Telling you how and where to find beer in Brussels is a bit like teaching my Grandma to suck eggs as Belgium is a county with no shortage of bars to sit and drink a good beer. But beer tastes better when drunk in style in a place filled with atmosphere & interesting people so here just are 5 of my favourite hang outs;
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Delerium Cafe (Impasse de la Fidélité 4a)
Delerium could be considered to be a bit of a tourist trap but with a menu of more than 2000 beers it has to be seen and experienced at least once when in Brussels. The menu is heavier and bigger than any text book I’ve ever seen and offers hundreds of beers from some of the smallest breweries in the world alongside classic well known favorites – you can even see their menu online here and preselect your evening beverage. My recommendation would be to start with a house beer (also called Delerium) and see where the evening takes you.
This tiny bar is open from 4am to 4pm and stuffed with character. If you’re a beer novice then do not worry because Moeder Lambic is the place to start your beer journey in Brussels; the staff are really welcoming and happily guide you through the dozens of different beers on offer. They can even recommend beers according to the flavours you like. Don’t be shy to pop in even if you’re on your own; they have a huge selection of comics to read and serve good snack food.
On Sundays one of the best flea markets takes place on Jeu de Balle and this café is right in the thick of action. Stop by after a hard mornings thrifting & bargaining to relax in the sunshine with a cold beer, watch the world go by and listen to one of the many great bands they have playing live.
Located right in the center of Brussels, the beer selection at Le Cafe Central isn’t the biggest nor the best but the atmosphere in this bar far makes up for its limited menu. Open till very late with a great variety of evening entertainment come and sip beer in one of its many dark and smokey corners. On Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays don’t leave home without your dancing shoes or on Sundays come and chill at their great free old movie night.
For me the choice of beer at A La Mort Subite is nothing extraordinary or different from many other bars in Brussels but there is something makes this place feel special. It like you’re like you’re drinking a piece of history – yellowed walls, huge mirrors and great typography this bar welcomes tourists, locals, young and old alike.