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Lush Guide to Ghent

A city in a country known for its beers, but there is so much more. Don’t miss having a RoomeR Tonic served in every bar or a Genever in the land that started the Gin craze so long ago!

Lush Guide to Ghent


It’s Belgium, you have to drink at least one beer. Have a Lambic – brewed with barley, wheat and hops. Or try a Lindemans Kriek – a Cherry Beer! Or try one made without hops.

Stadsbrouwerij Gruut – Rembert Dodoensdreef 31a

Gruut Brewery Nowhere else can you get beer made without hops and love it! Don’t miss Annick De Splenter, the women who thought if it all, on the Lush Life Podcast.

Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant – Groentenmarkt 9

Touristy, for sure, but there is nothing nicer than sitting by the river and enjoying a brew!

Hey Trappistenhuis – Brabantdam 164

Do you like brown beer? Then you are in for a treat. They have over 170 speciality beers. Make friends with the owner, he knows everything about beer, trust me.


The precursor to Gin. A clear spirit with a hint of juniper or other flavors

‘t Dreupelkot – Groentenmarkt 12

One of the oldest bars in the city, over 200 Genever flavors to try. Sit outside on sunny days. Right next to Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant if you want a beer before or after.


There’s a great cocktail scene, so don’t miss stopping by a few of the bars.

Jigger – Oudburg 16

Considered the best in town and one of 50 best cocktail bars of Europe.

Old Fashioned- Hoogpoort 19

Once you get down stairs, you’ll see why this place is a treasure. Mixologists in white jackets serve drinks on index cards.

The Drifter – Oudburg 47

Tiki in Ghent, need I say more!


Certain things don’t fit into any category, but they just can’t be missed!


Elderflower Liqueur made by Jeroen Michels and seen in every bar in Ghent. Have it with tonic and a slice of apple. He was also a Lush Life guest!

Proof Shop Tasting Room – Jan Breydelstraat 34

A store and bar/tasting combo. Taste before you buy or sit in the back along the canal and sip while watching the boats go by.

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