The Bottle Shop


43 Ratings
The Bottle ShopThe Bottle Shop

Type: Store

Wollestraat 13
Brugge, 8000

+32 50 34 99 80 | map

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Added by GCBrewingCo on 10-16-2006

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Photo of Jwale73
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This place was a stone's throw (literally) from our hotel and right off the square. I walked by it multiple times because it was in the heart of the tourist district, but I was very happy I walked in. In my opinion, The Bottle Shop killed De Biertempel. The place is huge, clean and well-organized and the glassware selection is unparalleled - unfortunately, they did not have the one glass I was looking for (Drie Fonteinen Stem). That said the sheer amount of bottles was amazing. They had a few hard to find beers from Struise (i.e. some of the screen Black Damnations, as well as some of their ice beers). Lambic/gueuze selection was solid, but no wales - standard Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen lin-up, as well as some of the Horals mega-blends, De Cam, etc.. I found the prices pretty reasonable and the mark-up on Cantillon wasn't that much more (maybe a couple euros) than what I paid at Cantillon. They also had Westy 12's & 8's which were on-par with pricing in the rest of the city. What was also cool was they had the a nice Het Anker boxed set featuring their beers and whiskey - too big and heavy due to my other purchases, but I definitely thought about it. A very cool place and worth a stop. I'd be shocked if you don't find at least something that tickles your fancy.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Just another of many good shops in Bruges with a lot to offer. Selection and prices are about on par with everywhere else, and while there's not necessarily anything different here, it's still worth checking out.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

First visit to Bruges and this store was the first thing standing in front of me where I was dropped off. I'd already seen the reviews, so I marched right in. Pretty much has most of what you want. Prices on common more stuff is definitely higher than the big supermarkets (where I stocked up on Rochefort, Westmalle, St Bernadus, etc). But, there is lots more here. Prices on the harder (not rare) stuff seems pretty fair. I couldn't find any of the rarer stuff I was looking for. They only had the most common Cantillon stuff and I couldn't find a single bottle of any 3F offerings. Almost no saisons. They did have Westy, but I'm going there in person to pick up anyway. Overall, a great store.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%

Can’t complain here as I walked out with a bunch of Westvleteren. Apparently these are shelf beers in Belgium. Anyway c OK selection with some Black Damnation 750s but not much limited stuff. Already out of Cantillon. Tourists I’m sure go nuts for stuff they don’t realize they can just get at home. Good service, OK prices. All good beer. Definitely worth a stop in if for nothing else than some Westvleteren variants.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Easy to spot and one of the larger, by square footage, stores in all of Brugge.

The selection was strong - some Cantillon and 3F stuff I didn't see elsewhere in Brugge. Large shelves full of all the classics and trappists at a slightly higher price point than you may find at some of the shops a little further from the center.

Definitely worthy of inclusion in your Brugge beerhunting itinerary.

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Photo of nonpo
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was hesitant about visiting this shop after reading a previous review. But decided to give it a shot anyway.... GLAD I DID!!! The owner Sylvia was very helpful in assisting us in finding our selections and even recommended some things we had not tried based on what we liked. She was and is spot on!!!

I noticed a previous post that I have to believe was complete bunk regarding taking photos in the shop.. we not only took photos, but took then with Sylvia!!! Not sure why someone would post something like that, but ask about it when you go in and share a laugh...honestly it is one of the more ludicrous posts I have come across and so far from what I experienced.

Atmosphere---The store is very clean and organized with a good selection of beers you might expect and some you might not. Accompanying each beer is appropriate glassware.... very cool indeed! Only thing that would make it better is having someplace to sit and enjoy a beverage... that would make it perfect :O)

Quality--Due to location and amount of customers, beers rotate naturally and the replacements are stored downstairs in appropriate darkness and temp... in other words unlike some other shops I have visited, there are not bottles that appear to have been exposed to too much light :O)

Service --- Another thing they do very well is package all of your purchases... individually wrapped and ready for transport to your hotel or luggage! Sylvia even recommended some beers based on "what we liked" and she was/is spot on!!!! It is nice when the owner knows her products!!!

