A weird intriguing little place near downtown Brussels with a front full of vine. A few picnic tables on the front act as a patio. The interior is clean and ďdifferentĒ. Like a cute bistro from 40 years ago. They had a few "house beers". The old owner/manager told me it was his own recipes and they were brewed by Van Steenberge. I tried one (the Ďn Architeck) and it tasted so generic that it hard to say that if it is truly a real house beer or a renamed Van Steenberge beer. They serve their house beers on tap and in bottles. Besides their house brews they have a very limited selection of beers. I didnít try the food. Another strange thing about this ďbeer barĒ is that it opens very very early, 5h30am and it closes early evening (no specific hour, this is Belgium for you). They serve breakfast so if youíre on jetlag and want a beer at 6am this is the place for you. A strange little place. Worth a pitstop, no more.
In the middle of the Marolles, while there was a flee market. Nice atmosphere. There was no service outside, we had to get everything ourselves - bummer especially given the prices. What is more is that the home brew has no info on the bottle on what it actually is - it just mentions in the beer menu as a blonde (while it has 10.5% ABV) + it tasted BAD!. This was a bad idea overall to go to.
Right in the Marolles next to Place du Jeu de Balle.
Bar itself has the very Brussels like atmosphere which this neighborhood is well-known for, although sitting outside next to constant traffic stops being enjoyable after a while.
Nice interior, I guess blending old style with tacky modern touch. Service or lack thereof was ok, the waiter was new, had no idea about the home beer. About the only reason to go there is to try that Architeck beer. Do yourself a favor and visit RestobiŤres about a block away.
Rune (639) TromsÝ, Norway | June 13, 2011| Updated July 3, 2011
Cool cafť close to the Flea Market at Place Du Jeu-de Balle and the Brussels-South station (Gare du Midi). The entrance looks like a newsstand, then a few stairs up to the service spot. The four cornered room is covered with wall paintings and stories related to Joseph Poelaert and the hexen from Marollen. Their own beers, made by Van Steenberge, are sold from tap, and in bottles to take away. Apart from their own beers and a few others listed as "les belges celebres" there is not much to choose from. However, the cafť is worth a visit with its relaxing homely feel, tasty cheesecakes and strong beers. Polite service. (visited 6th May 2011).
eManu (41) Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, Belgium | June 12, 2010
The selection of beers is not bad, but they have their own brews which are nice. They sell gift boxes with 4 beers and their glass. The food is great also. But the service is so slow and not very nice. I was desapointed.
Not a very beery place, really, but a good place to hide from the antique hounds outside. Features a series of adequate to tasty house beers, probably made by Van Steenberge. Service was slow to bother with us. Then they declined to sell us snacks or small meals, saying we had to order the pricier, full meals or no food at all. We declined in return. Having said that, the plates going by looked pretty good. The beer selection, however, must have gone downhill lately in their efforts to push the house beer. If youíre in this neighborhood, Iíd say pay a visit to Het Warm Water or Restobieres instead.
Didnít like this place as much as Warm Water, Brocante or Restobieres which are all around the Place du Jeu de Balle. House beer was pretty standard. There was a school group there when I was there so they were a bit rushed too. Probably worth a look but go to the other places I listed too and make up your own mind.