St. Cambrinus is known as the "king of ale" in the low countries, Germany as well as the Scandinavian countries and with another massive beer list of 400 or so beers, this is the place to get lost in the menu. Additionally, the Cambrinus has decent pub grub at the right price, and you may need to eat a little something because the beers can be quite strong. It is best to at least have a couple of hapjes or starters on hand to accompany the beer.
One of the hidden secrets in Bruges, this little bar focuses on the quality of music the way some pubs in town focus on the beer selection. Everyone who is in the know flock to the Soulbar where the bands range from straight-ahead jazz to electronic and latino rhythms. So if you want authenticity just outside of the center in Sint-Andries, grab a taxi, go on in, order a Chimay draught and relax.
Danny, the owner of the place, used to work in café Manuscript, a trendy young hangout, but for one reason or another he wanted his own bar. He started De Tijd (Time) a couple of years ago, which was definitely not a bad idea. De Tijd is since then one of the better pubs in town. It is loved by a very large public. Old and young come here to have a drink in a warm atmosphere. The music they play is very good: blues, soul, jazz. A snippet for your travel diary: this place used to be one of the best brothels in town.
At the back of Boekhandel Walry you will find this cosy bar, which often hosts literary gatherings. Please bear in mind that the bar doesn't open until 9 am during the Christmas and Easter holidays, and in July and August.
The name indicates that this bar has two important aspects: it is situated by the water - the Leie or river Lys - and you can come here to have a beer. They offer 170 different kinds of beer, 14 of which on draught. Moreover, you can come to this beer house to have a Breughel (=traditional) snack or read a newspaper. The café is rather small but cosy. Weather permitting, visitors can make use of a big terrace. Finally, the Waterhuis aan de Bierkant also has a private room available for 60 people.
This bar belongs to the Sphinx cinema, and can be described as quiet and cosy. Even if you have not visited the cinema, you can come here for a drink and enjoy the beautiful view of the Korenmarkt, since the bar is located on the first floor. There is a wide selection of beers and wines at hand, and the bar's specialities are coffee and cocktails. In the autumn and winter you can get freshly made soup every day.
A popular spot among students for more than two decades, Cafe Pick is a bustling place in the heart of the city. From theme nights to live DJs, game nights to happy hours and more, this is the place to be if you want to have fun whether single or with friends. Nosh on delicious pancakes or tipple on Blondes and Trappists.
Set in 't Zwart Huis, a historic 15th-century building, Under D Ground is among the few establishments in this structure. Tucked away inside the bistro's basement, this club has DJs playing jazz, funk, disco, blues and soul to an eclectic crowd. Besides that, you will also get to hear live performances by talented musicians. So if you love jazz or blues, you know where you need to head.
Enjoy the night away at the Bistro Zwart Huis in Bruges. One can enjoy a round of drinks such as beers and spirits. Complement your drinks with meals such as traditional Belgian dishes and gourmet desserts. While dining you can enjoy the live performances that is performed by local artists to trending and native music. The ambiance is always lively as the shows keep taking place.
Enjoy a chilled glass of beer at Duvelorium after exploring the Historium Brugge. It claims to be the only Duvel cafe in the world. One can taste a number of in-house beers which are made at the brewery. It has a gift shop where one can buy various souvenirs. The interiors are well decorated with stained glass design placed as the concave ceiling. It has an expansive terrace area where one can enjoy the city view while enjoying a glass of chilled Belgian beer.
This nightclub popular with the very young (between 18 and 25) is a constant barrage of loud music, loud folk and the occasional character. A lively place, the music ranges from techno to rock and the drinks are quite expensive, quite possibly because of the dearth of clubs in the Bruges area. It is a great place to go out dancing if you feel so inclined and meet that someone special.
Quatre Mains with its elegant lighting, wooden furnishings and classy ambiance serves one of the best tapas style fare in the city. With a great wine and quick bites menu to complement, this restaurant is known for their quality European cuisine. Steak Tartar, Burrata, Lomo, hot dogs, etc are some of the specialties from their wide menu. They also offer sharing bites and desserts like lava cake and crumble to go with the fare. Their presentation techniques are enticing, and it is an ideal place to go on a romantic dinner.