't Brugs Beertje

't Brugs Beertje't Brugs Beertje
BA SCORE
98.7%
Liked This Place
4.57 w/ 155 ratings
't Brugs Beertje't Brugs Beertje
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

Kemelstraat 5
Brugge, 8000
Belgium

+32 50 33 96 16 | map
brugsbeertje.be

Notes:
Closed on Wednesday.

Added by BeerAdvocate

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
155
Liked:
153
Avg:
4.57/5
pDev:
6.35%
 
 
View: Place Reviews | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of bernardus
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Visited this much hyped bar during our day in Bruges, 14JUL09. It's kind of tucked down a sidestreet off of a sqaure but all in all not as difficult to find as some of the other bars in Belgium we went to. We went on a Tuesday afternoon to find only four other people sitting at tables and maybe 4 people at the bar, although the place did extend back a little bit.

The atmosphere was great, very relaxed. A server promptly came over to our table once they saw we had made our decisions. I went with a de Dolle Arabier (first de Dolle I've tried), while my wife chose a de Ranke XX Bitter. Both were fantastic, even though the edge definitely went to the Arabier. While I would have stayed the rest of the day and night, we decided to get just one more. Flipping through the menu, you realize how difficult it is to settle on a beer, the selection is nearly unrivaled.

I finally ended up asking the server for a reccomendation as I couldn't decide. He steered me to the back page of the menu which I completely missed and proceeded to suggest de Struise Black Albert. What a good call, as the beer was easily one of the best I've ever had, incredibly complex. It wasn't until I got up to thank him and pay the bill that I realized it was 13% (I stood up way too fast).

If in Bruges, or even in West Flanders for that matter, 't Brugs Beertje is worth the trek into the city center for a few beers. The quality, selection, and helpfulness of the staff are very deserving of the high praise they receive on BA.

 1,513 characters

Photo of GOGRANDE
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

dThis is heavan for beer geeks... I have had the pleasure hanging out and driking a few beers with a friend here. I wish I could go back every day. This was one of our stops in our beer tour of Belgium and it was definitly one of my favorite.

The setting is amazing...its tucked off to the side in an alley. Great staff, great beer, great bar. The food there was awesome too! I had spagetti and meatballs. Definitly homestyle feel.

I also drank a St. B Xmas and there own 25th Aniversery beer which is a triple. The owner which was a lady (cant think of her name right this second) she told me she gave specific brewing instructions to the Smisje brew master. The beer was amazing...

So yea...OTHER THAN the smokers and the annoying American that was talking politics loudy in the corner...(almost as if he was trying to piss me off) OTHER THAN THAT...it was amazing.

 871 characters

Photo of garbercury
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place lived up to the hype.

A--Nice big drinking area with a back room that is opened when it gets crowded, which was the case our second visit. Met some cool locals, what up Hank and Hans?!

S--Outstanding service by Belgian standards. Funny and attentive servers who were very helpful with their recommendations.

S--Excellent beer list and some good draft selections. Malhour and Stille Nacht on tap, nice. Had a terrific 750 of 01' Chimay GR which was completely off the chain. DEEElish.

This is a must stop in Belgium. This place is what it is all about...

 569 characters

Photo of spithrash
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

As with most all the other reviews I can't say enough good things about this place. After sightseeing, my wife and I went here and it lived up to our expectations. Daisy and the staff are very knowlegdeable about what they are serving and are happy to discuss and recomend things after you have built a little rapport with them. The bar is cozy and "gezellig" with a good mix of locals & tourists. It is even enjoyable to sit at the bar and watch the staff pour the beer into it's respective glasses. Some what like a watching the conductor at an orchestra. A few examples of what we had: Rochefort 10, Moinette Brune, Regenboog Guido, Rodenbach Grand Cru...I could go on. We spent quite a bit of time here during our two nights in Brugge. Sadly that is not near enough!

