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Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Seating

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0.4 miles from St. Bavo's Cathedral (Sint-Baafskathedraal)
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Reviewed September 29, 2019

It looks like we were the latest in a long line of tourists to fall prey to being ripped off here! Yes it is quirky, but I was charged 6 euros for a beer that I had paid 4 - 4.5 elsewhere. Fine if it...was upmarket, but it was really shabby & worse that most people's garden sheds. Quirky is ok, if there is a price list, but you don't expect to get ripped off to that extent. It was obvious when I asked to pay, that he come up with the price off the top of his head. He must have done ok that day, as I got off lightly compared to others.....judging by some of the reviews. Luckily my partner did not have a drink, so only got ripped off once. We only popped in for a quick drink while we were waiting for a restaurant in Oudburg to open. We had spotted this place down a side street when we walked through Oudburg & it looked interesting. When we mentioned this bar to the waiter in the restaurant, he was very disappointed. He said that this person had a different price for tourists & reflects badly on the way tourists are treated in the city. Avoid unless you don't mind paying over the odds for drinks!!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 9, 2019

Quirky - yes. It was only when he charged us 18 euros for 1 tall beer that we realised we had fallen into the basic tourist trap of not checking prices before ordering. Avoid the cobwebs and keep going to a bar by the canal.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 9, 2019 via mobile

Charging tourists double prices... 7 euro for a chimay beer that will cost you on the most expensive terrace about 4 euro no explanation at all!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed April 15, 2019 via mobile

This place is most certainly like marmite; you’re either going to love it or hate it, but we loved it. The owner is super quirky and friendly, his cat, Telouse, just pops up out of the random rubble of things that fill this bar to...the brim. We had Jesus on one side and Buddha on the other; both wearing wigs. There is also the log burner, which was well stoked and very welcome on a cold evening. The beer is expensive, and yes is probably is a little unhygienic. You’re also not given a menu / price list when you walk in; but it’s the not that kind of place. A large bottle of beer, which is about two pints cost 16 euros, which isn’t too bad! We loved it and would certainly recommend it for a totally different and unique experience ☺️More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed December 26, 2018 via mobile

An experience you have to face yourself. Sitting between boxes filled with old newspapers on a filthy or wooden table and old bicycles on the sealing. The beer was way to expensive, 14 euro for two beer, and the brand we wanted was not available....But as a place, you have to visit it.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed May 19, 2018 via mobile

Everything people say about this place is true. Yes the beer is overpriced and the place is filthy and unhygienic......it is also enormous fun and you are likely to meet other people there who are also looking for somewhere different. I don’t think I would...want to stay there all night but the large bottle of beer we shared was worth every cent. I have been in hundreds of bars and pubs in my life. This makes it into the top 5 memorable places. Just go there and see for yourself. If you don’t like it there are plenty of more ‘normal’ places nearby...More

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed December 22, 2017

'One of a kind' is a phrase that is overused but once you've been here, you definitely won't forget it in a hurry. You'll either love it or hate it but you will certainly talk about it to others. There's all kinds of random stuff...lying around - 20/30 old bikes hanging from the ceiling, tables full of all sorts of rubbish. I wasn't sure whether the old beer glasses were either part of the furniture or just hadn't been cleared away. The paint scraper was also just what I needed whilst having a beer!!! Ask how much your drink will cost when you order as you may get offended when you get landed with a check for 18 euros a bottle at the end! I won't go again but I'm glad I've been the once - just take it with a pinch of salt.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed December 3, 2017 via mobile

We ended up here while we were looking for a nice place to have a beer. From the outside this place doesn't look like much and this is actually confirmed on the inside. The place was cold and full of rubbish, clothes and bikes. The...owner didnt offer a pricelist but opened two (good tasting) beer bottles and some glasses. To be honest, despite all of this we had a good time here. The bill at the end shocked us a little and gave a bad aftertaste. I wouldnt recommend this place.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed October 28, 2017 via mobile

This place ruined our fine evening. It has peculiar decorations and the owner is rather eccentric - we thought it’s interesting and he first came across as a sympathetic guy: watch out it’s a scam. He over charged us with more than double of the...normal going rates. The place is filthy, unhygienic. He washes the already dirty glasses in water that is even dirtier. It’s time this place gets an inspection for health and safety - not to mention the tax authorities. Only cash no receipts.More

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed September 5, 2017 via mobile

Me and my wife visited here after reading about it in an article. It did not disappoint. The inside is full of bicycles 🚲 hanging from the ceiling. The gentleman who runs the place was so friendly. It's in a great location in patershol and...it is near everything. We didn't need to go far to find it. It is so quirky and different that it's a must to come here. If the weather is nice expect to sit outside and make some friends.More

Date of visit: September 2017
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  • Food: 2
  • Service: 3
  • Value: 2.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5