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Delirium Café

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Delirium CaféDelirium Café

142 Reviews
Reviews: 142
Visits: 225
Avg: 4.16
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: 2,400
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 142 | Visits: 225
Reviews by kingcrowing:
Photo of kingcrowing
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I'm surprised by some of these reviews, I was in Brussels two nights and I was here both of them and I loved it. I will admit that the smoking is a bit of an issue, but you'll get over it soon enough.

On Thursdays they have live music which is really nice, however they raise beer prices 25% when the band is playing! The place lets you have a tab (and they accept AMEX) which is fairly uncommon in most of the bars in Europe that I went to.

I was there the first night from about 8-2:30AM and the next night from 8-4AM (they close at 4AM every night) and my bills were totally reasonable both nights. I mainly got beer from the bar tender Charles who was awesome and I ended up hanging out with him later that second night.

Beer selection is simply amazing, I did run into a few beers that were out of stock (most notably Cantillon 50N 4E) but they have so many beers that you won't be sad for long, I had a 2005 Cantillon Iris that was amazing, a 2005 3 Fontenin Oude Gueze and a bunch of other great beers. But they also have both Delirium beers on tap for very cheap (3.20 euro I think, vs $9 in the US) so you can always fall back to that.

This was my favorite bar in Europe and next time I go to Europe I'm going to try my hardest to get back here again!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of acurtis
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Domingo
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

The D.C. is definitely a love/hate place. It's essentially a dark basement that tends to be crowded with tourists pounding sub-par Belgian beers. The waitstaff also tends to be a bit on the surly side. On the surface, that doesn't sound very appealing does it?

On the other hand, they offer more than 3,000 beers including some borderline white whale items for prices that will make you re-think paying import prices ever again. The waitstaff is also extremely knowledgeable and are very happy to accommodate specific requests with their own recommendations. They'll even bust out some crazy beers not listed on any menus. Did I mention the prices are extremely affordable, too? We're talking 5-15 year old whale lambics for under 10 Euros. Just ask for a bottle menu and if they don't have what you want - ask for something similar. You might be surprised what they DO have instead.

IMO, it is what you make of it. My wife and I went back several times and always had a good time. While I wasn't a huge fan of the crowded nature, it's not much different than my local multi-tap spots. Once the staff figures out that you aren't ordering a dozen bottles of strawberry Floris, they also become quite cordial and helpful.

I like the place a lot in spite of its flaws. It very much reminds me of the Falling Rock in Denver even down to the aesthetics.

FYI - it's worth noting that there are numerous Delirium bars in this general area. Make sure you go down the stairs to the basement area if you're looking for the "real" one with thousands of bottles. The others tend to be focused on a specific niche (like Abbey ales upstairs) or are just random pubs. I think some of the reviews complaining about selection were either at the wrong location or they didn't get a copy of the bottle menu.

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Photo of Tinyoyo
3.66/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Photo of halo3one
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Barracudas
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of tduecen
5/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

went in several times, bartenders were nice and friendly even though there was a crowd. They helped me find some off the beat path beers I would not have tried otherwise.

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Photo of BelgianBeerMe
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of sjccmd
2.76/5  rDev -33.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75

I have to say I really didn't like this place. When visiting Brussels the first time, I avoided it, hearing that it was kind of a tourist trap. This last time, I thought I'd decide for myself.

This place feels crowded even when it isn't. Lots of tables and chairs strewn about and an unpleasant stench in the air. Somewhat claustrophobic feeling.

Service is perfectly fine. No complaints.

I thought the selection was supposed to be massive. I really didn't find too much that I couldn't elsewhere. The lambic selection was only Oud Beersel straight lambic, which was nice, but that was the only lambic. Seemed odd.

This place is probably more appealing for people drinking a lot of different Belgian for novelty's sake, which is fine, of course, just not for me.

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Photo of Howlader
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

nice place with a beer hall vibe, awesome selection. Easy access from Central Brussels and all the restaurants.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.5

Photo of PJASchultz
2.19/5  rDev -47.4%
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.

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Photo of djhowell
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BenBreeg
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Photo of Randyarchy
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

It was awesome, easy to find and full.

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Photo of mjstern70
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of dabone
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Place is packed with younger crowd but still worth checking out

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Photo of desint
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2.5

Photo of ColSanders123
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Grogsky
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75

A must visit. Nothing else.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

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Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
93 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.