Delirium Café

BA SCORE
92
outstanding

154 Reviews
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
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
256
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
Taps:
15
Bottles/Cans:
2,400
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 256
Reviews by zee3are0:
Photo of zee3are0
4.39/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

A - If you mind cigarette smoke, Belgium might not be the place for you. On the other hand, the bar is two places that are both ideal. Upstairs, in the "Delirium Tap House" are not only a huge selection of beers on tap, but it has a feel like a swank hipster bar. It's almost new-bohemian in feel. The decorations seem too new and ad-hoc; it's not quite the right personality for me. Downstairs is the most awesome place in the world for me. It's dark, it's dank, it's acrid with cigarette smoke (I don't smoke, but it just doesn't seem like a right and proper bar without it), and the serving trays on the ceiling and paraphanelia on the walls all seem appropriate and downright exemplary.

Q - If anyone gives the Quality or Selection at this place less than a 5, it seems silly. They are in the Guinness Book for a reason! Selection unmatched by anywhere else. And the quality matches. They know how to serve all styles; they know what you want from the most obscure descriptions.

S - In spite of the fact that their beer service is impeccable when you do get served, they are amazingly busy every single night and only wait from behind the bar. No wait staff as of my last visit (May 2009; also visited: Feb 07, May 07, Dec 07, Feb 08, Apr 08, May 08, Sep 08), so service can be difficult to get, though once you are helped, they are always very knowledgable and courteous.

S - 2400 beers in bottles last time I was there. Upstairs, they had a mind-numbing number on tap. They need a 6.0 or higher for the grading on this.

F - They have traditional Belgian pub snacks, but I don't think I've ever bothered. It's all about the beer!

V - Their price for Delirium on tap is simply absurdly low and can't be beat for value. Many of their bottled selections are the cheapest you'll find in most bars. They have such quantity available that I'm pretty sure their profit is a foregone conclusion just from the smallest of margins.

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More User Reviews:
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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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
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 +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DanielCseklye
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

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Delirium Café in Brussels, Belgium
4.14 out of 5 based on 256 ratings.
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