Manteca: A Jazz and South American Bar
A small and nice bar when you can find some nice cocktails and visited mainly by students and locals... Mostly they play Jazz or South American music and the music is very relaxing! It's a very nice place to start your night out! And also very central (in front of the Belfort)!
Patrick Foley's: My favourite Irish Pub
I always have the feeling when you go to an Irish Pub that there's always a very commercial atmosphere but this Irish Pub feels very genuine because the prices are okay, the interior is not too extreme and the staff is very nice!
overpoort str.: Fun and fun
all the bars, disco, locals on the overpoort str. (in frotn of the university), are very crowded especially on thursdays, and you can jump from one to another one. During the summer, as university close, it's better going in the city centre, and at the end of july, all the nightlife is around 300 mt from the main sqaure. the best place, not every year opened, is probably and old church that becomes a perfect rave party! incredible!
Dress Code: as you want
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Herberg "de Dulle Griet"
A browncafe with old interieur with a huge beerlist!
Rudy and Leroy had a Max, a large beer of 1.2ltr in a special glass. This pub has some real funny tradition
when someone orders a Max beer, he/she has to give 1 shoe to the waiter and this will be thrown i a basket, very funny...hehe:-)
Dress Code: casual
More info about this the statue of "Dulle Griet (Mad Meg)this part of town:
Vlasmarkt: a bit alternative...
This is a square with some alternative bars/pubs. If you like rock, reggae, electro,... this is the place to be in Ghent! You have some nice pubs overthere like the Cosmic, Charlatan or the Kinky Star!
Dress Code: Nobody cares, whatever you want!
Dambert: Jazz café
Dambert is a quality Jazz place were you have a relaxing atmosphere... It's a good place to meet people during the day and to have a coffee or a quality beer! During the night it's also a popular spot and if you're lucky you can see a live concert!
Dulle Griet: Kwak
Drink Kwak. It comes in this beautiful schooner.
But be forewarned, if you partake of Kwak, you will be required to give a shoe as collateral.
The barkeep said, "One kwak! And sir, I will require one shoe."
Thinking I misheard, I said, "Huh?"
"One shoe if you please."
"Ok, is that tradition?"
The barkeep explained, "Yes tradition, the tradition that our expensive glassware does not walk out the front door."
Dress Code: Like I said, shoes are required as hostage for the Kwak glassware.
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Irish pub Foley's: Enormous hamburgers
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.
Dulle Griet: One point two liters of beer
If you view the pages on Gent you will see that the Dulle Griet is recommended by many hardy travelors. Let me just say that they are not wrong, the Dulle Griet is a great spot to wile away an afternoon or evening.
Dress Code: Bring your shoes ( read the followup tips for an explanation).
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Cafe den Turk: Cafe den Turk
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!
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Mosquito Coast: Travel café
This a place where you can have a drink and were you can find everything about travelling... like books, meetings, sessions about several destinations,... It's very relaxing and nice to see all the gadgets in the bar about all the destinations.
Dress Code: No dress code at all!
Charlatan: Great music and great people
Charlatan is a pub on the Vlasmarkt. It is a very lively area during the Gentse Feesten ( see local customs)
On Thursday nights, you can enjoy small concerts and there's a lot of dancing going on. You can also go to the Charlatan just to have a drink or two and do some people-spotting.
De Trollekelder: to have a beer
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!
Cafe Den Turk: Belgian beer - Quality not quantity
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!
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De Graslei: Nice outdoor atmosphere
This is a very nice spot in the historical center where the locals and the students come together during warm spring and summer evenings! It's a very nice place to watch the people and enjoy the atmosphere with a beer or a bottle of wine!
This is really my perfect evening in Gent, sitting on the Graslei with some friends!
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