Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Bruxellensis Cafe (NOW CLOSED)


THIS BAR IS NOW CLOSED. I HAVE LEFT THE POST HERE FOR REFERENCE PURPOSES, BUT DON'T TRY TO GO THERE! IT'S SHUT.

This was supposed to be the first of a new set of posts, intended for places that don't have a massive beer selection, or don't really have so many Japanese beers, but are still worth mentioning. This has been something I have been intending to do for a while as there are a lot of these places around Tokyo that are good to know about, but somehow I don't think merit an in-depth post on here. Unfortunately, after visiting last night, I think that maybe Bruxellensis is worth more than a mini post, so instead of starting my new mini posting series, I am instead creating a new category somewhere between a full post and these mini-posts. I now realise that this lengthy introduction means that perhaps this mid-length post is swelling into a full post, so will cut it short from here on.
So, the Bruxellensis Cafe. This is the latest outlet of the Delirium Tokyo group, and the first under this name (previously the places have either carried the Delirium name, or BelgAube). Bruxellensis is different in the respect that this is the first time I have seen Japanese beers on tap (apart from the Rio Brewing ones which are collaborations with Belgian brewers). They had two taps from Iwatekura and two from the Yokohama brewery. Also there were a couple of US imports, and as would be expected, 6 or so Belgian beers with some interesting stuff in there too. There is a total of 15 taps (not all in operation when I visited, but it is still early days for the bar) and these seemed to be split pretty evenly between Belgian and others. All beers were ¥680, so there are definitely some bargains here. There was a cover charge (¥380, I think), but I was asked if I wanted the otoshi or not, as I said I was not eating, and I was not charged so possibly it is optional. There is seating for around 8 at the bar and a selection of small tables, probably for around 30. A pretty nice place and very convenient for a quick one if you are getting the Fukutoshin line as it is situated in the Echika shopping centre which is right next to the Fukutoshin exits.

Japanese breweries on tap when I visited:
Iwatekura
Yokohama

Opening Hours:
Daily, 11.00-23.00

Location/map
Echika, 西池袋 3-28-14, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Directions:
Best to arrive on the Fukutoshin line if you can. If not, follow the signs for Echika. The exits that the bar is closest to are C1, C2, C3 or C4 so look for signs for these. The bar is on the main thoroughfare in the 'Espace Pause' section. All throughout Echika there are maps of the centre, so pick one of these up if you are lost. As it is in the station, a directions map is not much use here, so I haven't bothered with one.

Telephone:
03-3988-1101


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