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Delirium Café

Not Rated.
Delirium CaféDelirium Café

Taps: 15 / Bottles: 2,400
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N

167 Ratings
Ratings: 167
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$$

So I was at the long closed Lop Lop. Its turned into an american style sports bar, and the bartender was quite a beer enthusiast himself. Being English, he provided clear directions on how to get here. The dead end street that Delerium Cafe is connected to is some touristy road. Dozens of restaurants are lined on both sides with hecklers trying to get you in. I missed the street twice, before I asked one of the hostesses to point it out.

So here it was, the famed Delirium Cafe. A few tables and benches are up on the street, but I don't expect any of the bartenders to come up there and serve you. After walking down the stairs, it was a dimly lighted bar, mainy from small Xmas tree style lights all over the ceiling, dotted with pink elephants. Beer trays with logos of beers I have never heard of are all over the ceiling. A showcase of glasses sits away from the bar, and the bar is just loaded with glasses all over the place. A 10 tap draught sits at the head of the bar.

I had sat down, and the menu came. This thing was like a phone book. There must have been at least 75 pages. When I went it was still quiet. Only about 6 people in the entire bar while I was there. The menu was extremely expensive. I couldn't believe how much they were charging for some of the "cellared" beers, where they kept them temp and light controlled. The menu didn't even print the age of the beers, and they were wanting exorbiant amounts. I could have gotten some of those "cellared" beers for 1/3 of the price at the Kulminator. The food menu consisted of meats and cheese. A small 200 gram plate of trappist cheese is about 10 euro. They also sold glassware and t-shirts. The glasses were all at least 5 euro each. A large assortment of whiskey and liquors were available.

After digging through the menu, I picked out a Fantome Chocolat, at a whopping 10 Euro. The other thing it was warm, room temp. The bartender asked me if I wanted a bucket of ice, but I declined. I asked myself, "I wonder how much of their beer they keep warm?".

The funniest thing was the beers around the world. They didn't have many from the US, but they did have a large selection of Anchor, and the shittiest of the shitty beers. 10 Euro for a Red Dog or a Lone Star! This must be a joke. At the very end, they claim to have at least 2004 different beers at all times. The service was good and the skills of the bartender were impressive.

As for the taps, it looked impressive, but half of them weren't respectible. There were a lot of Florisgaarden, and even some Pink Killer, some pink colored grapefruit flavored beer.

Would I come back, maybe. This place is just way too expensive for me. The beer selection was impressive, and would come by for a hard to come by beer. Atmosphere is really nice, and so is the decoration, I wouldn't mind coming back for that.

07-22-2005 17:51:26 | More by dauss
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Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
93 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.