Taps: 6 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.14/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is probably the best bar I visited in Brugge. Located right off the main square so its easy to walk to. The Cambrinus was quite crowded when we arrived but the waitress was kind enough to get us an extra stool so we could sit at the bar. Nice selection of Belgian beers nothing to extensive or rare but a good selection. They did have westy 12 on their list so naturally I saw it fit to order that. When in Brugge I highly recommend this place. Did not try the food so i can not comment on that but it appeared that they had a full menu and I saw some peoples plates and they looked good.
03-20-2011 15:44:16 | More by Cmack15
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I went to the Cambrinus twice on a recent trip to Brugge, Belgium. I really enjoyed the atmosphere which very conducive to relaxing and drinking good beers. Immediately upon entering the place, you see rows upon rows of different styles of beer glasses and hundreds of bottles of beers in cases behind the bar. We were planning to go to this place anyway during our trip to Brugge, but we discovered that they sold bottles of Westvleteren 12 which was an excellent surprise. They also had the Westvleteren 8 which my friend tried and I had the 12. The beer list was extremely extensive and it will take you awhile just to read all the beers this place has to offer. I highly recommend going here if you are in Brugge.
03-15-2011 09:18:52 | More by Chincino
4.6/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
First off, this place is awesome and I will go here everytime I'm in Brugge. The beer was great and the food was exceptional for a beer bar/ restaraunt. The beer prices weren't marked up from what you would pay in a grocery store.
This place was filled with local Belgians and I only saw one other table with anyone speaking English. It was no Applebee's as some other reviews have stated. For the most part in Europe the cheesier looking restaurants are actuals local hangouts (I have lived in Europe for two years).
The place was very clean and the beer and food were great.
The waitresses know what they're talking about and know exactly what beers are on their 400 beer list. European service is not American service. Europeans don't care if you eat in their restaraunt. They know there food is good and don't need to ask. The service here is typical of European service.
If you're looking for a Belgium beer, they have it along with the appropriate glass. The beer will be served at the exact temperature it should be served at. You should have an idea what you're looking for, or you will be there looking through their list of 400 beers for a while. They have all of the Westvletrns.
I had the rabbit and my wife had the ham with a creamy mustard sauce. The Belgian fries were also very good. The food was some of the best I had in my week long stay in Brugge.
03-11-2011 13:33:12 | More by Sapper408
2.95/5 rDev -30.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$
We visited Cambrinus Restaurant In Bruges last week. We made reservations about a week ahead of time just in case but there were plenty of tables. There was definitely an extra one for our waitress to sit at for a while and talk on her cell phone while we tried to flag someone down for another beer and our check!
The beer menu is like a wood covered phone book! We had fun combing through and making our selections. I decided on a Cantillion and my fiance' a Westie Blonde.
We ordered a cold meat starter and it came to the table looking like a meat volcano! It was good but really cried out for bread and maybe a small plate. (neither are really done in Belgium so I don't knock points for it)
Our entrees were fair. A fish stew that was really just fish in a buttery sauce and a sliced chicken with mushrooms that was pretty good.
The place is very inviting from outside but once inside it's kind of like a Belgian Applebee's not much ambiance at all.
We snapped a picture from outside of the three eldery ladies drinking beer in the window table. Overall, not a must do but there are many places much better.
02-02-2011 01:28:26 | More by sks120n
3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Right in the middle of Brugge, close to one of the major squares and few doors down from the Bier Temple. New looking inside, dark wooden tables everywhere with interesting paintings. Sucks that you can't sit at the tables unless you eat so at least order an appetizer when you get there. The servers are nice, limited English and not great at offering suggestions, but they seem to try. They have a huge book of beers at least 100 of them. The book is sorted by beer style and each style has a different colored page. There are some semi rare beers there nothing crazy. They did has fou founne at 12 a bottle which can't be beat and all 3 styles of westy but at way to expensive of a price. The food is very good so you are safe with ordering anything. Its loud and touristy here so not a place you will stay for very long.
Worth a stop to see if you find something unique on the menu but not a destination place.
11-27-2010 22:10:39 | More by jrallen34
2.99/5 rDev -29.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Wow - upon walking into this place, it's like stepping back into time and really has a classic Old World feel to it. We got a table right by the window that looks out onto the beautiful cobblestone streets of Brugge and with a light mist of rain coming down - I was ready to get into an evening of drinking and hanging out.
