Bar, Eatery

Oudburg 20
Gent, 9000

+32 9 234 07 29 | map

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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Not your usual Belgian beer cafe, as it isn't; Aba-Jour is a restaurant and bar with a good view of the canal. You need to walk through a dark tunnel to reach the front door, bu the light enters the picture again as you walk in. I was lucky to sit next to the view of the canal, as watching boats tug along the water was a lot better than watching other people eat.

7 beers on-tap plus 55 from the bottle. A small, but good tap selection brings Westmalle Dubbel, Saison Dupont, Grimbergen, and....sigh...Cristal. Of the bottles, expect to find Cinay, Hommelbier, St. Bernardus, De Graal, Watou, Vedett, and Tripel Karmeliet. The two beers which I ordered were in good condition and served in their own glassware.

I ordered a lasagna for lunch, and I was impressed how it was.

Aba-Jour is not THE place for beer drinking in Ghent, but it does have some good options if you choose to do so.

May 18, 2013
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited 8-21-08

After a fine meal of Flemish beef stew and Orval at Brasserie t' Klokhuyes we stopped in here for a night cap. Aba Jour was an ultrahip establishment boasting fine Art Deco architectural and artistic elements, a sheik staff and clientele, and a wonderful view of a nearby church.

Aba Jour's great beer list contains about a half dozen or so drafts and 60-70 bottles. We drank one of the Saison du Pont varieties and a sickly sweet Biere de Miel that tasted of pure corn syrup. Made for a perfect end of the night.

Jul 19, 2010
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BlackHaddock from England

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Modern, hip sort of bar, reminded me of a sixties style place, big stools and funky chairs. Clean and bright with pastel colours used throughout.

The place is L shaped and you enter through a door that is set back from the road in a shop entrance/foyer. We walked through and sat at the rear which has views of the water and an outside area during warmer times. It was lunchtime but we didn't eat, most people seemed to be on their own reading or just chilling. All very civilised and calm.

Service with a smile, neat beer list and a complete contrast from all the other bars we visited in Gent.

Jan 22, 2009
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EPICAC from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

My friend and I had decided on Aba-Jour, based on a positive description of the food in The Good Beer Guide.

Atmoshpere: The bar was centered on the left wall as you entered. There were small tables filling most of the floor space. We sat towards the back at a table by the large windows that overlook the canal. Queen was playing on the stereo our entire visit.

Service: We were eating lunch fairly late so there were only a few other patrons there. Our waiter was very friendly and was more than happy to make beer and food recommendations. He recommended Popperings Hommel Bier, which was nicely hoppy. We also had a nice conversation about beer, the waiter was pretty interested in how Westvleteren acquired such a sought after status in America, he was also interested in American beers. My friend David asked for ketchup in the following exchange:

David: I know I'm a horrible American...
Waiter: No, no...
David: ...but could I get some ketchup?
Waiter: (jokingly) Yes, you are a horrible American.

Quality & Selection: The beer list was short, around 60, but the quality was pretty good. There was a nice selection of trappists, including all three Westvleteren beers. There was a nice lambic selection that included mostly authentic lambics. The caliber of beers makes up for the relative shortness of the list.

Food: Our waiter recommended a beef stew made with Rodenbach and Westmalle that came with a small salad and a bowl of fries. The stew was excellent, as were the fries, which were served in a huge bowl with a nice flavored mayo for dipping.
We had a great lunch and two rounds, before heading out.

Dec 11, 2006
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Aba-Jour came out of the Good Beer Guide to Belgium. It was pretty easy to find on Oudberg, just off the canal and up from the Gravesteen. The entrance has a Neon Sign and that really is the only marking.

Once inside you could sense someone nearby was having an "herbal" experience. The place was fairly dark with low lighting and candles and seemed a bit closed in. We did not venture far in and stayed at our table off the corned of the bar near the entrance. Further back in the restaurant portion the place seemed to have waterfront views of the canal. The WC downstairs was interesing and coed as most of them appear to be in Belgium. The inside was very warm with no breeze or open windows.

The beers consisted of 6 drafts and ~65 bottles. Nothing overly exciting, but certainly something for everyone. The service was quick but English did not seem to be a language that was well understood. A place for locals more than tourists, but it did appear to be quite popular.

Visited on September 15, 2006.

Oct 20, 2006
Aba-Jour in Gent, Belgium
Place rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 14 ratings