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't Brugs Beertje
Taps: 5 / Bottles: 300
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
phone: +32 50 33 96 16
Closed on Wednesday.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 95 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
SIMPLY - A MUST. I first visited the "Little Bruges Bear" during Easter 1994, and visit every time I am in Bruges or nearby. A relatively unknown place then, but a Belgium legend now. A beer list of over 200, coupled with classical music, educated beer tourists, amiable locals and helpful staff, all contribute to make this a never forget establishment. If you've been - you WILL want to return. Try to get into the back room and witness time completely evaporate as you drink beer with like minded people, amongst the plethora of Belgium advertisements, some from now sadly defunct Breweries. No Food, only Snacks. Bloody Hell - WHO CARES !!!! Fantastic - I want to retire in Bruges!!!.
The personification of Orwells "Moon Under Water"
- THE Perfect Bar.
08-17-2002 00:33:49 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It's tucked away and near the Grote Markt...that's not very helpful. Many of the Brugge's streets are tiny, so being tucked away could just be about anywhere. Ok, it's west of the Grote Markt, and being off a main street, I thought that I would have half the place to myself. I couldn't have been more wrong.
There are multiple rooms in Brugs Beertje. I entered from the street, and already most of the seats were occupied. The walls are covered in beer signs, old and new, leaning towards signage that looked like it was out of the 1970s. I did find a little table near the bar, and sitting on top was one of the most fun beer menus that's I've come across reading. It feels less like a beer menu and more like a magazine, going into details about selected beers, featuring other beers "of the now", illustrations and more.
5 beers on-tap and a whole bunch of bottles, perhaps around 300. Pouring were De Koninck, Brugse Zot, Houblon Chouffe, Gouden Carolus, and Witte Zwaan. From the bottle were Bockor, Urthel, De Struise, Fort Lapin, Bink, Girardin. A few of the brands I hadn't recognized seeing at any other bar that I'd been to so far. Proper glassware and pours are practiced here, while quick and friendly service added a cherry on top of this beer sundae.
Enjoyable overall experience, and worth a look during the night hours of the city.
05-20-2013 22:42:20 |
More by DoubleJ
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
After dinner at Den Dyver on 3/25/07, we came to the Beertje to finish the night off right. Wasn't too crowded on a Sunday night, so we got seats at the bar. Atmosphere was cool in here, lots of beer stuff but not overkill. The bartender was great, he was more than happy to talk to us about beer and recommend a few of his favorites. I tried the Hercules Stout and a Bruges Tripel, and my wife had a Bruges Blonde and a t'Smisje honey. We chatted with a couple from Wash DC for a while, and when we were leaving, I asked the bartender where I could buy a bottle of water. He gave me a free one from the refrigerator. Very nice guy. I highly recommend stopping in here for a few beers.
03-29-2007 16:46:56 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The most anticipated Brugge stop, based on my research...we arrived a few minutes before they opened on our first day in Brugge. The bar is located in an otherwise fairly quiet alleyway, across the alley from a reputable restaurant, The Hobbit.
The beer list is large and organized in whats apparently a traditional obnoxious Belgian custom of laminated pages, haphazardly put together, some beers listed alphabetically and others randomly pictured throughout.
Service was attentive - no complaints. My glass rarely went empty for more than a minute or two.
A nice assortment of beers to fit all budgets - all fairly priced. Went for the Oude Quetsche Tilquin, De Dolle Dulle Teve, Geuze de Cam and split the Rodenbach Caractère Rouge.
Hard to complain about that lineup, although one could make the argument that you could accomplish a similar tasting in a number of other watering holes throughout the country.
Still, a cool pub with plenty of acclaim and worth spending a few hours in whenever in Brugge.
08-31-2013 16:50:59 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The place is not difficult to find at all once you figure out which way is North on the map. The first day we tried to go, a Wednesday, it was closed. The next day, a Thursday, it was open for business and waiting for us. The doors were closed at first and the place was a smoke pit. You could cut the smoke with a knife it was so thick. After a few minutes some genius opened the doors and it only was overwhelmingly smoky in the back room, the front room began to clean and you could once again see across the room.
The service was quick and attentive, but the chainsmoking barkeep was most likely causing all the smoke in the place. The selection was really good, only 5 drafts and touting 300 beers, but a quick count of the beer menu only yeilded 182. However a few times we asked about beers not on the menu and they were available, so be sure to inquire if there is really something you are after. Except for the smoke, the customer service really was outstanding.
We did not sample any of the lunchtime snacks but the table behind us, we sat at the bar, said what they had was very good. The place was homey and quaint and would have been near perfect if the smoke would have been less. I'd certainly go back, I might open the door or bring a gasmask however.
Visited September 14, 2006.
10-20-2006 12:54:30 |
More by GCBrewingCo
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Brugge is it's own worse enamy.
The place is awash with tourist all year round, it is a lovelly city to visit, but really has nothing to offer but pretty buildings and a load of great beer bars. As you travel from bar to bar, you have to navigate round crowds of people, who are just blocking the street, normally looking up at some impressive roof guttering or window frame. It is bloody annoying!
As luck would have it, this bar is on just about the most boring street in the city centre. However, as has been already said, tourist find it, that is because the good burgers of Brugge have put its location (along with a few others) in all the guide books.
