La Porte Noire
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Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
United Kingdom (England)
4.93/5 rDev +13.9%
Magnificent establishment and undoubtedly my favourite bar in Brussels, quite a boast considering the competition. Wonderfully atmospheric and non-touristy. Non-discriminating staff welcome all ages, nationalities and tastes. Always helpful and keen to share recommendations.
Ever reliable availability of draft beers. Always changing and reasonably priced. Simple bar style snacks but it's not about the food. This is 'the' place to enjoy great local beers as a well as those from further afield.
This is the perfect showcase for some of the greatest beers Belgium has to offer. Plenty of bottled gems too, impeccably kept and incredibly moreish.
By all means visit but only tell those who you must!
05-13-2013 11:49:41 | More by snuffy
4.5/5 rDev +3.9%
This is a very nice bar, although it might not be for everyone.
Basically, it's a dark basement (often no cell phone connection) with loud music and many young people. Often foreign students, I have the impression. The music is mostly rock and metal, although occasionally I've heard some jazz too. If that's your cup of tea this can be a great place.
The staff knows their beers, and is very friendly. On the downside, their stock of glasses for some beers is not too big, so occasionally I got a beer in a similar but not correct glass.
Everything else except the beers here is not recommended. The soda selection is small, the coffee is tasteless and the wine is below par. This is something to take into account when you have non-beer drinking people in your group and you consider this bar.
Anyway, if you think you can like the dark atmosphere and the music, this can be a great place.
07-13-2012 15:47:00 | More by sndrspk
4.45/5 rDev +2.8%
This place is a true beer-drinkers bar. There is no Jupiler or Maes to be found here. I went with my friend who usually drinks Coors Light, Bud Light, etc., and he really had a hard time choosing, because he's really not into the whole craft beer thing (he finally settled on a St. Bernardus Wit, which he thought was alright). For me, and any other BA, though, this place is great. There are tap lists displayed throughout the bar, and rather than have the fridges with the bottled beers stuck somewhere in a dark corner behind the bar where you can barely see the selection, they are conveniently situated on the customer's side of the bar, so you can really browse the selection.
It was fairly crowded on the night I went, and there was only one bartender, so ordering was a hassle (on one occasion I think I probably stood at the bar waiting to order for 10 minutes). Although, the lone bartender that was present was very knowledgable, and he helped me choose and gave me recommendations.
The atmosphere of the bar is great. It is located in an old brick cellar (perhaps formerly a beer cellar and/or bomb shelter), with some traditional Celtic and British décor. They often have live music (the folk club performs once a month), and the acoustics of the place are great.
Overall, a very cool bar that I plan on returning to regularly.
09-01-2010 19:41:49 | More by LBIsurf
United Kingdom (England)
4.36/5 rDev +0.7%
This is one of my favorite spots in Brussels.
Bartenders are knowledgeable, and happy to make recommendations. Approximately 10 beers on tap - none of which are your standard Belgium fair (Chimay, Kwak, Stella, etc.). They venture into lesser known beers of similar greatness... I will have to grab some notes on their current tap selection and update this post. Great place to try something new, or find an old favorite.
They have a decent selection of bottles available, some in clearly visible coolers at the front. Not the widest selection (dozens and dozens rather than thousands) - but a nice selection that branches out from the norm. Gulden Draak was definitely available. Their beer list can be seen here (although I don't think they make frequent updates): http://www.laportenoire.be/carte.php
The setting is sublime - dimly subterranean brick archways and simple seating (benches with tables in the main room). A medieval feeling to it. They have 3 distinct rooms, but one bar. It works out well since they generally have some sort of Live Music available most nights, and you can go to the far room if you are looking for conversation, or get right into the mix.
Great for a post work happy hour, or a late and rowdy night.
11-13-2009 10:18:43 | More by ultrasupergenius
4.06/5 rDev -6.2%
Wow, nobody has reviewed this place in 5 years! It was highly recommended in Tim Webb's book so my brother and I ventured a few block from the little dude peeing and voila!
Such a cool place inside. Celtic themed dungeon/castle type atmosphere. This is not a cheesy "oirish" pub at all, well unless you are simply looking for a place to drink a pint of Guinness.
They have an extensive menu of bottled beers and quite a few on tap as well. The coolers are right when you walk in so you can look over the selection that way as well. There is also a selection of bottles posted on a little chalkboard which seemed to be things that maybe were limited but not so much limited releases.
I had a bottle of Boon Mariage Parfait that was very good and they had 3-4 De La Senne beers in the cooler as well. My brother had some of the Equinox. It was just a really cool atmosphere and I think had there not been more places to see we would have stayed all afternoon...well, that and the 15 or so German tourists that came in during our second beer and made it hard for us to hear eachother...
05-27-2009 00:39:50 | More by indiapaleale
La Porte Noire in Brussels, Belgium
94 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.