Beers in Brussels: must-see bars and restaurants

09 March 2022
Homme lisant sur la terrasse ensoleillée du café La Pompe à Saint-Gilles


The fact that beer often goes well with many dishes, is being shared, thanks to the rising popularity of beer-pairing, with more and more connoisseurs. But beer was, and remains, an invaluable ingredient in both traditional and bold modern gastronomic dishes.

 

These bold new creations appear on the menus of many Brussels restaurants. Add to them all the Brussels cafes and bars with emphatic beer selections (you can also check which breweries you can visit or which beer festivals to attend) and you’re in for a Belgian beer experience like no other!

Cafes

Moeder Lambic

Moeder Lambic has two bars in Saint-Gilles and the city centre with incredible beer selections. A true haven for real beer lovers.

les terrasses ensoleillées du Parvis de Saint-Gilles, dont celle du Café Flora

La Fleur en Papier Doré

Literary café La Fleur en papier doré is a listed monument and used to be a favourite meeting point for Brussels’ surrealists. Here you can enjoy typical Brussels dishes.

Deux femmes avec une poussette prennent un verre sous un parasol à la terrasse ensoleillée du café Le Dillens.

La Porte Noire

With a rich selection of typical beers and diverse concerts. The vaulted space of La Porte Noire, which used to house the kitchens of an Alexian convent, has a Middle Ages and Celtic atmosphere.

Le Poechenellekelder

Le Poechenellekelder is a genuine pint-sized “poechenellenkelder” (puppet theatre), with a fantastic collection of theatre puppets.

terrasse d'été du café La Biche

Le Monk

Monk is a bar that’s full of atmosphere, with a surprising beer selection and other Brussels delicacies, such as their tasty spaghetti bolognaise. Set in a magnificent setting with music.

terrasse d'été du café La Biche

À La Mort Subite

A la mort subite is a charming bar that loves authentic Belgian beers and serves large cheese and brawn sandwiches.

terrasse d'été du café La Biche

Delirium

The largest selection of beers in the world... You’ll find Delirium Café hidden in a small street next to the pictural Rue des Bouchers.

Au Daringman

The small retro bar at Daringman lies hidden between the fashion district and the canal. Famous English newspaper The Guardian named it “Belgium’s best beer bar”.

Restaurants

In ’t Spinnekopke

't Spinnekopke is set in a property that, since 1792, served as a post carriage depot. Here you can sample all the typical Belgian specialities, along with other dishes made with beer.

les terrasses ensoleillées du Parvis de Saint-Gilles, dont celle du Café Flora

Les Brigittines

Les Brigitinnes lies in the heart of Brussels, within walking distance of the Grand-Place, the Sablon, the Brussels Palace of Justice and the Marolles. You can enjoy delicious traditional Belgian and French cuisine made with fresh seasonal produce and beer in a tasteful Art Nouveau setting.

terrasse d'été du café La Biche

Nuetnigenough

The beer selection in this Brussels brasserie for gourmands and connoisseurs contains some 50 beers, including some gems from traditional Belgian brewers. The menu includes all the great classics, alongside old recipes. Nuetnigenough is the perfect place for a culinary discovery of Brussels cuisine.

terrasse d'été du café La Biche

Belga Queen

The beautifully furnished restaurant of Belga Queen has been set up in a majestic 18th century building, which used to house a hotel and a bank. Various dishes are created with and served alongside a wide range of Belgian beers.

terrasse d'été du café La Biche

Restobières

Alain Fayt runs, in the heart of Brussels’ Marolles district, a kitchen with a passion for artisan beers. At Restobières you can eat mussels with Hommel beer, Blanquette de veau (veal ragout) made with Blanche de Watou, zabaione with kriek, etc.

Bier Circus

Bier Circus offers independent beers, bottled or on tap. Traditional cuisine, with dishes made with beer. A paradise for real beer lovers.

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