Staminee De Garre

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

De Garre 1
Brugge, 8000
Belgium

+32 50 34 10 29 | map
degarre.be

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
126
pDev:
9.68%
 
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 126
Photo of jmdrpi
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

cool place, back the narrow alley. three floors, up some also narrow stairs. We had to go up to the 3rd floor to find some space for our group at the communal tables. lively atmosphere. We had glasses of the house tripel, which was quite good. They had some other selections, but we didn't investigate much. Cash only

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Photo of flyingpig
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Excellent bar, stopped by on a mid-week night and the place was very busy. Managed to get a seat by the window upstairs which was nice. Excellent menu with it spanning several pages. Had the house tripel which was excellent, as were the two bottle I followed it with. Lively feel to the place and somewhere I'd go back to if I'm back in Bruges - probably the best bar I stopped by at in Belgium and there were quite a few good ones.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Another must go to place if you can find it. Head north of belfry and to the right corner of the square, 50yards and your looking for a tiny back alley entrance to your right (next to a traditional toy and mannequin store).
Once in, you'll feel like you have found a secret den, you can only sit and will be told to come back if already full.
Beer selection is a little limited and you are generally encouraged to take the house beer!! Personally try something else, but that's just my two pennies worth.

The place does feel like Rennie Artois' cafe in Allo Allo, and the table service from the head honcho is first rate.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.53/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Man, this place was hard to find! I'm a big guy, and I barely fit down the alley to get here. But damn, am I glad I did!

Tiny place, maybe 300 square feet per floor (there are three.). The size makes is very intimate and the vibe was friendly wth a good mix of patrons and languages.

Selection isn't at huge as some other places, but well curated, and the real draw is the house tripel, a monster of a beer at 11 % with a truly iconic glass, which they also sell. Everything is poured expertly, into correct glassware, of course.

Food is limited to some charcuterie and cheese, but it's very good. The paté was wonderful.

Overall, one of my favorite spots in Bruges, and a must visit for any beer fan!

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Photo of kffoster40
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Loved this spot. A really cool location with a great vibe... Total mix of people from families to couples to locals to tourists but it all seemed to mix for an upbeat lively time. The beer selection is great but I would recommend getting the De Garre house beer. The service was a little slow but everyone could not have been nicer.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Visited De Garre on 11/8/2015. It really is somewhat hard to find if you don't know what you're looking for - we walked by the "alley" twice tying to find it. Regardless, the place is well worth you time if visiting Brugge (my second favorite place). De Garre is intimate and rustic - lots of wood and stone. There are three floors to the establishment and what is cool is that you can look down from the second floor to the ground floor which offers a cool perspective. That said, each floor is fairly small and can maybe accommodate about 20 or so patrons. We came for the tripel, which was quite good, but the beer menu as a whole is fairly extensive. No "wales" per se; however, the bottle list was quite extensive (probably about 150 bottle offerings) and was organized by style. I found the prices to be quite reasonable when compared with offerings in the States. It appeared there were some light snacks on the menu; however, I didn't pay particularly close attention to that or the draft list. Well worth seeking out if you are in town.

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Photo of Jesstyr
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Somehow lucked out and this was the first place I grabbed a beer on my pilgrimage to Belgium. What an amazing entrance tucked into a quiet alleyway in a beautiful historic building.

Everything about this place is the perfect pub, mixed with a bit of romance. Cool little bars in a historic building. The house beer is a really solid tripel too, a worth a try.

This isn't the place to get the best selection in Belgium, but what they do have is served properly, in the right glassware. The only gripe might be that the service isn't extremely knowledgeable in the context of some of the other top spots, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't blow away your average pub.

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Photo of treznor
1.73/5  rDev -61%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2

Had what was quite possibly the rudest waiter I've encountered. When leaving he told me he was upset that I didn't say hello to him. So I guess make sure to say hello to everyone you see? (Even though my wife did say hello on the way in).

