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Delirium CaféDelirium Café

Type: Bar, Eatery

Impasse de la Fidélité 4
Brussels, 1000

+32 2 514 44 34 | map

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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 245
Reviews by dauss:
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4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

So I was at the long closed Lop Lop. Its turned into an american style sports bar, and the bartender was quite a beer enthusiast himself. Being English, he provided clear directions on how to get here. The dead end street that Delerium Cafe is connected to is some touristy road. Dozens of restaurants are lined on both sides with hecklers trying to get you in. I missed the street twice, before I asked one of the hostesses to point it out.

So here it was, the famed Delirium Cafe. A few tables and benches are up on the street, but I don't expect any of the bartenders to come up there and serve you. After walking down the stairs, it was a dimly lighted bar, mainy from small Xmas tree style lights all over the ceiling, dotted with pink elephants. Beer trays with logos of beers I have never heard of are all over the ceiling. A showcase of glasses sits away from the bar, and the bar is just loaded with glasses all over the place. A 10 tap draught sits at the head of the bar.

I had sat down, and the menu came. This thing was like a phone book. There must have been at least 75 pages. When I went it was still quiet. Only about 6 people in the entire bar while I was there. The menu was extremely expensive. I couldn't believe how much they were charging for some of the "cellared" beers, where they kept them temp and light controlled. The menu didn't even print the age of the beers, and they were wanting exorbiant amounts. I could have gotten some of those "cellared" beers for 1/3 of the price at the Kulminator. The food menu consisted of meats and cheese. A small 200 gram plate of trappist cheese is about 10 euro. They also sold glassware and t-shirts. The glasses were all at least 5 euro each. A large assortment of whiskey and liquors were available.

After digging through the menu, I picked out a Fantome Chocolat, at a whopping 10 Euro. The other thing it was warm, room temp. The bartender asked me if I wanted a bucket of ice, but I declined. I asked myself, "I wonder how much of their beer they keep warm?".

The funniest thing was the beers around the world. They didn't have many from the US, but they did have a large selection of Anchor, and the shittiest of the shitty beers. 10 Euro for a Red Dog or a Lone Star! This must be a joke. At the very end, they claim to have at least 2004 different beers at all times. The service was good and the skills of the bartender were impressive.

As for the taps, it looked impressive, but half of them weren't respectible. There were a lot of Florisgaarden, and even some Pink Killer, some pink colored grapefruit flavored beer.

Would I come back, maybe. This place is just way too expensive for me. The beer selection was impressive, and would come by for a hard to come by beer. Atmosphere is really nice, and so is the decoration, I wouldn't mind coming back for that.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of epyon396
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jophish17
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of parpalapelix
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Kevin67
2.6/5  rDev -37.3%
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 -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JakeScully
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
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 -47.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 1

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

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of esktime
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DanielCseklye
4.48/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dougbreathe
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Jow
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of jonj
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MatthewWalters
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of Ajlvt
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of byronic
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of barleywin
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.86/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Domingo
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Tinyoyo
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Photo of halo3one
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
4.15 out of 5 based on 245 ratings.
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