't Brugs Beertje

't Brugs Beertje't Brugs Beertje
't Brugs Beertje't Brugs Beertje
Bar, Eatery

Kemelstraat 5
Brugge, 8000

+32 50 33 96 16 | map

Notes: Closed on Wednesday.
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Photo of jmdrpi
4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

stopped in for a round of beers while we were in Brugge, before dinnertime (they opened at 1600 or 4pm).

place is a bit cramped and crowded but it had character with the old beer signs and whatnot. we ordered off the draft list, but they had a good bottle list as well. service was good for a packed house.

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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania, Dec 14, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Great bar, very old looking with tonnes of beer mats and old bottles on the walls/shelves. Great selection of beers with a menu several pages long and plenty of well-priced beers. Had a about 6 or 8 beers on-tap too I think. It opens later most days and got busy quite quickly but there was some free seats in the back room most of the time. Definitely somewhere I'll visit again if I'm back in Bruges.

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flyingpig from United Kingdom (Scotland), Jul 02, 2018
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4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Clearly had to make a stop at the classic while in town. Got there not too long after it opened. It was pretty full, but we were able to find a table in the corner. Service wasnt fast, but wasnt too slow either. About what I came to expect while in Belgium. Great beer list and a nice tap list as well. Fun vibe in the place with a mix of locals, beer geeks and tourists coming and going. Beer list was extensive and fun to peruse. As expected, everything was properly served. Definitely a must stop while in Brugge.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The Bruges Bear is an absolute gem, even by Bruges standards!

The place is tiny, basically a bar and a living room with some rickety seats and tables, and a bunch of knick knacks on the walls. The feel is familial and inviting, and just the right amount of quirky.

As for the beer, well, it doesn't get much better than this. Five taps with good variety, and an insane bottle list of both all the staples of Belgian beer and some amazing guest bottles. Everything is of course presented in the correct glassware and poured with flair and skill. The people who work here know, understand and care about what they serve.

Didn't try food, but the platters of cheese and cured meats looked great.

This was the highlight of my visit to Bruges, and one of the 5 best bars I've ever been in. A MUST in Bruges.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Sep 17, 2017
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4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Located on a narrow street of the main shopping street in the city - The Little Bear was my favorite place in Brugge - so sad I only hit it once due to the timing of things, but I loved the vibe and was so happy to meet Daisy who was so friendly, kind and attentive despite the place being pretty busy. The Little Bear is not a big place - basically two rooms with a small bar and small tables. Think lots of wood, a little old and a bit dank! Our party of five took over an entire corner of the backroom. Draft list was solid - nothing crazy, but better than most places in the city. Bottle list was quite good - I enjoyed some De Dolle beers and Daisy was happy to provide my family (non-beer drinkers) with some recommendations that made them all happy. Prices were the best in Brugge in my opinion. I had brought a few fresh pale ales and IPAs over from the States to gift and she kindly returned the favor by gifting me in return with a "little bear" and a pin to bring home. Generally speaking, you're not going to find the crazy draft list you would see in Brussels; however, I loved the vibe (a mix of locals, tourists and enthusiasts) and found 't Brugs Beertje to be in my top five beer bars to date. A must visit!

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Nov 26, 2015
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4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place is what grabbing a beer at a Belgium pub is all about to me. Daisy and the staff are all extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The selection is excellent, but the taps are limited (and weren't particularly exciting).

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Jesstyr from District of Columbia, Jul 17, 2015
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4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

First stop on Brugges 2015, beer selection was great, I just wish they offered a couple of alternative styles to Belgian only offerings. I get that it's a Belgian beer bar, but I might have stayed more than 4 hours if they had a Gose or IPA palette cleanser.

Meet some awesome Britts on holiday, overall nice experience. Worth a visit!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Pretty neat place. It's places like this that make me understand where Belgian-style bars in the US get their ideas. Overall, I thought the vibe was nice, but it was HOT as hell in there, even on a cool April evening, and a lot of it was probably body heat, as at the front bar section you're pretty much elbow to elbow with your neighbors.

I got the best service here out of most or possibly all of the bars I visited in Belgium. I grabbed a bar seat, and got everything I needed within a reasonable time. I don't know, but it just seems to me in general that servers over here in Belgium are mostly honey badgers. But not at this bar.

Nice selection of beers, maybe not super rare whales that you'd think are all over the place here, but good Belgian staples and trappist items. Taplist was mainly pale ales and blondes and so on, so I opted for a fresh 375 of 3F Geuze. Snacky but satisfying food items. I went with the cheese and salami "nibbler," which kept me going fine.

Definitely a good place to visit, but as the saying goes: "if you don't like the heat, stay out of the kitchen." I was dripping with sweat when I walked out of the bar, and that's the only thing that would keep me from going there again.

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Rifugium from North Dakota, Apr 24, 2015
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4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Warm (literally and atmosphere-wise), welcoming pub with a great selection and prompt, knowledgable service. We were having such a great time that we nearly missed the last train back to Brussels.

