Belgium > Brussels
Christian (236) Odense, Denmark | June 7, 2013
48 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 9/20
A small diner-like place, quite cheap looking. Slow and rather indifferent service. A quick meal and a good beer, then off again...
Fin (433) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | May 30, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
We visited here on Sunday 26th May 2013 whilst taking a nice walk around the Saint Gilles and neighbouring area. This was a bustling place, absolutely great little place with simple wooden chairs and tables and little or no ’whistles of bangs’ to get in the way of good conversation and great beer. I had a Brasserie de la Senne beer that had been brewed for the bar, Loz had one of their other offerings, Zinnebir or Taras Boulba I forget which one. The bar had a nice mixture of ages and people types. The bar was located on a corner which it appeared to share half of the corner with another much quieter bar called something like Bar Portugal, the bar was also quite close to the church. It was a long narrow bar with the serving area taking up much of one side and a large windowed area to people watch on the street side. The old fashioned wooden football table display boards on the far wall were interesting and appeared to be in club colours and probably moveable and showing the Belgian football leagues of which Royal Union St Gilles were once a big and proud member of. Today the clubs has fallen from grace somewhat but both this bar and the close by Union appear to be big supporters of the local team. I recall Cantillon making a celebratory Gueze a few years back in recognition of a recent ’rare’ taste of glory in which they won a lower league title I think. Anyway back to this bar, it is well worth going to and is close to two other great bars in this area.
Glouglouburp (423) Montreal, Quebec | February 2, 2013
40 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 8/20
Located in a nice intersection in St-Gillis this is the first Belgium bar I had a beer at many years ago because it was very close to my hotel, had a very nice patio (not many in Brussels) and cheap food. I was hungry. Back in Belgium in 2010 and staying at the same hotel and I stop there again for the same reason. I’m surprised to realize that this bar is actually on ratebeer. Very basic selection of Belgium beer. Maybe a bit better than the basic local pubs but honestly you will find a better selection in a few dozen places in Belgium. Food is good for a quick cheap snack. Cheap snacks are not that common in Brussels. Only worth a visit if you need a snack and have a hotel in St-Gillis.
nate2g (530) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | March 23, 2011
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Extremely busy cafe filled with students and after work sort of crowd. Quite noisy due to being packed but not unbearingly so. A wide range of beers are listed on the board above the counter. Outdoor seating. Service is prompt and efficient.
vanoilsjt (10) , Belgium | October 17, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Love this place. Although most customers are a generation younger than my middleaged self, I immediately felt at home.
Not a long beerlist, but a dozen excellent brews (Dupont, Ellezelles, Senne, de Ranke). Lively terrace in summer.
Indutiomarus (36) Idar-Oberstein, Germany | January 1, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Stopped in here with some locals that showed me the place. I was not too much up with the soccer but the beers were great and it is a fun place. There were enough beers for me there as well.
rizzocp (11) , Italy | July 29, 2009
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
No large selection of beer but good atmosphere
JoeinEscazú (275) San Jose, Costa Rica | January 26, 2008
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Thanks once again to Tim Webb’s book for helping us find this gem. Happy to report that its interest in real beers has continued over the past few years. The selection is not huge, but there is plenty of quality. Dupont, Ellezelles, de la Senne and de Ranke all contributed to the lineup. Moinette is not so unusual, OK, but I was very happy to see Saison Dupont lined up with the others. Also, it seems that A La Mort Subite is not the only place to get the white lambic. It was on draft here, along with the faro and bottled kriek. Bustling, smoky atmosphere. Old football league tables on the wall. Spaghetti bolo and croques for dirt cheap. Very cool little spot that’s as authentic as it gets. Shame about all the smoke, though.
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