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Taps: 5 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]
phone: +32 50 33 90 51
In the Hotel Cordoeanier.
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Read reviews on this site before going to Bruges for the 2013 Bierfestival. Took some friends to Cafe Rose Red on the Friday before the festival, hoping to dodge the "beer crowd." I'd say it worked, bar was not crowded when we arrived but was full when we left. It is off the beaten path on a smaller street so it might not get as much foot traffic, but it's still close to the main square.
The atmosphere is nice and the selection was great as well, including their selection of cellared beers. Our waiter was awesome and helped me decide from a short list of beers I had picked out and was considering. The only food they offer is a cheese, sausage, and olive platter that was very tasty and really a surprising amount of food for the price.
I stuck with De Struise that night as they had a really good selection of those beers. It seemed to be a favorite as both the waiter and bartender were wearing De Struise t-shirts. They had Tsjeeses Reserva PBA on tap and Pannepot Grand Reserva & Black Albert in the cellared selection.
This is easily one of my favorite bars in Bruges and is a good alternative when 't Brugs Beertje gets too crowded.
02-27-2013 18:54:15 |
More by BierMeJohn
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
very good beer bar, good location, near downtown, but not on a busy street, but somewhere a little more quiet but easily accessible and easy to find. The place itself is fine, is quiet, nicely decorated, dim lights, good music and more.
What is really important, beer, has a very good selection, you can find classic Belgian beers, Trappist, abbey, sour ales, but also some new breweries as Viven or Struise. In addition, the beers are very well served, at the correct temperature and in the right glasses.
The staff is very nice and is total quiet chat with them on beer.
For all of them is a highly recommended site, even better than others more famous bars in town because it is less busy by tourists and that allows more personalized treatment.
05-14-2012 13:12:09 |
More by AnicetoValdivieso
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I heard about this place on a few beer sites and word of mouth, so though I’d give it a go: glad I did. Brugge has in my opinion already got some world class bars, this place can be added to that list. It’s on a semi-back street but easy to find and get to from anywhere in the centre of Brugge.
It was an early evening in December Saturday when we visited, the bar being fairly busy, the clientele being mostly well dressed couples talking quietly while having a beer or two before dining elsewhere (no food here). We sat and I picked up the beer menu on our table, a young lady came over and informed us that St Bernadus Christmas was on-tap, along with Chimay Blonde: I put the menu down again and ordered a glass on each tap brew. The beers arrived in their correct glasses and I perused the beer menu at leisure while sipping my 10% Christmas beer, so, so moreish, but also too strong this early in the evening to stay drinking. They major on Trappist beers with others also available, didn’t count the total numbers but there were enough bottles to keep a normal beer geek happy for a day or two. So the beer list has grown in the last year: the last reviewer posted, back in November 2010 about the selection being extended. A couple of chalk boards advertised special brews, I noted that La Trappe Oak Aged Quadruples (Lots, 3,4,5 and 6) were priced at Euro 28 for a cork and caged 37.5cl bottle, ouch! Rudi in De Bierboom had given me a Lot 6 and Lot 7 for free earlier in the day, so no need for me to break the bank.
The bar room was lovely, single red roses hang from the ceiling and everywhere was clean and obviously well looked after, polished wood everywhere you looked. A group of British ladies came in while we were there, they had been in the day before and had returned festooned with parcels from shopping: they couldn’t remember what they’d been drinking, but wanted the same one again, the staff knew and all was well.
My must visit while in Brugge bar list just keeps growing; this is a worthy addition and with some of the better known bars (like De Garre and ‘t Bruges Beertje) becoming just too popular and over busy at times this is a good alternative while in the city centre.
12-15-2011 12:49:31 |
More by BlackHaddock
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
My girlfriend and I spent three days in Bruges in October and we stayed at Hotel Cordoeanier. We were greeted warmly by Kris, the hotel owner, who mentioned while checking us in that we could come down to the bar for a drink. As it turns out, that bar was Café Rose Red. Not only did we go down for a drink that night, we stopped by to have a drink every day we were there.
It's a charming bar; hardwood floors and chairs and timber ceilings with roses arranged along the rafters; dim lights hanging above cozy tables. Kris works the bar and will happily offer recommendations and opinions and general information on everything on the menu or off.
The selection is great, every trappist beer is available minus seasonal offerings and Westvleteren. There are two taps that Kris rotates frequently--when I was there he had Chimay Wit and Westmalle Tripel. Kris spoke about how he's soon to be widely expanding his bottle list beyond trappists to more fully cover Belgian beer styles. He definitely mentioned Struise by name as well as lambics and geuzes so I would highly suspect these to be available sooner than later. And of course every beer was served in the appropriate glassware at the right temperature.
Truly my only complaint is the lack of food. Small appetizers like cheese and crackers would do, but as it is there's no food offered. However, there are many good options nearby (Cambrinus and the Markt are literally a five minute walk away) so it shouldn't be a problem for hungry visitors.
While one could find an even better selection in Bruges, I highly recommend adding Café Rose Red to one's list of must-visit places for the great ambiance, excellent service, and wonderful selection. Better yet, stay in the very nice Hotel Cordoeanier so you can enjoy the bar after a long day of sightseeing!
11-22-2010 03:48:04 |
More by phlops
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Fresh from a quick stop at t'bruggs beerjte, I decided to check this place out since it was so close and another reviewer had such a great experience.
A: First thing I noticed was how stunningly beautiful this place is. It is incredibly cosy and romantic; the perfect place since I was on my honeymoon! Apparently this is also a 22 room hotel. I'd strongly recommend any BA's looking for a romantic vacation to look into this place.
Q: Beer is served in the appropriate glassware at appropriate temps. Every beer is chosen by the owner and are all high quality.
S: The owner Kris is an excellent host and engaging in conversation. As an Englishman, I believe this is a most important quality in a barman. Kris is also a one man show, so expect to be served by him on your visit.
S: Selection was good. He has 2 taps about 15 bottles on the menu, however he did mention he has a big cellar, and even brought out a westy 12. I'd really like to see his whole cellar on a separate list, Im not really a fan of having to ask what a bar has.
So in conclusion, not the best selection in town, but if your looking for a quiet, relaxing, romantic place with a kind and engaging owner, please check this place out.
09-09-2010 12:15:30 |
More by uno99
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was in Brugge in June 2010 and happened across this place. Early afternoon and Kris (the owner) was kind enough to spend an hour or so with my girlfriend and I. I went in for a coffee, was surprised by their selection and ended up having a few while chatting at the bar. Excellent selection and more importantly serious attention to storage and service of their beers. Nice aged selection, ask. Kris is very knowledgeable, entertained my endless questions with cheer and good information, and he's very enthusiastic about what he does. He has a beautiful setup and should I go back to Brugge, I will make sure to spend some more time there. This place is great!
08-31-2010 01:18:34 |
More by WalterSobchak
Café Rose Red in Brugge, Belgium