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3.72 w/ 6 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

Rue Henri Maus, 17-21
Brussels, 1000

+32 (0)25 11 87 89 | map

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Sadly this bar is now closed (October 2006). Oh no it's not, reopened, but haven't been in to see what it has beer or decor wise!

I can't believe there are not more reviews of this place. I always eat and drink here when in Brussels, it is a real throw back in time.

The atmostphere is one of busy excitment, as the waiters wizz around with food and drinks at breakneck speed.

The food and beer is of the finest order, not a huge selection of beers, but lets not be picky, the place is just wonderful to be in.

The actual bar is very likely to be the most solid I have ever seen, it is also very ornate and classy, in fact the whole place has class and in my opinion should not be missed.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Stoped in for a quick Beer during my 3 bar-filled days in Brussels

Nice art déco place, rather big. Waffered paper ceilings, cool tainted glass in the back. Not as nice as Cirio on the other side of the Bourse, it seemed to be lacking a little something, maybe because we were seated in a corner away from everyone, and half the fun of going to these places is getting to chat with the next table, or just eavesdrop on the conversation.

My girlfriend was hungry, so she ordered the special house sandwich, sort of a cross between a club sandwich and a panini, but with the bacon on top as garnish. Good, not great. And it took forever to get. Thank God the Beer got there faster!
The list was allright, but nothing spectacular, the usual suspects, Jupiler and Belle-vue Kriek on tap, with Chimay, Orval and Westmalle rounding things up.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was my third stop and I decided to make it this well known Brussels institution. Ostensibly not named after the famed Shakespearian, but instead after a famous Fleming. I decided to go for a snack accompanied by beer. The snack of choice was of course mussels cooked in Gueuze. There was a bit of cream too, and my, they were definitely tasty. Especially since they were washed down with a Rochefort 10°. I followed this with an absolutely delicious beer, that for the life of me I can't seem to remember. It was a great little snack even if I could not remember it completely. I really liked the decor in this place, and it was quite busy when I stopped in. Even still the service was pretty quick.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Mention Brussels to friends that have been, & their first mention, or even recollection, of having a beer in Brussels is often in the ‘unforgettable’ Falstaff; I confess when I first came to Brussels, it was mine too. My first visit was during a ‘driver-swap’ on a Coach journey from London-Prague; way back in the spring of 1991 (the Eurolines Brussels Office is close by here).

Back then (was it really 12 years ago?), I was mightily impressed. Stunning Art Déco architecture & a high class, well furbished interior, all conspired to create a fantastic place for my first beer on Belgium soil. Oh & the fact that it was open at a strange hour all went to impress a first time back-packer & beer geek.

On my last visit, my feelings could not be further from the above - I was disappointed to be honest. So sad to revisit a place that holds great memories only to have them shattered.

The building looked fine externally, but the interior looked a little shabby, almost too well worn & in dire need of tidying up. Often referred to as a classic fin de siècle design, it may well be turn of the century, but it is now sadly looking it. Spend some money guys!

The table service was extremely poor –& it was quiet. The list of some 50 beers is now just 20 beers it seems, sadly watered down from memory of past visits – where are all the trad. lambics? – Bloody hell – if I wanted over-priced sweet gueuze I can go to the nearby Mort Subite! I checked to see if the List on the Table was the “full one”. Sadly it was. I ordered an Orval & it arrived in an aged chipped glass that had seen better days. Prices were much higher than I recollect. I checked the list; there are very few beers from the “little guys” these days it seems. I wonder, if this once classic bar is now in the hands of Interbrew? – Looking at the list it sure felt like it was.

Who knows what has happened here? Updates would be welcome, Why?? Well because this is the Falstaff, an Icon, a **long-standing** old-timer, a regular in the “Eating & Drinking / Bars” section of a plethora of well-thumbed, self-respecting, highly regarded Guide Books to Belgium & Brussels.

I guess it is still worth a visit, just - especially if you have not been here.

But in Nov. '02 it appeared to be rather sad, run-down, & a shabby, faded Pop-Star, shadow of its former self. I retreated to the Cirio, which is just across the Bourse as it happens, for a Rodenbach to cure my depression.

I hope things return to how they were here.

Last Visit: Nov. 2002

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Falstaff in Brussels, Belgium
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