The triple is quite tasty. I'd had it before at Thirsty Monk, and still as good as I remembered it. However, not a huge amount of interesting beer after that. They have a decently wide selection, but its the same selection you can findalmost anywhere else. Really didn't see a lot of local beers or anything outside of what you can already get in the US. Most other places we went to had a number of interesting beers that don't leave Belgium (or at least don't make it to the US in mass quantity).

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Photo of GJ40
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

We came to Brugge last year and did all the hard work to find it but De Garre was closed for construction. Fortunately it was open this time. What a place! I almost didn't go in because from my view at the door, it felt like I was interrupting a formal dinner party. But my wife urged me on and I was glad she did. Downstairs was full but upstairs was empty. It's so authentic and comfortable. We enjoyed the house tripel which was outstanding. No need to go through the menu for your first beer. This is truly a must visit in Brugge!

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Photo of flexabull
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

As mentioned in other reviews, blink and you might miss this tucked away gem. Down a narrow little alleyway in between the Markt and the Burg, is this excellent pub.

Small and cozy, we squeezed our way up the tight steep stairs to the 2nd floor and settled in for a glass of the delicious house Tripel that came with a small plate of cheese. (How I wish I could have bought an empty glass to take home too)

I have to plead a bit of ignorance, because I came for the house beer only, and didn't even bother looking at the menu. But, I know the selection is solid.

Service was friendly and quick, even though they were fairly busy. In fact, I swear the girl that was pulling great drafts from the taps was maybe 18 years old, and she already had the skill mastered.

Fair and standard pricing.

Wonderful atmosphere and top notch beers, definitely made the effort to come here well worth it.

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Photo of aleigator
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Nice place, very well hidden in the center of Brugge. Usually they put up a sign, which makes it easier to find, because the only way to the bar is through a tiny alley. Many locals there, who seemed to feel pretty much at home there, which is always a goog signal for me to drink there, because it doesn’t seem to be a tourist rip-off.
Of course we ordered a "Triple der Garre", which they offer exclusively only in that particular place. The beer was really pleasant, and gets served with some young cheese, which goes well with the beer.
The atmosphere in the place was enjoyable, people were chatting and drinking, got pretty loud later in the evening. Staminee de Garre has a country-sytle look, which somehow gets represented by its visitors. There is a maximum of three "Triple de Garre" you are allowed to drink, but this should not be a real concern, because after those three you should be able to fall asleep easily.

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Photo of R3ason
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Amazing little bar that will take you away from the bustle of tourists, and let you slow down to drink a glass of Belgium's finest. Went in the middle of the day (mid February), and it wasn't crowded at all. Plenty of beers to choose from, but I--like others--would definitely recommend the house tripel. Great experience, and it'll be my first stop the next time I'm in town.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.93/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

The highlight of any Bruges visit. Amazing bar, set deep in a hidden alley. A few high quality beers on tap, none of which can compare to their house tripel. Get it. Several times. Buy a magnum, too. They don't sell the glasses (at least they didn't when I was there), so don't be a dick and steal one. They literally count them and will chase you down if they notice one missing from your table. Not worth it. Just go and enjoy one of the most amazing places in the world of beer.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Not to give up on our quest to discover new beer adventures in Bruges, we went searching for Staminee De Garre. This was in one of Chris' guidebooks as an old pub on the smallest street in Bruges. They are known for having a special De Garre tripel that is made for them and only available at the pub, which prompted our quest. We wandered in circles around and around a large block looking for the place with the aid of a paper map and two different mapping apps on our cell phones. When we were about to give up, one of our group managed to get the directions from a cranky chocolatier (that likely gets this request often) and we were off around the block again! The opening to the "street" is really a tiny alley that looks like a store front entrance, truly a hidden little place. Walking into this street, I felt like I had just been transported to Diagon Alley or perhaps Platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter. Very strange. The pub within instantly transported us to a lost time.

The special De Garre beer was served in an enormous bowl glass that looked more suitable to goldfish than a drink! We initially requested to share one, but that is not allowed, so we were all served a smaller and easier to handle version of the glass. The beer was 11% ABV, but dry and drinkable with a slightly sharp finish, and was served with a small bowl of cheese cubes. This place is fun and well worth the effort to find it!

