Yesterday, I recounted a wonderful beer-filled day I had in Bruges whilst there on holiday. That was just the beginning of a trip packed full of sightseeing, biking, and beer.
That day I woke up early and decided to rent a bike and take it for a half-day ride from Bruges to Damme. The road is ‘only’ a 7km straight path, along the beautiful and peaceful canal. Back in Bruges - as a reward for battling the elements in Flanders - I treated myself to a lovely Brugse Zot beer at an outdoor waterfront bar. Little did I know then that his was the precursor to what the the rest of the evening would entail.
Afterwards I learned this was a pop up bar, especially opened for the Trienniale - Contemporary art and architecture exhibitions and indoor venues from May 20th to October 18th - festival in Bruges.
After the bike ride, I went back to the Hotel Prinsenhof for a quick fatigue induced nap before heading for dinner into the city center. Finding myself starving after a long ride, I ordered a massive serving of steamed mussels, right in the pot, a traditional dish of Belgium.
Several buckets of mussels - with fries complementary of course - later, I decided to take a lovely stroll, when halfway through an alleyway between the Markt and the Burg I spotted a cute little bar called the Staminee de Garre. The name of the bar is derived from the Flemish dialect word for gap and its located at the end of a small passageway - hence ‘Garre’ - (possibly the narrowest street of Bruges) between two shops.
A word the wise: if you are with a group of people and want to score a large table, you better come early, as this cosy little bar is very popular with tourists and locals alike. Staminee De Garre serves a collection of local beers, beer from draught, trappist beers, abbey beers, and the homebrew Tripel of De Garre. This last beer is very strong and has - because of the high percentage of alcohol (11,5%) - a 3 glass maximum per person. And let me tell you, 3 of those is plenty to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Stay tuned for my next post, then I will share my favourite Belgian beers with you.
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