Delirium Café

Delirium CaféDelirium Café
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84.8%
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4.14 w/ 264 ratings
Delirium CaféDelirium Café
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

Impasse de la Fidélité 4
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

+32 2 514 44 34 | map
deliriumcafe.be

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
264
Liked:
224
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
13.29%
 
 
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Finally got over to this much-talked-about new beer bar. Quite spacious for a Brussels bar and still cozy. Indeed, as everyone has said, lots of pink elephants. Little cut-outs hanging by strings from the cieling, to be exact. The walls are adorned with quite a collection of antique beeraphenalia. The atmosphere is warm and cozy with somewhat somber lighting. There are seats around the spacious bar, big barrel-tables with chairs on the lower level seating area and "standard" tables & chairs on a raised seating area. There is a window into one of their beer coolers which is just awe-inspiring to gaze upon. Makes you wish you had something like it in your house!

Their selection is mind-boggling. Separate menus for water, jenever, and beer. There are beers on offer from practically every beer-making country that you can think of and from some you wouldn't have thought of (like Rwanda?!). Of course, the selection of Belgian beers is exhaustive, but they also have an enormous collection of German and French beer. All of the beer from outside Europe was a bit pricey. Quite hilariously, a bottle of Red Dog for 8 euros! That would be a big disappointment! I went for a Kerelsbier (one of Belgium's "hoppy" beers that I had just recently heard about) and followed it with a steinbier from Germany (the name escapes me for the moment). The Kerelsbier was quite good, though a bit warm.

Not really any food to be had aside from a pretty extensive list of cheeses made with beer. You can order a plate with cheese or sausage, bread and butter. Tried the saucisson d'orval and the Passendale plates. Really good bread and quality meat and cheese. However, it was a slab of cheese and a length of sausage which had to be cut at the table with some inadequate cutlery. Not outrageously expensive, but not super cheap either.

Service can be friendly and speedy on a sleepy Saturday afternoon, but if there is more than 4 or 5 tables, expect to wait a LONG time to be served. Your beer will have run out long before they come for another visit. All of the servers/bartenders are multi-lingual which is good. I heard them speak English, French, and Flemmish.

This place is certainly a big competition for the famed Bier Circus, even though they don't serve food-food. And this place is much more conveniently located for "tourism" on a little alley of that Rue de Bouchers (that street with all the seafood restaurants squashed together). May be hard to find at first, but the search is worthwhile and I shall return.

The biggest negative is the pricing. They've certainly set it at the "tourism" level (i.e.- coming close to "rip off"). And depending on what you order from the bottled selection, it may come out on the warm side. To compensate for this, they bring the bottle out in a champagne bucket filled with ice water. Kind of helps, I guess...

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Photo of Topmanu
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.

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Photo of mltobin
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of wmcgar01
5/5  rDev +20.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Beersnake1
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of ViviRizzatti
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of BeanBump
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Photo of Resuin
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of BobStubbs
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
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

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of South2NW
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Hydroventures
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

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Photo of Kmadnesss
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Great selection,,,must see!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Sergio_Nesmachnow
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of MisledTitan
4.43/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 : )

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Photo of poskok
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Too much people. To much tourists. to crowdy. noisy. great selection of beers.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of epyon396
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jophish17
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

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Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
Place rating: 84.8% out of 100 with 264 ratings
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