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Taps: 6 / Bottles: 400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +32 50 33 22 28
Open daily from 11:00am - 11:00pm
Weekends from 11:00am - Close
(Place added by: lawrence76 on 03-30-2006)
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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
After surviving primarily on frites and assorted snacks for 4 prior days of epic shenanigans, it was nice to sit down for a proper meal.
We didn't have reservations, but we showed up early enough to sneak in before the 7:30 reservations started hitting.
The beer list was huge - we ordered a dirt cheap Fou Foune, which seemed to good to be true, and was as it was not in stock. Still, many other options to choose from including the Westy line (with a tax) and tons of trappist, traditional and lambic beers.
The food was quite good - i went for the rabbit prepared in the house beer and the rest of my crew seemed to enjoy the fish stew.
I dig the beer cuisine focus - I've read the Brewmasters Table, but I think it took this most recent trip to Belgium to really trigger my interest in incorporating more suds on my cooking.
08-31-2013 17:15:06 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Cambrinus was located a block away from our hotel and really may have been attached to the back of it. It was a piece of cake to find off Philipstockstraat.
As you enter the bar is on your left. The place was almost sterile clean as opposed to some of the other bars in town with a bit more character. The front glass touts 10 drafts and 400 bottles and we settled on some appetizers while we read the huge beer menu. Our service was quick and attentive with beers, appetizers, coffee and dessert in record time. We ordered some appetizers and they were not exactly what we had expected, but were tasty nonetheless.
The beer menu is a book, a huge book with many, many selections. It takes quite some time to peruse all the offerings. Next time I will make this an earlier stop rather than a later one, especially with a beer list this extensive just around the corner. The place could use a boost in atmosphere, but hey, you cannot have everything.
Visited on September 14, 2006.
10-20-2006 13:02:41 |
More by GCBrewingCo
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I stopped into Cambrinus twice on my most recent European trip, on 28 and 30SEP11. Pahked myself at the bahr both times...
Cambrinus is found not far from the Burg square, on the ground floor of a corner building made of aged, light-colored bricks. Two large bay windows and a couple of old barrels frame the entrance. Entering Cambrinus, it is long from front to rear. As an earlier reviewer mentioned, it does have a TGIF sort of feel, not really being a rustic, old-school type pub. There are a few small tables at the windows on both sides, then the bar appears on the right, a short-L from that side heading back far to the rear. A few high tables are along the left on a divider, and there are numerous booths and tables further to the left and rear. The place is well-lit but warm, with lots of mahogany-colored wood and some brass here and there. Decorations consist of large bottles, old posters and pics, and other bier-related bric-a-brac. The bar itself is majestic, a large wooden edifice. Shelves hanging above the bar display numerous bottles of top-shelf Belgian biers. There are a few draft towers with about 4-taps each, though bottles far outnumber taps here. Behind the bar are many coolers housing said bottles. The bier-list is really a book, wooden-bound and about 3" thick. Damn!! I perused it for a good time, not knowing which direction I wanted to head in. When I finally felt I wanted a Quad, my bartender recommended a new offering, Prearis, a bier brewed by a Belgian brewery based on an award-winning homebrew recipe. Damn tasty, it was!! Unlike others here, I thought the service was quite good. They were readily available and helpful, in addition to being friendly. No gripes there... Prices are a bit up there, but it is Brugge, after all.... Anyhow, I'm here again whenever I return... This certainly is NOT a dildo bar (whatever that means), as some putz I know of has stated... Prosit!!
4.58 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
11-06-2011 20:57:27 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Nice restaurant/ bar in Brugges that goes beyond bar/ snack food. The atmosphere is pretty good with huge bottles of Kwak and Chimay in glass cases on the walls and a large bar with hundreds of bottles lined up above it. This place was very large and crowded and the service suffered because of it. It wasn't bad it was just a little slow. The cuisine was excellent from appetizers to dessert but the beer list is what you come for. This place had the est selection anywhere in Brugges with lots of rarities all of the trappists beers as well as the standards and beers I've never seen in the States. Highly recommended for anyone traveling to Brugges.
12-02-2008 09:11:46 |
More by corby112
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Opened in March 2006, Cambrinus is an excellent restaurant and bar located just a block from both the Markt and the Burg in central Brugge. Although a new & modern establishment, it's housed in a building several hundred years old - read the excellent historic description in the front of the menu for more detail. An extensive menu of 400+ beers is what they advertise, but high levels of comfort, service and class are worthy of mention, too.
The bar counter was among the more colossal I've seen, taking up the majority of the right-hand wall. Both well-managed and well-laid out, the design cleverly displays all of the available bottles on a shelf running continuously above the counter. Behind the bar are more than a half dozen glowing coolers, with refrigerated drawers below filled with even more bottles.
Throughout the room, furnishings are typically dark wood with some nice stained glass panels in the wall opposite the bar. Comfortable booth and table seating is abundant. Of note are the beer logos on many walls, which are hand-painted onto the surface, not the tacked-on metal signage so ubiquitous elsewhere. Very clean and comfortably lit, as such a little too 'new' (in the US, think Applebee's or similar). Also, perhaps the cleanest and largest restrooms visited anywhere in Belgium. A (minor) drawback is the incessant and sometimes loud 80's-90's pop music, which after a while becomes almost comically bad (I mean c'mon..."That's What Friends Are For"?... "We Are the World"?!?! WTF? :-) )
We spent three consecutive nights in this charming place, including two nights of drinking-only and one with a full dinner. The first night (a Wednesday), we were a small group of 6 and found the place nearly empty at midnight. Enjoyed a Tripel Karmeliet and a wonderful Vintage Gueuze from 3 Fonteinen; the latter was not listed specifically in the inch-thick beer menu, but we had the advantage of being tipped by our host, who had assembled the menu for the restaurant himself. The next night we had a more raucous and sizable group and found the place much busier, too; flipping coasters and playing other bar games are, thankfully, acceptable ways to pass the time here. On our final night in Brugge we indulged in a hearty dinner (more mussels, lamb shoulder stew, a sabayon with Liefman's Kriek) at Cambrinus with rounds of their good house Blonde and Dark beers (both brewed by Van Steenberge). And of course a couple more rounds to follow... including a 3-year vertical tasting of Struise Pannepot.
