Bar, Eatery

Place Du Manège, 7
Charleroi, 6000

+32 (0)71 32 18 36 | map

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3.7/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Updated: Revisited several times 4-2-04 thru 4-5-04:

The Templiers is still without doubt the best place to grab a relaxed beer amongst some nice surroundings. The bottled beer range looks to have improved ever so slightly, and now also includes Lindemans Cuvée Rene Geuze. It is by far the very best beer range in Charleroi. Service has improved slightly. I amended the selection to a 4.0 (from 3.5) reflecting more the fact that this is the best selection in Charleroi, the traditional lambic, and the good (ever changing) draft beer selection that now seems a permanent addition. The place to come if you can only visit one Bar whilst in Charleroi.

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If you are in Charleroi, it is for one of three reasons;
a) You’re hopelessly lost!!!
b) You’re drunk (again) and got off the train to Brussels at the wrong station.
c) You are flying out of Charleroi (Brussels-Sud!?) Airport.

There really is no other reason to be here. I rode down here on a Friday morning from Brussels, after spending the last week in November 2002 with a friend from England. He was flying back to Liverpool on Ryanair that day. After we said our goodbyes, I figured I would do some beer exploring in Charleroi. Oh dear! I may as well have gone scuba-diving in the Sahara. There is only one good BeerBar in Charleroi and it is the Templiers – believe me I looked everywhere.

From the train station walk right up the hill into the old Upper Town, at the top you will find the Templiers sat on a square. Unassuming looking but by far the best beer range here. About 60 beers are on sale, several on draft including winter specials whilst I was there. Sells the excellent range of Ellezelloise beers and it also had the Trappist Achel beers as well. A long single room bar, with teh bar tucked away if the far right hand back corner. Decorated with wood paneled walls, huge black wrought iron chandelier light fittings, coats of arms and all sorts of heraldic and beer memorabilia. Lunchtime Food is served and is top notch, I had a meal here and it was very good. 2 Waiters were working the day I was there. The service can be slow at times, and it may just be me, but I detected a “visitors served after locals” approach on more than one occasion.

That said, from the above if you are;
a) Still Lost – spend sometime here - it's well worth a visit.
b) Drink some water and get back on the train.
c) Have a safe flight home!

Charleroi is heavily industrialized, and as such, I expected more BeerBars, I looked all f**kin afternoon – and found none. So the Templiers is IT, as far as I know. If you get here – stay until about 20-25 minutes before your train leaves. That’s how long it will take you to get back to the Station, and its all down hill.

Visit Date: Sat. 30th Nov., 2002

Jan 22, 2003
Templiers in Charleroi, Belgium
Place rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 1 ratings