Definitely more mellow than its downstairs counterpart. Large tap selection, and one of the few places in all of Belgium where you can get samplers. On the other end of the scale, you can also get a 3 liter glass of beer. yes, someone ordered one while I was there. Staff is friendly and efficient.
The newish upstairs bar at Delirium is better lit, more open, less claustrophobic and less stinky than downstairs. Still you have to navigate the clog of sidewalk diners just to reach this overcrowded, expensive beer tourist trap. That said, the tap list was eclectic, including special taps from De Ranke and Blaugies, only both were in terrible shape. The bartender curled his face when we asked for a taste of something rather than buying an entire glass blind. I don’t see the appeal, but Delirium has always underdelivered IMO, and it no longer should be considered a premier beer destination. Your time in Brussels is better spent elsewhere.
I dont understand why this is a separate place. Is it a different company? What ever. In terms of beer selection I think it’s somewhat uninteresting compared to the ground floor and the basement bars. I mean on the ground floor you can have Delirum Cactus. In the basement you can have Tilquin Faro. Up here you get a bunch of English and American beers. Meh. The upside is that it’s quieter up here. Drunks, like zombies, can’t climb stairs, so if you want to get away from it all while at the most touristy beer destination in the country you can grab a good beer and climb a flight of stairs and relax. While relaxing and sipping your beer you can check out the decorations which consist of signs from breweries that don’t exist anymore. I found a couple of lambic producers that I had never heard of before, which is kind of fun. There was also a guy in a bright pink bootlegged shirt selling something. It’s a nice place but get your beer downstairs and bring it upstairs.
A bit more relaxed than the lower levels of Delirium and a much different selection. More of a focus on American and other non-Belgian European beers. A decent selection of bottles following a similar trend. A nice place to go if you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the bar.
It is a better atmosphere than the bar below, although I didn’t really find anything of interest when I popped by. I’m not really looking to drink imported, stale American beers at crazy prices either. I’d say the bar is great for local folk looking at trying something different.
Situated up the stairs from the main Cafe bar this large, one roomed bar had a little more space. It was still warm with no real air flow to cool it down.
Beer range was a little more interesting with Danish, Japanese and Belgian beer on tap and a load of bottles from around the world. It was a little quieter than downstairs and a nicer atmosphere.
Worth a look as will pick up some interesting beers here.
To echo previous comments, this upstairs section of Delirium is a bit more sedate than its downstairs counterpart, with lots of seating, a decent draft list and a large selection of bottles. This is Delirium, though, so even if this section ’more sedate’ it is still pretty raucous and, on a busy evening, finding a seat can be challenging. By around 2am the place will clear out a bit, so from then until 4am you should be able to really relax. (And before 8pm or so it isn’t too busy, either.) The value is pretty good for most of the beers, and there really are some rarities in the fridge. I’d say this is one of (if not the best) place in Belgium to find a range of beers that includes non-Belgian options. The evening crowd is quite young and lively (I thiink everyong I saw was under 30) so for a quiet experience get there early. Certainly worth a visit.
Fin (950) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | April 1, 2015
Me and Loz visited the Hoppy Loft on Thursday 19th March 2015. This was our first visit to the Hoppy Loft, not entirely sure how we’d not got here before. To access the loft is rather simple, instead of going into the main Delirium café you head upstairs instead, I guess the name gives a big clue. It is bigger than I expected, it is just one room with one very small bar. It was fairly quite on our visit with only a few customers in. Beer choice is clearly much more limited than downstairs but it’s well chosen and anyway it is a far more pleasant drinking experience. Re: beer, I forget what I had, though I do recall in a strange beer and arm unsynchronised disconnect moment, I ended up somehow throwing/spilling two thirds of it on the floor, Loz rather unhelpfully saying ’what did you do that for’ as though I did it on purpose. I liked it in here, it’s clear that they want to avoid much of the crowd that inhabits downstairs, with a list of things/types of people that they don’t want, so btw if you are a hipster you’re not welcome. It’s a far nicer, quieter and more pleasurable drinking experience up here. Will definitely return.
The upstairs bar at Delirium is small and offers a few dozen seats. The beer selection was much smaller than the main bar and it was nearly as loud here but without the teenagers groping each other as appears normal in the main level and basement. There are much better places to drink beer in Brussels.
The upstairs part of the Delirium Village and probably more young hipster than downstairs. Very, very busy and noisy, we managed to squeeze into a table in the corner, there seemed to be large groups of youngsters in evidence all having a great time and the conversation gratefully outdoing the music. The choice seems to be largely American, certainly on our visit. I must say I prefer downstairs, but we will do both on future visits.