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.
Various beers, including the popular house beer for which you have to offer up a shoe as a deposit on a beer tankard, can be savored here. De Dulle Griet attracts a number of avid patrons who congregate here to sample their wide range of drinks. Imbued with rustic nuances in keeping with its Flemish interior, the pub is one of the most popular in the city.
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.
This is the perfect bar for adventurers and globetrotters. You can enjoy a wide range of domestic and foreign meals and drinks in an attractive setting - you might even think that you are in Barcelona. Furthermore, you will never get bored here. If you will be staying in Ghent for several days, you may enrol for one of the numerous activities, such as a canoe trip. Your visit to the bar will not be boring either: at the back of there is a travel library where you can find travel guides, maps, articles and photo books. Conclusion: this bar is, to coin a phrase, the place to be for anyone who likes traveling.
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.
This gem of a gin bar works wonders not only as a pre-dinner aperitif, but also as a place to have some underrated fun. Tucked into one of the many bylanes in the heart of Bruges, the Brugse Gin Club offers nearly 300 varieties of gin selections, as well as their delicious cocktail versions. The owner is both patient and knowledgeable, offering astute advice and recommendations based on your taste preferences. Add to that, the ambiance is both intimate and serene, with soft melodious strains of music playing in the background.
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.
If you think swigging beer under a ceiling full of roses is surreal, think again. The Cafe Rose Red is as famous for its exclusive Trappist beers, as it is for its decorative use of roses. Deemed as one of the best bars in Bruges to serve beer, this rosy cafe sees a steady trickle of patrons each day, here to sample the famously brewed beer from Trappist breweries all over the world. With its quiet alleyside location that offers comfortable solitude from the touristy cacophony that surrounds the city, this lovely bar has knowledgeable staff that takes you through most of their beer selections. To nosh on, a small menu of bar snacks is available as well.
Bar Jus is a cozy, little place for oenophiles. While the main focus is Portuguese wines, Burgundy and Champagne, they also have a fine choice of wine from other European countries. These includes Vermouths as well. Enjoy a glass of wine with artisanal cheese plates, cold cuts or salami in the friendly wine bar.