When the sun has skipped town, and the terraces have gone with it, Bruges has its charming cellar bars to provide you with warmth and those famed Belgian beers. With the picturesque town center as small as it is, you might even make it to all five of these historic watering holes in a single night.
Tricky to not saunter past even with a plaque and an arrow indicating its underground location, ‘t Poatersgat (or The Monk’s Hole) turns the notion that Bruges is a city for well-off oldies on its head. Climb through the notoriously hard-to-spot shutters in the sidewalk underneath an ancient church and go down some stone steps to enter a spacious cellar bathing in candlelight. The crowd is usually a mix of jovial students and fresh-faced graduates who are drawn to the good music, the democratic prices, and the informal atmosphere. Over 120 beers will keep you and the new friends you’re bound to make in this boisterous setting sampling for hours.