The stranglers, british rock band from the seventies and reborn in .......
- Peaches (1977, in 2002 used by Adidas as music in their commercials)
- No More Heroes (1977)
- Golden Brown (1982)
- Skin Deep (1985)
- Always The Sun (1987)
Dress Code: leisure
For the people who love Irish pubs, this is a very good one. They have everything an Irish pub should have and they also have amazing food. I had an enormous hamburger there (see pic), and it tasted really good also. The terrace is also a nice feature, although when we were there, there was a little bit a strange smell there.
Aba jour is busy modern bar down by the canal. It is very friendly and welcoming and they serve lovely beer, good wine and the food looks appetizing - although we didn't try it.
We had a few drinks there but moved onto a restaurant for dinner - and later wished we had stayed at Aba jour as the food looked much more appealing.
Café den Turk at Botermarkt 3 is situated only a short stroll, or stumble depending on whether you are on your way to or have already sampled a few Belgian beers, away from St. Bavo’s Cathedral and the Belfort in central Ghent.
From the outside it looks as if it is going to be a small, intimate bar but inside it is deceptively spacious with an L shaped bar area at the front and a number of nook and cranny rooms at the back. It does, however, retain an intimate yet convivial atmosphere, emphasised by the pleasant jazz and blues music playing in the background, at a volume that compliments rather than drowns out conversation.
The décor is brown and cream walls with dark panelling ornamented by a few pictures and paintings. The porcelain light fittings of various different designs hang low over the tables providing a warming amber glow. Staff are extremely friendly and the bottled beer selection though smaller than some other bars in the city is very good and there are also a number of beers on tap. The clientele seems to be a mixture of ages, locals and visitors and when we were there on a Saturday evening the atmosphere was lively yet relaxed with a good smattering of laughter and conversation.
As well as drinks the bar also serves snacks such as sandwiches and croquettes we didn’t have any, however, choosing instead to sample a few glasses of wonderful Belgian beer. And very good they were too!
Ghent has a wealth of fantastic bars but Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant must be one of the best of them.
It has an enviable position overlooking the canal and serves a wide range of bottled and draft beers, including one the name of which I sadly can’t remember (we started the evening faithfully writing down the names of the beers plus tasting notes, we ended it merely saying “Cheers!” followed by a contended “Aaah” as the first sip went down!) but which is only available at Het Waterhuis.
It’s a lively place, busy which means you may have to wait to get a seat but well worth the wait as, apart from the great selection of beer and convivial atmosphere, you never know what conversations you may strike up with the people you share a table with. Be warned though, it is smoky which may not be to everyone’s taste. And with a closing time of when the last person leaves (we were there until 12.30am one night) it’s wise to pace your beer and not immediately jump in with a couple of 12%-ers
In summer with the windows open to the warm evening air and the buzz of conversation spilling out over the canal it must be great but neither was it bad on a wet March night cosy and warm inside while the rain furrowed the surface of the canal. Cheers!
After the match we were naturally in need of a few beers, and a recommendation by our hotel’s receptionist led us to this down-to-earth, friendly and still-open-at-midnight local bar. It isn’t anything fancy, but if you simply want a refreshing beer or two, and maybe a chance to meet a few locals, I really couldn’t fault this place. The beer was very good and very reasonably priced (1.7 EUR for the better of the two draft beers on offer, Petrus) but what made it for us was the friendly welcome we received. When we asked about having a few nuts or similar with our drinks (some of us hadn’t eaten since lunchtime!) the barman popped next door to the pizzeria and brought back a plate of cheese. And when eventually we asked for the bill we were told they hadn’t charged us for the last round which was “on the house”.
One of us gave his football scarf to the super-helpful barman, which he wore with pride, as you can see in the second of my photos!
Dress Code: None - very casual place (see third photo - football strips welcome!)
This place was almost the highlight of our trip. We called in about 2pm on Saturday for a few drinks and to write a couple of postcards. This is where I experienced tap Jupiler at its finest. After drinking belgian's finest bottles the night before it was nice to have a session on what the Belgians call "table beer". The place was full of locals, all drinking Jupiler, so I knew we were onto a winner. The barman was nothing short of an expert - the procedure he went through to change the keg was nice to see. We didnt try the food, but from what others were having it looked pretty good.
Unless your looking for a very big selection of bottled beers, this place wont disappoint!
This was the real find on the second trip to Ghent and pushed some old standbys to the side in the process. Their selection wasn't the most amazing but they certainly had some nice beers on offer and the atmosphere was candlelit magic. We enjoyed Rochefort's rare 6 and the intoxicating warm (and strong) Bush.
De Hopduvel is the premier beer cafe in Ghent with over 120 different beers on offer and is larger than it appears on the outside, with multiple rooms and covered beergarden in the back. It's located at Rokerelstraat 10, about half hour walk from the city center.
My second visit here was a bit anticlimatic. It was empty due to a Christmas Beer festival going on near Antwerp. This would not have to be a bad thing aside from the fact that we couldn't get the bartender to pay any attention to us! Still, the beer selection was great and I had the pumpkin pie infused De Ryke Christmas beer.
This is a very homey pub with a nautical theme and what a setting, right on the River Leie. With this location, you might expect subpar service and beer selection, but that could not be further from the truth, as it is excellent on both counts.
It is unfortunate on two counts that you can't actually eat in this great waterside pub. First, great beer deserves great food as an accompaniment and second if they did serve full meals it would not be allowed to smoke. On my second trip I was seated next to someone puffing on a cigar so profusely it was not only irritating but nauseating! Hopefully Belgium will follow the lead of many others in banning this banal habit. If they can do it in Ireland they can do it anywhere.
Not a favorite of mine but they do have a decent beer selection and the pub is very convenient if sightseeing and the decor while a bit over the top is surely worth checking out.
Dress Code: Their big claim to fame is the shoe hoist. If you order a Kwak it comes in an expensive glass with its own little wooden stand. To keep people from stealing it they make the patron take off a shoe and place it in a net that is hoisted to the ceiling until the glass is returned. So, I guess wear old shoes and steal the glass even if you don't even want it!
One of the most romantic beer cafes I have ever been in, this candle lit two storey affair has comfy couches in the basement level and a cheese restaurant on the first floor. The beer selection is extensive and like a true specialist cafe, they give a small portion of cheese or nuts with each beer. A real gem.
On my second visit to Ghent I found the pub as atmospheric as ever but the cheese selection was reduced to the same small number of cheeses routinely found in other pubs. I was there twice and once it was quite crowded and all too smoky for either of our tastes.
This is a very nice spot when you wanna have a beer in a cosy environment! It's a cave and the interior is brown and feels very warm... They have loads and loads of beers on the menu so I would recommend you to try a good Trappist!
This is a very nice bar where they play mainly world music (Salsa; Calypso; Afro; Caraïben; Gipsy; Folk; Flamenco; Rai; Ragga; Reggae)... It´s also the place to be to drink some nice cocktails and to see some nice people!
In the summer they also organise a festival in Ghent and on the coast.
This is the cultural center in Gent where you have to be to see live concerts and where there are a lot of parties as well!
There's also a café where you can have a coffee or a beer and it's a bit a meeting point for many people. It's also a popular place to read the newspaper!