Delirium Café

BA SCORE
92
outstanding

259 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
Score:
92
Ratings:
259
Reviews:
155
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
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Ratings: 259 |  Reviews: 155
Reviews by HardTarget:
Photo of HardTarget
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Atmosphere: Very cool. 60s rock, Stairway to Heaven greeted me as I came down the stairs... lots of seating, could probably put 200 people in the "beer cellar", more out front. Big kegs serve as tables near the bar. The place is fairly dark, with Christmas lights poking out of the eyes of thousands of little pink elephants on the ceiling... and I'm not even drunk yet! Lots of serving trays from everywhere and signs also dot the ceiling. What I really liked: no smoking!

Quality: A hard task given the selection, but the two beers I had were just fine.

Service: Service at the bar! Friendly bartender was busy but made time to shoot the breeze a bit. When I asked about Texan beers, he told me that he didn't know US beers well, but continued on to tell me why American beers were like sex in a canoe, in a very friendly manner. Also mentioned that Belgians don't drink before noon, so they'll have American beer for breakfast.

Selection: Oh, my, God. 2004 beer guaranteed in stock. They have more, but they promise that many. You know the snotty answers you bite back when the gum chewing waitress says "Oh, we have everything!", you don't have to hold back: order what you want: they have it. Personally I had a Pink Killer (which I, unlike most others, liked) and an Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel (why, because I could!) Odd, they really didn't have many US beers, only about 12, some Anchor, some macros.

Value: A touch high, but I'm happy to pay for the selection.

I think this is my favorite bar in the world. Just a relaxed place. I was sad to drain my mug and face the world again.

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More User Reviews:
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

Photo of parpalapelix
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Kevin67
2.6/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

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Photo of jprivott
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JakeScully
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
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

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Photo of mothman
2.18/5  rDev -47.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 1

Two of the beers I ordered weren't in stock. Bad odds?

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Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
4.14 out of 5 based on 259 ratings.
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