 770 characters

Photo of bigjohn
4.8/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

An excellent bar in a beautiful city. The first stop on our Bruges excursion, we were able to enjoy a couple of beers in the smoke free back room. The service was excellent and friendly, in fact, our server complimented us on our knowledge of the beers. The beer menu was well organized and thorough and the selection was fantastic. I enjoyed a Cam Gueuze and a De Ranke XX along with the cheese plate. A great time was had by all and I cannot recommend the place enough to anyone traveling in Belgium.

 502 characters

Photo of wkimmerly
4.19/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I generally agree with all the glowing comments on this board about 't Brugs Beertje. However, I won't give it an A+, I knocked down on atmosphere for a specific reason. That is the smoking. I have never been in a place where the tobacco smoke was so oppresive as this bar. It has been three days since I was there and I am still coughing and hacking. It wasn't until I had been there about half an hour that my wife and I learned about the third room in the back which is completely non-smoking. The middle room, which is connected to the main bar is still very smokey. The main bar was full of chain smokers. A woman sitting beside us smoked seven cigarettes during the course of our first beer!

The back room was heaven, and finally allowed us to unwind and enjoy everything alse about this bar that is so magnificent. I can imagine this place was an inspiration to some of the great Belgian bars in the US like Burp Castle and Monk's Cafe. And the service is indeed very good. Daisy and her staff are very friendly and attentive, and that is not so common over in Belgium, where service tends to be pretty aloof.

If you enjoy cigarettes as much or more than beer, then consider my review an A+ for your purposes. But myself, I cannot wait for the day when Belgium follows suit of England and France and bans smoking in bars, because it really does spoil the atmosphere.

 1,375 characters

Photo of tconboy
4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Stopped here on my first night in Bruges after seeing positive things on BeerFly, and was not disappointed. Has the fine selection I expected, with a nice atmosphere and a helpful bartender. Unfortunately, the night I was there there was a bunch of wasted college aged American girls who were kind of annoying who must have stumbled on the place at random and were clearly out of place. Other than them, I thought this place was fantastic, the atmosphere was pretty good - and the selection was the best I found in Bruges. Highly recommended.

 542 characters

Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

My wife and I visited here after the high ratings it received and we were not dissapointed at all. The place is not very big but has a nice cozy, comfortable environment. Small bar area with small back dinig area with vintage belgian beer signs and serving trays hanging on the walls. Their selection was very good with offerings from 't smisje, popperings as well as al of the trappists an standards. The food consists mostly of snacks and small sandwhiches. Nothing too fancy, but of high quality and very reasonably priced. I would love to go back here again someday. Highly recommended.

 590 characters

Photo of i13tony
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This cozy bar is truly one of the finest places I've ever enjoyed a beer (many beers, actually). Daisy and her staff are a warm and friendly group, and their knowledge of beer is unsurpassed. These folks have an uncanny ability to generously respond to newbie after newbie requests for "what's your best beer?" or "what do you suggest?" It is a marvel to witness, as I did for 3 days straight while staying in Bruges. I enjoyed several DeRegenboog offerings, including the last of the Halloween brews, and they even introduced me to brewer Johan Brandt when he came in. The menu offers not only a list of beers available, but many stories and related articles as well. With the cozy confines, this is not a place to be shy. Don't be afraid to sit with a stranger! Hey, everyone's there enjoying some of the best beers in the world, so you've got that in common already. There are 2 rooms further back, so check them out for a seat if none are available up front. But, the traffic moves in and out pretty quickly, so with a little patience, you'll have a table of your own soon. This is a must visit. You will not be disappointed!

 1,129 characters

Photo of kbm
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited 0ctober 2, 2008. While in Bruges, the one bar I wanted to hit up was 't Brugs Beertje. I was not disappointed. Small, cozy and inviting, the bar sits down one of Bruges medieval alley-streets.

The menu was overwhelming but the server was extremely kind and helpful even though she was obviously a bit busy.

If you are like me, and don't have a huge Belgian beer vocabulary, it would be helpful to study a little before going to get a sense of what you want to try.

I also had a light meal. Although it was nothing to write home about, the food was decent and conservatively priced.

