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Taps: 6 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +32 50 33 22 28
Open daily from 11:00am - 11:00pm
Weekends from 11:00am - Close
(Place added by: lawrence76 on 03-30-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 57 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and were recommended this place by the owners of the B & B we stayed in, and told that it was where locals go. When we arrived on a Friday evening in February, it was fairly quiet... families, some couples, a few guys at the bar. The atmosphere was very inviting; bright, full of beer signs, with loads and loads of bottles on display.
The menu was huge... 400 beers in bottles, and a small number of taps. Westvleteren 12, 8, and Blond were all offered for a mere 10 Euro. I started with an 8, served in the proper Westie glass. My wife had a Timmerman's, which was beautiful. The food was excellent, well-plated and attractive, portions that were the appropriate size. I had a creamy seafood casserole, my wife a beef stew, both were fantastic. We enjoyed our experienmce so much that we returned the next night, again to a sparse crowd of mixed ages, locals and tourists. I tried one of the beer cocktails (they offer around 10 of these) made with a honey strong ale, light rum and grenadine. My wife had another lambic, chosen more or less at random from the massive list.
A very comfortable bar, probably the best I've ever been to. If it was in my neighborhood, I'd leave my job and go there right now.
03-02-2010 19:28:17 |
More by intransitive
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
A great example of a Belgian bar. It was packed on the Saturday we were there. The waitstaff came almost immediately, which was nowhere near enough time for us to get through the huge beer list. They had Westvleteren 12 at a good price (~10 euro) but were out (probably due to the price). They seem to have every Belgian beer. We tried the trappist cheese croquettes which I highly recommend. Overall the beers are pretty reasonably priced -- many were only slightly more expensive than the biertempel shop down the street.
01-31-2010 12:08:37 |
More by gyllstromk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I went to this place on my last Europe trip and was quite impressed. This place probably had the best beer selection that I have ever seen. My wife had a Girardin Kriek and a Chapeau geuze. I had a kwak, a Saint Feuillien Triple, and a another beer that was recommended by the bartender. All were great. They even had Westvleteren beers there. The food was good but a little pricey. We had an appetizer plate with differnt sausages and cheeses. It was very tastey.
Cambrinus is housed in an old building that is simply beautiful. The interior isn't quite as impressive but it is nice as well. If you are a beer lover and find yourself in Brugges this place is a must.
11-30-2009 01:08:28 |
More by californiakulak
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
We visited Cambrinus in September 2009. We stumbled upon it our first night, not realizing it was a beer destination. Our first impression was that it was a tourist trap type of place, but the menu sold us. It's huge, and it has things I did not see elsewhere in Bruges. The first night I had a Boon oude geueze, my husband had an Arabier, and we shared mussels cooked in beer. They were among the best mussels we've ever had. The last night I had a Westvletern Abt 8 (I wanted the 12 but they were out), and a rabbit dish, and my husband had a Pannepot and a seafood stew (Pannepot plus seafood wasn't a good pairing, but live and learn!). The food was really really excellent, a little pricey but more affordable than many other places in the area. We were seated right away on the two weekdays we went, but we tried to go on a weekend and were turned away--reservations are recommended on busy nights. The service was friendly and adequate, above-average for Bruges. There are other beer bars that we liked more for the atmosphere ('t Brugs Beertje, de Garre, 't Poatersgat), but the Cambirnus beer list is longer than any of them and we appreciated being able to get entrees and beer at the same place. It is also conveniently close to the Markt Square, and close to 't Poatersgat if you want a beery night on the town.
10-11-2009 19:17:17 |
More by skberke
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
It started raining so we decided to duck in the next place we came across and grab some lunch. Turned out it was Cambrinus. Not your traditional Belgian bar, this place has a new feel to it, and definitely more of a restaurant than a bar vibe. That is until the beer menu lands on the table with a thump. Its a veritable book! Scanning through I pick out something I've been after for a while - a Westy 8, while my wife picks some wit or other. The Westy arrives at the proper temperature and in the proper glassware. Great stuff! There will be more than enough to satisfy any beer lover between these pages.
Service is decent and speedy and the food we had was spectacular. It may have been Italian, and we may have been in Belgium, but it was amazing. Overall a very pleasant experience. It had even stopped raining by the time we left.