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Photo of Olivier007
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

If you go to Bruges, you have to visit the Garre.
I was born in Bruges and worked in touristic center of Bruges for 10 years.
This place and his atmosphere is one of the best in Bruges, also the prices.
Not everyone will like the house beer but the menu gives you a range of very good belgian beers.
Service is very good.

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Photo of azorie
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

We have visited this place like 13 times now. Service is slow even for Europe. I learned to order 3 tripels and just let them stare.

last time was March 2013
No smoking now upstairs.

Rewriting this a little. We have been here 10 times over the last few years, and we had visited long ago in the late 90's.

ok 1 bad expereince:

Last visit got beer downstairs in early April 2008, the downstairs was packed (and so smokey you could not see across the room)and we had no choice but to head upstairs. We got up there and drank what we had and even got another 1, but this was while a family, who knows who, but locals I am sure, were eating lunch! i did not think about at the time, but this had happened before at lunch time, and I only remembered after looking at pictures we have. Anyway after they left and the guy cleaned up we got abandoned. I mean we sit up an hour and no 1 came, but they sure did want the cash when I went downstairs. LOL but the place was still packed so we left.

Still if you do not smoke stay away if smoke bugs you.

So I say go for the de garre tripel but there are much better places in Bruges, now things change some if you go in the Off seasons, and in winter well things are really different.
So while I still say its a must see, I say if your there in MAY thru September avoid the place in the daytime.

Garre go there or miss out.

of course the tripel is the draw other wise you can get most of the same beer anywhere in Belgium. No food normally but the cheese is damn good.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place is very hard to find, but worth a visit. It is small and hard to get a table, but they have their own house tripel and a great cheese and meat plate. Very simple, not a big place, and that what makes this place great. Has a very local feel (but there is really no "local" place in Bruges as it is a tourist haven!) A must stop in for a beer anytime I am in the awsome town of Bruges!!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The legend of how difficult this place is to find is a bit blown out of proportion - in between Burg and Markt on Breidelstraat. Sure it's in an alleyway that may be hard to spot but if you just get in the area, it wont take you more than a minute to find it.

Lovely 2-story bar and definitely did feel like there were more locals than tourists, which is hard to believe given the prominent location. It was very packed and standing around really isnt an option. After a few minutes, we did land a table.

I knew of the house beer, and that was the plan from the get-go. The waiter wasn't going to let us escape that fate anyway. The tripel is worth the hype and the house glass is definitely a keeper if you can arrage that (tragically, I did not). I kicked back a few and turned the table over to the next group. Good stuff.

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Photo of Quafftastic
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A place not to be missed when in Belgium. Bruges is a great town, and its hard to imagine a better place to sit and have a great house tripel than De Garre. I only had a brief stop in to have one glass of the house beer in its glass but it was fantastic. Atmosphere was charming and friendly, service was quick which allowed at least a bit more relaxed enjoyment of the beer and time there begire needing to rudh to the train station, Definitely need to allot more time next time I go to soak in more of the place and have a second glass!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

You think Brugge's streets are small? Come look for Staminee De Garre, which is very easy to miss. Its located in a small alley way which looks like it only leads to one place, but actually leads to a handfull of places, including this on of a kind beer house. It feels old inside, but doesn't "look" like it needs refurbishing.

Tripel de Garre made this place famous, and is the one house beer served. If you're looking to switch from the house beer, two others taps pour (Witte Van Celis, Gulden Draak), plus 120 bottled beers (Boon, Bon Secours, Quintine, Hanssens, Buffalo). I wasn't here to try guest beers though. Part of the experience is watching how Tripel de Garre is served; it's poured into an oversized snifter with a head as thick as the beer itself, and served with a small bite of cheese. At €4 a pop, it's worth the money. The waiter will even take your order from your table and deliver too.

The most unique beer experience in Brugge. Don't miss it, and I mean that both literally and figuratively.

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Photo of VAcrossr
4.53/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was lucky enough to revisit Stamnee De Garre after a visit on a beer trip in 2000 back before I was less of a BA. Took a little bit of searching, so if you're heading over to De Struise Beer Shop, it's in a quite narrow alley close by. The beer shop had closed but I was happy to find De Garre.

