Wijnbar Est Review, Bruges

Last updated on March 14th, 2020 at 01:14 pm

Marnix Vernieuwe & Noella Cocquyt pouring wine at Wijnbar Est in Bruges
Marnix Vernieuwe & Noella Cocquyt – owners at Wijnbar Est in Bruges

Wijnbar Est is a wine bar/jazz bar located in central Bruges and serving a diverse selection of old and new world wines. 

If there’s one thing that you must do when visiting the historic City of Bruges, it’s to stop by Wijnbar Est to enjoy not only an impressive selection of wines from around the world, but also the laid back ambience, great jazz & blues, and the warm welcome you’ll receive from the staff.

Though we often plan ahead with regard to booking hotels and vacation tours, we frequently ignore the planning of one of the most enjoyable features of our vacation, that of fulfilling our appetite for both food and drink!

A short walk from the centre and you will find Wijnbar Est

In the centre of Brugge, you’ll pretty much find a handful of restaurants on every street, so you’ll imagine you’re spoilt for choice. In our experience, quantity doesn’t necessarily lead to quality!


If you wish to avoid the tourist traps of the city, then venture over to Wijnbar Est where you’ll find locals (in the know) rubbing shoulders with residents and visitors from Germany, France, the UK and even the USA.

Wijnbar Est winebar

History of Winjnbar Est

Historically, this typical looking Bruges house was home to the Guild of Cereal Carriers – from this location, cereal was delivered, dispersed and transported throughout the City – take a look at the three gable-stones dating from 1637, one of which shows a man carrying a sack of cereal!

Wijnbar Est is a beautiful building both inside and out, and once you enter this cosy Bruges wine bar you’ll be drawn to the upper level by the fabulous candelabra that hangs in the middle of the ceiling, as well as the rustic décor.  The place is just dripping with ambience and ideal for both an intimate tete-a-tete with your amour or a fun night with friends.

Live music

Wijnbar Est wine bar owners, Noella Cocquyt & Marnix Vernieuwe are welcoming hosts.  Always with a smile, Noella will be happy to share her expertise on the new and old-world wine selection available from the Wijnbar Est wine cellar.

An accomplished musician and lover of jazz & blues, Marnix spends Sunday evenings serenading the regulars as well as visitors with a combination of blues and jazz whilst accompanied by talented musicians and friends from the local area.

A glass of Bordeaux at Wijnbar Est

Tapas and other light bites to eat

If you are looking for something to eat, or maybe just a snack, Noella and Marnix also have you covered with a decent selection of tapas, salads, pasta dishes and their speciality, the raclette – something not to be missed whilst in Bruges!

After a busy day of sightseeing; if you’ve just finished a business meeting, or for an after-dinner drink, Est wine bar is definitely the place to go. Wind down your day in this unique location and enjoy a relaxed evening chatting with friends old and new and tasting some popular and unknown vintage wines, as well as a selection of local Bruges beers!

Directions to Wijnbar Est

Wijnbar Est is located within a short walking distance to the central Bruges market square (Bruges Markt) take a small road off the square and then cross over the Huidenvettersplein bridge and straight onto Vismarkt. Walk down Vismarkt and take a right turn onto Braambergstraat, and it’s a few yards down on the right.

Wijnbar EST
Braambergstraat 7,
8000 Brugge
Tel: +32 50 33 38 39


  1. I love this place. Every time we visit Brugge we go for raclette and wine. Good atmosphere and in easy walking to most hotels and the canals.

  2. I have to admit I can’t make a visit to Bruges without visiting this special little wine bar. Noella and Marnix are the most wonderful hosts and always make me feel welcome.

    Great review BTW


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