I already give this cracking pub a mention under "Things to Do" - And Who Says Belgians Have No Sense Of Humour? on the basis of an afternoon visit, but now that I've had evening out here I'll add this tip.
Not only is the pub worth seeking out for its extensive beer menu - 14 on draught and about 150 bottled - it makes for a very laid-back night out. Sitting at the bar I found the service swift and friendly and whilst there were a few Anglicised conversations around the tables the place still had a local feel.
Beer is reasonably-priced - not as cheap as I'd prefer - HA! but given the location, overlooking the canal, wasn't horrendously expensive. If you get the munchies at silly o'clock they keep bowls of cheese and salami in the fridge which cost a couple of euros. I think they also have a proper restaurant in the next-door building but at whenever in the morning that wasn't open.
Definitely one worth seeking out, even if beer isn't your thing.
Address: Groentenmarkt 9
Directions: On the river just before you come to the old docks - where the Guild Houses are
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
Together with VT member irisbe (Dannie) and wandeljp (Jean-Pierre) I also visited the Dulle Griet Pub, which is named after the nearby big cannon.
The place is a typical Belgian pub serving up to 250 different drinks, including many so called Trappist beers, which are brewed by monks in the monasteries.
A pecularity in the Dulle Griet Pub is the Maxi beer, which comes in a 1,5 litres glass in a wooden bracket. Once you get such a beer you have to give your left shoe as a deposit to make sure that you don't steel the glass. Your shoe will then be put in a basket, which is winched up to the pub's roof. You get your shoe back once you have finished your beer and returned the glass.
The three of us took a seat at the wooden bar and tried different beers. Among the beers I had were a Westmalle Trappist beer (3,60 Euro), a golden La Chouffe (3,50 Euro) and a Gentse Triple with 8 % alcohol (3,90 Euro).
Address: Dulle Griet, Vrijdagmarkt 50, 9000 Gent
Directions: The Dulle Griet Pub can be found on the southern side of the square Vrijdagmarkt (Friday Market) in the very heart of Gent's city centre.
- Budget Travel
During my VT meeting with irisbe (Dannie) and wandeljp (Jean-Pierre) we also took a quick break in the Hot Club de Gand. The name is derived from the Paris counterpart Hot Club de France.
The place seems to be a good mixture of a music venue, a bar and a pub. It consists of two small rooms on different levels and an adjacent backyard terrace, which is heated in winter.
Drinks have to be ordered and paid at the bar. I had an old Jenever (5 Euro) and enjoyed the cosy atmosphere.
Address: Hot Club de Gand, Groentenmarkt 15b, 9000 Gent
Directions: The Hot Club de Gand can be found in a narrow side alley (Schuddevisstraatje) of the square Groentenmarkt.
- Budget Travel
This place is hidden at the back of an alley way. Was very difficult to hear the music (only one guy on a guitar), especially sitting in the outdoor area. Fight through the packed, mostly University crowd for your drink!
Dress Code: Casual
Address: Schuddevisstraatje - Groentenmarkt 15b
Directions: Just off the Groentenmarkt
This is an unusual concept. A full bar along with a sewing atelier upstairs for those inclined to make drapes, dresses, etc.. I tried and enjoyed 'Troubadour' beer for the first time- excellent!
Dress Code: Casual
Address: Vrijdagmarkt 26
Directions: Just off of the Vrijdagmarkt Square
Website: http://www.boho.beRelated to:
De Vooruit is a theatre/concertstage in a former newspaperbuilding.
The building has very special atmosphere and is a hangout for students and 'older' people.
Everyone who wants to read his newspaper and/or wants to drink a coffee or a Belgian beer is welcome.
vr, za 11:30-03:00
T. 09 267 28 48
F. 09 267 28 50
Dress Code: Everyone who can behave is welcome.
Address: Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23, 9000 Gent
Directions: In the centre of Gent.
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!
Address: Recollettenlei, 10
Directions: Almost in front of the Palace of Justice, at the other side of the water...
A nice place in Zomergem - a disco for young and old - the place to be when some good friends are celebrating their anniversary, together.
At the occasion of this anniversary - Nicki and Rebecca gave some usual safety instructions for a safe flight by Maratom Airways ??( Happy to puke !) and Sofie gave a great show, acting and dancing like MJACK
Some tourists ( ex members of Honda Europe) joint aswell.
Dress Code: Feel free to come as a tourist...if not come as you are
Address: Grote Baan 22 - 9930 Zomergem
Directions: Between Gent and Eeklo - East of Flanders
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
September, 9th of 2005 - a great birthday party dominated the small city of Zomergem.
A unique place to celebrate special events. Jessy, a coming star in the world of music made here a video clip - in the middle of a Gay Show party - located at the basic floor.
On the second floor the party of Annick - Rebecca and Sofie took place and made history.
Dress Code: More than leisure - Time 09pm - Status passenger OK - Seat : NO SITTING ALLOWED
The crew will not be held responsible for any mental or physical damage.
Address: Grote Baan 22 -9930 Zomergem
Directions: Between Ghent and Eeklo - Take E40 or E17 to exit Ghent - take R4
- Gay and Lesbian
It might be a bit difficult to find, but don’t let that discourage you. Look out for a painted image of the owner Pol; it’s on the outside wall, inviting you into his hole. Passing through a small arched passageway you come to the tiny jeneverbar: ‘t Dreupelkot. Here you’ll find the owner in the flesh, pouring jenevers, some of which are homemade. There are over two hundred different kinds of jenever which you can choose from. Do sample some of the more peculiar ones like chocolate or vanilla jenever.
Address: Groentenmarkt 12
- Beer Tasting
This place is small and pretty cool being down in a sort of medieval crypt. Pretty popular among the 'coolest' of Gent. Also has excellent cocktails.
Music types: drum 'n bass, twostep, jungle, hip hop, ambient, club, freestyle. Played by circuiit DJ's as well as international DJ's.
Dress Code: Cool, but doesn't matter.
Address: Hoogpoort 41
Directions: Hoogpoort is the street which heads up (literally) from the Groetenmarkt. Sous-Sol is on the left.Related to:
- Study Abroad
It's a 10-day festival that takes places on several squares in the historical center of Ghent. I was there this year for the first time and it's really great.
The city in itself is so beautiful that it makes the atmosphere of these festivities very special. There are free concerts in different places, the main one being on the main square (Korenlei) with view on the canal and the oldest houses of the city. Magic !
Apart from the free concerts, there are dance performances, theater plays, sightseeing, exhibitions, boat trips on the river Lys etc.
Here is a database from the Use-it website where you would find many joints for some nightlife spots in the city of Ghent.
So far, and as far as I know, Ghent is the only Belgian city that is covered by Use-it crew. So, you'd rather use it... Personnally, I like the style, the down-to-earth information that doesn't exclude fun. In the contrary! It is intended to students, youngs, budget travellers who would like to have fun despite budget limitation so how can't it be fun?
Dress Code: check the website about specificities of each joint
Directions: Most of time, urban Ghent
- School Holidays
- Study Abroad
- Budget Travel
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:
Address: Vrijdagmarkt 50
Phone: +32-(0)9224 24 55
Fun cocktail bar, not far from the Kinepolis cinema. The first floor is rather small. Not cramped, but you don't have the room you have in many other bars. There's a second floor, but I didn't see it. The ventilation is not sufficient to keep your clothes from getting a cigarette smell. Normal prices (for a cocktail bar). Good music and not too loud. And the most important: the cocktails are well made.
Address: Ter Platen
Directions: Near Kinepolis cinema.Add to your Trip Planner