Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant

Het Waterhuis aan de BierkantHet Waterhuis aan de Bierkant
Het Waterhuis aan de BierkantHet Waterhuis aan de Bierkant
Bar, Eatery

Groentenmarkt 9
Gent, 9000

+32 9 225 06 80 | map

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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant, “The Waterhouse on the Beerside”, is worth a visit by virtue of it’s beer list (which is 100+ & good for Ghent) and, to a lesser extent, its location. However, a word of warning, due to the latter it is VERY “tourtisty” (like Ghent is not right ?!) and you may not get a Table thanks to hordes of elderly, dying and often dead Coffee drinking visitors talking in funny languages taking Photos of each other at the Table - which can become annoying in the extreme.
That said, I have been to this place several times over the years, and always pop in for a beer whenever I am in Ghent crawling through the City, it is worth the effort, even if I do have to throw a few 60+ year old American Tourists into the nearby Canals to get a seat (yes, I am joking, it’s called Irony). But I never stay for a Session, it is just not that sort of place, for as a beer drinker, I guarantee that you too will end up throwing a Tourist, or two, into the Canal if you stay here too long.
Situated right next to the Leie River, so that’s where it gets it’s name from (duh!), it does command some great views. Beer List, although over 100, is not too well thought out and a bit dis-jointed. Cantillon Gueuze and Kriek is on hand for Lambic-Monsters, and a good fall-back rescue beer, but it is very expensive, as in fact are all the beers here… as in fact is Ghent!!. Service can be tardy at times, and there is No Food either.
There is a Puppet theatre upstairs, but I would go to the Toone in Brussels if you want to experience a truly genuine “Belgium Puppet Theatre in a Bar” with good reasonably priced Beers and a great atmosphere.
Oh dear, it all sounds so bad - ignore my facetiousness.
It's not that bad really. It has an above average Beer list and it really is worth a visit. You really must pop in for a “brace of beers” - but please promise me that you don’t stay too long and become, or even drown/kill, a Tourist.

Dec 05, 2002
More User Reviews:
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MikeM75 from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Sep 09, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

the vibe of the location is great - right on the canal in the business district in Ghent- but since it was December only indoor seating which was limited as the inside isn't very big. the bar area is decorated in dusty bottles and other old beer items. bartender was a bit gruff and wanted payment upon bringing our round of beers - I guess they don't do tabs? Anyway, the draft and bottle list was pretty good. the food menu was sparse, we didn't partake.

Dec 17, 2018
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bierfonteintje from Belgium

3.73/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Sep 29, 2018
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He_was_a_wise_man from California

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

May 04, 2018
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ntomich from Netherlands

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Sep 01, 2017
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HopBelT from Belgium

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

May 26, 2017
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siebevl from Belgium

3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75

Apr 30, 2017
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MattMorin from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Oct 21, 2016
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DanielCseklye from Belgium

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Feb 28, 2016
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Highbury09 from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Feb 12, 2016
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Scamboogery from Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Sep 04, 2015
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Dzu from Russian Federation

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Aug 22, 2015
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phingdong from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Jul 14, 2015
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Whatup14 from Canada

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Jun 09, 2015
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herrburgess from South Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

A sentimental favorite in Ghent. Love the vibe and the great service.

Jun 03, 2015
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Nice place. Inside is a small, classic bar, or you can sit outside with the canal in view. Good selection of Belgian beers, not surprisingly. Cantillon Kriek 750ml was out of stock, but I opted for a 375 of that side by side with a Drie Font Kriek (the latter always my favorite of the two anyway), to share with the wife. I'm pretty sure one of the buildings in that little square is an actual restaurant, but at this bar, food was basically meat and cheese plates, and they were actually good, and quite filling at a decent price of less than 10e. Service was a little awkward. We wandered around the outside area while the server stared at us from the bar, until finally we gave up and asked if we could sit outside. She spoke English, but still looked at me like I had ten heads. But overall, not too bad. There were only two other people there, but I'd imagine this place being a bit crazy during busy hours. It was fun, and I'd recommend it, just don't expect good service.

Apr 21, 2015
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spointon from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Apr 20, 2015
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simoen from Belgium

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Dec 28, 2014
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aleigator from Germany

2.5/5  rDev -37%

The bar in Ghent with the largest variety of beers. Directly located in the center of the city, this place is always very crowded, no matter if its in the middle of the day or at nighttime. Has a cozy atmosphere, not too much room, it got two levels, the second one was more pleasant, because of the nice view.

They sell many different beers, including three home-made brews, which are very recommendable. Also you can buy tasty cheese with mustard, which goes very well with most of their beers.

The odd thing about this place was a houserule which doesn’t make any sense to me. We revisted on the day we were leaving, to buy a bottle of Gandavum, their housebeer, but weren’t able to get it, because they only sell it from 4 p.m. in the afternoon. Seeing all those people around that space already drinking their beer, that rule seemed kind of unreasonable. Working in the Altbiertown Duesseldorf I made the opposite experience, breweries sell their beer only till the early evening, because then, their taproom gets too crowded, and they don’t want the botteled beer to interfere with the ones on tap. That actually made sense to me.

Nov 02, 2014
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Brushkanna from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Oct 16, 2014
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desint from Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Sep 22, 2014
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Jackofallbrews from Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A large canal-side restaurant and pub with an incredible array of great beer selections. We ended up sitting outside on the patio overlooking the canal. I ordered a Hercule Stout--a roasty but mild stout with some Belgian yeast character. After sharing sips of our various beers, with my wife swigging Cantillon out of the bottle like a heathen, we really enjoyed our trip here!

Dinner later that same night was in the attached Chez Liontine, which luckily had the same impressive beer list as at the outdoor pub. We were seated in a warm and crowded upstairs dining room. I ended up ordering a Flemish stew with pig cheeks, braised in Trappist ale. It was fantastically flavored and the pork was beyond tender, and went amazingly well with a Rochefort 10. We then had a Kriek-Off between a few of us, comparing several of the local cherry sours. One of us had the Beersel Kriek--I gave it a 3/5 because it was back sweetened too much. My wife had the Girardin Kriek--I gave it a 4, but it had a little skunky aroma I didn't love. And I won this round with the Hanssens Oude Kriek rated at 4.5--almost no carbonation, but so tart and puckering!

May 22, 2014
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mklisz from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

May 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Nov 23, 2013
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Place rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 46 ratings