't Brugs Beertje


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't Brugs Beertje't Brugs Beertje

Type: Bar, Eatery

Kemelstraat 5
Brugge, 8000

+32 50 33 96 16 | map

Closed on Wednesday.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I always had an image in my head of beer bars in Belgium, and 't Brugs Beertje absolutely fit that ideal image to a "t." It was like a sud filled dream. Small bar, ceiling bedecked in dried hops, walls covered with genuine old beer advertisements, not the dime-a-dozen reproductions used to spruce up some beer joints in the US who lack character, Delirium Tremens trinkets filled the windows, smoke filled the air. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The beer list was delightfully extensive and reasonably priced. My only wish is that I could've spent more time there. Beauty in beer bar form.

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Photo of Xadoor
5/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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5/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of rye726
5/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of bernardus
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of berley31
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Bruges was our first stop in Belgium, and 't Brugs Beertje happened to be our first bar as well. I had read great things about this place, and wasn't disappointed in the least.

Atmosphere was terrific... very cozy, friendly, and lots of beer crap all over the place. Our server (I've forgotten his name) was excellent; he had several suggestions for beers to start off with, and was very friendly and spoke perfect english.

Selection was outstanding... great menu, very detailed... could stay there all day. And even better were the prices - 4 quality beers came to about 11 Euro.

Saw a lot of beer bars in Bruges, and this was by far the best of them all.

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Photo of Scamboogery
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
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 i13tony
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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 azorie
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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 ....

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

SIMPLY - A MUST. I first visited the "Little Bruges Bear" during Easter 1994, and visit every time I am in Bruges or nearby. A relatively unknown place then, but a Belgium legend now. A beer list of over 200, coupled with classical music, educated beer tourists, amiable locals and helpful staff, all contribute to make this a never forget establishment. If you've been - you WILL want to return. Try to get into the back room and witness time completely evaporate as you drink beer with like minded people, amongst the plethora of Belgium advertisements, some from now sadly defunct Breweries. No Food, only Snacks. Bloody Hell - WHO CARES !!!! Fantastic - I want to retire in Bruges!!!.
The personification of Orwells "Moon Under Water"
- THE Perfect Bar.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of spithrash
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of dougnboston
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What a great bar to hang out at. Loved it. The town of Brugge is full of great beer bars and bottle shops, but this is my second fav in town. My best is De Garre, but this is a close #2 and a "don't miss" attraction. Great beer selections and fun people. My friends and I closed the place twice and enjoyed many different belgium brews. I don't know the total number of beers, but it's lots. There are many locals here too, speaking to it's ture roots. It the front room get crowded, there is a back room. I found it easy to find and it's in most belgium beer books.

loved it, go! Enjoy. Have fun. It's a must see place for beer lovers.

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Photo of bigjohn
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Went here with a couple of friends, all on a vacation from California.

The place was crowded but with enough space to accommodate my group of the three. We were immediately immersed in the menu which offered up a bounty of Belgian beer unlike anything the three of us had ever experienced. Most of these beers we'd never heard of and the quality of what we sampled was superb.

Our server was extremely attentive and though we didn't have any difficult beer questions, he seemed like he'd have immediate answers if needed.

Didn't sample any food and don't recall whether or not it was served.

The price, in my opinion, very reasonable for the quality and selection that was available. Will definitely go back next time I find myself in Brugges.

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Photo of bobsy
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

My wife had her list of chocolate shops and I had my list of bars, at the very top of which was 't Brugs Beertje. This bar is on a side street of Brugges main shopping drag. The turning is right by the Neuhaus store, which is also worth a visit for its pralines.

The bar itself comprises two small rooms, of which the front is the cosiest, and affords a great view of all the happenings behind the counter. Daisy (the owner) was working when we popped by and gave us an excellent and extensive beer menu which was like a wish list of Belgian beers. She also brought out Bruges Zot and 't Smisje IPA+ to the table. All the right glassware, temperature and quality. Top notch service, and lots of character in the pub. There's really not much else you can ask for.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Visited: 8-23-10

We were already at the door when Daisy opened it at 4:00 PM sharp. We planned to have a couple of beers and move along. We did, 6 hours later...

I started with the wonderfully dry and well hopped Taras Boulba and moved on to a couple of beers that couldn't be had anywhere else. One from t' Smisje even featured this bar on its cartoony label. We moved onto Ichtegems Ouid Bruine, Adelardus Trudoabijier, De Cam Oude Geuze Kriek, Guido, Bolekes of De Konnick, Ave les Bon Voeux and Cuve de Ranke, and that was just to start us out. We would continue the evening tasting wonderful sour beers and all sorts of Flemish oddities that I had not seen before and have not seen since.

Service from both Daisy and the other staff was flawless. They knew each beer on their menu. They were friendly, prompt, and kept the beers coming.

I befriended some young Brits at the next table and they broke out a geography game called Mapominoes. I taught them Euchre and later learned the French version "Quinche" from some other patrons. I put some loud and fat British blowhards in their place, much to the pleasure of the locals present who seemed to have a particular disdain for the drunken Englishmen that frequent Bruges. And we had a fine chat with some Japanese beer connoisseurs.

The Little Bruges Bear was like that. Just being there was akin to attending a planned gathering of the worldwide beer geek society. It was wonderful. With more than 200 exquisite beers to choose from, fair prices, an atmosphere of a quintessential old school Belgian bar, and impeccable service how could it not be.

Before we left the entire family from De Dolle walked in to celebrate their matriarch's birthday. She was turning 91, 92, or 93. I forget exactly. I bought grandma Herteleer her first beer, an Ara Bier of course, and thanked the wonderful family again for the kindness they had shown us the previous evening.

't Brugs Beertje is a must for any true beer enthusiast. One of the best beer bars in the world.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of Jesstyr
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited 10/2008.

This cafe was at the top of my list for Brugge and was quite crowded when we entered. We grabbed two rickety chairs at a small table which may have been the last two seats in the house. Even though it was quite busy, our server arrived in no time and took our order. I ordered the Verhaeghe Echte Kriek and Dave took a chance on a mustard bier, Wostyntje from Brouwerij de Regenboog. The Echte Kriek was pretty unique, a mixture of a Flanders red and a kriek, but the combination is a natural that I'm surprised other breweries don't try.

The cafe walls are covered with old brewery signs and it's a cozy, if cramped, little space. The beer list is not as large as Cambrinus but it a very well chosen selection of more than 200. The list is so well-chosen, in fact, that it makes it hard to choose yourself.

Service was very good considering the crowd and our waiter was quite knowledgeable about the beer. Prices were fair and the beer list was extensive and filled with quality selections.

For dinner, we ordered a bowl each of Spaghetti Bolognese which was pretty damn good I have to admit.

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Photo of c28nole
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of ridedammit
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

When A and I visited Brugge we spent a good deal of our evenings (and Euros) here or at De Garre. t' Brugs Beertje is a Beer lovers dream. A nice atmosphere with local and out-of-town patrons. Selection is amazing with regional and local beers that all but the most geeky of beer geeks has ever heard of.

There are 2 main rooms, the first is near the front door and also contains a small bar, the other is right next to it and contains several tables. there is also another larger room past the bathrooms down a short hall, but I believe that is reserved for large partys or something.

As I mentioned in my review of De Garre, if you go to Brugge, you really must go here.

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Photo of BierMeJohn
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
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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