A mandatory stop in Brussels. This brasserie named “Sudden Death” has its own beer and still keep the “Zinneke” attitude alive which is rare outside of the popular Marolles (a Zinneke is a Brusseleir word to describe a mutt and by extension, someone from Brussels).
The beer is lambiek-based (gueuze, kriek, etc.). Gueuze is the beer that, historically, has been brewed in Brussels and the surrounding area. Its bitterness is notorious and is one of the most refreshing beer. Try the Peach beer, it’s the best. I am not a fan of gueuze (too sour) but the peach is so sweet that, without overpowering the gueuze, it makes it not so bitter and delicious.
The Kriek (gueuze with cherry juice added) is also pretty popular as the sweet and tart cherry mixes very well with the bitter gueuze.
The decor is really nice... old style Brussels turn-of-the-century cafe, a little nostalgic...
The Cafe indeed opened in 1910 and the decor has not changed. Lots of woods, small table, high ceilings... Very athmospheric.
And of course, you HAVE to order tartines (slice of bread with cheese, cottage cheese, cold cuts... whaveter is available on the menu). A perfect fit for your beer!
Dress Code: What dress code?
La Mort Subite may be a tourist trap but it’s a well deserved one and perhaps the perfect Fin de siècle long bar left on the planet earth. If turn of the century decadence is your thing then drink you must at this cavernous yet intricate and somehow intimate Brussels institution. Rustic wood and hues of muted yellow mingle effortlessly with high ornate pillars and mirrors. Quaff the house made gueuse sur lie and forget entirely that you have in fact not only passed the turn of that century but the one after it too.
Hidden behind the magnificent Saint Hubertus galleries, at the Warmoesberg/Rue Montagne-aux-Herbes-Potagères number 7, you will find one of Brussels most beautiful pub: the Mort Subite, named after a gueze beer.
This 19th century pub hasn’t changed since. The interior is really astonishing.
Here you can enjoy different types of fruity gueze beers on tap: cherries, framboises, peche…
I know several people who said they didn’t liked beer but they did liked these ones!
When I was there with Mariangela (sapere) and Jeff (sargentjeff) for a drink we were astonished by the beauty of the interior.
Still gazing around the guy at the next table said to me : “ you go to the end of the room and mount up the stairs and take a picture down from the balcony”, I asked if he sure thought that was ok? “But yes, every one does” he smiled to me.
The waiters were very friendly too and you only had to raise a finger or they were there with a second glass `-) this is a line especially for Jeff who was still in a discussion with himself to drink or not to drink a number 2 but the waiter, thinking he had decided already helped him out of his problem and brought the next glass.
So the interior is warm, the visitors are and the waiters are. The sleeping cat in the basket could only confirm the cosines of this place.
A negative point was the price of the drinks, 3,5 euro for a Mort Subite is about 1 euro more then I pay in Antwerp. But let me just forget the high price for a moment and remember I liked this place. This was one of the very few pubs in Brussels I have been to and be threaded well.
Dress Code: No drescod needed. Come as you are :)
but dressed of course!
A La Mort Subite (can be translated as "Sudden Death", but did not find out explanation why it should be called this), is a pub on the Market Square in Brussels. Our friends Gillian and Guy assured us that it was a "landmark spot". Needless to say the interior was a living musuem from year ago. Of course Guy and I enjoyed the beer made here that carries the name of the pub itself.
In Sudden Death is a strange name for a delightful 19th century cafe. But Mort Subite is a famous Brussels beer (now owned by Scottish & Newcastle Breweries) and also the name of a 19th century dice game played by local employees during their lunch break.
The interior has remained unchanged and, so it seems, have the staff. Long wooden benches, high ceilings and an array of mirrors are part of the cafe's charm. The clientele is mixed, basic snacks are served, and the prices are reasonable.
Dress Code: Casual
I came to Mort Subite three times already so I guess I can call it my local bar already eh? It's a fantastic place which serves fantastic beers such as their tasty house beer "Mort Subite" as well as fruity ones as Kriek or Framboise. Unfortunately the brewery stopped making my favourite, Mort Subite Peche, a while ago. Well at least the fantastic atmophere, the stressed waiters and the house cat are still there...
Dress Code: None. If you sit by the door in winter (if it's crowded you just haven't got a choice!) you might want to dress warmly!
One of the city's most famous cafés is a la Mort Subite .The name, which means 'sudden death' in English, comes from a dice game that was popular around 1910... Excellent place !!!
Had a lovely raspberry beer at La Mort Subite. It's a nice place for a drink and I also had lunch there the following day. The only drawback is people ignoring the smoking ban!