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3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
Finally got over to this much-talked-about new beer bar. Quite spacious for a Brussels bar and still cozy. Indeed, as everyone has said, lots of pink elephants. Little cut-outs hanging by strings from the cieling, to be exact. The walls are adorned with quite a collection of antique beeraphenalia. The atmosphere is warm and cozy with somewhat somber lighting. There are seats around the spacious bar, big barrel-tables with chairs on the lower level seating area and "standard" tables & chairs on a raised seating area. There is a window into one of their beer coolers which is just awe-inspiring to gaze upon. Makes you wish you had something like it in your house!
Their selection is mind-boggling. Separate menus for water, jenever, and beer. There are beers on offer from practically every beer-making country that you can think of and from some you wouldn't have thought of (like Rwanda?!). Of course, the selection of Belgian beers is exhaustive, but they also have an enormous collection of German and French beer. All of the beer from outside Europe was a bit pricey. Quite hilariously, a bottle of Red Dog for 8 euros! That would be a big disappointment! I went for a Kerelsbier (one of Belgium's "hoppy" beers that I had just recently heard about) and followed it with a steinbier from Germany (the name escapes me for the moment). The Kerelsbier was quite good, though a bit warm.
Not really any food to be had aside from a pretty extensive list of cheeses made with beer. You can order a plate with cheese or sausage, bread and butter. Tried the saucisson d'orval and the Passendale plates. Really good bread and quality meat and cheese. However, it was a slab of cheese and a length of sausage which had to be cut at the table with some inadequate cutlery. Not outrageously expensive, but not super cheap either.
Service can be friendly and speedy on a sleepy Saturday afternoon, but if there is more than 4 or 5 tables, expect to wait a LONG time to be served. Your beer will have run out long before they come for another visit. All of the servers/bartenders are multi-lingual which is good. I heard them speak English, French, and Flemmish.
This place is certainly a big competition for the famed Bier Circus, even though they don't serve food-food. And this place is much more conveniently located for "tourism" on a little alley of that Rue de Bouchers (that street with all the seafood restaurants squashed together). May be hard to find at first, but the search is worthwhile and I shall return.
The biggest negative is the pricing. They've certainly set it at the "tourism" level (i.e.- coming close to "rip off"). And depending on what you order from the bottled selection, it may come out on the warm side. To compensate for this, they bring the bottle out in a champagne bucket filled with ice water. Kind of helps, I guess...
02-22-2004 11:52:22 | More by GreenCard
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