 593 characters

Photo of LauraAndrew
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I love this place! On our first night in Bruges we stumble across "Bruge's Little Bear". Hidden down an alley, away from the crowds of tourists, this is the real deal. We were lucky to find two seats at a table in front of the bar and were promptly greeted by a very handsome woman who looks like she could kill me with her pinky. Looks are deceiving, as she turns out to be a very sweet person who truly loves beer. I order the 't Smisje Catherine The Great Stout and my wife gets a Zot on tap. The bartender informs me they are out of the Stout, but suggests the new 't Smisje Kuvee Elektrik 979 W - a great suggestion, it was delicious. We ordered the nibbler plate which is the perfect amount of cheese, meat, pickled onions, pickles, yellow and green peppers and spicy mustard to go with our beers. We could sit here all night... and we do.

 845 characters

Photo of tubaguy
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The beer gods smiled on our party because a nice table opened up just as we walked in. At 11 pm on a Friday night the place was packed. This is a cozy, smoky and friendly pub. Young and old, locals and tourists all seemed to be enjoying themselves.

In spite of it's small size, our server was practically running from table to table. He brought our beers quickly, and was happy to answer a question or make a recommendation. The beer menu is massive and organized by region. I would've been overwhelmed if not for some helpful beer descriptions. One friendly local I met, explained that he has been trying (and failing) to sample all of the beers on the menu!

Food is limited but this isn't a restaurant. The 'nibbling plates' are really nice: an inexpensive mix of little sausages and cheeses.

I appreciated the lack of music which allowed everyone a chance to have an energetic conversation without screaming. Ambience is nice: a quaint and old-fashioned pub with lots of vintage Belgian beer signs covering every inch of the walls. For selection of beer alone, this pub is worth a visit. Put it on the top of your list when visiting Brugge.

 1,149 characters

Photo of c28nole
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Heaven on Earth.

Stayed in Bruges for 4 days and wanted to go here every night. The atmosphere is cozy - quiet enough so that you can carry on a conversation with people at your table, but the place feels full. Close to city center, but it's on a side street so it's a place that locals frequent.

Service was excellent. It's easy to be overwhelmed by the expansive menu, but the staff can direct you to a handful of choices based on what you are looking for.

The food was good if you have reasonable expectations. It's not a restaurant, it's a pub. Cheese plate was well priced and tasty.

It'll be my destination on my first night back in Bruges.

 650 characters

Photo of ATPete
4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I had a great experience at 't Brugs Beertje, i hear this is not uncommon...

Before my trip to Belgium and Bruges more specifically i picked up a copy of 'Around Bruges in 80 Beers'. Safe to say 'T Brugs Beertje was high on my list.

I attended a BBB meeting/birthday party in the back room of the Beertje. About 30 of us drinking special kegs for this event. The first keg was from De Struise and was the Pannepot Reserva. The second treat was from Johan at DeRegenboog who was in attendance, it was the T' Smisje IPA plus. I was honored to be drinking such a beer with the brew master himself!

Daisy and a young male waitress were extremely quick, very, very polite and knowledgeable.

When we left at about 1 AM the main room was still going, lots of laughter and beers being raised. Its the kind of place you leave with a smile on. Dont let some dumb tourists scare you, the Beertje is NOT hard to find, if you are walking down from the main square just remember to look at the street signs on your right, it is only about a 4 block walk.

 1,046 characters

Photo of damjadi
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Although we had around Brugge in 80 Beers, we found this place based on the recommendation of the waiter at Erasmus. Incredibly hard to find in an alleyway accross from The Hobbit (which we did not try). Pretty small establishment and rather smokey. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable but stretched a bit thin. Service was good but not particularly fast. Yummy local beers on draft and wide selection of bottles. They take great care of the beer and of the customers and locals tolerate the beer tourists. Definately a place to visit in Brugge.

 554 characters

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

Probably my all-time favorite beer bar to date. I definitely heard more English than Flemish while I was in there, but I still had an exceptional time none the less. Admittedly I was quite Belgian Beer Handicapped when I first got to Belgium, but the wait staff was more than willing to suggest, and their suggestions were excellent (this is the place where I discovered Pannepot).

