Delirium Café

Delirium CaféDelirium Café
Delirium CaféDelirium Café
Bar, Eatery

Impasse de la Fidélité 4
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

+32 2 514 44 34 | map
deliriumcafe.be

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.13
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
280
pDev:
13.08%
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cratez from Canada

3.8/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Came here with my wife during a recent trip to Brussels and Munich.

Tried the following:
Oud Beersel Lambic Infused w/ Earl Grey Tea (draft)

Which was drinking well. My wife enjoyed her Delirium Tremens (a favourite of hers). Tap selection was large and varied, though the Oud Beersel was one of the only beers that really grabbed my attention. Service was nondescript as the bartender fetched our drinks quickly without much interaction, since the place was super busy. But we managed to grab a nice, quiet table in the back of the bar where we quaffed our beers. Diverse, cosmopolitan crowd on our visit. I could see how someone could kill a few hours in here. Our overall experience was above average, and we would possibly come back.

Apr 18, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25

For a quiet, clean, curated farmtable, well-lit enjoyment of 200+ craft beers, try nearby FAMILY BREWS.

A must try one when in Brussels, but otherwise, crowded, extremely loud dive. Good draft list, available in 25cl, 50cl, 1L, and 2L.

Mar 04, 2020
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disbell from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great selection of beer. We visited it twice in the day. After lunch when it was quiet and a dozen or so patrons. It was nice to relax and enjoy a drink with family and friends. Recommended time before it picks up in the evening...Later it's very crowded with longer lines and gets loud.

Feb 15, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

A good place to go and have one round of beers - crowded, extremely loud dive of a bar - dusty and sticky floors with blaring pop music. It's only cool because of the age of the building and the various rooms with old beer signs and such. Good draft list, all available in various sizes - 25cl, 50cl, 1L, and 2L. Had a glass of Delrium Noel and left for a quieter place with more character.

Dec 16, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Vibe is cool and eccelictic, with vintage beer trays adorning the ceiling, and vintage beer signs covering the walls. The focus is solely on beer here. It's a fairly small place and gets loud quickly with a seating area fit for approximately 50.

Quality is great. It's an older looking bar, but otherwise well kept.

With so many beers available, a hoard of customers (even on a summer Monday night), and only four bar attendants, service was a little sparse. Service was helpful though and quick, although I hesitated to ask any beer questions out of respect of their time.

Safe to say the selection is excellent here, although - unsurprisingly - the selection is focused in on Belgian beer. They do hold the Guinness World Record for most beers available at a single bar (2004 beers).

Food here is modest and is mostly to help foster a more tasty, and longer lasting social drinking session. I did not order food here, but do recall them having a cheese tray which sounded quite great. Otherwise, it's more so a place to drink rather than eat.

Jul 17, 2018
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flyingpig from Scotland

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

A huge bar with an absolutely huge selection of beers across several floors in the centre of Brussels; there was upwards of 30 beers on-tap (probably more than I missed) and a bottle list that spanned several pages with plenty gems in there. The place was quite busy but we found a seat firstly in the terrace then inside once there closed at 10pm. Lots of tourists and quite a few larger groups that were noisy but well worth checking out for one at least. Prices were about the same as most places in the city and the proper glasses were used too.

Jun 12, 2018
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Topmanu from Belgium

1/5  rDev -75.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

Bar is held by drug addict and personel agressive. I personally experienced it: since I did not let pass the manager first between the crowd, I was pushed away and insulted. Although I tried to converse calmly, he continued to be agressive and arrogant: I understood, when I saw his red eyes and dilated pupils. He even robbed my smartphone. When I tried to get it back, I was beaten by his staff. So think twice whenever entering this place, because you are not safe. Additionally the place stinks, especially bathrooms. There are so many other places in Brussels where you can get a large choice of beers and a safe atmosphere.