09-16-2009 18:29:06 |
More by bobsy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited during a weekday evening.
Sort of geared to tourists. In a very old building but the interior is mostly "corporate designed". Nice and clean with lots of beer signs, bottles, breweriana on the walls. Mostly tourists and tour groups during our visit.
Beer and food were excellent. The selection is remarkable. The beer menu is the size of a phone book and broken down by types of beer; abbey, trappist, strong, golden, etc. Predominately Belgians but a few other European beers. I had the "house beer" which was an excellent Belgian gold as well as a Chimay. Served with proper glassware, of course.
My dinner was the "Flemish Carbonades" which was outstanding. Very large portion and price was reasonable.
The restaurant was too busy to have much "beer talk" with the staff. They were all friendly and helpful but one would have to return during a quieter afternoon for in-depth beer research.
This was an enjoyable visit but for a really "authentic" Belgian beer-bar, I prefer Cafe Gollem in Amsterdam.
07-25-2009 11:10:40 |
More by joedon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Very cozy bar with almost a family feel to it. The bar is a bit more modern than most we had gone to at this point in the trip but with folksy murals on the wall including one of Cambrinus himself above the fireplace.
The beer list is advertised at 400 and the menu was physically enormous. There were 10-12 tpas and the rest was in bottles. A fine selection too, well chosen.
Service was good. We were there early in the afternoon so the place hadn't started to fill up yet. (If you want to avoid crowds, go early; it fills up quick and seems to stay that way...)
All beer, either from tap or bottle, was in good shape.
Must stops abound in Brugge but I would put this place on that list.
07-17-2009 19:30:05 |
More by ViveLaChouffe
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This relatively 'new kid on the block' is pushing the anti a little higher in Brugge.
A 1699 build Belgian house with a British style pub within. Brass lampshades and wood all over, it appears a little false and commercially driven, which of course it is. However it is tastefully done and although not what I'd expect to find in a bar with 400 beers to choose from, I liked it.
I was in a party of 12 and most hadn't a clue what they wanted (or liked), the staff were patient and persevering, they did clear off once they realised most had not idea what they were doing, luckily it was early evening and not very busy.
The house blond was fine to drink as I wandered through the beerbook, a Pannepot Old Fishermans Ale caught my eye, that was second.
The food was big, my Canneloni was very good, everyone else also ate and no one left a thing, so thumps up for the food.
The traditional beer bars of Brugge still have a pull on me, but I'll be taking the wife here on our next visit, she'll love it.
07-01-2009 18:17:02 |
More by BlackHaddock
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited this place about 3 weeks ago on the beginning of my European trip, immediately after visiting In de Vrede (Westvleteren) and "de Bier Temple" just down the street, owned by the same people. Simply a great location and certainly a beer advocate place. Here is my breakdown:
Atmosphere: Superb with a great wooden bar, lots of beer signage, although it was a bit small.
Quality: The highest with appropriate glassware for all beers that our table got and all of the ones that I observed that others got.
Service: Courteous, helpful and patient.
Selection: 400 beers (about 10 taps maybe?) with an emphasis on Belgians. Do I need to say more?
Food: very good. I had some trappist cheese croquetts (excellent) and others in my group had succulent shrimp scampi. Everyone enjoyed what they had. I also got beer cheese soup which was a bit thin but then I am used to the American thick soups.
06-30-2009 17:23:35 |
More by adamette
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
When in Brugge you MUST find yourself here at Cambrinus!
The building itself is beautiful and in a very easy to find location.
The interior is immaculate, super nice and clean and its non-smoking which is almost unheard of in Belgium. It really does lead to a nicer drinking and dining experience compared to some of the other smokier places in town.
Menu is amazing with all three Westys as well as 10 different taps. Everything is served in that awesome Belgian way of presentation (matching glasses, bottle facing you etc..). Love it.
We had some of the cheese and salami with some bread, it was excellent and accompanied the beers perfectly. Wow, I could live in this place.
Service was good for Belgian standards.
Prices were quite reasonable, service was prompt. It is advisable to make reservations here if you are going for dinner.
05-26-2009 16:01:46 |
More by indiapaleale
Bierbrasserie Cambrinus in Brugge, Belgium
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