A note on the beer menu is that it is updated fairly frequently and that small red stickers are placed next to beers temporarily unavailable, either because they're seasonals or happen to be named "Westvleteren".
Cheers to Cambrinus! I'll remember it near the top of the list of many special places we visited in Belgium. Oh, cheers also to metalmonk, melbatoast93 and all the others who shared in the good times.
09-18-2006 20:01:37 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Right in the middle of Brugge, close to one of the major squares and few doors down from the Bier Temple. New looking inside, dark wooden tables everywhere with interesting paintings. Sucks that you can't sit at the tables unless you eat so at least order an appetizer when you get there. The servers are nice, limited English and not great at offering suggestions, but they seem to try. They have a huge book of beers at least 100 of them. The book is sorted by beer style and each style has a different colored page. There are some semi rare beers there nothing crazy. They did has fou founne at 12 a bottle which can't be beat and all 3 styles of westy but at way to expensive of a price. The food is very good so you are safe with ordering anything. Its loud and touristy here so not a place you will stay for very long.
Worth a stop to see if you find something unique on the menu but not a destination place.
11-27-2010 22:10:39 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$$
Located just a bit north (though the streets of Brugge have that Brussel-esque confusing feel) a few doors down from the (grossly overpriced) Bier Temple, BB Cambrinus is a must stop destination for the traveling BA.
Certainly a beer-themed restaurant, very small bar area only 5 stools. One of the most impressive beer lists outside Delirium Cafe I've seen so far this trip (haven't been to Kulminator yet) and the prices were, as the Belgians say, democratic. I started with the Zot on tap and had several other bottles, a really impressive beer (book) list.
The service at the bar was top notch, too Amazonian-ladies (both taller than me) who were quick to bring my beer, ask if everything was alright, etc. No complaints.
I ate their twice, once a Flemish onion soup, quite tasty, really hot, served in a little La Crueset crock, the ubiquitous floating cheese/bread 'thing' on top. Not the best onion soup I've had this trip (that would be Drie Fonteinen). Met up with some American and British folks for a late night snack, the usual meat/cheese/etc plate. I need to go back and sample the beer-infused menu, especially looking forward to the rabbit. My understanding is this is one of the best beer restaurants in Belgium, but having been to De Heeren von Liederkercke, it's a long ways down to 2nd place after that superlative experience.
The prices were a bit on the high side, many of the dishes had recently seen a 1 Euro price increase, indicated by the pen marks over the 'old' prices. Might be time for a new menu.
Other than going to see Miss Daisy (and she wasn't in, sadly), BBC should be at the top of the traveling beer afficionados list of places to visit in Brugge. Just don't stuff yourself on 3-4 euro waffles beforehand.
11-20-2013 12:10:16 |
More by jdense
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
When in Brugge you MUST find yourself here at Cambrinus!
The building itself is beautiful and in a very easy to find location.
The interior is immaculate, super nice and clean and its non-smoking which is almost unheard of in Belgium. It really does lead to a nicer drinking and dining experience compared to some of the other smokier places in town.
Menu is amazing with all three Westys as well as 10 different taps. Everything is served in that awesome Belgian way of presentation (matching glasses, bottle facing you etc..). Love it.
We had some of the cheese and salami with some bread, it was excellent and accompanied the beers perfectly. Wow, I could live in this place.
Service was good for Belgian standards.
Prices were quite reasonable, service was prompt. It is advisable to make reservations here if you are going for dinner.
05-26-2009 16:01:46 |
More by indiapaleale
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
On a particularly rainy Brugge Wednesday, more rainy than most, a step inside the cozy entrance nook gives a welcome reprieve from the damp elements outside. What welcomed us is an earthy and elegant decor of fine French interior elements and gentlemanly English wood work. Brightly lit and somewhat shiny, the narrow procession between the bar stools and flanking high-top tables delivers us to our table tucked away in the back of the restaurant.
A peruse through the menu that housed both food items and beer items seems to take an etermity because of the enormity of the selections and because the hard-bound menu that rivited to a paddle board were hard to come by. Once I saw the Westvleteren offerings, my mind was made up. The Blue Cap (8) was the choice for me. Though the food menu was concise and dedicated, the beer selections were vast- likely ranging into the several hundreds- all based around Belgian offerings almost exclusively. Sour ales, trappist ales, blonde ales, strong golden and dark ales, and fruited ales are all well represented.
Although the menu ranged from entrees of scallops, duck, beef, fries, and pork- all seeminly exquisit; I settled instead on the entree salad of mixed greens, nuts, fruits and berries, goat cheese, and vinegarette. Although the pairing of the dark Belgian Beer was off, I didn't care this time around.
Once the food settled, a comfortable gaze across the room yeilded more dining tables on the other side of the room that was rather busy for a late mid-week lunch. Finely polished cabinets houses decorations that range from literature, glassware, and the random Belgian trinkets that remind us of their deeply rooted drinking culture.
As is usual for Belgium, we have so much to see and do on this one-day excursion that a quick in and out is all we have; but the relaxed demeanor of the waitstaff made getting timely drinks and tabs a little delayed.
Although an hour and a half was all that was spent here, I can see the charm and lasting impresions that Cambrinus left on me as it was a lunch that I'll never forget.
05-04-2012 17:32:34 |
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