Sep 23, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in during a visit to Brussels. Crazy place with three floors. Tons of space, and the taplist was quite impressive. Didn't have a ton of things that can't be found elsewhere, and prices weren't the lowest. However, this is the place for someone who loves beer and doesn't want to sip on lambics at Moeder. I would do both! Despite being busy, service was good.

Aug 27, 2017
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BeanBump from California

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The food is just alright but hey, who comes to Delirium to eat, right? The beer selection is outstanding and the menu looks like a phone book. They have beers from around the world both on tap and in bottles in their massive fridge. Just about every style and brewery you can imagine is represented. Its easy to spend multiple hours here. Being an American, it was amusing for me to see so many rare European beers at an insanely affordable price compared to what they cost at home. On the flipside, a bottle of Corona cost 6 Euros and a Stone IPA was 11.

If you make it to Delirium, do yourself a favor and order a 2-liter beer. The glass looks like giant fishbowl and its bigger than your head (it also requires a 50 Euro deposit) but its worth it for the experience alone.

Jun 29, 2017
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BobStubbs from Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Really enjoyed visit there - the menu reads like a great book. . . . .in fact I bought it. A must visit when you go to Brussels. You could go there many times and never drink the same beer once

Apr 21, 2017
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Hydroventures from Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Have visited several times.. HUGE selection..Lots of tourists but ignore that and drink something you have been wanting to try, or pick at random. If you are needing munchies, good selection of meats and cheeses. Cheers!

Jan 27, 2017
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Downstairs from the fratty madhouse of Delirium Taphouse is Delirium Cafe, probably where the whole Delirium brand thing started. Tons of bartenders serving tons of young people, dirty bathrooms.

15 taps: Delirium, Floris, Bush, Viven IIPA, Oud Beersel… and tons of bottles, unlike at the taphouse or loft. I bought a 2001 Cuvee Keyzer for only 10 euros to take home.

Wish I had more time and the place was less packed so that I could have perused the bottle menu.

Jan 22, 2017
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Sergio_Nesmachnow from Uruguay

4.75/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A must visit place, went there this winter and atmosphere was great.
A huge selection of beers and many draft choices. Three floors, with different options, Invited beers in the second floor.

Jan 05, 2017
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Redrover from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I know it is a touristy but it is also a must stop. We went fairly early at 6 p.m. and it was already slammed.

Getting a beer can be problematic as you line up at the long bar and hope the bartender finally notices you in the sea of other people trying to get their attention. My friend and I were waiting to order four beers. I finally gave up and went downstairs. I was able to get beers and back to our table before he was finally served and they had to change my keg on one of the beers I ordered. My bartender was a nice guy they could just use like four more at each bar…

Speaking of beers, huge selection but I stuck with the draft choices. I had no problem finding plenty of beers I had been wanting try.

Delirium is decorated with a ton of cool old beer signs and even an old copper kettle that has been made into a booth. Numerous rooms and two floors to wander through.

Bonus, right outside the second door is the female answer to the Mannekin Pis statue. Had to search a bit but there it is.

Go early and have a few before moving on to more civilized options : )

Nov 29, 2016
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Kevin67 from Arkansas

2.6/5  rDev -37%
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.

May 20, 2016
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Shanex from France

3.76/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Worth visiting, fairly good selection of beer, great service and a good staff overall. Giving this one a good rating, which seem deserved... I've had a delirium there btw

Apr 21, 2016
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Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Apr 03, 2016
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Jow from Belgium

3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Feb 11, 2016
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HopBroker from Washington

3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Nov 16, 2015
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byronic from Canada

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Oct 15, 2015
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Domingo from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Sep 18, 2015
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tduecen from Louisiana

5/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Jul 29, 2015
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sjccmd from Minnesota

2.76/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

Jul 12, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Jun 09, 2015
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PJASchultz from North Carolina

2.19/5  rDev -47%
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.

May 06, 2015
Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
Place rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 280 ratings