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djhowell from Wisconsin, Sep 10, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

In my opinion, a precious gem. This barnot only exceeds all levels of expectations as far as selection goes, having three hundred plus beers, and the staff are so incredibly helpful. It had a rustic, local feel too it and it was a perfect way to start the evening. It was a quiet place to really just enjoy the beer!

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TaylorLarson from Alberta (Canada), Jul 28, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Named "Bruges' Little Bear" the pub was opened in 1983 and has been a mecca for good beers ever since. This is another small building with tight, or intimate, seating. They offer 300 beers in bottle, with about 4 on tap. Tap beer is just not a big thing in Belgium. We ended up sitting next to a contingent of friendly folks from Sam Adams (Boston Beer Company) who were nearby for an industry conference in Ghent. These are some of the folks responsible for R&D and creators of the boundary pushing Barrel Room beers. We enjoyed discussing American and Belgian beers with those three quite a bit!

Since we had such an outrageous beer list to choose from my wife and I split a Cantillon Kriek and a Boon Mariage Parfait Kriek. Both were wonderful, but anything next to Cantillon pales...

I want to go back here, again and again!

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Photo of GJ40
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

A great little place off the beaten path in central Bruges. The atmosphere is quiet and comfortable, the service is friendly and the beer selection is solid. We split a 750ml bottle of Cantillon Cuvée St-Gilloise. It was awesome. I can't wait to go back!

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GJ40 from North Carolina, Jan 22, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Contrary to other reviews, we didn't feel so welcomed at this establishment. Place was small and jammed . We had to wave our waiter down just to order food and he said he would be back.

Draft selection was small, but the bottle list was huge. We got the typical cheese plate which was ok.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

The most anticipated Brugge stop, based on my research...we arrived a few minutes before they opened on our first day in Brugge. The bar is located in an otherwise fairly quiet alleyway, across the alley from a reputable restaurant, The Hobbit.

The beer list is large and organized in whats apparently a traditional obnoxious Belgian custom of laminated pages, haphazardly put together, some beers listed alphabetically and others randomly pictured throughout.

Service was attentive - no complaints. My glass rarely went empty for more than a minute or two.

A nice assortment of beers to fit all budgets - all fairly priced. Went for the Oude Quetsche Tilquin, De Dolle Dulle Teve, Geuze de Cam and split the Rodenbach Caractère Rouge.

Hard to complain about that lineup, although one could make the argument that you could accomplish a similar tasting in a number of other watering holes throughout the country.

Still, a cool pub with plenty of acclaim and worth spending a few hours in whenever in Brugge.

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dirtylou from District of Columbia, Aug 31, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Reviewed from notes dated May 23, 2013.

A-Beertje has a quant, pub-like feel, but the place was cleaner and better-lit than many pubs with big windows facing the street. The bar is near the main Markt Square of Brugge, but on a quieter street. The front room is small with four or five tables, and the bar holds no more than a half-dozen spots. Like so many Belgian establishments, there is a variety of beer paraphernalia on the walls. The place filled quickly with tourists like myself shortly after the 4:00-pm opening.

Q-The beer selection is full of great choices, but by this point in my trip, I was used to a substantial selection of Belgian bottles, and to be honest, there isn't much here that you can't find at numerous other establishments. However, that says more about the great places to drink beer in Belgium than the Beertje, and I could drink here every day of the week if I were in Brugge.

Ser-We sat at a table and the service was pretty typical. Not annoying or cloying (like American service can be), but definitely European in style in that you have to ask for what you want. The beers we ordered were, of course, served in proper glassware and poured with care.

Sel-As usual for Belgium, the tap list is small (six beers, I think), but unlike some other places, the taps here appeared to rotate regularly and included a decent spread of brews. The bottle list deserves its good reputation because there is plenty of great old-world brew to choose from.

F-We just nibbled on cheese cubes, which were pretty mediocre, but I can't rate the food because anything you can eat on a toothpick is tough to judge.

V-Prices were decent, if slightly higher than some other lesser-known bars around Brugge.

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spoony from Colorado, Jun 05, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I can't add much to the other reviews, this place was great. It's a little crampt, but so is everything place else in Europe. Also the food was so-so.
Other then that we had great time. Our bartender was Bjorn, he became our Belgium beer sherpa and guided us through our evening.
We had 9 different beers including one with amazing curry notes, and another that had the nose of vegetable soup. Both were delicious. We had Bjorn keep us in brews that we would never find in the states.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

It's tucked away and near the Grote Markt...that's not very helpful. Many of the Brugge's streets are tiny, so being tucked away could just be about anywhere. Ok, it's west of the Grote Markt, and being off a main street, I thought that I would have half the place to myself. I couldn't have been more wrong.

There are multiple rooms in Brugs Beertje. I entered from the street, and already most of the seats were occupied. The walls are covered in beer signs, old and new, leaning towards signage that looked like it was out of the 1970s. I did find a little table near the bar, and sitting on top was one of the most fun beer menus that's I've come across reading. It feels less like a beer menu and more like a magazine, going into details about selected beers, featuring other beers "of the now", illustrations and more.

