't Brugs Beertje

't Brugs Beertje't Brugs Beertje
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4.58/5
156 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.

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Reviews:
104
Ratings:
156
pDev:
6.33%
 
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Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.86/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of morebeergood
3.98/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of Sixpoint
4.67/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dirtylou
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
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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Photo of Bierman9
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Tried to stop here on 28Sep11 but it was closed on this Wednesday. I was successful, though, on Friday, 30SEP11...

The building itself is an unimposing brick building, on a narrow side-street near the center of town.

A couple of small bay-windows frame the doorway... Upon entering, there is a small L-shaped bar on the left heading to the rear. A coupleof beer towers ,are on the bar, but bottles dominate here. A number of small tables populate the area to the right in this first room. A second room is present in the rear, with about 5-6 tables of 4 to 6 seats each. The whole place is incandescently lit, giving 't Brugs Beertje a very warm, comfy feel. Contributing to the warmth are the yellow-shaded walls, when you can see them! Most of the wall-space is covered with old beer-related posters and placards, and there are old coasters filling whatever gaps there are to be found. Above the bar is a shelving unit displaying old bottles, and from which hang many old steins and mugs. All in all, this place was verrry comfy!! The staff was spot-on from moment-one; right there to inform and serve. No gripes whatsoever!! I had a light lunch of a Crocque-Monsieur, plus a few biers... The meal was tasty and solid, though nothing special... Biers? A shitload from which to choose, mostly bottles, as mentioned before. And there was a glass to match whichever bier was indeed chosen!! Super!! I wish 't Brugs Beertje had been open on the first day I visited. A super place to enjoy a bier or three!! Prosit!!

4.45 rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.58/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The place is not difficult to find at all once you figure out which way is North on the map. The first day we tried to go, a Wednesday, it was closed. The next day, a Thursday, it was open for business and waiting for us. The doors were closed at first and the place was a smoke pit. You could cut the smoke with a knife it was so thick. After a few minutes some genius opened the doors and it only was overwhelmingly smoky in the back room, the front room began to clean and you could once again see across the room.

The service was quick and attentive, but the chainsmoking barkeep was most likely causing all the smoke in the place. The selection was really good, only 5 drafts and touting 300 beers, but a quick count of the beer menu only yeilded 182. However a few times we asked about beers not on the menu and they were available, so be sure to inquire if there is really something you are after. Except for the smoke, the customer service really was outstanding.

We did not sample any of the lunchtime snacks but the table behind us, we sat at the bar, said what they had was very good. The place was homey and quaint and would have been near perfect if the smoke would have been less. I'd certainly go back, I might open the door or bring a gasmask however.

Visited September 14, 2006.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Brugge is it's own worse enamy.

The place is awash with tourist all year round, it is a lovelly city to visit, but really has nothing to offer but pretty buildings and a load of great beer bars. As you travel from bar to bar, you have to navigate round crowds of people, who are just blocking the street, normally looking up at some impressive roof guttering or window frame. It is bloody annoying!

As luck would have it, this bar is on just about the most boring street in the city centre. However, as has been already said, tourist find it, that is because the good burgers of Brugge have put its location (along with a few others) in all the guide books.

My last visit was ruined by a bunch of Londoners, who thought drinking 'Quack' like water would make them interesting and funny. It failed, they just became very loud and the females just couldn't handle it, no trouble, just a constant dribble of them coming into the back room to get to the toilets. The time before that the tables next to mine had beer hunters from New Zealand, Wales and Germany on them, we all got on fine and had a great conversation about beer, not too sure when we left!

My scores are for normal visits, not my last one.

The choice of beers is mind blowing, I normally have all the draught ones first, then play in the bottles. Trouble is, they are all so strong, you have to be so careful, or you become useless very swiftly. The quality has always been fine and where do they keep all those glasses? Every single beer you ask for (out of about 200), comes with the correct one.

The decor is old and faded, nicotine yellow being the main colour. Posters, pictures and old advertising boards hang willy nilly on the walls. The place just drips with character.

The service can vary, depending on how many are in and if any staff are about!

Locals still use it, even with the huge infux of tourists and they are keen to talk, if you are sober and obviously interested in beer.

This bar is highly recommended my me, I always have and I always will use it when in Brugges.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Ah, The Bruges Bear, an awesome little pub off of the main street towards Brugges Grand Palace. The atmosphere is awesome! Classical music playing, old beer posters on the walls, great beer glasses on display...This is a clean, OLD, friendly place to drown some brews. The quality of the brews was exceptional! I had a three fountains gueuze, and a girardin (black label) gueuze here and both were spot on fresh! The service from Daisy (the owner) was attentive and nice. A few UK tourists were in the place, and she recommended excellent beers to them in perfect English! The selection is 200 strong and nicely layed out by region (West Flander, Waloonia, etc...). An awesome bar, beaten only by the Kulminator in Antwerp (who are friends with the owener of this place, I believe...)