The store can get a bit busy at times (we have returned at least 3 times since our initial visit)
If this bothers you and you are in the area, just ask when a slower time is and stop in then... you will be amazed at how nice the staff is!!

Selections-- We also scored some harder to find St Sixtus Abdy wooden crates... that was a cool find! There are some selections that are not on display but are available... just ask!

It is a bottle shop in a touristy area... but unless you are going to pay high cab costs and hunt out a "locals shop" this a great place to grab some beer. Highly recommend going when you can spend some time with the staff or owner and talk beer... very good people!!!!

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Photo of BeerTampa
4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Absolutely loved this bottle shop.

- great organization- krieks were together, oud bruins were together, all the rarer stuff was together.

- prices were completely reasonable. They were cheaper than all of the tourist shops and had a much better selection.

- staff was super friendly and seemed knowledgeable. Only one woman working. I asked her where the Flanders styles were and she pointed the shelf where they were. Also, I picked up a de Ranke Kriek but wasn't sure if it was a Lindeman's type Kriek or a Cantillon type Kriek. I asked her if it was sweet and she replied definitively "no, no sweet at all." Wrapped up all my purchases individually and asked if I was flying home and gave me bubble wrap.

- Westy- I was just talking to her as she rang me up about how we can get most of the popular beer back in the US. she asked about Westy and I told her about the Gift 6-pack release. I asked if she had any and she did: $9 for the blond, $10 for the tripel, and $11 for the quad. She was out of the tripel but I took the other two. There was a tourist shop selling for $17 down the street.

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Photo of geedub11
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

In the heart of Brugges, so one would expect a little bit higher price per bottle. The bottle selection is pretty good if you are visiting Belgium and would like to take a variety of the common Belgium beer styles home.

I actually like to buy most of my beer from the Carrefour supermarket chain because the price per bottle for the more common stuff is about €1 cheaper.

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Photo of adamlr23
2.75/5  rDev -35.4%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 5

I shopped in several local beer stores on my trip and the attitude here is is the worst!! The only bad encounter I had in Bruges at all was in this shop! Other than that the people are delightful and they have a great city.

This store was the second place I visited, and being that I intended to buy several beers and make a large purchase I asked for some advice. The woman rude to begin with, which I was going to let pass (I just came from Paris). However when I asked about the Westvleteren 12 she had displayed (with a very reasonable price) she refused to sell it to me and said it was for display only. I picked it up and showed her there was a price on all of the bottles and she literally snatched it from my hand and put it back (and muttered something dirty about Americans under her breath). Needless to say I was totally dumbfounded by this put down the basket I had collected and left. If she doesn't want the business of Americans, I say don't give it to her! The Bier Temple down the block was very friendly and sold me the exact same beer, no fuss. What that woman's deal is I will never know, but there are too many good beer stores in the area with great selections for me to recommend a fellow American shop here where we are obviously not wanted. and it's too bad, looked like a cool store, and easily could have been. But if your American do me and yourself a favor and go somewhere else.

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Photo of willseph
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

One of my main destinations for my weekend in Brugge, this place was the best bottle shop I visited in my three weeks touring Belgium. The ladies who worked there were more than willing to walk me through the shop and answer all of the dumb questions I had as well as make recommendations on what I should buy to drink now vs. age. They were also able to help me find the de Garre pub, which was a huge help as it's not easy to find. Prices are comparable to the Beer Temple and other shops in the area.

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Photo of ccorbett0
5/5  rDev +17.4%

We recently took a Eurotrip over the Thanksgiving holiday. A welcome change eating mussels and fries vs. the traditional turkey and mashed potatoes. Anyways, the main purpose of going to Belgium was to enjoy their wonderful brews (every other country we went to also had great selections of Belgium brew). We went to every bottle shop in Brugge and the very last one we went to, the Bottle Shop, had exactly what we were looking for, Westy 12. I was very excited as all the other stores told us we could only get it from the brewery/monastery itself. Bought one bottle for 10 euros and they packaged it ready to be packed and brought back to the US. The guy behind the counter also made a good suggestion for a nice saison. Overall, this is the place to go to get some nice Belgium brew when in Brugge. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

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Photo of Jeffo
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

Went here last weekend on our trip to Brugge. It's just off the main square, and very close to the Bier Temple. The Bottle Shop was definitely the best beer store in the city center, no question.

