Lop Lop

Bar, Eatery

29 Rue D'Ecuyer
Brussels, 1000

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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I discovered this place during my trip to Brussels late November 2002 thanks to Tim Webb’s Guide, without it, I may have never thought to even enter this Bar. Outside a variety of beer signs, some illuminated, as well as “Flag-of-Nations” murals painted above all of the windows, give this bar an International feel and from the outside reminds me of those pseudo tourist bars so popular in major cities. The Lop Lop (I have no idea what the name means) is a corner street bar with a Brown Café feel about it. As you enter, you question yourself – is this really a Beer Bar? – because it looks just like an ordinary brown Café. The Bar is to your left as you enter the corner door, stairs at the back of the bar lead to the upstairs drinking area. You can sit at the bar on one of the 10 high stools, or at the old wooden rickety Tables and Chairs. You may have to ask for the Beer Menu, I noticed that at times they are not placed on the tables. When you do, you will note a very serious Beer List, well worthy of an hour or three's drinking. Has around 120 Beers, a well thought out list containing some great Belgiums, including several beers from De Dolle and my favourite Westvleteren 12, but also includes the odd overseas beer including English Ones. In addition to the Bottles, there are about 10-12 Beers on draft, which again may include the odd UK import. All were very reasonably priced. A real surprise – looks are truly deceiving.
I revisited this bar on many occasions and different times during my weeks stay in November 2002. My first visit was quiet, second and the bar was packed and involved a band playing on a small stage on the far side, third time an old guy was playing a Piano. The Entertainment is as diverse as the bars frequenters. For it has a truly eclectic clientele that varies from punks, young couples, old men, older couples, middle aged bohemians, beer geeks, and just about every other sector of Belgium society – a totally fascinating place that gets a "5" for atmosphere, because it is quite literally "exceptional". On paper and in theory, this Bar should not exist – but it does, and somehow it works in its own strange way.
One hell of a weird bar – with one hell of a great beer list for Brussels.

Dec 28, 2002
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rastaman from England

4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I actually found this place on recomendation from the guys at Bier Temple. I wanted somewhere within walking distance that had a good selection of beers. And well, they have a great selection, they had beers from Cantillon, Westvleteren, De Dolle etc (over 100 beers all up i think). The staff were really nice, and the guy who i think managed the place knew about his beers. They do offer crappy beers like Budweiser, but they try not to advertise it too heavily. They make this obvious in their descriptions, i.e, they pay the crap out of the bad beers on their menu. I quite liked this bar, and its close to the central touristy area, so if you're checking out the sites, this is the place to stop, take a break and have a brew.

Feb 07, 2003
Lop Lop in Brussels, Belgium
Place rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2 ratings