We got there before folks kept rolling in so we got a seat at the foot of the medieval wooden stairs well worn by the bar staff over the years. It's a real old-world atmosphere and the menu includes a few sausages (the wurst I had was very nice) to round out the menu. There is text in Flemish (I'm guessing), but it wasn't hard to figure out what the house beer was as well as the list of other Belgian brews and lambics. The server asked if we had ever been before, and we said way back over a decade ago, so he immediately said we should have the house beer. Not a bad recommendation, and many others were having it. The triple clocks in at 11% and I think I saw a sign indicating you could have three if I interpreted that correctly. Three would leave you pretty schlonkered. Not a whole lot of lacing once the frothy head subsides over about 15 minutes, and the golden colored triple tasted quite good and not overly sweet or boozy.

I also had a 3F gueze before our family had to leave. My 10-year old son was perfectly happy here, and the table next to us had a toddler, so definitely a family vibe with a crowd that at the time we visited spanned several generations. A decent selection of Belgian-oriented brews on the beer menu, good service even considering it got busy really quick once the sun went down, and good value.

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Photo of Nolen12
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is my favorite place to drink in Brugge simply because the inside of this bar makes you feel like your back in time. It's very quaint and small and that's what I like about it. Not to mention my favorite beer to drink while in Belgium is their house brew which is called the Triple van De Garre. I simply cannot get enough of this beer. It's so smooth to be a 11.5% beer. They only allow guests 3 glasses of this beer because of how strong the beer is. I met an older woman outside of De Garre around 1130 am who for the last 25 years has went to De Garre everyday when they open at noon. That's dedication right there. The bar is down a narrow corridor and can be hard to find but find any local and they can tell you how to get there. Look for an orange sign that says "Cookies" and a break in the buildings.

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Photo of hotsudge
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A hidden gem in Bruges! Must visit if in the area. Walk down the alley and surprise you can go into someone's old house and get some world class beer.

We didn't know what to order and the waitress quickly snapped shut our menu's and told us what were having. So glad she did... the triple was incredible.

After a couple drinks it was off to the loo... not so great... but the rest of the visit was what memories are made of.

Just ordered the glass online and wish we could the beer locally. Oh well back across the pond we'll go...

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Photo of Kit_Darling
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The best beer in the world. Order the house tripel. I will travel back to Brugge just to drink this beer! This bar would have scored perfectly all the way around except that the bathroom downstairs smelled bad when people would open the door. I can forgive that though due to the place, people, and their amazing house tripel being so fantastic.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.53/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

8/15/12

Only spending a day in Bruges, we had a full schedule of sightseeing. Being fans of In Bruges, we walked to the top of the tower and then did a canal boat ride. Walking along the canal to the brewery, we tried but failed to make the tour at De Halve Maan; we still had a great time sampling their beers in their outdoor cafe.

My plan for the evening was to visit 't Brugs Beertje; however, I missed in my research that the bar is closed on Wednesdays, our only day in town. Not knowing where to go, since the day was also a holiday, Assumption Day, we headed back to our room. After some research on BeerAdvocate with the hotel WiFi, the desk clerk helped us make a call to confirm that Staminee de Garre was open. With success finding a good beer bar, we headed back to the heart of Bruges.

A beautiful brick bar down an alley, hidden from the main road, we wiggled our way through the full bar, hawking a table near the bar. The first round included the house tripel in their own glass, a bittersweet souvenir story in its own right. Each draft comes with a small bowl of Gouda cheese.

In addition to a good draft list, the bottle selection is outstanding as well, and, more importantly, it was all served with exceptional detail and care. They have an immense respect for beer. The only drawback is that we should have eaten dinner beforehand since they didn't offer much besides appetizers. However, sitting and chatting through great beers until we headed out into the dark to witness the fairy tale lighting of Bruges.

Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/02/staminee-de-garre-bruges-belgium.html

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Staminee De Garre in Brugge, Belgium
Place rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 126 ratings