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3.46/5 rDev -13.7%
This is a bit of a gem from the perspective of history in Brussels. It's a dark café with little selection but it's the atmosphere and history that is worth the visit.
If you're able to find it it's worth stopping in for a beer and checking out the décor.
07-03-2014 14:10:54 | More by byronic
3.56/5 rDev -11.2%
This place is incredibly hard to find, its a place you probably will enter only wandering into it. Packed EALY on a Saturday night, I had very high hopes. The place looks old and has some character which is charming. However, the beer list is pretty short and full of regulars you can get at any beer. The place is smokey, loud, and there is really no reason to be here when you can be at quieter places that offer the same stuff. The location is cool because its down this alley and also doubles as a theater.
Don't seek out but if you're walking the sides streets after dinner or coming from the market, stop in for a quick peak.
11-27-2010 21:53:42 | More by jrallen34
3.93/5 rDev -2%
From the Grand Place, a series of narrow alleys take you to Toone, a combination cafe and marionette theatre. Toone is sizable, three distinct rooms and far more seating than you would expect from the outside. We took a seat in the second room that housed the marionette stage itself. The place looks well worn and cozy. It's near the Grand Place and there were plenty of tourists in there ordering tables full of Kwak in the coachman's glass.
The beer list...was not that impressive to me. Outside of Cantillon, there wasn't a lot that was going to rock your world...lots of Inbev brews. I had a lot of lambic earlier that day so I went with a Hoegaarden Grand Cru, an old favorite. My buddy got a Leffe Radieusse. The Grand Cru was as good as ever. The Leffe Radieusse was a bit hot in my opinion.
A bit smoky but the service is good and it's got a unique atmosphere. Worth a visit if you're near the Grand Place but expect a good, not great, beer list.
05-27-2010 12:52:32 | More by ViveLaChouffe
4.26/5 rDev +6.2%
The Toone bar is a unique Belgian experience. I know of no other Bar/Puppet Theater. There are two ways into the bar. One can enter a few doors up from the Beer Temple or off of Rue de Bouchers (where all the restaurant guys yell at passersby). Walking in you can tell that the place is old and has a definite character. The walls are covered with beer signs and puppets. I have never seen the puppet show and don't really care to. That said it is a good place to stop for a beer or two in the afternoon.
The place consists of three small rooms. The bar sits in one, the puppet theater sits in the middle and the non-smoking area is in the third. The bar is well stocked by most standards but about average for Belgium. There are Trappist, lambics, and all the usual suspects. I normally grab a Kwak or an Orval while my wife will get a ST Louis Peach. Service has always been friendly and prompt.
The place is near the Grand Place and not far from the Delirium. However, it does not have the crowds of the other two locations. If you are looking for a quick beer in a unique setting this is the place.
02-17-2010 13:17:36 | More by kwdavis
4.06/5 rDev +1.2%
This place is right in the heart of all the touristy stuff in Brussels, only a few doors down from de Bier Tempel.
If I had paid the 10 euro to see the actual puppet show that takes place I think I would probably rate this place higher but as I didn't see a puppet show worth 10 euros I have to rate it purely on the beer I had out in the courtyard.
Cool little place that is down in alleyway off the main strip in Brussels...yes, where the puppet shows are...at 4 and 8 pm on Saturdays.
Service was okay, people were pretty busy running about and there were a number of kids running around as well. I felt for our waitress.
Had a bottle of Duchesse de Bourgogne, it was served in that oh so lovingly Belgian way...correct glass and display of the bottle. Loved it. However the prices are a bit high here due to its location and possible post-puppet show crowd...
We didn't try the food so i can't rate that one. I actually didn't see much food on the other tables so I can't say anything about it to be honest. The beer selection is decent with a smattering of Cantillon beers.
05-27-2009 01:22:04 | More by indiapaleale
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
This is the first Belgian puppet bar that I've ever been been to.
Close to the Grand Place, down the narrow alleyways filled with those restaurants that have crazy waiters yelling at you to come in and eat is Toone. It won't be hard to miss if you just look up. We passed it several times until we noticed a huge banner hanging over the alley with an arrow directing you to the entrance. Yes, it's an actual puppet theater and bar. There are 3 rooms, we sat in the first room. This is where the cash register is, so you're sure not to be abandoned by the wait staff (which can tend to happen in Brussels, I have found). There was a nice, big fireplace in the room and crazy puppets hanging from the ceiling. There's a really great vibe here, old brick work on the walls and huge wooden beams holding up the plank ceiling that looks like it's been there for centuries. The walls are also decorated with advertisements for the various puppet shows that the place puts on. Honestly, I don't get the whole puppet thing... we didn't happen to be there during one of the shows, and I was kind of thankful for that. I was just fine sipping my Rochefort 8 while my wife enjoyed a Mort Subte Kriek. Not a huge list of beers but, come on, back home this lineup would blow away pretty much any bar in my town. Go here, you'll like it.
10-03-2008 20:29:58 | More by LauraAndrew
United Kingdom (England)
3.76/5 rDev -6.2%
Three rooms, each different, yet very 'the same'. I have sat in each of them and the one with the bar is the best for me.
This review is of a lunchtime to early evening session between Christmas and New year, December 2007. The guy behind the bar could cope, but the only waitress couldn't, too many parties of people with children who were visiting the Christmas Markets. The poor lass was rushed off her feet.
Draught Kwak is the reason I come here, not the sinister looking puppets that hang by their necks from the ceilling. Nor the weird middle room with its raised staged seating and little lit-up box thing/puppet stage. The third room is just a wooden square, so I don't sit in there unless I have too.
Day time, it seems full of people with children (not just this time), in the evening it changes. The children are taken away (by the puppets maybe?), as are their parents. A younger set arrive without kids and the whole place is transfixed, it becomes noisier and busier, luckily there are more staff too.
If you like your bars down an alley then this is for you, otherwise use the mainstream bars in the city.
12-31-2007 16:15:52 | More by BlackHaddock
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
Like all the other reviews have said, it is a very interesting atmosphere in here. I would recommend seeking it out and having a look for yourself. I have been to a lot of bars and pubs in my life time but I was just fascinated by this place. Just even the building it's in is amazing. It is a smaller bar with puppets hanging from the ceiling. In the other room there is a puppet show but when I went in it wasnt on and I didnt make it to see it that night. The beer selection isnt to great but it is alright. The guy helping people was very friendly and didn't speak much English at all (I think this is a pretty big Flemish bar?) but he did his best to understand me and I always got what I was going for. I really loved this bar the only thing I have a tiny little problem with it is I wish it had a little bit better beer selection. Other than that I love this place.
07-24-2007 06:05:00 | More by BlindPig
Toone in Brussels, Belgium
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.