‘Casual pub’ in Brussels

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Among all the cafés, restaurants and other more elegant and expensive “refreshment stops” in the cosmopolitan city of Brussels, it’s not easy to find a casual pub, but Au Brasseur (rue des Chapeliers 9, 1000 Brussels, Belgium; phone 02 512 6868) is something special.

We were in Brussels Dec. 8-14, 2010, and found Au Brasseur on our very first day while taking shelter from some blustery winds after walking through the Grand Place. Only a block off the square in the city’s historic center, this pub was the friendliest place we came across during our stay.

It’s known for its wide selection of Belgian and international beers, from Trappist and Lambic specialties to Blanche (wheat beer), economically priced in the €3-€4 ($4.25-$5.60) range for a large beer. The Delirium Tremens dark beer was a tangy treat.

They also serve hot wine (vin chaud), very welcome on those cold days, with their famous spiced biscuits, the speculoos, at just €2.7. Don’t expect a food menu, though bar snacks are served with your drinks.

The staff is very friendly and welcoming, especially Andrea and the owner, Kamil, and we were always able to find a table, even during the crowded hours in the late afternoon. It’s frequented by many locals, and you’ll find yourself making friends very easily at Au Brasseur.

LINDA OLLIS
Omaha, NE

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Among all the cafés, restaurants and other more elegant and expensive “refreshment stops” in the cosmopolitan city of Brussels, it’s not easy to find a casual pub, but Au Brasseur (rue des Chapeliers 9, 1000 Brussels, Belgium; phone 02 512 6868) is something special.

We were in Brussels Dec. 8-14, 2010, and found Au Brasseur on our very first day while taking shelter from some blustery winds after walking through the Grand Place. Only a block off the square in the city’s historic center, this pub was the friendliest place we came across during our stay.

It’s known for its wide selection of Belgian and international beers, from Trappist and Lambic specialties to Blanche (wheat beer), economically priced in the €3-€4 ($4.25-$5.60) range for a large beer. The Delirium Tremens dark beer was a tangy treat.

They also serve hot wine (vin chaud), very welcome on those cold days, with their famous spiced biscuits, the speculoos, at just €2.7. Don’t expect a food menu, though bar snacks are served with your drinks.

The staff is very friendly and welcoming, especially Andrea and the owner, Kamil, and we were always able to find a table, even during the crowded hours in the late afternoon. It’s frequented by many locals, and you’ll find yourself making friends very easily at Au Brasseur.

LINDA OLLIS
Omaha, NE