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$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +32 (0)50 33 57 81
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| Reviews: 27
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
We went right before the Zythos. A bit hard to find, but very modern. Parking was a hassle and we had to park pretty far away. Once there we found Erasmus to have very friendly and knowledgeable staff. The food was of extremely high quality and the portions were good-sized. The courses were between 20-30 Euros which seemed pricey, but Brugge seems to be that way. They were out of some of the beer selections and the food courses, but made helpful suggestions. Nice stuff on draft and the waiter made excellent suggestions for additional beer bars to visit. Awesome time, but a bit pricey....
02-25-2008 18:05:49 |
More by damjadi
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I had the change to visit this bar/hotel when I met up with Silenius. They have a very interesting beer menu, but it really is a hotel bar. There is nothing really authentical about this one. It is clearly situated in an old building, but renovated.
What is very positive on the other hand is the friendliness of the owners. When you are working in an establishment with a public function you would automatically expect people to be nice, friendly, etc. But we all know thats not always true. These people run their hotel and bar excellently.
They have also taken care of the beer menu. The list is excellent and some of the beers have been aged. Great!
But because it is located in the city centre, it is quite expensive.
Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat
05-16-2005 16:13:09 |
More by Bierschenker
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I not only visited Erasmus for dinner and drinks one night while in Brugge but my wife and I also stayed at the hotel.
The restaurant is trendy looking inside and not very large but is welcoming. The draft selection was about 16 or so when we visited and included a good amount of Christmas beers. Over the course of a night of dinner we had several drafts and bottles including Verhaeghe Christmas on draft and Winterkoninkske as well. I was lucky enough to find they still had bottles of De Dolle 21 which was made for their 21st anniversary so the bottle was about 9 years old when I tried it and it was very pleasing. The bottle selection is about 200 or more deep and many of them are on display in the walls of the restaurant.
The food is excellent as well. I had a Flemish Grandmothers stew and frites that was great and my wife enoyed her food as well.
The owner of Erasmus is very nice and the bartenders are helpful in making selections with drafts and bottles.
They often have rare treats in bottle and on draft so Erasmus is definitely one of the top places when you visit Brugge.
01-08-2008 20:27:27 |
More by ggaughan
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
We stayed here for 6 nights on our Honeymoon as we took day trips to neighoring cities and toured Brugge.
If you ever get a chance to see Brugge, stay here and drink it in!
Tom, the owner, was a wonderful host (even if he was a bit too interested in my wife!) and a true beer advocate even if he doesn't belong to this site. He tries to keep an interesting an unique array of beers on tap and stocks over 100 great brews in the bottle. At the time we were there, a special unsweetedn Lindeman's kriek was on the tap list along with some others I had never tried including Valeir and Deugniet.
This place is so special there is a De Dolle Brouwers beer brewed for it's 21st year in operation. Tom gave the wife and I each a bottle of this now 8 year old beer as a parting gift. A class act!
The inside is Euro-modern with clean lines and little clutter. A few tables near the taps and the rest of the first floor is dedicated to the dining room. The whole amibience is a bit of a juxtaposition to all the history outside.
Tom, his wife, a bartender and one waitress named Gundrun (Hoon-droon) serve the guests. Tom is very busy and always moving around arranging chairs and straightening up. If he is serving you - expect a little wait. Everyone there was friendly and spoke English. If you speak French, Tom will gladly engage you in conversation. The only reason why this doesn't get a 5.0 is on a few occasions I wanted another beer but couldn't get the attention of Tom.
We ate here for breakfast every day and enjoyed a generous spread including cereal for those who like it. It is always quiet and Tom plays classical music in the background.
The dinner food was some of the best we had in Belgium. Better than our meal at the Den Dyver and for less money. Rabbit, mussels, fish, waterzooi and other Belgian dishes are all prepared with beer.
A must if staying in Brugge!
05-22-2005 18:37:44 |
More by silenius
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Properly speaking, Brasserie Erasmus is first a restaurant, second a hotel, and perhaps a distant third a bar. If you walk in expecting a drink in a pub, you'll probably hate it -- the selection is largely limited to the sixteen beers they have on tap, they don't use proper glassware, you've got good odds of getting an eccentric and absent minded seventy-year-old for a waiter, and the ambiance is white-tablecloth Danish modern. On the other hand, if you stay in the hotel and walk downstairs for dinner, you might like it as much as we did.
First off, the food was easily the best we had in Belgium. After trying it the first night, we couldn't convince ourselves to go anywhere else, including the renowned Dyver around the corner (which would've cost 50% more) our two subsequent nights in Bruges. Erasmus serves high end traditional beer cooking, from fantastic cheese croquettes (is that hops I taste?) to their jaw-dropping stewed eels in cream and gueuze. Their cook was even willing to create an original dish, not on the menu, each night for my vegetarian girlfriend, all three of which were excellent.