Lady behind the counter was nice enough, and took some time to explain the different lables on the Drie Fontein Oude Geuze Vintage '05 that I was looking at. She advised me to buy the cheaper one, as they were the same beer inside. She also wrapped everything for me so they wouldn't get broken. I love the Flemish accent too, so gotta give her points for that :-)

The selection is the best in the city center. It pales in comparison to Dranken Gers in the outskirts of Gent, but is much more impressive than the other two options in the city center: De Biertemple and Baccus Cornelius. For what it is and the location, it's pretty good. Lots of Belgians are on display here of course, with a decent selection of geuze and lambic, but nothing overly rare. No Westvleteren, but the other trapists are all here. Some nice larger format bottles as well. No imports.

Prices are reasonable for the city center of Bruges. I ended up buying a few Black Albert at €4 each and a Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait at €5 and walked away feeling decent about it.

If you're in Brugge and only have 5 minutes to spare (how retarted would that be), make this your stop.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

I went in here with my wife for a purchase of "souveniers". My wife had a camera in her hand, and snapped a photo of store's interior. The woman behind the counter immediately began waving her finger at my wife with a scowl on her face.

My wife apologized and immediately put the camera away, yet from that moment-on this woman made my wife feel very uncomfortable in the shop. The woman seemed to be waiting for us to exit, which we promptly did without any purchase.

The quality of beer here is incredible, and the selection is as well. Lots of rare beers here, and an entire wall of special Christmas beers still available. Westvleteren was available for 10Euro.

Perhaps the camera was a faux-pax, but we made every effort to apologize and show respect. The attendant was a big turn-off. Perhaps on another visit we will have a different experience (and actually purchase some beer as a result).

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Photo of bernardus
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%

We went to this place on our day in Bruges, 14JUL09, following a stop at 't Brugs Beertje. This place didn't look big from the outside, but you walk in and it extends pretty far back, with shelves and shelves of bottles in all sizes filling the walls. Much like de Biertempel, there are variety packs of different beer assembled in wooden crates. The glass, if available, is next to the matching beer on the shelf.

I grabbed a basket and started tracking down de Struise, where I found Pannepot and Rosse, but not the Black Albert I had just had at 't Brugs Beertje. The shopkeeper informed they were out of it. I also picked up some de la Senne beers, a blonde ale called Omer from Bockor (on the shopkeeper's reccomendation), and very surprisingly a bottle of Rodenbach Vin de Cereale. As a huge fan of Rodenbach and the Grand Cru, I was especially happy to track this one down.

Overall, a truly great store with helpful staff and certain beers I didn't see anywhere else up to that point or afterward for the rest of our trip.

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Photo of yesferro
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%

Went there July 27th on a daytrip to Brugge, to me this was the nicest beer store in Brugge, the Biertempel had nothing on them service and selection wise. Most of all the beers in stock were found with the corresponding glass, beers were reasonable in price as long as they weren't available in the supermarket, if you want a simple Faro, St Bernardus or Orval, skip this place. If you want to find your cantillons, la chouffe's, 3 fonteinen and very hard to find local brews, this is the place to be. Due to luggage restrictions we only walked out with a Vlaamsche leeuw beer and glass but I will be back!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Impressive one roomed (big room though) beer selection. You are left alone to wander around, help is available if required,two females on duty when I visited, the young one spoke English, the elder not so well versed. Each bottle I bought was wrapped and placed in a bag for me, only beershop to do that in Brugges.

Just as expensive as De Bier Tempel and 2be, with about the same number of beers to choose from. I got my Vicaris 'Generaal' and 'Tripel' as well as three 'St Idesbald' beers from the Huyghe brewery here.

