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Taps: 5 / Bottles: 300
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
Rue de l'Enseignement 57
phone: +32 2 218 00 34
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Anything you could ever want. Supposedly there are places with a bigger selection -- hell, there are tons of places in the States with a bigger overall selection -- but who cares? These guys have ever important beer I could think of and then some. I tried a number of brews new to me, including draft XX Bitter, which is just mind-blowingly awesome.
The food seemed good, and while it's expensive, there doesn't seem to be much of anywhere in the EU that's not. Comparitively, it was fine. And that's all that matters.
Patrick, behind the bar, was nice and helpful when my wife was looking for a good witbier she'd never tried. His recommendation was superb. I guess they're moving, so everything on the walls was for sale. I'll be curious to see what the new place is like: This is basically just a couple of little old rooms and a helluva lot of good beer.
08-19-2004 16:00:51 |
More by marburg
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5
Nice place. It did not open until 1830 (weekday), so I had to hit another bar prior to opening time. The menu is overwhelming at first, so I asked for a recommendation from the bartender for an opener. While sipping on an Orval I was then able to gather my thoughts and pick out a few wonderful selections to get me through the remainder of the evening. Any questions were quickly answered by the knowlegable staff and I can say that they made the entire "first" visit a learning experience. I would recommend this bar to anyone with a desire to try a broad range of Belgium's finest.
11-25-2003 20:38:38 |
More by bionerd
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
This place is very good, but I was a little dissapointed with it. THe atmophere was nice, but very mainstream and commercial. The breweriana they had was quite cool, and the clientele was a nice mix of tourists and locals. I had a great conversation here with a guy born in Ontario, who moved to Boston, than to Belgium, and to Portugal and back to Brussels. He spoke 6 languages! The quality of beer and the selection was very good, but the prices were a little high for Belgium standards. The food we ordered was a meat and cheese plate, and for 10 euros it was pretty weak. Also, the bartender was nice enough, but he did seem a bit snobby, and got real mad when another patron knocked over one of my glasses, even though I wasent even by the glass. However, he did buy me a free beer than. I met up with greencard here and it ended up being a long night for my friend Dave and I, as we were here from 6pm to about 1am. When we were leaving a cool French guy bought us a round or 2, and explained how you had to "suck the bartenders dick" to get good service sometimes....(lol)
Anyway, a classic Belgian beer bar!
11-06-2003 18:43:31 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
A great little beer bar just outside the centre of Grand Place. Depending on the day, this place could be packed. Next door there is a theatre, and if there is a show that night, be ready for standing room only. Otherwise, this bar will be farily laid back and casual.
Yellow walls dominate and old beer signs and posters are plastered everywhere. There is the main room at the front with several small tables seating approx 25-30 people and a few stools up at the bar. Towards the back you'll find 4 tables in a non-smoking section which may be good if you're a non-smoker planning on having a meal.
The beer menu is fabulous. It comes in catalogue form. Probably 150 beers here not to mention the selection of old vintages (i tried a 1985 Rodenbach Alexander which was fantastic). The bartender was also very prompt and knowledgeable. Ask him about a beer and he'll share some advice. He served my first glass of the classic Drie Fonteinen Gueze. Proper beer glasses and good pouring as well.
The food is also very good. I had a simple spaghetti but the portion was very generous.
Very high marks for Bier Circus. My favorite bar in the city. A must if you're in Brussels.
10-29-2003 12:16:09 |
More by Popsinc
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
The first impression of BC was uninspiring. I didn't think such a small place could do such a great job. The friendly wait staff made this foreigner feel welcomed each time I ate there. The food was remarkable for a beer bar. Specials seemed well thought out and each meal seemed to pair well with whichever beer I selected. Of course I was a little awed by my first trip to Belgium.
10-25-2003 09:04:29 |
More by halfpgl
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Having been there several times now and at different times of day and day of week, I feel like I can present a pretty honest review.
Of course, it's probably the most visited beer bar from the beer-tourists' standpoint. Thusly, at any given moment you are bound to hear quite a few languages being spoken. The owners are very gracious hosts and run a great little place. They always have something interesting on tap and keep a fantastically extensive selection of bottled beer. The food is great, particularly their carbonnade, but the chicon au gratin is not too shabby either. The only downside to the food is that there is not much to choose from and it is a bit on the pricey side. So is the beer for that matter. If you're used to paying $4.00 and up for Belgian beer in the States, you'll think it's super-cheap. But if you have gotten used to buying great Belgian beer in the super-market, it's a different story. However, the mark-up is definitely in line with what you'd expect in a bar or restaurant while still being cheaper than a place in a more touristy area.
