Delirium Café

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Type: Bar, Eatery

Impasse de la Fidélité 4
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

+32 2 514 44 34 | map
deliriumcafe.be

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Reviews:
159
Ratings:
273
pDev:
13.04%
 
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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 159
Reviews by scoobybrew:
Photo of scoobybrew
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

The wife and I stopped in here during a recent trip to Brussels while on vacation. We first walked down into the cafe (as the bar is in the basement) and were a bit surprised by all the beers on tap, quite a few that we were unfamiliar with. The bartender was the only one on duty and was incredibly busy even though there really weren't that many people in the place (but they must all have been very thirsty!). When we were a bit indecisive, she pulled out the (literally) phonebook of beer and told us to browse it. We ordered a few from the tap and proceeded to take the phonebook size binder with us to the outdoor tables to browse it, picking our next choices. It was really amazing how many beers this place has, over 2000+(!). All our beers during this session were served in the proper glassware from the breweries (a feat in itself really considering the selection).

Anyway, the service could be better, but I don't really fault the staff. They were really busy helping customers, perhaps there was just too little help. The place really wasn't near being full, but I'm certain it's a chore fetching beer from their vast inventory. We did our part by helping bring in some of the glasses others had left outside and they were very appreciative – helps to pass along some good karma.

Great place to stop - but I would hate to see this at peak hours (and I wouldn't want to be a barkeep here either!).

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

Photo of Harrison8
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Nichols33
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of flyingpig
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of jmcrane
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Photo of Barleycorn
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of 54V4G3
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Photo of BdM
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
3.6/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

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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Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
Place rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 273 ratings