Another place down a small cobbled alley, and not easy to spot from the street. Like Au Bon Vieux Temps nearby, there is some nice stained glass and they have a radio playing (but not tuned to the Cliff Richard and his ilk channel). A L’Imaige de Nostre-Dame is much more earthy and basic – in former times for tradesman rather than knights perhaps. The main bar is plain and simple with a traditional stove and there’s a cosy cave-like nook with roughly plastered walls and an impressive built-in wooden armoire. The toilets are outside off a miniscule patio patrolled by the pub cat.
The beer list isn’t hugely exciting but the St Feuillien Saison on draft was excellent and the locals were friendly.
(Visited 2 October 2012).
Number three on the Brussels “ancient bar down an alleyway” circuit (after Toone & Aux Bon Vieux Temps). Slightly more earthy than the others. Still has plenty of stained glass, carved wood etc. If you count a couple of tables in the alleyway, primarily used by smokers and right outside the door to the (outside) toilets as a patio, then I guess it has a patio. Soundtrack was radio playing in the background. The St Feuillien Saison on tap was top notch.
Brussels has blind alleys like Birmingham (England) has canals, they are everywhere. Like Birminghams canals, Brussels alleys often have good bars down them.
This place is down an alley, it is earthy, basic old chairs and tables fill thispopular, fun place. A younger set use this place compared to the other alley bars you may have read about, but older people like me are also looked after. I have only been a few times (2006 and 2011), but was very busy on all occasions.
Well worth finding, good quality draught beers and a happy, if small (for Belgium) bottle list. There was a very load disco during Dec 2011 and we couldn’t stay inside because of the noise, stood in the alleyway and had our beers!
Visited many times with friends or family. Down the typical alleyway, and feel like being sent back in time. Old wooden interior with seats and walls that are showing the test of time. The menu is limited sporting the usual suspects and some of the beers can be a tad pricey. Good St Feuillien draft.
It’s a good place to visit to gain a feel of the typical Brussels bar, away from the crowd. Place can sit roughly 25.
I prefer when the owner is there, the young bartender seems uninterested at best. To visit for the atmosphere, not for the beer.
The beer selection is not massive in this old back-alley tavern, but you’re bound to find quality here. And like its next-door neighbor, Au Bon Vieux Temps, it’s tough to beat the atmosphere. I believe there was McChouffe (or was it St. Fueillien Brune?) on tap. Most of the trappists and Boon Mariage Parfait on the menu, and a couple of other surprises. A decent place to take a break from touristing near the Grand Place.
A cozy little place is located at the end of a very narrow lane, a short walk away from Groote Markt. The staff are very friendly and helpful, even is their knowledge of beer may not be perfect. The selection is small, as is the place, and it includes some well-known but decent Belgians on tap and definitely more in bottles. nomfood but great atmosphere with live music. Okay prices. I will definitely come back again on my next visit to town.
DSG (160) Tel Aviv, Israel | January 23, 2008| Updated August 18, 2008
A small little place placed in an alley right next to a very touristy street, surprisingly it seemed there were no tourists when I was there (late August noon), but the place was quite packed with Belgian locals from all ages and genders. The atmosphere is really nice with relaxed French music and friendly service. It seems like a family business since some of the beers were served to me by a kid who was about 8 year old. Only problem was (as in a lot of places in Europe) the smoking, which wasn’t very bad, but still I don’t like to smell cigarettes along with the beer aroma. The beer selection is not great, but it has quite a few nice beers and the place itself is a great cosy getaway.