Their location is much maligned, but truthfully it's not a bad neighborhood. When you know where it is, it's not a more complicated matter than taking the Metro to the Madou stop and walking for 3 minutes.
Anyway, it's a great place and it deserves the respect it gets. In fact, I feel sort of guilty about even reviewing it because it's kind of like telling a model how beautiful she is when she's probably heard it a thousand times! And it's fairly certain that any BA who comes to Belgium will walk through its doors at some point because it's a safe bet. But I want to stress that there are other good places here, apart from this one!
10-23-2003 17:12:09 |
More by GreenCard
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Le Bier Circus was the first "beer bar" I visited in Belgium. Nice, semi-modern place with a quirky exterior that didn't necessarily scream "come in here, it's a really good beer bar". As said before, in a not so interesting part of town, but then again what part of Brussels is really that interesting ;-)
Bier Circus was a small, but welcoming place. After sitting at the bar looking through the large beer list, we were greeted by a small child (carried by his father) that wanted a "kiss" from everyone at the bar. How cute.
After a few beers and then a Westy Abt 12, I asked the bartender (Patrick) what his favorite was. He brought me out of glass of "Loterbol" by Brouwerij DUYSTERS. His comment was something to the effect of "I don't know why people get so excited about Westvleteren 12. It's a very good beer, but I like this better." And what a good beer it was! A nice Belgian character with the hoppyness of a good pale ale. Interesting indeed.
After some different beers for me and a few fruit lambic's for my wife, we left quite satisfied.
I highly recommend visiting this place in Brussels. See the link below for a couple pictures of this place.
07-11-2003 21:37:32 |
More by truthbrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Le Bier Circus is a small beer bar settled in a rather uninteresting part of Brussels and can be confusing to find. It is well worth the hunt, however, as it is perhaps the best beer bar to which I've been. Upon walking in, I noticed a laid-back setting with much breweriana all over the place, along with some locals and tourists alike enjoying the fruits of the Belgian brewing tradition. I was astonished upon opening the menu, as it featured well over 200 unique Belgian beers, in addition to a select list of tasty food, all cooked in beer. Personally, I had a huge "snack" helping of Spaghetti Bolognese a la Chimay, which was really good. When I was there in June 2003, they had Chimay Tripel, Saison Dupont and LaChouffe on draught. Service was pretty good, and one waiter spoke English, which was helpful for those of us who care not to just point at what they want on the menu. Between my friend and I, only a bit of conversation ensued -- I was too busy reading the menu and enjoying my beers, which is very easy to do at this unique beer bar. Definitely seek it out when in Brussels.
06-13-2003 08:53:27 |
More by Jon
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
When we first walked in, we thought it was a gay bar since we saw 2 men sitting at the bar, 2 men at a table in front, and 2 men sharing a cheese plate at a table next to the bar. But later some mixed couples started to appear. This place is pretty awesome even though it is quite hard to find since its on a side street that is at an angle from the main street nearby. Atmosphere is perfect for drinking and conversing. It was well lighted and newish and the music was at the right level. Beer menu lists 200 beers in alphabetical order by brewery with descriptions of the style of each one. Menu had about 5 appetisers and 5 entrees - some kind of pasta was the only one I recognized since its in French. They had all the trappists beers on the list including Achel. Each beer served in its own glass. Only 3 taps - one included Chimay Cinq Cents when I was there. I had a cheese plate that included about 5 different cheeses (one soaked in beer) and about 5 different meats including pate and headcheese. All was excellent except for the black pudding. The cheeses made for a stinky morning ritual. Should not be missed when in Belgium.
10-10-2002 14:37:11 |
More by Longstaff
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Some beer geeks think they've had every beer in the world. Well, if you're one and harbor any doubts, or just want a huge selection to pick from, stroll over to Le Bier Circus. Oddly, some locals have never heard of this world renowned beer bar. Not only is it a must visit, but it's a hideout for the occasional "rare beer" special and simply a down right cool place to hang out.
09-01-2002 07:58:34 |
More by Jason
Bier Circus in Brussels, Belgium
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