Hmmm, how do I put this without being too harsh - the draft beer selection was a joke. I've seen better selections in an average bar and grill in any random American town - Hoegaarden, Jupiler, Palm, Leffe Blond - I actually Leffe, but come on! I was shocked at their tap selection, especially in comparison to a lot of other bars in the area. Their bottle selection on the other hand, was simply amazing - good selection of Lambics and Geuzes, and some other West Flanders gems.
The service was mediocre at best and the two women working the bar guided me in the wrong direction - when asking for a good Oud Bruin and a good sour Wild Ale, I was given Augustijn Grand Cru and Ichtegem's Oud Bruin - neither of which were very good or even interesting. Also, the blonde girl working the front of the house serving drinks and food was terrible and acted like she was put off every time we tried to order a drink. We left after a few beers scratching our heads wondering what all the hype is about. If we return to Brugge someday, we may give it another chance, but there are so many better bars in town and in the area, that I'm not sure if we will.
11-16-2010 19:25:34 | More by DeanMoriarty
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Very nice and clean place with a lot of wood and brass accents, stained glass and assorted beer-related decor. The menu is gigantic and well put together - arranged alphabetically by style. The also offer a house beer in dark and blond versions - Gambrivinus (sp?). I saw Westvleteren on the menu, but didn't order. Good character in this place to go along with the beer-related food. Had Trappist cheese croquettes which were pretty good. Great location off the Grote Markt. A good visit but a bit pricy, especially food wise. Crowd was a mix of business, young people, and families, yet the focus on good beer seems higher here than in some other places around town. Recommended.
11-05-2010 20:10:34 | More by BucBasil
2.5/5 rDev -40.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$
This place is a TGI Fridays with Belgian beer. It is contrived; a beer bar attempting to emulate the character of the Bruges Bear and De Garre. We've been there four times over the past few years, and nothing's changed.
The food is just ok, it's waaay loud, and the service is horrible (even by European standards). Even sitting at the bar, you feel as if you're the Invisible Man. We timed it once...sitting at the bar, empty glass, finger raised, we waited for TEN minutes! No "I'll be with you in a moment."...no one even looked at us!
The place's only saving grace is that you can get anything there...even the 'best beer in the world'...which is the one beer that's sometimes hard to find; even in Brugge where beer lists are bible-thick.
I would save my time, though...go get your Westvleteren at the Bier Temple just down the street (to-go), or savour it at Cafe Rose Red, in a quiet and friendly atmosphere just around the corner. We have, on occasion, been very fortunate to find the 6, 8, and 12 at both establishments.
06-26-2010 19:14:33 | More by Beermelier
3.68/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is a large (for Brugge) bar and restaurant who's main claim is its extensive beer menu. The atmosphere is decent, a bit sterile for me, but it is more of a tourists place than some of the other beer bars in Brugge.
Food was OK, but it was not really the food we were after. The beer menu is extremely large and it will take you some time to go through it. I stuck with the abbeys, especially the Westvleteren which is hard to come by in the states.
This place is good, but its not what I consider a great beer bar.
05-12-2010 14:10:31 | More by ridedammit
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Walked into this place on a Friday night for dinner. The hostess asked us if we had a reservation- we said no. She seemed irritated. Then sat us at one of the many empty tables in the restaurant.
Good atmosphere. Seems to be more conducive to eating than simply loitering at a bar for drinks. Nice cozy atmosphere nonetheless, with an obvious beer theme throughout the place- from the name of the establishment, to the decor, and most obviously through the extensive beer menu. I really appreciated their beer menu, not just the beer offerings, but also the organization of the menu and the brief descriptions of each beer.
All beer and food were high quality. The establishment itself, all plates, flatware and glassware were clean. I did not sample any draught beer, but by the looks of the place, I would expect "clean" draught lines. All beer was served in proper glassware. Quality was definitely a theme throughout the experience here.
Service was very prompt and business like. There was no warmth or personality to the service. Frankly, we felt rushed every time the waitress came over to our table, but in the end she still performed good basic service.
The beer list was extensive and jam-packed full of wonderful beers. Not too much I couldn't get elsewhere, but the sheer volume of choices (300 beers I believe) made this a fabulous place to visit.
The food we had at Cambrinus was good- it was served faster than any other meal we had in Belgium, which leads me to believe that the food was pre-prepared (if I may use use the term). Still good food though- nothing crazy, just good.
03-24-2010 20:59:16 | More by jgasparine
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Bierbrasserie Cambrinus in Brugge, Belgium
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