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Photo of atis
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Nice shop, but definitely not the best in Brugge. I found it to be heavily on the expensive side. Good and nicely priced selection of 750s though. Selection of Belgium beers was nice and rather extensive, but the shop had kind of souvenir shop feeling inside - brightly lit, wide spaces, postcards, some beer-related souvenirs....I did not feel comfortable there.

There was an excellent and reasonably priced selection of glassware, this I liked the best about the shop. Also staff was very, very friendly.

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Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%

This was the first bottle shop I went to in Belgium and as soon as I walked in I was completely blown away. Rows and rows of hundreds, maybe even a thousand different beers ranging from every style as well as a very impressive selection of glassware. They even had 3 liter glasses placed right next to the Jerabooms. Also, they had a very nice selection of gift packs. The woman who owned this establishment was very knowledgeable and friendly, putting up with my childish giddiness and constant barage of questions. I spent a lot of money here but the prices were no very expensive. This is a great bottle shop that is a must when in Brugges. Also, there is a place next door that makes amazing waffles.

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Photo of CBA
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Large shop selling beer, jenever, a few other spirits, glasses and souvenirs. A sizable selection of the Belgian standards at higher than normal prices. Well worth the look as it's a nice shop, but I'd most certainly spend my euro's elsewhere (notably the Bier Tempel). While well organized and well presented, it is obvious this place caters to the casual drinker and the tourist looking to bring back something boozy from Belgium. No lurking gems for BA's to find here.

It's funny how your perception changes quickly though while traveling - if this store was the first one I happened on, I would've thought it was great, as we've got nothing like this at home.

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Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev -6.1%

There are plenty of beer stores in Bruges, but we decided to stop in here on the afternoon of 3/26/07 to pick up a few souvenirs because they seemed to have the best overall selection of the types of glasses that we were looking for. We picked out a few to take home with us, and the girl at the counter was very nice and bubbled-wrapped them all for us. Prices overall for glasses seemed pricey in Bruges, so if you see what you like, just buy it. The Bottle Shop was laid out nicely and had a great selection.

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Photo of GregMcQ
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%

Well, if the dent in my wallet is any indication of the quality of a beer-shop, then this one gets high marks all the way around. I spent more here than I did any other beer-shop in Bruges, for the only reason that they seem to have a more extensive selection and quite a bit of depth in each selection. The young lady behind the counter was very nice but also affording of any browsing-time that was needed (I browsed a lot!). She was also very helpful when questions did come up (well, except to the older British woman who was looking for some Japanese beer... that whole scene was actually very funny!). But, would say that this beer-shop should be your first and last visit in Bruges; but definitely check out the others in-between.

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Photo of drewbage
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Concurring with the previous review, this modern and open space is right off the town square and just before the Hotel Erasamus (my hq in Brugge).

Bottles are a bit dearer here and if you've got the chance to go elsewhere I would, but as I didn't I could still find most everything that I needed for my return home. The counter girl was pleasant and helpful to me and double wrapped my purchases after being told they had to make it back across the world to my home.

A good place to stop while in Brugge. If you're elsewhere I wouldn't make a special trip for it.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

The Bottle Shop really could not be easier to find on Wollestraat. It is only a block down from the Markt.

An extremely clean and well laid out store with a large selection of mostly beer with a few knicknacks and some other beverages (which I ignored). As I walked in I was greeted, but other than that they seemed to not even care if I was in the store or not. No attempt was made to see if I required any assistance and for a town like Brugge, this seemed a bit odd.

The selection was very well arranged and everything was easy to find. Unfortunately there really was not anything on the shelves that was a true gem. Most everything could be found elsewhere for much, much less money. The prices were tourist based for sure and seemed like a ripoff on certain bottles.

I'd go back in to The Bottle Shop, but unless a gem was located, with those high prices I'd probably not spend my Euro here.

Visited on September 15, 2006.

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The Bottle Shop in Brugge, Belgium
4.26 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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