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Photo of halo3one
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of spointon
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of corby112
4.35/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Todd
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Ah yes, the "little bear" ...

When I stayed in Brugge back in 2000, this was the place I visited every single day / evening. Hundreds of beers to select from (about 6 on tap, over 300 in the bottle), quaint pub feel, outstanding service, and the small selection of pub type food did the job just fine -- my favourite being the cheese cubes served with mustard and parsley salt. If you want a "real meal" The Hobbit and its legendary dry-rub BBQ is next door.

Also, note that not all of the beers available are on the beer lists ... ask for something "special" and say hello to Daisy and her husband, who is a well-known local brewer.

Certainly not the biggest Belgian beer bar, but one of the best out there for many other reasons ...

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Visited early in the morning, about 1:00am on 16 September, 2006.

After a night of good times at another Brugge restaurant, a handful of the heartier members of our group set out for the infamous Brugs Beertje, or "Little Bear". Following our intrepid leader down a series of streets and alleys, we came upon the most nondescript of all, which happened to be Kemelstraat. We entered into a cozy multi-roomed yellowing pub which was still very crowded despite the time. We made our way through a hot and smoky haze, past the locals and the beer tourists, to the Function Room in back, where a lively group of Brits were concluding their night. No sooner had we been seated, we were hustled back to the second room - the seating area we'd chosen was now 'closed'. No worries though, despite the warmth, noise and close confines , many of us were eager to tear into the thick beer menu (over 250 bottles & 4 taps, organized by province/region & by style) and see what was available.

As it was our final night in Brugge, we didn't feel like the night could end without a final flourish. Though weary from the night's earlier events (dinner and beer drinking), we each ordered a round and sat back to enjoy the buzz of the crowds and soak in the history within the sign-covered, wainscot-paneled, fabric-covered walls. My beer was an unknown, recommended by our guide: a local Bruin by Alvinne which was quite good. My wife picked a big one: the St Bernardus Tripel, which provoked a "wow" reaction from her with the first sip. Upon seeing my wife's ecstatic reaction, another woman in our group (melbatoast93's lovely wife) stated the obvious: "You just got bitch-slapped by a monk!". Ok, so it was really funny at the time...maybe you had to be there... :-)

Anyway, we were "one & done" at Brugs Beertje, as it was getting very late and there was a long day of travelling later in the morning. The tab was paid and we slipped out, pausing on the way to chat a minute with a friendly group of locals taking their own mini-vacation in Brugge. Suffice to say this pub has great environment and a wonderful beer list...a must visit when in Brugge.

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Photo of JohnW
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This very small bar is a must for any serious beer drinker, and is a delight. To say it is a bar or pub would give the wrong impression, as this is for beer drinkers only who want to sample the amazing range of beers in the menu of about 150 or more. Quiet classical music, sensible conversation with like minded beer lovers, cosy atmosphere, contemplation of the beers, makes it a place to go. This is NOT for those who just want to drink any old lager, get drunk and cause embarrasment to others or the staff who run it.

Can be very crowded, and standing not encouraged, you need to sit down and be served by the staff. The list of beers can be daunting, and you may need to already have some idea of what you want to try (or have a reference book!) but the staff happy to recommend something, if you give them some idea of what you prefer. Beer is the menu - not for food!

Had two visits while staying in Brugge, and enjoyed it very much both times, though on the second visit there was a crowd of fellow English visitors, who had come from watching some football match and just there to get drunk and ruin the atmosphere - they obviously knew nothing about beer from what they were drinking. The bar staff were not too happy with the noise and upset they were creating, and were probably asked to leave sometime after we left - feeling embarrassed by our fellow countrymen.

If you find there is no room to sit, go back again in about an hours time, you may have better luck second time around.

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Photo of spoony
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of Whatup14
4.11/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jrallen34
4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I came to Brugge with hopes of checking this place out and sadly its CLOSED EVERY WEDNESDAY. However, amazingly enough it turns out this was the place I visited last June before I knew anything about beer. I had no idea of the name before but as soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what it was. This is a quaint small place, old decor, tons of locals. A very helpful bartender that offers great suggestions and is willing to listen to wasted Americans. They have a huge book of beers, lots of staples but also tons of semi-rare ones. A very chill place to hang out at.

In Brugge this is the top place to go and finish your night after bar hopping because once you get here, you don't want to leave. Highly recommended.

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