Ostend and its bars:
Do you feel like having a cool beer on a terrace during the summer? Or do you prefer the stronger tastes of regional beers? Or are you keen on trying some new beers? In that case, Ostend really is the place to be for true beer lovers.
Manuscript, a traditional pub with lots of character, is the favourite place of both beer as well as music lovers. In addition, Manuscript is also known for its very own beer called “PoppoLou”, which was created by its proprietors Vanessa Demeij and Glenn Rotsaert.
Did you know that Chocolatier Olivier Willems made Belgium’s best chocolates by preparing them with PoppoLou beer. In 2017, the “PoppoLou Rocks” won the Country’s Best Chocolates prize.
There is quite literally not a single establishment on the Belgian coast – and even in Flanders – where you can taste as many different beers and Dutch gins. No less than sixteen different types of beer are available on tap, ranging from the all-time favourite Jupiler to the more heavier stuff such as the St. Bernardus, La Trappe’s only Trappist blonde beer in the world, the Liefmans Goudenband and the delicious IPA produced by the Amsterdam brewery ‘t IJ.
Beer shop and city brewery ‘t Koelschip Ostend
Beer shop ‘t Koelschip is the place to be for beer lovers, at the moment, the shop has nearly 900 artisanally made Belgian beers in stock. They brew their very own ‘Tank’ beers and allow other brewers to make use of their installations. In addition, ‘t Koelschip organizes workshops for beer lovers who can then have their creations bottled.
Good to know: ‘t Koelschip is currently developing a Cowboy Henk beer!
If you feel like having a unique drink with your friends in an authentic sailor’s pub, you have come to the right address! Its specialty – I am sure you will never guess what it is, it’s a “Zeegeuze” beer. Until today, nobody knows the secret ingredient that makes this beer so special. What we do know, is that this is a highly recommendable beer, even for those who do not like beer!
In addition to the famous ‘Zeegeuze’, you can of course also try one of the many other regional beers.
For beer lovers, Brasserie (H)eerlijk, which offers 47 different types of Trappist beers, the world’s largest collection of Trappist beers, truly this is a place for beer lovers to visit. Their selection of beers includes a number of special beers produced by the Palm Breweries, which really shows their affection for beer. Apart from the beers themselves, they also serve delicious (beer) dishes such as a hotpot of pork cheeks cooked in Rodenbach beer or an exquisite Rochefort sabayon. Both dishes really are a feast for your eyes and taste buds. Each month, a menu is also combined with well-known and lesser-known beers.
If Marvin Gaye were still alive, Lafayette would be his favourite bar in Ostend. Lafayette is a maverick in the nightlife of Ostend. The music bar brings soul and funky music to life under the approving eye of Marvin Gaye, whose picture adorns the wall. What better place to enjoy a beer than this monumental bar!
Sites of interest in Ostend
The Mercator was built in 1932 and was used as a training ship until 1960. Since 1964 the ship has been moored in Ostend. After urgent repairs were previously carried out on the hull and other parts of the ship the interior has now been completely refurbished and turned into a museum.
The Mercator historical interior remains unchanged. The galley, huts, sick-bay, the radio room, the captain’s hut and many other typical features of this historic ship have been preserved.
The Kursaal Casino of Ostende built in 1950s style architecture. It’s front facade is characterized by a modernistic design combined with neoclassical elements.
Fifty years later renovation took place in the year 2000, inside the building are wall paintings by Paul Delvaux, ceramics by Pierre Caille and frescoes by Marc Mendelsohn.
The Atlantic Wall open-air museum is a unique historical site of coastal fortification. Around sixty German constructions from WW1 and WW2 – underground trenches, bunkers and remains of the German coastal batteries built in 1915) and from 1941), observation points and gun emplacements are among the best preserved along the Atlantic coastline and are the showpiece of the museum. Some bunkers have been renovated into their original state and refurbished with authentic objects.
The Atlantic Wall was originally 5,300 km and stretched from Norway to the French-Spanish border.