DSG (160) Tel Aviv, Israel | January 27, 2008| Updated August 20, 2008
Re-rate: this time I was here on a winter noon. The place was almost empty. Now it was a lot better than last time, I got to see the big menu and it had tons of great stuff. Service is still a bit annoying but at least someone pays attention to you. Prices a quite high for some of the beers. It’s a good place, just never come here on busy times! 3/6/14/-/5/16 /./././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././././
It’s a rainy summer Friday noon in Brussels. I have about an hour and a half left before I have to catch a bus. I say to myself ’’I gotta go to the Delirium Cafe, I’ve heard so many great things about that place’’. Well, it was quite hard to find without a good map of Brussels but I’m finally here - I go inside and at the entrance I already start to hear very loud rock music - ’’well, at least they have 2004 beers’’. I go downstairs and the place is so packed with young students and backpackers it’s difficult even to find a place to stand. It’s really smoky, and I feel like I’m standing inside the biggest ashtray in the world. I try to pick up a menu but they’re all on tables right now, I wait for another 15 minutes (standing all this time) and finally get my hands on this book. Very soon I give it up since there are about 4 people standing beside me just waiting for me to finish and hand them the menu. I’m going to the bar and try to order one of the beers but the bartender is too busy for me. I go upstairs thinking maybe I should sit over there, but no waiter comes up. I’m gonna drink my beer in another place. At least I got a pretty photo of beer bottles. I’m going to Belgium again soon, and I’ll try this place again, hoping things will be slightly better 1/1/13/-/-/3
A really fine place with nice decor in the heart of Brussels. The beer selection is decent, prices are acceptable, but the crowd is always unrelenting and spoils the experience - branching out would not be a bad idea.
Ambiance - Big, loud and touristy. Feels like you had to visit at least once but not sure I’d go out of my way to visit again. Was curious about the hoppy loft but it was closed when we were there. Not sure if that’s permanent or temporary since we didnät find any info. Service - Solid. Selection - Plenty of Belgian beers. Nothing amazing but plenty of solid beers. Food - Did not eat. Value - Decent. Additional comments - None!
It is a must visit when you go there. 3 story bar with different zones. Service is horrible though. In the tap section the bartender would replace a beer that was out of stock with another one, without even asking me first. I the basement in the bottle room, while I was ordering, the bartender saw some friends and started talking to them for 2-3 minutes before coming back with the look of him being annoyed. 3 of the initial bottles I wanted to order were out of stock. Maybe the staff were still tired/drunk on this Sunday morning?
Kind of a must visit place when you come to Brussels although it won’t be your favourite. Tucked away in a little street in the midst of the bustling backstreet restaurant part of town, the Delirium Cafe has taken over the entire little street with several different bars, including the multi-level cafe itself and then a Monastic Beer bar, a Floris Beer bar and a spirits bar. Big, touristy and busy, the range of beers is huge, although tends to front load the least exciting Belgian beers from Huyge. When I was in the downstairs bar had the more interesting stuff like Rulles, de La Senne etc a more visible bottle list, and nice food including a range of abbey cheeses. Ground floor was much more mainstream. I steered clear of the Floris bar. Because it’s so busy service can be a bit brusque, but they are clearly trying their best.
Zilb (4) Fontenay Sous Bois, France | April 3, 2016
Bondé le samedi soir, mais pas pour déplaire dans cette superbe ambiance ! Plus large choix de bières du monde (3200 au dernières news ...) avec un épais catalogue pour choisir sa bière : ENORME ! Incontournable, il faut que j’y retourne...