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$$$ - a bit pricey
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phone: +32 (0)50 33 57 81
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| Reviews: 27
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
This bar is in the front of the small (only 10 rooms I think) Hotel Erasmus. It is usually "unusually" quiet, i.e. a nice refuge from the busy Brugges visitor trail, and not likely to be full of tourists. The terrace at the back is out of view of the masses, and an excellent place to have a quiet couple of beers and reflect on the days visits and/or drinking. Classical music permeates the atmosphere at just the right volume to slowly relax you as you search the list of 100+ beers, including some surprises, for your next beer. Reasonably modern bar that allegedly does really good food (although I never tried it so I can't mark it unfortunately-sorry!). Close to the Canal, and a good place to have beer before going for a meal at the also nearby Den Dyver. Service was slow both times I went, but don't let this put you off its part of the charm I suppose. It is strongly recommended.
09-08-2002 16:39:51 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
We stopped here for a late afternoon drink on 3/25/07. This bar has a very modern feel to it, very city-like for a small town like Bruges. It was very quiet in here, only two other customers. I ordered an Avec Les Bons Voeux and my wife tried the hotel's house brew, the 30th Anniversary tripel. It was funny, out of all the places that we visited on this trip, this was the only bar that did not serve our beer in proper glassware. Both were served in ordinary white wine glasses. A bit boring. This place was OK, nothing special but a decent spot to have a quick drink.
03-29-2007 16:18:54 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$$
We tried for a dinner at Den Dyver and came up short so our second choice was Erasmus and we asked the owner at Garre to make the reservation for us. It was not difficult at all to locate and upon our arrival the host had no clue about our dinner reservation. He quickly placed us inside where it was hot as hades and gave us time to contemplate our dinner choices and beers. The inside was white tablecloth and very quaint and tiny.
Once he returned we showed him our "Belgian Beer Card" which I had printed off the internet and he said he needed to get the owner. After what seemed like an eternity the owner arrived and said that all drafts would be discounted 25% and he magically became our waiter and took our drink and food orders The drafts were all well chosen with 10 and many bottles. Our beers came very quickly by the same waiter who initially seated us. The cheese served with the beers were very, very good.
Our first course of food was phenomenal for all our party and the same carried through the second. We nearly had to beg for service however, ordering additional beers was a chore. At some point in the evening a blonde lady magically became our waitress. Finally after we had sweated enough we asked to be seated at a table outside for dessert. This was a stroke of genius.
When it came time to pay the bill it was evident that bait and switch was in place and that no discount was coming for the drafts ordered. We had to go to the computer and split the bill and then we were asked to come back to pay at the CC machine and to enter a tip amount. Two of us fell to peer pressure and gave a very small amount extra, one was more intelligent and gave nothing.
I would return to Erasmus for the food, but the service was awful, the food was phenomenal and the drafts were very good. If I could get served at the bar and pay cash, that might be my plan of action.
Visited on September 13, 2006.
10-16-2006 22:36:58 |
More by GCBrewingCo
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$$
Once a bastion of fine Belgian Beers, now an empty shell.
I could not believe, would not believe, how poor it had become (so I went again the next day). Sadly, I have to report this is not the place it was, and will not be re-visited by me until I hear something has changed for the better. I shall walk past and look inside, but not go in.
Uninterested staff, boring varnished wood panelling and no atmostphere, stale beer on both occasions and so many other fine bars in Brugge to use.
I am sure it will be removed from the next CAMRA guide to Belgium. In fact I intend to write to Tim Webb and his helpers about it, although I should imagine they already know.
What a pity.
Updated bit (Oct 2009)
Getting better, food and beer wise, still funny with some people who just want to drink during meal times, but the owner wants it to be known as a beer bar as well as a classy eating joint. I have friends who still love it, I'm still not convinced it has returned to its former glory days yet.
08-09-2006 10:48:58 |
More by BlackHaddock
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
We stayed here for a couple nights but since we are cheap we didn't actually eat a meal in the restaurant as it was rather pricey. We did however hang out on the back deck in the sunshine and drink quite a few beers and got to know the very friendly waiter.
The beer menu is quite extensive BUT make sure to ask for what is in the cellar and NOT on the list. That is how we got some Westy blonds for 5 euros (the only Westy they had). They have quite a bit of good stuff at a very reasonable rate.
The waiter, can't remember his name, that we had was great. He came out to check on us quite a bit and told us a lot about Brugge and Belgium in general and gave us a lot of advice on how to fill some empty days on our itinerary.
I wish we could have had the food as I am sure it was excellent but we were living off of bread, cheese, sausages, sandwiches and frites....
05-26-2009 16:06:37 |
More by indiapaleale
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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
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 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Had lunch here with Hopshop (formerly grsimon) one day and late night light dinner the next night, and enjoyed both meals. The beer selection was pretty wide, but I was pacing myself and only tried Moinette Blond (new to me) and a Dulle Teve (both very nice!!).
The atmosphere is small and unimpressive. Not bad, just nothing special. Service was fine- the owner(?)/maitre de enjoyed talking to us (in halting English) and we had fun. A travelling 4-piece combo was playing light classical music at dinnertime. The food was very good (a very nice salad for lunch, and a wonderful soup for light dinner).
Be warned- in general, Brugge/Bruges is very easy to get around because everyone speaks English- our waiter here had almost no English; he got the owner (?) matre de who spoke English, but only limited so. Don't let that stop you from going here- it is still a good place to go.
10-11-2004 22:34:51 |
More by Dukeofearl
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
didn't strike me as a hotel. the interior made me think of tokyo. being one of only two tables occupied, we received adequate attention. the selection was decent in bottles, probably close to 100 but rather conventional considering the nearby establishments. however the drafts were terrible (for belgium), with chimay white being their highlight beer.
come here for the food.. experimented with the oft-spotted belgian kaaskroket, which is their mozzarella stick... with tasty results. more mussels, and these were some of the finest. chose the moules provenciale, heavy on vegetables and super-flavorful. again, triple karmeliet.. probably my bottled beer of choice while on a belgian vacation (when westy 12 isn't available).
the owner was on hand and constantly checking up with us.. he seemed pleasant and helpful and not until i read an article in bierepassion did i realize how important he is in the beer world.
a fun experience that i would certainly repeat.
11-01-2004 20:20:08 |
More by goodbyeohio
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
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