmed up with a St. Bernardus Abbot 8 then proceeded to the Dulle Griet speciality: a yard of Pawel Kwak. Patrons must give up a shoe to rent the Kwak setup. Also must sit inside for the Kwak. On another visit had Kasteel a Rouge while wife had a Kriek and buddy had a Westmalle. We had a salami and cheese plate, standard fare. Nice to sit outside and people watch in the Friday Market square. Gent is a beautiful city that I hope to visit again. I would definitely visit Dulle Griet again (and again).

Aug 02, 2015
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HopBelT from Belgium

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Jul 08, 2015
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CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

May 14, 2015
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DutchcdnTEXAN from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +2.2%

Nov 21, 2014
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CSO from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Nov 06, 2014
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desint from Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Sep 22, 2014
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StoutSnob40 from California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Jul 18, 2014
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Jackofallbrews from Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

An old beer bar in the heart of the city, not far from Mad Meg the enormous red painted cannon that is a city landmark. They had a beer list of over 250 options and were open late! They had a lot of sours and I ended up trying the Boon Marriage Parfait Geueze which was quite tart and refreshing--and lower in alcohol. A large group of folks from Bristol, UK were crammed into the booth next to us and we talked a bit about beers (of course!) We watched each of them get the special house beer Max of the House, served in a yard glass (think Kwak glass but three times bigger). Since so many of these glasses used to go missing the bar takes one of your shoes as collateral for missing or broken glasses. So watching a rowdy group of Brits all wearing one shoe and trying not to spill from these tall glasses was quite a treat!

May 22, 2014
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mklisz from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

May 19, 2014
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uturn from Florida

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Jan 09, 2014
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.97/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Located right at Ghent's "Friday Market", but unfortunately I was here on a Tuesday. Good medieval scenery around the market, and following that are lots of tourists like myself. Many tables of De Dulle Griet are available on the sidewalk, and is (obviously) additional seating inside the dark lit bar.

The beer selection is large, with about 250 selection. Several beers pouring from the tap (westmalle Dubble, La Chouffe), many more fom the bottle (Tongerlo, Rochefort, Dupont, Silly), and most are served with their own glass. The two biggest problems regarding Dulle Griet regard the fact that there are no beer menus if you're sitting outside (you must go inside), and you have to pour the beer into the glass on your own. That said, the prices are competitive, and it's a bar that I wouldn't reject during a future visit to Ghent.

May 20, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Just a few short steps from the main town square in Gent, this uniquely traditional Belgian beer-focused bar sits promptly on the cobblestone street-scape at center point along the narrow block, and highlighted by a bright yellow neon that denotes the bar. Just up a few steps and into the space, a long narrow bar that's cluttered with glassware, beer propaganda, trinkets, and literature greets with a somewhat claustrophobic yet oddly comfortable entry.

The table that fronts the storefront window was available with a hodge podge of chairs and benches. As the space was surprisingly patronized on this lazy Tuesday night, the quest for the rare leather-backed beer menu was in short order. A gaze across the main room reveals a tall and narrow configuration with exposed beams and rafters, dusted decoration that includes flags, paintings, animal heads, and figurines in the quirky charm that only the Belgians can sell as whimsy and wonderment.

The scarce menus look like they've been uncovered from an archaeological dig with its dusty leather wrap and page inserts that show labels of advertised beers rather than a description. A request for the Alexander Rodenbach was met with denial as several of the most rare advertised items on the menu were no longer available- I have a feeling that they don't update their menu often. But the Westsmalle Tripel and Boon Oude Gueze were spot on and delivered in proper glassware and well presented. A fellow traveler in our group orders a large Bosteel's Pauwel Kwak which requires a deposit for the specialized glassware- the deposit: one shoe. Not both shoes, but one shoe that was reliquished, placed in a well-type of basket and hoisted to the top of the rafter by the barkeep, only to be retrieved upon the return of the glass. The acitivity of watching the basket and the sounds of the pulley became very cheap entertainment for us throughout the evening.

The trip to the upstairs restroom reveals several other, and more intimate and quaint, rooms further toward the back; each with seemingly unique identities and comforts. The circular stair would certainly not meet the building code requirements of the U.S. as their climb and descent was rather tricky after a few strong ale.

But the beer selection was both dedicated to the flavour of Belgium and varied in their artistry and palate preferences. Offerings included nearly all of the Trappiste brewed ales, an array of sour ales, fruited ales (one particular banana beer wan't served to one young gentleman because he was not a girl), strong dark ales, blonde ales, strong golden ales, and many obscure ales that were not known to me. Better offerings that are familiar include Bosteel's Tripel Karmeliet, Steenberg's Gulden Draak, Leffe, Slaapmuske Tripel, and the like. As with beer pricing around Belgium, I found the bill very favorable as I am willing to pay close to 50% more for the same bill in the U.S. As most of the ales were fresher, more vibrant, and zestier than I am used to, I found the price well worth the beer!

As with most European service, our waiter was less attentive than we wanted as our glasses ran dry and we had to exert some effort to regain his attention. Afterwards, the standard wait time for a properly poured ale was appropriate.

Although there are several beer cafes in the area that borrow similar demeanor, atmosphere, offerings, and service, this bar exudes charm, quality, and quirkiness. It's truly Belgian in every way.

May 03, 2012
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

So on he pub crawl, I was told we had to stop in here. Old wood, old signs, tons of glassware, and beer stuff. A back room table that looks like it used to be a courtyard, but now it is covered. A nice selection of drafts and bottles, but you can pretty find all of this in any pub, except for one thing. The 1+ liter of beer that comes in a big carriage glass. I had to give them my left shoe so they could put it in a basket and hoist to the ceiling to keep for ransom for the beer glass. Kind of strange to only wear one shoe, especially when you have to go upstairs to the bathroom, I worried that I might fall, then thought about I and stand in a public bathroom with one shoe on, I suppose these things happen. Nonetheless, a novel idea and a neat place.

Oct 01, 2011
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Cmack15 from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This was the only bar I visited in Gent so I can not compare it to to others in the city. The space inside was nice and cozy but also had some room to it. There was a room in the back with a few tables and that is where we ended up sitting. They had fake hop vines and beer memorabilia decorating the walls. The selection was decent and the prices were reasonable too. If I were to visit Gent again I would come back to this bar. I believe in the warmer weather they have outdoor seating which is nice because the bar is on a big town square.

Apr 01, 2011
Herberg de Dulle Griet in Gent, Belgium
Place rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 42 ratings