Don't stay in Brugge with all the tourists. You can get a train every 20 mins or so from Ghent and they run late enough to get a good session in.[/quote:cy22h07o]
The thing I found about Bruges (and I have stayed there 3 times over the past few years) is that most of the tourists are day trippers to the city and seem to clear off by 5 or 6 in the evening. It's a brilliant place to wander around and drink brilliant beer. Some great restaurants too.
And another thing, I was in Ghent on one occasion and found myself in a fairly dodgy neighbourhood. The only reason I went in the first place was to go to Café Hopduvel but it was closed.