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Delirium Café

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

148 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
92
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
239
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
Taps:
15
Bottles/Cans:
2,400
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
Delirium CaféDelirium Café
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

Impasse de la Fidélité 4
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

+32 2 514 44 34 | map
www.deliriumcafe.be

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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 239
Reviews by mzwolinski:
Photo of mzwolinski
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Delirium Café is located just North of the Grand Place of the Rue des Bouchers, just next to a statue of a little girl squatting down for a pee. Welcome to Belgium. It’s in a bit of a touristy spot, but off the main path enough to keep the hordes to a minimum. It was never crowded at all when I was in.

There is some seating available at street level, but I never took advantage of it, always opting instead for the more “atmospheric” cellar. Lots of beer-related stuff all over the walls and ceilings, with a nice collection of glasses in a display case on one wall and little glowing pink elephants everywhere you look. The cellar is dimly lit and usually smoky, with a bit of seating at the bar and lots of tables tucked away in the deep dark corners.

The beer list is a telephone book. It’s truly incredible. They list their draft beers at the front, along with some of the recommendations and then they get to the real list. They claim to have about 2000. I didn’t count. But I also never ordered anything that they didn’t have. Impressive. Lots – LOTS – of stuff from all over Belgium and a fair selection of Dutch beers as well.

Service is a bit slow and inattentive. But the regulars seemed well taken care of.

If you’re in Brussels, you’ve got to visit the place, at least for the spectacle. I wouldn’t do my regular drinking here – a bit too pricy and unwelcoming for that. But it’s a good place to find that rare Belgian treat you’ve been scouring the taverns for.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Kevin67
2.6/5  rDev -37.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4

I have been here a couple of times, but never again. The selection is good, but you can find most of the beers fairly easily around town. The service was abhorrent and the place is completely overrun with horribly behaved tourists. I have gotten a headache both times I been here, and it wasn't due to the beer.

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Photo of jprivott
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Shanex
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of mothman
2.18/5  rDev -47.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 1

Two of the beers I ordered weren't in stock. Bad odds?

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

If this doesn't get a 5 for selection I don't know where to begin. Multiple floors of different scenes and selections including IPAs on the top floor. This is the Guinness world record holder with a several hundred page book of beers available. Worth going just to buy the book for 5 euro.

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Photo of esktime
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DanielCseklye
4.48/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dougbreathe
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Jow
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

They have a lot of choice I can assure you that! But... there ARE TO MUCH PEOPLE IN THIS PLACE!

It is a meeting place for foreigners and it is not quite at all... I was looking for a calmer place to enjoy my beer but that's individual off course.

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Photo of jonj
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MatthewWalters
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

I wasn't impressed with Delirium. In honor of full disclosure I did visit in the afternoon, and not during the busy hours later in the evening which may have affected the vibe rating. Anyways, it's got a great location that's not hard to find, especially with the help of my city maps app. Speaking of, their free Wi-Fi was great, being the first time in three days I had it. I was not impressed by their selection at all. I would've liked to see some of the big name Belgium beers available. I interacted with three waitresses/servers and not one of them seemed to care at all about their job. I couldn't even get a smile out of them after being overly-kind and attempting to speak French (I heard it helps? haha). As opposed to Moeder Lambic I would not consider this a must-visit in Brussels.

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Photo of Ajlvt
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of byronic
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

An interesting spot with a nice tap selection and a good bottle list. The service was fantastic, but possibly a bit better than usual considering we spoke in Flemish. Tried a few of their offers on tap. Went on a weekday just after lunch and the place was nice and quiet.

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Photo of barleywin
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.86/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Domingo
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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 rare 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 -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Photo of halo3one
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Barracudas
4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of tduecen
5/5  rDev +20.5%
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 +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of sjccmd
2.76/5  rDev -33.5%
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 +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
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. A short walk from Grand Place and near the brewers museum. Although there's too much to choose from in Brussels, this place is definitely worth a stop.

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Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
92 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.