traditional beer taverns


Delirium Café And À La Mort Subite: Two Of The Best Beer Bars In Brussels

J.M. Towers


As meeting places for locals and visitors, these traditional beer taverns in Brussels, Belgium, are known for their lively atmosphere and a wide selection of Belgian and imported beers.


Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is a beautiful city full of attractions. Some of them are the traditional beer bars—similar to pubs—found in almost every corner. Delirium Cafe is one of the most famous, notable for its large variety of Belgian and imported beers. Also noteworthy is À la Mort Subite, a brewery founded in 1928 that still retains its original decor. Locals and vacationists mingle happily in both establishments with the always-pleasant company of a good beer in their hands.


Delirium Café
Impasse de la Fidélité 4ª

Beer Bars in Brussels

Known as the Pink Elephant Bar, Delirium Cafe is one of the most famous beer bars in Belgium—and throughout Europe. It serves more than two thousand beers from around the world, a fact reflected in the Guinness Book of World Records. Guests can choose among the famous Trappist and Abbey Belgian beers—darker or lighter, according to their tastes and preferences—or any of the vast selection of international brews. They even offer unusual beers made from chocolate, banana or coconut. More unusual and extravagant beers. At Delirium Café, they know that choosing beer could be an intimidating decision, but the experienced staff quickly recommends multiple options and conveniently explains their characteristics. The Delirium Café is quite popular among young Belgians. Its décor features all kinds of beer memorabilia, including antique advertising plates, trays, glasses and thousands of different coasters. Thursday nights are especially exciting at Delirium Cafe for their memorable jam sessions and live concerts.


À la Mort Subite
Rue Montagne-aux-Herbes Potagères 7

Beer Bars in Brussels

In 1910, Theophile Vossen was the owner of an establishment called La Cour Royale, which was frequented by the employees of the National Bank of Belgium. The lively group was very fond of a dice game called 421, which always ended in “sudden death” (mort subite), in which the first opponent to win the game was proclaimed the victor. Years later, in 1928, Vossen moved to its present location, in the center of Brussels, and decided to call his new business À la Mort Subite. René and Jean-Pierre, son and grandson of Theophile Vossen, upheld the family tradition for more than 36 years. Today, Olivier and Bernard, the fourth generation of the Vossen family continue serving craft beers created by their great- grandfather in the same establishment, which still retains the original 1928 decor. À la Mort Subite brewery offers a wide selection of appetizers, including an unforgettable cheese, chives and radish sandwich. We also recommend their in-house Belgian beers made with raspberry, black currant or peach.


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