T’Brugse Beertje – Bruges – An absurdly good and wide selection of Belgian beers for such a small bar, and though most are bottled, it hardly matters.
Delerium Café – Brussels – It could take you an hour to properly read through the directory of beers you can ask to read, almost like a travel brochure. The majority are Belgian and thus outstandingly good.
BierCab –Barcelona – 32 beers on tap covering so many bases and at such a high median, all displayed via flatscreen above the bar. You simply have to bow down.
Monk – Brussels – Not an exhaustive list but one of the most exquisitely well chosen selections of Lambics, Sour and Fruit beers anywhere, both in bottle and on tap.
Senk Na Parkanu – Pilsen – One of the few places on earth serving Pilsner Urquell not just unpasteurised but unfiltered. The beer still arrives via horse drawn carriage from the brewery. If you order anything else you want your head examining.
Bier Charakter Bar – Nuremberg – Multi-tap offering a perfect balance between traditional German beer offerings and craft ale.
Kanguruh – Vienna – An uncompromising and comprehensive selection of Belgian bottles, along with a choice selection of tapped German beers.
Strefa Piwa – Krakow – The cream of Polish craft ale on tap, with a varied and well chosen range of guest ales and bottles behind the bar.
Poechenellekelder – Brussels – Excellent choice of options covering most Belgian bases and to a very high standard.
Schlenkerla– Bamberg – The best unfiltered rauchbier from the barrel along with beers such as the weizen and doppelbock which are difficult to find elsewhere. The standard is unsurpassed.
Top 10 Style and Décor:
Szimpla Kert – Budapest – The original and still the best ‘ruin’ pub.
Zlatna Ribica – Sarajevo – Trinkets, goldfish, old TV’s and vintage furniture.
Budvarka – Ceske Budejovice – Tank Budvar from the home of Budvar for pennies
U Vejvodu – Prague – Tank Pilsner Urquell in Prague Old Town for a fair price
California Club – Karlovy Vary – For 30czk, the cheapest Pilsner Urquell I have ever found
Hostinec U Rotundy – Under a pound a pint in Prague old town, this echo from another era is still going strong.
U Certa – Trebon – Out in the sticks in Czechia, no surprise to find beer for pennies
Proletaryat – Poznan – Barely over a pound a pint for their own brew, great value
Top Ten All-Rounders (Average of 7.5+ and above 7/10 in all categories):
Szimpla Kert – Budapest – The best combo of drinks, decor, atmosphere, amenities and good value in Europe.
Piwna Stopa – Poznan – Other than the toilets, everything about this place is very good or superb.
Schlenkerla – Bamberg – A rich, traditional experience covering all pub wants and needs.
Eleszto – Budapest – Modern, stylish but very well executed, good value and a good atmosphere, with plenty to do.
T.E.A. Time – Krakow – English style cask ale, fish and chips and pub quiz, they have hardly put a foot wrong with any aspect of this pub.
K.K.C – Riga – Latvia’s take on a ruin bar. Does the full range of pub stuff very well.
Spiz – Wroclaw – A central European Ratskeller is a special thing indeed and this institution proves how well it can be done.
Café Vlissinghe – Brugge – Rich in history, with good beer, great surroundings, warm homely and local, with food options, boules in the garden, a pub dog and decent value. Fantastic.
U Vejvodu – Prague – A traditional taproom pub upstairs with live sport, great cheap beer and a vibrant atmosphere, then a sprawling Pivnice downstairs with uncomplicated affordable Czech food. Covering most bases there.
The Red Deer – Sheffield – Traditional pub with a real fire, great choice of cask ales, fresh food, folk music, a courtyard, a band practise room upstairs and a social venue for the university close by. A community hub covering all bases really well.