Henri Belga Söröző

Bar, Eatery

Bem Rakpart 12
Budapest, 1011

(1) 201-5082 | map

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Reviews by sfreshnock:
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3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited September, 29, 2007. This is a few blocks from St. Charles Bridge on the Buda side of the Danube. You could easily walk by this garden level bar. Step down and right by the door is a small bar with 4 taps. Turn left and a wall fridge PACKED with bottles. Lots of younger patrons outside enjoying the nice weather. Locals inside enjoying the traditional Belgium foods. Lots of beer kitsch and "garage sale" knick-knacks about. Seems homey but the music killed it for me. The sounds kept switching from dinner friendly classical to early nineties rave techno.

Nice selection of 30 + beers in a well laid out menu. The menu included clip art of the labels, size of the bottle, ABV and small review. I started with a Dendermonde Tripel. I enjoyed it with Onion Soup with fried bread. Then a Cuvees Des Troll with a plate of Ewe Cheese. The pricing was very reasonable. Around 3 - 4 USD for a bottle.

The service here is average, which is the norm in Budapest. They like to overwork the servers at the expense of service. You will be acknowledged but feel free to ask for your next round.

Great food and good beer selection but the service and atmosphere turn me off.

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More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

This small bar is just a few minutes walk north of the Chain Bridge, on the Buda side of the river.
Down a few steps into a small bar area, with various tables and chairs. There is a menu of about 80 Belgian beers, and at time of visit 4 on tap, including Corsendonk Premium Pils. Bottled Beers were fair price for Budapest varying from HUF990 to HUF1500 depending on brewer and strength.

There are a few table outside on the pavement looking across the river, so a pleasant place to stop and have a beer. It was quiet when we visited at 12 mid-day on a Thursday, but could imagine it being busy in the evenings. Service was OK, some English spoken, and beer menu easy to understand.
Would certainly visit again when in beautiful Budapest, though there is another bar specializing in Belgium beers that I prefer!

JohnW September 2014
Bham UK

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Photo of Nickls
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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I'll get this out of the way now, this is nowhere close to being the best Belgian beer bar in Budapest. However, it is definitely an alright place and worth a visit if you are hankering for a Belgian brew on the Buda side of town.

The bar is is just below street level, and you're welcomed with full sight of the bar upon entering. Cool tiled floor with street lamps actually in the seating area...kinda a cool touch, but weird. Seats at the bar, high and low top seating available. Definitely was not crowded on a late weekday afternoon.

Brick, wood, and glass cases lining the walls showcasing some really nice Belgian brews next to their proper glassware. It's just a shame that almost none of them were actually being offered on the menu...not going to lie, that pissed me off a little.

Pretty extensive bottle selection made up for the lack of anything nearing interesting on tap. Price and descriptions were given in the menu, which was really helpful. Nothing that would be considered rare, but saw some brews that I am not able to obtain in the US. Brews were fresh and served in the corresponding branded glassware, which was nice.

Didn't have any of the food, and the other reviews were right...the music is awful. All things considered, this is a respectable beer bar for Budapest.

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Photo of bark
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

At winter time, this is a small pub at a basement some distance from river Danube (there are several large roads between the restaurant and the river, so don’t expect very romantic surroundings). Brick walls and wooden displays with breweriana dominate the interior. At summer time, the pub opens up a large beer garden in front of the house.

The place was much crowed, even at a Monday evening in the middle of January. People were happy and enjoyed themselves, but the loud background music disturbed me. The guests seemed to be heavy smokers, all of them. Together with bad ventilation, I found it hard to fully enjoy the beers.

The beers? They had a huge selection of Belgian beers plus a handful of British and French beers. For some reason, I wasn’t offered any beer menu but showed a selection of newly arrived Belgian beers. The cuvee display showed an impressing selection of vintage and rare Belgian beers. No prices were displayed, not even for the 3 beers on tap.

The service was… Average for Hungary, probably less than average in most other countries. They showed me a table and offered me a few beers, but I didn’t get any information regarding the beers.

The prices are surprisingly low, even for Hungary: I had a bottle of Rodenbach Grand Cru for just under US$ 4.

I had hoped for a beer bar that had at least some interesting Hungarian beers. But no, this is just another Belgian bar – and there are already some other examples of that (e.g. Musselen) in this town.

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Photo of nickss
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is right on the river in Budapest, and quite easy to find.

Walk inside and you instantly notice the glass show cases full of beer, glass, and general brewerania. The place itself is rather small, and can get quite crowded. Additionally, the bar area is tiny, so there's really no standing room. However, there are a few tables outside, which helps a bit.

Open the beer menu and you quickly realize you are in the premier beer establishment in Budapest. While they don't have many taps, they have an incredible belgian selection in bottles at ridiculously low prices. Delerium (both tremens and nocturnum) 12oz'ers were only about $3 US. The also had La Guillotine, Scaldis, Leffe, Orval, Troubadour, Gulden Draak, Duvel, Piraat, etc etc etc... the list goes on and on. Additionally, they had Kwak on tap. Nearly every beer was close to $3US... absolutely unbelievable.

I don't remember what I had to eat, but I remember it was pretty good... nothing to write home about, but solid.

Regardless, just for the beer, this is a must see if youre ever in the beautiful city of Budapest.

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Henri Belga Söröző in Budapest, Hungary
Place rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 5 ratings