5 beers on-tap and a whole bunch of bottles, perhaps around 300. Pouring were De Koninck, Brugse Zot, Houblon Chouffe, Gouden Carolus, and Witte Zwaan. From the bottle were Bockor, Urthel, De Struise, Fort Lapin, Bink, Girardin. A few of the brands I hadn't recognized seeing at any other bar that I'd been to so far. Proper glassware and pours are practiced here, while quick and friendly service added a cherry on top of this beer sundae.

Enjoyable overall experience, and worth a look during the night hours of the city.

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DoubleJ from Wisconsin, May 20, 2013
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4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Thank goodness someone told us about this place - it is part of Bruges and you cannot not go there.

The beer was out of this world, the atmosphere made everyone feel welcome. If you like good beer you can stay kinda feel.

Next time we are in Bruge hopefully my wife won't be passed out from too many Triples at Garre and can make it here.

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hotsudge from Ontario (Canada), May 15, 2013
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4.67/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

A must see when visiting Bruges. The staff was very friendly and the selection is top notch.

As mentioned in many other posts, it can get a bit crowded because of its popularity. This is not a reason to dismiss this place. Although it was busy when we went, the staff found us a seat in minutes and offered several great opinions on different beers to try.

Ill make sure to check this place out every time I am in Bruges!

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geedub11 from United Kingdom (England), May 12, 2013
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4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This bar is a must go when in Bruges. It does get a little crowded at time, but you can't fault a place for being popular, right?! If the front is crowded when you walk in, there is another table area that you have to go out the back and through a small courtyard to get to.

I think they offer just a bread and/or cheese plate as far as food goes, which is typical of bars in Belgium so you can't fault them for that.

The staff is great and helpful and attentive even when the place is packed. The selection is also very good, but keep in mind that you might have to ask if they have something in stock as it didn't seem like everything the waiters told me they had was listed in the menu.

I highly recommend that anyone going to Bruges should make a stop at 't Brugs Beertje. Visiting earlier in the day might be a good idea to beat the crowd. Although I've been there 3 times now and the only time its been REALLY crowded was during the Brugs Bierfestival.

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BierMeJohn from Maryland, Feb 27, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Visited in June 2012. Reading the previous reviews, not much more really needs to be said about this place. Great atmosphere and feel to the place...classic pub. We must have arrived at little after 4pm and there was a nice crowd, I think that it was a Tuesday afternoon, so not overly crowded. The service was good and was very knowledgeable, as my wife proceeded to quiz him about what he would recommend for her, as she is not a fan of the Belgian style...ultimately I think that he found one that worked, but it was a grilling that he withstood nicely. The only slight downside was the selection, and while it was a great mass of beers, the first two that I chose, they were out of, which was slightly disappointing. Other than that, classic in every respect. Can't wait to go back.

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Photo of Scamboogery
4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

The only reason I'm not giving this place 5's across the board is because they didn't have Westvleteren. Besides that it is one of the best pubs I've ever been to.

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Photo of JimTeal
4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

't Brugs is a wonderful experience. If I could dream up a super cool beer joint, beertje, I doubt I could come up with anything close to 't Brugs, is is nothing short of a dream come true. The atmosphere is perfect, when you sit at a table or bench you know why and what you are doing in that spot. The selection, especially bottled beers, are worth a trip to Belgium. Service was just fine for a small beer joint with a single waiter, and if you show up 5 minutes after they open, I think 4pm, don't complain that its tough to find a seat for a few minutes. There's a good reason, knowledgeable beer drinkers all over Europe know the deal and they know to get there at 3:55, don't be late. We enjoyed our visits in September 2012, even with the furious North Sea storms blowing through, 't Brugs provided ample protection and what can only be called the perfect beer drinking experience. It is 5 minutes walk from the central square, where all the tourists pack the beautiful restaurants and pay top dollar for Leffe. No offense to the Square, you gotta go there, especially around sunset, but at 4 don't miss opening at 't Brugs.

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JimTeal from Nevada, Nov 14, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I visited in July 2012. Everything about this place has already been said. If you're a beer lover and go to Bruges, missing this bar is a sin. Apart from the enormous beer selection, Daisy, the owner is a legend and if you're lucky enough to be there when she's behind the bar, you'll be talking to one of the most knowledgeable aficionados of Belgian beer you'll ever meet (not to mention probably one of the most charming). There are many great beer joints in Belgium, but this one will stay with you.

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benoniboy from Pennsylvania, Oct 28, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

All around great place. They have 5 drafts, I believe three of which are seasonal. We tried all three seasonals and they were excellent. They have a pretty extensive bottle list. I think the only one I saw with more was the Kulminator.

The atmosphere was nice. Down a side street it was nicely decorated with old beer posters and tchotchkes. There is a bar area as well as tables.

Our waiter was very friendly and fairly speedy. He was helpful in picking out things to try if you told him what you liked.

I would highly recommend this place.

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mendvicdog from Maryland, Jan 18, 2012
't Brugs Beertje in Brugge, Belgium
Place rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 165 ratings