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Delirium Café

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Delirium CaféDelirium Café
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214 Ratings
Ratings: 214
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: 2,400
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

Impasse de la Fidélité 4
Brussels, 1000
Belgium
phone: +32 2 514 44 34

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Ratings: 214 | Reviews: 146
Reviews by BeerBelcher:
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.31/5  rDev -20.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

Out of all the bars I'd read about in Brussels, this is the one I wanted to visit most. This is also the one that had the biggest difference between my expectation and the reality it left on me; in other words it was the biggest disappointment.

This place is across the alley from the Janneken Pis (a little girl peeing statue; sort of a parody of the Mannekin Pis) just off the main tourist drag in Brussels. The signage out front indicates 2004 beers. Inside, the upstairs had draft beer, and the downstairs had bottled beer. It reminded me of the dive bar that everyone hung out at in college...you know the one with $1 pitcher night and smelled like pee? There were lots of brewery tackers on the wall, but the place had a very collegiate feel which was not very sophisticated. I've remarked that other establishments lack "beer culture" and that is the case here also.

The beer list is extensive, but hard to navigate. It is a binder and each beer has its own page, which makes it very difficult to get a feel for what's there in total.

The bartendress didn't speak any English (which is OK, this is a foreign country with 3 official languages of its own after all) but even with the language barrier it was pretty clear to me she didn't know an awful lot about beer. I got the wrong beer, but I didn't mind too much.

Visit, but save your repeat business for other places.

More User Reviews:
Photo of PJASchultz
2.19/5  rDev -47.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.75 | food: 1

This is not a beer bar, it's a frat party. It was hot, crowded, and more effort than it's worth. (Might be different experience during day, midweek.) They may have a lot of beers, but it's not a curated selection. It's just a lot of mediocre (or worse) beers, served large for novelty, with a few gems in they middle. So not worth the hype at all. No food.

Photo of Randyarchy
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

It was awesome, easy to find and full.

Photo of mjstern70
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 5

Ok, Delirium is good beer and their place is awesome. The only negative is it's always packed. This is probably THE tourist bar in Belgium for those semi-familiar with Belgians. Perhaps on Chirstmas Eve this place might be thinned out a little, but any other time, don't count on it. Hey it's no Hard Rock at least.

Photo of LittleDon
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Loud and cavernous. Despite it's size, it was packed on the Monday night I was there, with what looked to be college students/young professionals. While the tap selection was better than most of the places I was at in the area, the noise and crowds would keep me away.

Photo of dabone
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Place is packed with younger crowd but still worth checking out

Photo of Grogsky
4.39/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75

A must visit. Nothing else.

Photo of innominat
2.58/5  rDev -38.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

I had high hopes on visiting here but was very dissapointed. The 1st 3 beers I asked for where not in stock and many of the 2000 beers claimed are just generic macro lager from different countries. I also drank in the hoppy loft upstairs and while some of the beers i asked for where in stock all 3 where out of date, one by 5 years. There are better beer bars in Brussels Moeder Lambic for example.

Photo of almostjay
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

It was weird being in such a landmark place, and feeling as though I was crashing a Euro frat party. Very young vibe.

Photo of LeDirtyPanda
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

With a great selection of beer, people from all around the world gather in this awesome cafe. Great atmosphere, great great beer. I cannot recommend this place more!

Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Been here a few times. It's definitely touristy, but they have a great selection of beer. Worth a visit just to say you've been here.

Photo of Kwak
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

great place to explore belgium beers, good recommendations from the bartender was their on a Saturday night was too loud and crowded wish i had time to come back another day.

Photo of TOOSE
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Fantastic selection of mostly Belgian style beers. It's basically self order at the bar and it can be busy and a bit loud, but highly recommended.

Photo of daryk77
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Fairly well known, touristy spot but a fun place to visit. Obviously they have their famed 2000+ beer bottle list but might as well drink some DT or DN on draft or wait forever for a bottle. It can get pretty packed so maybe not a place to hang out all night.

Photo of srletend
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Obviously a great selection. But, too big and touristy for me. Try the Loft area for something more quiet.

Photo of outoffocus
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Spent one evening here, as the last stop after a very long day. I think we got lucky and got a seat at the downstairs bar where we had no trouble getting quick service. The menu is extremely long, and though it doesn't go into the rarer lambics that other bars in Brussels serve, there is still plenty of interest. It is a loud and high energy place though, not the type I would go to enjoy a drink on a regular basis.

Photo of boddhitree
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5

Stay a few hours during a national holiday in the late afternoon. It was already packed downstairs and all tables were taken on the ground floor. Had to wait 15 minutes just to order from the bar, for it's all self-order, no service, and even then, it was packed. Next time I go, I will go upstairs where it's quieter, no music, fewer people and more unusual beers. The beer selection was outstanding, though, and that's why I'd go there, and only that reason.

Photo of janwagnerhki
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

They offer an astonishing selection of beers downstairs from around the globle, with an impressive number of belgian draught beers (24 taps?) at the ground level including Delirium Tremens and others. Knowledgeable folks. Very crowdy and located right next to the touristic city center. An excellent place to visit, infinitely better than the nearby "beer museum"!

Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Fantastic atmosphere (though the average age of the crowd made me feel my years) and a great selection! I know this is one of the more popular and touristy beer bars in the area and has a reputation for being like a frat house at times, but I love it and think it's an essential stop in Brussels.

Photo of mdidonat
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Good prices for the quality of the beer. They had lots of lots of interesting Belgian beers, many of which you can't get in the states. Mostly a younger crowd. The service is at the bar only and is a little slow even when the bar isn't crowded. We were there on a Thursday afternoon and it wasn't necessarily busy, but was busier than we would have expected. Overall a good experience and we would go back.

Photo of hayesjw
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I highly recomend chosing DTcafe for your beer venue in Brussells. My favorite location to date in Europe. Please revisit it. In four days I enjoyed it seven times. The staff accomodates all visitors with a profound expression of Belgian hospitality. I suggest three days of draft ale upstairs with four nights of bottle service down stairs. Respectfully yours. Repeat frequently. Buy a catalog for 6 euro to remind you what should be a life quest of ale.

Photo of jls_gator
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

A little tucked away, but upon discovery, plenty of room to move about, mingle and sample the vast selection, with multiple floors and completely different vibes depending on your current mood. Bartenders a extremely knowledgeable, and the patrons were diverse and very hospitable.

Photo of BeerTampa
2.86/5  rDev -31.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Had to make the visit to Delirium Cafe while in Brussels. Got there in the late afternoon and wasn't overly busy. A lot of people outside and in the cellar but no one in the main part of the bar. Tap list was pretty boring. Also, no descriptions or organization of the beer. Found a sticky menu on the bar that had color pages for each beer on tap, but seemed more like an advertisement than a description of the beer.

Downstairs in the cellar, they had a lot of bottled beer, but it didn't seem like they had as much as they advertised.

Service was non-existent. You order a beer from the bar and that's it. Seemed like they were just slinging beers even though they weren't even remarkably busy. Didn't seem like anyone actually wanted to talk about beer.

I just went with a Tremens for a remarkably cheap 3.30 euro.

Bottom line: glad I went but I probably won't return.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The most famous aspect of the Delirum Village, is its Delirium Cafe. At the address is also the seperate Delirium Taphouse which is located at street level. No no, that's not it. Look down. That's the Delirium Cafe. Just as you enter down the steps there's a large collection of Delirium bottles to the left. Already there was a large crowd in the early evening, but fortunately there weere still a few seats in the house. Being located below street level, I had the impressio that I was drinking in a cave, so it did a somewhat of a coziness despite its large size and large crowd.

About 14 taps pouring from the L-shaped bar, including beer from Tilquin and Rulles. However, the Delirium Cafe is famous for its stupid large bottle collection and novel-thick menu. There are several menus hanging around the bar, however you may likely to run into a "condensed" paper menu with a smaller bottle selection. Don't fear. Looking through, I wanted to drink some beers I hadn't heard of. Houten Kop was selection, and they have it. The second beer was Ploquette, and they have that too. By now I was joined by a Spainiard at the bar, looking for some dark Belgians to try. I suggested the Gulden Draak, one that he seemed to enjoy a lot. So, my final round I joined him with a more common but delicious Westmalle Dubbel. Sometimes a bar will list a bunch of bottles and be out of half the list, but at Delirium Cafe they had the beers which I requested.

Despite the large crows, multiple bartenders man the bar and are constantly keeping up with requests, opening bottles and pouring into glassware. Don't expect a bunch of brewery branded glassware here, but they have the essential tulips and chalices for starters. Two of my three beers were fresh, my Ploquette tasted like it had seen a better time.

Don't expect much in the way of food besides small snack plates. A bunch of cheese with beer, sure I'll have one. And despite the fame of Delirium Cafe, its prices are in line with the rest of Brussels.

If you're looking for a beer you've never heard before, a trip to Delirium Cafe is obligatory.

Photo of Roman5150
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Sort of large pub, lot's of stuff on the wall, diverse crowd, great atmosphere, and most importantly amazing selection of beer (pretty sure it's biggest in the world). They had 2,004 when I went. Went on a Thursday night, very packed, mostly people in mid 20's low 30's, but a lot of older people as well surprisingly. It get's very packed, met some people from Norway and South Africa, and we each shared respective beers from our home countries, twas awesome. Beer drinkers from other parts of the world love American Craft Beer! Pretty much every type of beer you could imagine, didn't really bother looking at any imports from the USA so I couldn't tell you what they stocked over there, but why the hell would you want to drink that in Brussels anyways? Had some sort of coconut beer served in a wonderful coconut shell (that you can keep), not sure on the name as me and my friend pulled the complete idiot card and asked the bartenders for the "coconut beer" as we saw it was quite popular.

If you ever go here, be sure to try their signature Tremens on tap. If you've ever had this out of a bottle, having it on tap makes it one of my favorite all time beers. Amazing. Try not to drink too many though, they sneak up on you.

Price isn't off the wall, but for being so close to Grand Place, it's about what you would expect to pay for a place this popular in that location. If you have time to stop and admire the square, you have time to pop over and give this big pub a minute.

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Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
93 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.