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.
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 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.
Step inside and you're in a different world. Poco Loco is a large cocktail bar that is decorated so as to give you the feeling you were on Hawaïi. You should definitely try one of their cocktails, more expensive than a beer but much better! And you'll be happy, that's a promise. The music played here is pure party music. Most of the time you won't hear house or techno, but evergreens and singalongs. You know what I mean: YMCA etc. The public is often very young, but don't be afraid to step inside when you're older than twenty!
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.
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.
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.
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.