The Bottle Shop
Bang in the middle of Bruges’ historic city centre, in the shadow of the Belfort, you will find The Bottle Shop just 20 paces from Market Square. By itself, it’s hardly headline news to find a store selling Belgian beers in a touristic hot spot such as Bruges.
However, this shop is different from the rest as it offers advice, (should you need any) combined with true personal and friendly service. Everything is beer-related, even down to showcasing the glasses that go with each beer!
In no small part due to its location in a stately-looking building with a medieval appearance, The Bottle Shop has been a Bruges landmark for over 15 years, satisfying beer-loving locals, the 'Bruggelingen', as well as tourists.
The Bottle Shop is a spacious and well laid-out store with plenty of atmosphere and time to browse at leisure in the world of Belgian beers before finally making your choice.
If you have any questions, or are looking for that special present for someone, one of the friendly sales staff will be at your service. They all have plenty of expertise and a wide-ranging knowledge of beer and are ever-ready to give helpful advice.
The Bottle Shop offers ready-made gift hampers and parcels but you can design your own personal selection too. Just grab one of the baskets scattered around the store and get going!
Beer and Food
With over 600 Belgian beers, and matching glasses, this is the place to be for any beer lover. You will be amazed by what’s on offer. There are the well-known Bruges beers (Brugse Zot, Straffe Hendrik and Fort Lapin) and also a huge choice of lesser-known beers. All Belgian beer styles are strongly represented in this well-balanced collection.
What about Zwarte Piet, Tilquin Quetsche, Tumulus Magma, Prearis Quadrupel...?
The six Belgian trappist beers, from Achel, Rochefort, Chimay and Westmalle up to Orval and the almost mythical Sint-Sixtus Westvleteren beer.
All have been given prominent shelf space. As you can see, there’s something here for everyone.
This is a shop in the true sense of the word, so there is no beer menu on which to whet your whistle. In view of The Bottle Shop’s location, however, this should not be an issue.
After all, in Bruges you are always close to an overwhelming array of cafés and restaurants to feed your appetite.
This small country isn’t just about beer. We also know a few things about spirits. So, next to the wide array of beers, The Bottle Shop offers other alcoholic Belgian specialties such as artisanally made advocaat, Belgian grain jenever and even Belgian whisky.
As an increasing number of, usually small-scale, breweries are now taking up distilling as a secondary activity, the range of spirits on offer is set to grow. You can already choose from spirits such as Duvel Distilled, the Gouden Carolus Single Malt from Het Anker brewery in Malines or the Eau-de-Bière from Wilderen.
If you’re looking that present or gadget for a beer-loving friend you will not be disappointed. From beer mats to bottle openers and T-shirts, if it’s beer-related then you will find it here.
It’s the perfect one-stop-shop if you want to put together a comprehensive Belgian beer parcel and ideal if you haven’t got the time to spend half a day on shopping.
The Bottle Shop is superbly geared to serving the needs of the international public. The lady owner speaks five languages and It’s an important selling point that she can advise tourists in their own language and assure them that this is the place to purchase THE perfect “beer present” to take home.
Beer is everywhere in Belgium and The Bottle Shop proves it. The store is open throughout the year and only closes its doors on Christmas Day.
The Bottle Shop details
- Wollestraat 13
- Contact and Connect:
- Opening Times:
- Number of Beers Sold: 600+
- Average Beer Price: € 2.50
- Payment Methods: Cash & major credit cards
- Languages Spoken: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish
|Sunday||10:00 - 18:30|
|Monday||10:00 - 18:30|
|Tuesday||10:00 - 18:30|
|Wednesday||10:00 - 18:30|
|Thursday||10:00 - 18:30|
|Friday||10:00 - 18:30|
|Saturday||10:00 - 19:30|
Only closed on Christmas day!
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