On my visits the smokers stayed in the front room where the bar is, leaving the backroom relatively smokefree (or rather less smokey).

t' Brugs Beertje and Den Dyver are two absolute "can't misses" while in Bruges.

 598 characters

Photo of rye726
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stumbled upon this wonderfull secret one night after a six day race in Ghent. Tired of the over priced tourists traps covering Brugge, I began looking for the most secluded place in town. A white sign down the dark shadow covered kemelstraat. Since that night, I never visit Belgium without visiting the Bear.

I honestly beleive that this and 't Kroegske in Izegem are the two best bars in the world. The bear sports a classic Belgian design. Wooden bar and walls covered by antique signs and bottles. Classical music and local Flemish talk in the background.

Great beerlist, huge selection organized by region. Good service and a perfect pour every time. Reasonable prices and they aloow splitting bottles. Even with one friend, you can enjoy handfull's of different beers in one night. Never tried the food, but who goes there to eat.

What else can I, perfect.

 867 characters

Photo of CBA
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

After visiting both De Garre and the Bear, I was left wholly depressed. Why in gods name can we not have something like either of these two places at home. The closest we've got in Canada is Volo.

Small and perfectly accomadating with more of the to the point but affable flemish service (I'll take it any day over the fawning service at home). A great place to rest after a long day walking around town. Two small gas fireplaces warm you up quickly. While I'm not a smoker I truly prefered the brown cafes to the more modern less smokey newer bars (i.e Erasmus).

Great bottle list, however the pleasure for me thoughout the whole trip was drinking from the van t' vat selection. Draft Bons Voeux, and Hommelbier were oustanding.

You could easily lose a day here. Love the fact that Belgians bring their dogs everywhere including the bar for a drink. Obviously a definite must.

 882 characters

Photo of ggaughan
4.86/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I had been waiting to visit the Brugs Beertje for awhile and got to over the Christmas holiday when my wife and I took a trip to Brugge. This place just has a wonderful vibe and homey feel to it. As soon as we walked in we were greeted by a large crowd in the front but the owner motioned for us to go to the back room where there were a handful of tables.

The back area I believe was smoke free and was less noisy than the front. We were greeted by a very friendly bartender that quickly gave us a huge beer menu and we started the reading process.

When we were there they had about 5 drafts and a great bottle selection. Over the course of 2 nights we had a few Christmas beers on draft, including Still Nacht. We also got a bottle of De Ranke Kriek and Rodenbach Vin de Cereale. There were a few rare treats I wanted that had recently sold out but no worries, the menu is extensive.

The last night we visited we were there until about 2am, well past closing time but it didn't seem like they had any interest in kicking people out as everyone was just hanging out and chatting. This place has a vers social atmosphere you will love.

 1,141 characters

Photo of Xadoor
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A stop in Bruges was not in our original travel plans, so I hadn't bothered checking for good beer places before we left. When my wife decided we should stop at Bruges on our way through Belgium, I checked my Lonely Planet Guidebook and thank God this place was listed! My wife practically pushed me through the door with instructions to enjoy myself as she and a friend hurried off to the Markt for an afternoon of shopping. That was one of her biggest mistakes. It was relatively full, but I found a stool at the bar and was promptly handed "the book". A one inch binder with all Belgium beers separated by area and style. I ordered one of the local beers to enjoy while I read through the thick menu. I decided to enlist the aide of one of the locals sitting next to me and asked if he spoke English and if he could suggest one of the local Gueze to try. He was more then enthusiastic to help me and turned out to be a good friend of the owner (Daisy who was working behind the bar). I was set from then on and with some guidance from my new friend Stephaan, Daisy and a couple of other locals, I drank some of the best beers that I have ever had. Unfortunately (particularly for my wife), we had to catch a train to Brussels that night.

Definitely make sure this is one of your stops if you're traveling anywhere near Bruges. Do not let the crowds or the heavy smoke keep you from stopping in. Also, not all the beer is listed in "the book", so make sure you ask if there is a particular beer you've been looking for. They also often had multiple vintages for various beers, allowing for vertical tastings.