Secondly, if you give him the time to warm up to you, and take the time to warm up to him, Tom, the aforementioned eccentric, will be one of the highlights of your trip. Tom loves beer, Bruges and his guests (especially the ladies, in a harmlessly affable way), and seems overjoyed to have the opportunity to share his beer, his food and his city with you.
Yes, the selection is relatively small -- most of the time I tried to order off of their bottle menu they convinced me to get something on draft instead -- but the draft menu is outstanding. Did you know Liefman's made an unsweetened kriek, and it's exceptional? They do, but (apparently) only for Tom. Have you heard of the brewery Vicarus? Beeradvocate hasn't, but when I visited, Tom had a tripel and a "generaal" (reminiscent of the Hercule stout, but fruitier) from them, and they were wonderful. Your drinking will be largely limited to sixteen choices, but all sixteen are going to be hand-picked, many rare or unique, and your waiter will be happy help you explore the menu or suggest pairings.
The Erasmus isn't much of a bar, but I couldn't be happier with the experience as a hotel or restaurant. If you're in Bruges, I urge you to pay it a visit.
06-26-2007 15:21:22 |
More by tsmo
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Stayed here in September 2004 for three nights... Excellent location close to all the touristy stuff (it's about 2 minutes from the main square). There are also plenty of restaurants and bars nearby....
Very good beer selection (around 150 or so) and Tom the owner seemed very knowledgeable and was always happy to recommend something. I particularly enjoyed the unsweetened Liefmans kriek on tap (i've never come across this anywhere else).... Also had Westmalle dubbel and Het Kapittel Prior on tap which can never be a bad thing...
Food was excellent - had the Flemish beef stew which was out of this world....
Overall - highly recommended....
05-18-2005 13:51:09 |
More by mdagnew
British Indian Ocean Territory
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
First bar of the trip - 24 hours of traveling and jet lagged we walk the 30 seconds over to the Erasmus. Not what I was expecting - a very urbane and sparse design, while well done not my thing. The service and selection certainly makes up for coolness of the space.
Draft selection is outstanding, however when we were in town they we working the line up down as they would be closing for a month of reno's and hoidays. One of my goals for the trip was to try as many Chritmas beer on tap as possible, and this was a great place to start:
Avec Les Bons Voeux
Abbaye des Rocs Speciale Noel
De Koninck Winterkoninck
I also had my one and only stout on the trip (a nice break from the usual at home) - Ellezelloise Hercule Stout. Gotta love the Belgian tradition of snacks with your drinks, whether it was my wifes tea, or my beer you always got something good to eat, and Erasmus had the best. Especially on our last night (and their last before closing) we got a full meals worth of toothpickable food. I only wish I had made it there in time to try the Black Albert.
01-13-2008 13:02:19 |
More by CBA
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A modern looking restaurant in the middle of a medieval town. A nice aesthetic dynamic. People seemed to dress a little nicer in here. Heard all kinds of languages circulating in the air. The host was very engaging and conversational throughout our dessert and beers... and he spoke eight languages to provide the same hospitality to the other patrons.
While the draft beers were served a little on the cold side, they were all excellent or world-class artisanal Belgian beers. Same goes for the bottle list too. The dessert we had was also of excellent quality.
Food service was slow, but beer service was quick. It always came with a very professional and courteous attitude.
Wow. Some very rare gems here. Liefman's Kriek on draught, Alvinne 30 on draught, 1984 Stille Nacht. Just wonderful. Tons of stuff to choose from, none of which seemed to be a macrobrew.
Both desserts- the apple pie and the mango pie- that we had were exquisite. Certainly worth the wait. Their richness and decadence rivaled that of most Belgian chocolate we had in Bruges.
03-24-2010 15:32:21 |
More by jgasparine
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
I really enjoyed Erasmus. The beer bar was housed inside the Hotel Erasmus. Quite the odd place for a beer bar. Also, don't expect much of an atmosphere either. Inside, well, it pretty much look's like Denny's. However, what is behind the bar in bottles is what counts.
They had a very nice selection. They had Het Kapittel Prior on tap and while I choose not to indulge, my hetero life mate Zach said that it was absolutely fantastic. Instead I had two rare De Dolle offerings (21 and Zannekin). Although I didn't count, I would guess that the beer list probably ranged between 150-200. The music was classical. The service was excellent. A nice place to relax and find some rare ones as well.
07-25-2004 21:46:21 |
More by Crosling
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited in March 2006 and served as my hotel for the night in Brugge.
Centrally located just off the town square, Erasmus is a clean, modern hotel and beer cafe.
While it doesn't win points for the most efficient service or widest selection of taps, it does win points for the owner Tom being a gracious host willing to help you out with your needs.
Had both dinner and breakfast here with beer (including the special unsweetened krieken beer). Tom even helped me with a map of the town and where the best beer places are to be found.
If this is a shell of how it was in the past then I'm really sad because that would mean this pace should have been beer heaven.
01-01-2007 10:17:33 |
More by drewbage
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