A visit to the medieval city of Bruges is simply not complete without having sampled a good few litres of local Belgian beer. We’ve sniffed out the major HOPspots (get it?) so be sure to BEER them in mind for when you’re touring Bruges’ beer scene....
Here are 7 picks of where to get the best brew...
1. THE BAUHAUS
Langestraat 133-137, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Begin your beer journey at the Bauhaus. You can get involved in its nightly beer tasting sessions for just €12.50 and the knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose a pint to die for from its selection of 40 Belgian brews. On top of this, they serve the best pizzas in town for just €5 and (if you’re not much of a beer drinker) €1 shots! It’s no wonder this hostel bar is one of the most popular beer spots for backpackers and locals in the city.
The Bauhaus is also the best (and liveliest) hostel in town, so if you need a bed then check out
2. ‘T POATERSGAT
Vlamingstraat 82, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
This one is a little tricky to spot at first, but once you notice the hole in the wall of this old, medieval building, descend the stairs and enter one of the best hidden bars in Bruges. With 120 quality Belgian beers on offer, it’s impossible for the atmosphere NOT to be amazing in this underground cellar bar. The helpful staff will gladly give you a hand at choosing a good beer, they will even give you a small taste of a few if you want, so you can pick a great one straight off the bat.
3. DE GARRE
De Garre 1, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
The close-knit tables create a cosy, friendly atmosphere in this charming, old bar. De Garre can be found tucked away down a tiny alleyway but the effort of finding it is worth it for it’s delicious selection of beer. Each beer comes with a sample of heavenly Gouda cheese, but the main attraction is without doubt the infamous ‘Tripel van De Garre’ beer, only dared to be served here. At 11% alcohol volume, even you heavy weights will be stumbling back to the hostel after a couple of these bad boys.
4. DE HALVE MAAN
Walplein 26, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
This one is a beer lover’s dream. De Halve Maan is a 16th century brewery, owned by the same family since 1856 and is without a doubt one of the best Belgian beer tours you’ll find in Bruges. For €9 you can get a 45 minute tour and a free taster however for the true beer buffs, €19 will get you on a 90 minute ‘XL’ tour and 3 great quality tasters at the end.
This joint also overlooks the canal, an idyllic spot to tuck into some food and wash it down with some beer while admiring the view.
Blekersstraat 2, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
It may not have the largest selection of beer on this list, but it’s still worth a visit just for being the oldest pub in Bruges for the past 500 years! Vlissinghe Cafe was built in 1515 but it’s interior has been beautifully preserved giving it a real medieval charm. We recommend trying its delicious house beer in the beer garden on a sunny day, but don’t forget that this pub is cash only! That’s what you get for going old-school…
6. 2BE BEER WALL
Wollestraat 53, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Fancy trying something a bit more exotic than a standard lager or bitter? This place has a whole WALL of beer to choose from. Within this humungous selection of beers are the obvious Belgian classics, plus 16 beers on tap, however you could also opt for something a bit more out-there like a coconut beer! Even beer sceptics will find something to suit their taste buds. Enjoy your chosen brew on the large beer terrace that overlooks Bruges canal when the sun’s out. A paddle of 4 tasters with nuts, salami and cheese will only set you back €10.
Markt 1, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
Attached to the Bruges Historium, this watering hole welcomes everyone whether you’ve paid the museum a visit or not. The Duvelorium is the world’s one and only Duvel-themed cafe and with amazing panoramic views of Bruges Market Square from the terrace, this one is certainly worth sampling. For just €10 you can buy 3 beer tasters that come with matching praline chocolates. Do you really need another reason to get drinking?