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Staminee De Garre
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
De Garre 1
phone: +32 50 34 10 29
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
The Staminee De Garre can be annoyingly difficult to find on your first visit. A Barrel normally marks the entrance to the alley (also called De Garre). Keep an eye out for it, for when it is busy it is easy to miss this as well. I would honestly say that this bar attempts to be a little upmarket and differentiate itself. It is a classy place (reflected in its prices), and a superb environ to drink beer amongst the rural type settings of wooden beams and brickwork. An upstairs drinking area doubles as a gallery and a cool place to be. Has an excellent well thought out bottle beer list of around 130. Complemented by 4 draft beers, including the spiced House Beer 'Tripel de Garre' (by van steenberge). Oh!, and my favorite is the Gulden Draak, also by van steenberge. At 11% ABV, they will only serve you 3 - but it does come with a snack of cheese cubes and celery salt. That said, it is worthy of a visit for a few beers, but definitely not a session - that's just not done here !!
08-18-2002 11:18:41 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
You think Brugge's streets are small? Come look for Staminee De Garre, which is very easy to miss. Its located in a small alley way which looks like it only leads to one place, but actually leads to a handfull of places, including this on of a kind beer house. It feels old inside, but doesn't "look" like it needs refurbishing.
Tripel de Garre made this place famous, and is the one house beer served. If you're looking to switch from the house beer, two others taps pour (Witte Van Celis, Gulden Draak), plus 120 bottled beers (Boon, Bon Secours, Quintine, Hanssens, Buffalo). I wasn't here to try guest beers though. Part of the experience is watching how Tripel de Garre is served; it's poured into an oversized snifter with a head as thick as the beer itself, and served with a small bite of cheese. At €4 a pop, it's worth the money. The waiter will even take your order from your table and deliver too.
The most unique beer experience in Brugge. Don't miss it, and I mean that both literally and figuratively.
05-20-2013 22:53:42 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place was a real pain in the ass to find. It's just east of the Markt in an alley off of Breidel Straat, but the opening to that damn alley is no bigger than a door. In fact it looks like a door. We walked past it several times without seeing it, and eventually got really wet as it started raining during our search. Just past the door the alley opens up, like you've entered an intestine through the bung. Once we finally made it through the door, we sat at a small table near the bar and found a good beer menu. There were about 3 taps, including the house tripel, Celis White, and Gulden Draak. The bottle list was better, including several that rank as rarities in my book. It was really quiet and cramped, hard not to overhear 4-5 other tables' conversations very clearly. I witnessed one guy ordering a diet coke and receiving a kriek. When he complained nothing happened, he ended up finishing the kriek. At least I got what I ordered, but we only had the one beer and continued on our Brugge crawl.
10-19-2008 03:15:16 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on the last night of our tour of Belgium, on 3/26/07. This place is very hard to find, not really on the map. It's down an alley on the street that runs between the Markt and the Burg. Walked in to find a sparse crowd, and sat upstairs in the non smoking section. Each beer we ordered came with small bowl of cheese, which was a nice touch. I had a de Garre house tripel, a Straffe Hendrick, and a Pilaarbijter. My wife had a Kriek Boon, a Lamoral, and a Petrus. The key part of this bar's charm was the presentation. Each beer comes out on it's own small platter and is served to each customer. Very classy. There seemed to be a huge wait between beer number 1 and number 2, but once the waitress realized were were going to order a few, she checked on us more regularly. Both atmosphere and selection were good here. If you can find this place, try to check it out.
03-29-2007 17:21:14 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$
The legend of how difficult this place is to find is a bit blown out of proportion - in between Burg and Markt on Breidelstraat. Sure it's in an alleyway that may be hard to spot but if you just get in the area, it wont take you more than a minute to find it.
Lovely 2-story bar and definitely did feel like there were more locals than tourists, which is hard to believe given the prominent location. It was very packed and standing around really isnt an option. After a few minutes, we did land a table.
I knew of the house beer, and that was the plan from the get-go. The waiter wasn't going to let us escape that fate anyway. The tripel is worth the hype and the house glass is definitely a keeper if you can arrage that (tragically, I did not). I kicked back a few and turned the table over to the next group. Good stuff.
08-31-2013 17:58:15 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Garre was touted as being very difficult to find but a quick stop into De Bier Tempel on the way yeilded directions that said "you go like this, and like this, and like this." One of our group came to show us the way, but it really was not that difficult to find thanks to others having snapped pictures of the place and the entrance.
Once inside on the first we sat at at table and drank mostly off the draft menu. There were 4 taps of which we tried all of them and then 4 pages of beers on the beer menu. The drafts during our visit were the house Tripel, Celis White, Gouden Draak and Pecheresse. On the second trip, we came for the Tripel. A big mistake if you plan to make it the last beer of the night. It is a powerful beer. The coffee comes in a French Press and is highly recommended if you need a pick me up. The small cheeses that are served with the beer are nothing short of divine.
