Belgium and beer – a match made in heaven if you ask us and this lovely country produces some of the best beers in the whole world. So, of course, Belgium’s capital city Brussels is absolutely overflowing with pubs and bars selling delicious Belgian beer.
However, so many options mean it can be a little overwhelming trying to decide where to grab your next pint and that’s why we asked Brussels local and food and drink blogger Andreea Gulacsi to tell us about her favorite places to go for a good pint of beer…
Located in the heart of Place St. Boniface, L’Ultime Atome is an institution in Brussels. Open from morning till late in the night, the bar combines breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an extensive beer list … and a somewhat patchy service. But then no one in Brussels goes to L’Ultime Atome for the service. The overall atmosphere more than makes up for it.
Rue Saint-Boniface 14, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium
There are two Moeder Lambic beers bars in Brussels. For the purists, the original and only, the true one is in Saint Gilles, hidden behind the Maison Communale. But for those looking for a more modern take on the Belgian beer bar, then the Moeder Lambic Fontainas will surely hit the spot. I personally like both. One is located close to where we live (too close!), the other is always a welcome beer stop on the way to the center of Brussels.
Place Fontainas 8, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Located in the first Belgian radio house, a gorgeous 1930s Art Deco building, Cafe Belga occupies almost the entire ground floor of this imposing building. Facing the Place Flagey and the Ixelles (a neighborhood of Brussels) ponds is a terrace which is perfect when it doesn’t rain – although finding a seat can sometimes be tricky. In addition to a great beer menu, Cafe Belga also serves quick lunches (think sandwiches, salads), a weekend brunch, great cocktails and the odd concert.
Place Eugène Flagey 18, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium
Brasserie de l’Union
This is one of those hidden little beer bars in Brussels, which is worth a detour. The name is linked to the local football team of Saint Gilles (a southern neighborhood of Brussels) the Union Saint Gilloise. Set on the main square of Saint Gilles, the Parvis de Saint Gilles, it tends to be usually full of locals, enjoying a local beer. Their beer choices are very decent, the food as well and usually there is enough chitter chatter to keep you going for a nice evening out.
Sint-Gillisvoorplein 55, 1060 Sint-Gillis, Belgium
A la Morte Subite
A La Mort Subite dates back all the way to the 1800s. The bar was popular amongst the bank clerks from across the street, who popped by for a beer and a quick ‘pitjesbak’ board game. As their lunch time was running out, they would resort to playing ‘sudden death’ (mort subite) before returning to their desk.
Slowly this became the nickname and eventually the actual name of the bar. The extensive list of Belgian beers – of which the sharp Mort Subite Kriek (cherry) is a constant favorite – are an attraction in themselves. But don’t write off the typical Belgian tartines (open sandwiches) which are a perfect lunch match for a cold Belgian beer.
Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères 7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium