Bierbrasserie Cambrinus

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Bierbrasserie CambrinusBierbrasserie Cambrinus
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Bierbrasserie CambrinusBierbrasserie Cambrinus

Type: Bar, Eatery

Philipstockstraat 19
Brugge, 8000

+32 50 33 22 28 | map

Open daily from 11:00am - 11:00pm
Weekends from 11:00am - Close

Added by lawrence76 on 03-30-2006

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Reviews by CBA:
Photo of CBA
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Next to Kulminator (aside from the vintages) this had the most extensive beer menu I've seen in my life. It's actually overwhelming, and at times hard to focus on your surroundings as your eyes are constantly pulled back to the book. Bright and airy it's definitely a place for you if you're adverse to smoke and confined spaces. Of course I had to have the pleasure of drinking Westvleteren so close to the source, and priced very reasonably I had all three, along with a few of the seemingly rare saisons I could find on our trip.

My wife now firmly on board with drinking beer after her experience at De Garre opted for the 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek. This will obviously be seen as blasphemy, but she thought it'd be best used as a vinaigrette on a salad - couldn't have said it better.

Service was the most disinterested of all the places we visited - surprising since it's the same owners as the Bier Tempel which had great service.

All in all a must visit.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

visited twice during our stay in Brugge - once for a round of pre-dinner beers, and then the next night for dinner and beers. The beer book of available bottles is almost overwhelming, but they do have in organized into categories so that helps. got to drink a bottle of Westy 12 in addition to other great beers. Service the first night at the bar was good, the bartender made suggestions and was quick with the pours. Service for dinner was a bit slow. When we made our reservation, they had us booked for 2 hours, and we had to rush our dessert to make the table available. Food was decent but not great.

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Photo of montybugg
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of REVZEB
4.15/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of coldriver
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

We visited at lunchtime. Wow, what an impressive beer menu (page after page in a three ring binder)! The vibe seemed more restaurant than bar when we were there and I found myself attracted to that aspect as if the beer was an afterthought shrug. It made me feel like a beer menu loaded with Westy, Cantillon, 3 Fontenein, etc is exactly what you should expect in every run of the mill Belgian brasserie.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

A must go when in Bruges, located about 50 yards North of the main square. Selection on beers is pretty phenomenal given this is a serving establishment. You'll spend ages simply flicking through the beer menu, I always close my eyes, open it and point randomly, and hasn't let me down!
The atmosphere is brilliant especially in the winter months, something appealing about sat on a bar stool with your hands and beer on a brass top bar! Probably/possibly the best place in Bruges on balance.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.98/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Went to Cambrinus for dinner, place was very busy even at just before 7 PM on a Tuesday. Lucked into getting a table anyway.

Cambrinus is quite different for Belgium. First, it's pretty big, and second, the decor seems more British chain pub than Belgian beerplace. Not cozy in the same way as most other places in Bruges.

The beer selection is ridiculous with some 400 bottles on hand. Too bad that the staff didnt seem overly interested in guiding you through it. Service as a whole was a bit uninterested. A small thing like them not pouring the beer for you was a big difference, since it seemed like every other place did.

Food was very good, sort of upscale pub food.

Overall, a good place, but the fact that we only had food and one beer speaks volumes.

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Photo of mollykats
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of tobelerone
3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Had to reserve a night in advance due to popularity although could have walked in for lunch any time. Decor is somewhat generic, service fair, nice enough but a little disinterested. Massive beer list but they were out of the first FIVE beers I selected and their suggested alternatives were not good. They could have sold me a lot more beer rather than leaving me with an empty glass for ten minutes at a time. Food was nice but rustic b-level comfort food, solid flavors but not at all outstanding. Prices fair but I come from NY. Many cool off the beaten path places in this touristy town, glad I tried one of the mainstays but likely wouldn't go back. Also hot as hell in there.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Fill_It_or_Spill_It
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Euroglot
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Lisa22
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great food. Great beer choices even on tap but order all the beer you want up front. Good luck ever getting another one.

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Photo of HopBelT
4.45/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of BcCraft710
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bostonbeans
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Dzu
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of troypepito
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of safphoto
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This was our favorite restaurant while visiting Brugge last April. We went there twice. We got lucky on our first time there. We were able to get seated as walk-ins. That's unusual as the place is almost always completely reserved. So, if you plan on trying it out, get a reservation first.

I was absolutely stunned when I saw the beer menu. Approximately 400 beers were listed. It was so hard to choose. I wound up falling in love with Straffe Hendrik and had it both times we ate there. The food was really good as well. I would recommend the Flemish Carbonade. It comes with Frites and warm chunky apple sauce. It was soooo good.

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Photo of Darvin
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

We really enjoyed the experience. The atmosphere is excellent and the food among the best we tried while in Bruge. The beer list seemed too good to be true but they had everything we requested. Word to the wise, if your planning on having dinner be sure to make reservations. It was booked every night we were in Bruge.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.44/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of kingjohnh
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of SCW
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of psuKinger
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

I had been meaning to review a few of these kinds of places from a trip to Belguim for nearly two years now, as I found other reviews to be quite helpful when I was planning my stay. As such, I should have gotten around to this earlier, but here goes:

Cambrinus is a pretty popular place, and for good reason. It has a very large beer menu, and unlike a lot of the other cafes/beer bars we visited while in Belgium, this place offers a full kitchen/food menu. Prior to my visit, reviews had suggested that this was the closest-to-a-sure-thing bar in Brugge for finding available Westy's, and my personal experience also confirmed what others had said, as the Blonde, 8, and much-lauded 12 were all available. Additionally, De Bier Tempel (the bottle shop which is most likely to have Westy for those looking to take some back with them) is right next door, so these can be hit on the same swing-by for those in search of the "holy grail".

The atmosphere was not unpleasant, but had a bit of a vibe of "chain-y" and almost "english pub-y" in a way that most Belgian beer bars/cafes did not. It wasn't "bad", but it didn't feel like a *special Belgain experience" to me. The wait staff seemed knowledgable and were certainly courteous, but very busy and perhaps a bit short at times, with all the bustle.

The food was good, but very pricey.

Cambrinus is a must-visit if in search of Westy. If Westy isn't a priority for you, there's 4 other "beer destinations" in Brugge I'd rank above it, but if in town for a good 3-4 day visit, this is certainly worth a stop.

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Bierbrasserie Cambrinus in Brugge, Belgium
Place rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 109 ratings