Bruges is one of Belgium’s most well-preserved medieval cities, lined with cobbled, narrow streets, not to mention a huge choice of pubs.
From beer shops, tours, tastings, bars and even an annual festival, the fairy tale city is nothing less than a beer lover’s paradise. In a city with such endless choice for aficionados of the amber nectar, even if you didn’t arrive as a connoisseur, you may well be one by the time you leave. If you’re visiting Bruges any time and would like to include some pub stops during your stay, we’ve picked out five of the best that the city has to offer.
Descend down the stone steps into the world of the Trappist monastery in the heart of Bruges at Le Trappist, an 800-year-old medieval cellar with exposed brick arches that pays tribute to one of the world’s most authentic beers brewed by Trappist monks. The cool, cosy interior offers a haven of calm after a long day exploring the city. Whether you drop by alone or with friends, you’re sure to receive a warm welcome from the staff who are passionate about the rich and enduring tradition of Trappist brewing.
Kuipersstraat 33, 8000
‘t Brugs Beertje
Translated to mean Bruges’s Little Bear. ‘t Brugs Beertje enjoys legendary status among tourists and locals alike. Renowned for its hundreds of Belgian beers and a dazzling array of glasses hanging above the bar, the pub’s walls are filled with posters, signage and memorabilia. Dark wood panelling and dim lighting beckon you to pull up a chair and enjoy the lively atmosphere as you rub shoulders with regulars. This snug establishment has the vibe of the famous US sitcom Cheers where “everybody knows your name”. Even as a first-timer, by the end of the night you’ll feel like family.
Kemelstraat 5, 8000
2Be Shop, Bar and BeerWall
Located in the Perez de Malvenda, a medieval mansion that once kept the Holy Blood relic during the 15th century, you’ll find 2Be Shop, Bar and BeerWall. Famed for its beer wall which is home to over 2,500 beers with their accompanying glasses sealed in a permanent exhibit. Visitors can delve into the many beers on offer and sit on the tranquil terrace that has repeatedly been voted the most beautiful in Bruges as you watch the world go by. To claim a seat, arrive early before the crowds descend, and be sure to take home a souvenir from the beer cellar. The 2Be Shop is something truly special, featuring a René Magritte room and a Tintin chapel with exclusive images, comics and various Belgian gifts.
Wollestraat 53, 8000
Staminee De Garre
Follow a long, narrow alley and you’ll reach the Staminee De Garre. Step inside and you’ll feel like you’ve just entered a secret watering hole with its cosy but lively ambience. Stone and wood feature prominently in this intimate, rustic pub that has been welcoming both locals and tourists since 1984. Managers Margot and Carl will make sure you feel right at home, and with such warm hospitality, this little place fills up fast. Work your way through 140 regional beers, or stick to the in-house creamy Tripel van de Garre accompanied by charcuterie and cheese.
De Garre 1, 8000
Delaney’s Irish Pub
This classic Irish pub is a veritable Bruges institution. The pub’s interior is filled with dark wood, colourful walls with soft warm light and plenty of Irish charm. Since 2013, Delaney’s has been a firm favourite with visitors of all ages. Friday and Saturday nights feature live music and you can catch live sports matches on their television screens that draw crowds from near and far. Whether you fancy a Guinness or a local, Belgian beer, Delaney’s has you covered. There’s also an extensive food menu with highlighting including traditional dishes such as Cottage Pie and Fish and Chips.
Burg 8, 8000