The Belgian Cafe
21st and Green streets
11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
On an average night, the Belgian Cafe offers fresh food, strong beer and crowds of people ranging in ages – from seasoned drinkers with developed-beer palates, to young professionals just getting their craft-beer beaks wet. The cafe is located at 21st and Green streets near the Art Museum.
Inside, walls are lined with happy drinkers tapping their feet to classic and new-rock jams, vibrating the old hardwood floors. A TV hangs from the wall, but attention is directed toward good conversation and drinks. Elsewhere, drinkers’ eyes might be glued to a Flyers game, but that’s not the atmosphere.
Generally, the selection is of darker varieties of beer, and the average light pilsner drinker may not get exactly what he or she is expecting. Many drafts and bottles are imported from Belgium and the Netherlands and aren’t usually available anywhere else in the city. The taste of Belgian beer is full, strong-bodied and delightfully intoxicating, with the lowest ABV generally around 6 percent.
As its menu politely states, “Many of our beers are rare, or intense; even if you don’t like it, you must pay for it.”
Patrons should keep in mind that they’re paying for quality. The price per drink, ranging from $5 to $10, is not what will get you feeling fine – a few beers will do any drinker in for the night.