My last visit was ruined by a bunch of Londoners, who thought drinking 'Quack' like water would make them interesting and funny. It failed, they just became very loud and the females just couldn't handle it, no trouble, just a constant dribble of them coming into the back room to get to the toilets. The time before that the tables next to mine had beer hunters from New Zealand, Wales and Germany on them, we all got on fine and had a great conversation about beer, not too sure when we left!
My scores are for normal visits, not my last one.
The choice of beers is mind blowing, I normally have all the draught ones first, then play in the bottles. Trouble is, they are all so strong, you have to be so careful, or you become useless very swiftly. The quality has always been fine and where do they keep all those glasses? Every single beer you ask for (out of about 200), comes with the correct one.
The decor is old and faded, nicotine yellow being the main colour. Posters, pictures and old advertising boards hang willy nilly on the walls. The place just drips with character.
The service can vary, depending on how many are in and if any staff are about!
Locals still use it, even with the huge infux of tourists and they are keen to talk, if you are sober and obviously interested in beer.
This bar is highly recommended my me, I always have and I always will use it when in Brugges.
08-09-2006 10:36:46 |
More by BlackHaddock
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Ah, The Bruges Bear, an awesome little pub off of the main street towards Brugges Grand Palace. The atmosphere is awesome! Classical music playing, old beer posters on the walls, great beer glasses on display...This is a clean, OLD, friendly place to drown some brews. The quality of the brews was exceptional! I had a three fountains gueuze, and a girardin (black label) gueuze here and both were spot on fresh! The service from Daisy (the owner) was attentive and nice. A few UK tourists were in the place, and she recommended excellent beers to them in perfect English! The selection is 200 strong and nicely layed out by region (West Flander, Waloonia, etc...). An awesome bar, beaten only by the Kulminator in Antwerp (who are friends with the owener of this place, I believe...)
04-01-2004 01:23:11 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Tried to stop here on 28Sep11 but it was closed on this Wednesday. I was successful, though, on Friday, 30SEP11...
The building itself is an unimposing brick building, on a narrow side-street near the center of town.
A couple of small bay-windows frame the doorway... Upon entering, there is a small L-shaped bar on the left heading to the rear. A coupleof beer towers ,are on the bar, but bottles dominate here. A number of small tables populate the area to the right in this first room. A second room is present in the rear, with about 5-6 tables of 4 to 6 seats each. The whole place is incandescently lit, giving 't Brugs Beertje a very warm, comfy feel. Contributing to the warmth are the yellow-shaded walls, when you can see them! Most of the wall-space is covered with old beer-related posters and placards, and there are old coasters filling whatever gaps there are to be found. Above the bar is a shelving unit displaying old bottles, and from which hang many old steins and mugs. All in all, this place was verrry comfy!! The staff was spot-on from moment-one; right there to inform and serve. No gripes whatsoever!! I had a light lunch of a Crocque-Monsieur, plus a few biers... The meal was tasty and solid, though nothing special... Biers? A shitload from which to choose, mostly bottles, as mentioned before. And there was a glass to match whichever bier was indeed chosen!! Super!! I wish 't Brugs Beertje had been open on the first day I visited. A super place to enjoy a bier or three!! Prosit!!
4.45 rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
11-06-2011 22:32:03 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We were already at the door when Daisy opened it at 4:00 PM sharp. We planned to have a couple of beers and move along. We did, 6 hours later...
I started with the wonderfully dry and well hopped Taras Boulba and moved on to a couple of beers that couldn't be had anywhere else. One from t' Smisje even featured this bar on its cartoony label. We moved onto Ichtegems Ouid Bruine, Adelardus Trudoabijier, De Cam Oude Geuze Kriek, Guido, Bolekes of De Konnick, Ave les Bon Voeux and Cuve de Ranke, and that was just to start us out. We would continue the evening tasting wonderful sour beers and all sorts of Flemish oddities that I had not seen before and have not seen since.
Service from both Daisy and the other staff was flawless. They knew each beer on their menu. They were friendly, prompt, and kept the beers coming.
I befriended some young Brits at the next table and they broke out a geography game called Mapominoes. I taught them Euchre and later learned the French version "Quinche" from some other patrons. I put some loud and fat British blowhards in their place, much to the pleasure of the locals present who seemed to have a particular disdain for the drunken Englishmen that frequent Bruges. And we had a fine chat with some Japanese beer connoisseurs.
The Little Bruges Bear was like that. Just being there was akin to attending a planned gathering of the worldwide beer geek society. It was wonderful. With more than 200 exquisite beers to choose from, fair prices, an atmosphere of a quintessential old school Belgian bar, and impeccable service how could it not be.
Before we left the entire family from De Dolle walked in to celebrate their matriarch's birthday. She was turning 91, 92, or 93. I forget exactly. I bought grandma Herteleer her first beer, an Ara Bier of course, and thanked the wonderful family again for the kindness they had shown us the previous evening.
't Brugs Beertje is a must for any true beer enthusiast. One of the best beer bars in the world.
07-26-2010 19:26:17 |
More by DaPeculierDane
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
My wife and I visited here after the high ratings it received and we were not dissapointed at all. The place is not very big but has a nice cozy, comfortable environment. Small bar area with small back dinig area with vintage belgian beer signs and serving trays hanging on the walls. Their selection was very good with offerings from 't smisje, popperings as well as al of the trappists an standards. The food consists mostly of snacks and small sandwhiches. Nothing too fancy, but of high quality and very reasonably priced. I would love to go back here again someday. Highly recommended.
12-02-2008 09:06:32 |
More by corby112
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