The interior was small with an upstairs area used for overflow and a downstairs area. Classical music was playing in the background and was extremely soothing and relaxing for a tired traveler. On the first visit we sat downstairs, on the second our boisterous crew took to the upstairs. Downstairs the place might seat 30, and upstairs it probably would seat another 25. It became crowded quickly, well full actually so seeking this out early in the journey could be a good suggestion.
The service was nothing short of phenomenal. From waiting on us with our first beers, to making dinner reservations for us at Erasmus, to allowing us to be patrons when we clearly were making far too much noise to be civil.
I highly suggest Garre and would go out of my way to give them my business time and again.
Visited on September 13 and 14, 2006.
10-16-2006 22:15:01 |
More by GCBrewingCo
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This place is everything the rest have said and more!
The problem is, it is now in every guide book, in every tongue, so locals are staying away somewhat. There is no real non-tourist time in Brugges, so it is always full of people like you and me (and others clutching guide books, maps and rain macs).
Do not let this put you off though, you must find it when in Brugges because it so special. Even when it is full of Japanesse, Brits and Americans, the atmostphere is still one of calm and peacefulness, everyone just soaks it up and talks in whispers,as if in church.
The draught beers are always in fine form and the bottle selection, although a little pricey has some interesting choices.
It is my favorite bar in Brugges (but I have only been 5 times, there maybe somewhere better, but I doubt it.).
The reason my food score is low, the choice is very small, cheese etc. There is nothing wrong with the food, it is just limited, after all it is for the beer I go there.
08-09-2006 10:01:18 |
More by BlackHaddock
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Upon the arrival of our French relatives in Bruges, we headed to the Garre. This not so easy to find establishment boasted of every element an American would want in a Belgian tavern. The small place was packed and rowdy but we managed to find a table in the back corner of the top floor.
Before two long we were drinking Geuze Hansens and Oude Geuze Drei Fontein from baskets followed by a round of Garre Tripels, the house beer, a bottle of Chimay Blue and another of Moinette. Beer selection was obviously quite good with a number of quality lambics but nothing too out of the ordinary. There were roughly 100 choices in total and the Tripel was especially good.
I enjoyed the rustic vibe, almost feeling as if I were either out in a farming village or that I had transported back in time a few centuries. Service was forgivably slow considering the crowd. It was hard to even move across the room so I couldn't blame our waitress who was otherwise friendly and did her best all night. The cheese was good too.
07-21-2010 16:26:03 |
More by DaPeculierDane
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
We just parked the cars in one of the underground level parkings, and since we didn't have a hotel and the map from the guide du routard was a bit crappy, we decided to look for the tourism bureau. While walking between the markt and the tourist center I was lucky enough to find the hole in the wall that lead to Staminee De Garre. I pushed my friends in and told them to wait for me there while I handled the hotel. When I came back they were already sipping down Tripel de Garre and were obviously having a good time! This place is very warm and cozy, the Beer list is great, and the patrons friendly. We chatted with this flemish dude who was trying to pick up this woman who obviously wasn't interested, as well as this charming Australian couple who stumbled in there by accident. We had a great time. I'm not sure about the limit of 3 tripels still applies, or maybe it's maximum 3 per person per party, because some of us had more than 3, but we didn't drink 18 total, because my girlfriend (who after only one tripel was getting quite tipsy!) and I wanted to try something else from the menu.
Service was alright, but be warned, the menu is flemish only.
I can't remember if they served food or not, but our Beers came with small portions of cheeze that was very good.
I highly recommend this place.
09-23-2004 19:38:18 |
More by Goldorak
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Only spending a day in Bruges, we had a full schedule of sightseeing. Being fans of In Bruges, we walked to the top of the tower and then did a canal boat ride. Walking along the canal to the brewery, we tried but failed to make the tour at De Halve Maan; we still had a great time sampling their beers in their outdoor cafe.
My plan for the evening was to visit 't Brugs Beertje; however, I missed in my research that the bar is closed on Wednesdays, our only day in town. Not knowing where to go, since the day was also a holiday, Assumption Day, we headed back to our room. After some research on BeerAdvocate with the hotel WiFi, the desk clerk helped us make a call to confirm that Staminee de Garre was open. With success finding a good beer bar, we headed back to the heart of Bruges.
A beautiful brick bar down an alley, hidden from the main road, we wiggled our way through the full bar, hawking a table near the bar. The first round included the house tripel in their own glass, a bittersweet souvenir story in its own right. Each draft comes with a small bowl of Gouda cheese.
In addition to a good draft list, the bottle selection is outstanding as well, and, more importantly, it was all served with exceptional detail and care. They have an immense respect for beer. The only drawback is that we should have eaten dinner beforehand since they didn't offer much besides appetizers. However, sitting and chatting through great beers until we headed out into the dark to witness the fairy tale lighting of Bruges.
Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/02/staminee-de-garre-bruges-belgium.html
02-26-2013 15:11:24 |
More by FightingEntropy
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