Hipster bar with an excellent selection (but limited compared to the Fontainas location). Vibe is good: cool music, nice interior. Clearly the place was understaffed on my visit: only one employee in service for both inside and the patio. Service was slow. Overall a very nice place for the people of Saint-Gilles, but as a tourist, the Fontainas location is far more convenient (for location and selection), which was probably the point of opening the 2nd location anyway.
Opens at 16.00 every day (I think), we arrived at 16.10 on Saturday 29th Dec 2007 and the place was full by 17.00. Not that there is a lot of room to start with, 30 chairs maybe. A mix of locals who knew each other, two dogs, one child, some loners and a few beer tourists like us filled the place nicely.
A corner bar in the shape of a triangle, homely and neat. Wood and brick with a load of windows on the outside, just as you would expect. The three walls have advertising boards and pictures of beers etc, all very ’Olde Worlde-Belgiuquie Style’.
There are 3 boards with the tap selection dotted around the place and also a cheese board, we had 150grams of Chimay with some brown sliced bread.
Two Cantillon beers were on tap along with a Christmas Beer and four or five others, there was also a ’British handpull (beer engine)’ on the bar, but it was not in use. The bottle book was interesting. We had a 2006 corked and caged 75cl Abbaye Val-Dieu Noel after a couple of beers from the taps.
Well away from the normal tourist area, but still seemed a very safe place, it is also close to a huge prison that looks like a castle, so picture opportunities too. A good map and the use of the complicated and complexed but intergrated Brussels transport system will get you there ’no problem’.
Nice place. Very clean and professional looking. Staff is freindly and knowledgeable. Wonderful selection and very fair prices considering what they have on tap. When I went in they had roughly 5 different Cantillons on tap, a 3 Foneinen, DeRanke and some other oddities. Some really tasty salads and quiches to eat as well. Highly reccomend a stop.
This is my first place I discovered couple of my favorite beers over 10 years ago. Back then I asked their suggestion and was always well advised. The folks there, they drink beers that’s for sure. This place can be easily crowded because it is just too small. but that is another of their charm. It’s far from being touristic and often , we find regular customers, mostly students and hipsters. The choice of beers served from tap is limited but vary from season to season. There is an amazing choice of bottles and sometimes we find some foreign exceptional brews. That’s where I drunk some of the Stone Brewery masterpieces ! Anyway it’s a nice place and always be on top for it’s authentic Brussels charm.
Plus cosy, selection plus large en bouteille, service aussi pro et agreable qu au centre, un seul regret des bieres au fut un peu froides.
Fin (1081) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | December 19, 2011
Myself and Loz visited here Saturday 17th December 2011, we had to wander the neighbourhood for a couple of hours as we had failed to take note of the 16:00 hours opening time. The beer list is very impressive and easily the best that I encountered on this visit, with many impressive rarities for those keen to seek out something a little different. Pricewise it was possibly a little on the steeper side, however if you choose something on tap then there were certainly a decent and interesting selection at very reasonable prices. The female member of bar staff was very knowledgeable, helpful and worked the bar really well, offering sound advice. We walked there and back and we were based in Molenbeek but it was a pleasant walk and the pub is an interesting part of town away from the tourist tat which drags some of the other Brussels establishments down a little. I really liked this bar, however maybe not quite as much as I was hoping. I suppose one fault that I found was that much like many of the other great beer cafes of the world its one failing is that for atmosphere and all round pub banter it just doesn’t work so well, if it could condense the atmosphere and warmth of the three alleway pubs in the centre of town then it would be a world beater on every count, sadly it just fails on the atmosphere rating.
les deux barbus de barman sont tout simplement parfait. ils savent ce qu’ils font et le font bien, les lundi dub au moeder moi je dis oui c’est entrainant sans être dérangeant. la soirée était calme donc les serveurs étaient au petit soins avec nous. pour ce qui est de la nourriture en comparaison au moeder fontainas il manque le lard et plus de salaison. en tout cas c’est l’endroit rêvé pour passer cet hiver l’endroit est cosy et chaleureux
Very enjoyable bar in a residential part of Brussels. Nice wood-panneled with lots of patio seating and great vibe. The tap selection is limited but very good. Bottle selection is excellent. Also has a very nice cheese with my beer. (Like Sebletitje, the night before, the bottle menu never came for me either...)
sebletitje (406) Enghien, Belgium | September 29, 2011| Updated February 25, 2012
Revisited Feb 22, 2012.
Much better feel, no blasting music, nice friendly service, rotating taps, drink local and get a DeLa Senne.
Finally made it to ML in St-Gilles, working in Etterbeek being only a stone’s throw away.
A more classical Belgian looking bar than its more modern Fontainas location which is not a bad thing.
Interior is clean with heavy wooden benches/tables and a good deal of classic Belgian comic books to keep oneself busy.
Beer selection is a little different than Fontainas, less draft, more bottles but the quality still shines and they are definitely supporting the Brussels breweries; Senne and Cantillon.
I was not too fond of the atmosphere, whoever was working - or at least playing DJ before his shift - kept pumping out this loud French-Belgian gangsta techno-rap that I think has no room in an establishment such as ML. Or maybe I just have shitty music tastes.
The other guy was not really busy, but his mind looked to be elsewhere and after asking him three times for the bottle selection he finally remembered me. Maybe a bad day, or maybe a day when the manager was not around. Too bad, because I really enjoy the quaint surroundings and the neighborhood.