 1,611 characters

Photo of kmo1030
4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

i was able to visit this mecca on my recent honeymoon that began in brugge. the atmosphere of the place was nice, with lots of breweriana adorning the walls. a little smokey, and a little grubby, but nothing that would deter me in any way, and neither should it you, i call it character. we sat down at a table and were pretty quickly greeted by the guy that was working the floor that night. the beer menu was huge, probably a couple hundred and 5 on tap all in good condition and served in the proper glassware (how they manage this, i'll never know). i ordered up a drie fonteinen oude gueze, and my wife ordered a pater lieven bruin, we also ordered a cheese plate. i give the service a 'good' because the waitstaff actually clued us in to how restaurant and bar service works in europe, which we realized was a little different as soon as we stepped into our first restaurant. we were pretty clueless since we had never been, and the advice was appreciated.
anyway, we had several more rounds of rare beer and loved the place, my wife even wanted to go back the next day, but wednesday is their off day. prices were very reasonable.
you have to visit this place if the you are in the western end of belgium.

 1,212 characters

Photo of drseamus
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

When you step through the door it's like stepping back in time. It is a very small quaint old pub. The walls are covered in old beer posters for mostly rare Belgian beers. When I was there, there were more Americans than Belgians drinking there but more Belgians arrived later. The beer menu is in a binder and it about 1" thick separated by region and partly by style. It was the first bar we went to after arriving in Belgium so the selection seemed immense immediately and still seems great in retrospect. The waiter was very helpful and the entire pub seemed friendly. A great place all around and a can't miss if in Brugge.

 628 characters

Photo of azorie
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

We visited this place 4 times in 8 days. Needless to say It was the best bar in Brugge and the most friendly and knowledge folks working there in our month long trip to Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. was really interesting to discuss and compare some of the best Belgium by ratings.
We had a quite interresting chat about the so called #1 beer Tappist Westvletern. I had gotten a case of the 12, and we had tasted some older stuff with some Belgium Friends, AKA we did some beer trading lol. Anyway silly story was more silly by drinking a few Rocheforts 6, 8 and 10's, but I found myself agreeing that for one thier is no #1 beer and If there is the current number has slightly dropped in quality. Anyway great place to learn aobut beer and drink beer and hang out, that said that 1.3789 dollars to EURO hurts LIKE hell. but we found this place to be reasonable price wise, allot of beer 2.5 Euro to 3.5 or 4 tops, much cheaper that most. Food was good, that they had. Great beer menu also, sadly we did see and experience a few UA's was very sad to see.

I should say it sucks when its packed with mericans, lol

I been to this place since it opened. yep 1983. we been in so many times I fell like I know half the staff. Sadly they see so many and we never stay later than 10pm ....

 1,288 characters

Photo of morebeergood
3.98/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

After dinner at Den Dyver on 3/25/07, we came to the Beertje to finish the night off right. Wasn't too crowded on a Sunday night, so we got seats at the bar. Atmosphere was cool in here, lots of beer stuff but not overkill. The bartender was great, he was more than happy to talk to us about beer and recommend a few of his favorites. I tried the Hercules Stout and a Bruges Tripel, and my wife had a Bruges Blonde and a t'Smisje honey. We chatted with a couple from Wash DC for a while, and when we were leaving, I asked the bartender where I could buy a bottle of water. He gave me a free one from the refrigerator. Very nice guy. I highly recommend stopping in here for a few beers.

 685 characters

Photo of Estarrio
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This bar has the best selection that I found in Brugge.

The front room has a large, smoky bar, while the backroom is a little less crowded. We sat by a marble fireplace in the backroom with a picture of Michael Jackson on the mantel.

The waitstaff was very friendly and very knowledgeable. We received some excellent recommendations and it was a treat to witness the thoughtful pours with each bottle ordered.

The beer menu is large and very well thought out. Some of our more memorable first time beers were had at this establishment.

It is a shame that we had to catch the last train for Gent because I truly could have spent all night in this wonderful establishment. If you are in Brugge, stop in!

 715 characters

't Brugs Beertje in Brugge, Belgium
Place rating: 98.7% out of 100 with 155 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.