As much a Brussels institution as they come. I was introduced to A La Mort Subite in the first week of my arrival in Brussels (eons ago) and have loved this place ever since. And what is not to love about Belgian #beer and food?
A La Mort Subite has probably not changed since the time when Mr. Vossen, whose name is still on top of the entrance door, owned it in the 1800s. The bar was popular amongst the bank clerks from across the street, who popped by for a beer and a ‘pitjesbak’ board game. A beer, a bit of board gaming … and their lunch time was running out. So they would resort to playing ‘sudden death’ (mort subite) before returning to their desk.
Slowly this became the nickname of the then called ‘Cour Royale’ bar and Mr. Vossen, wisely, decided to rename his establishment by the name we all know today. A La Mort Subite was (re)born. The bar is still run by the Vossen family heirs, and is a much loved spot for locals (and expats like me) and a regular stop for tourists looking for an authentic Belgian beer bar.
Of course the Belgian beers – of which the sharp Mort Subite Kriek (cherry) is one of my all time favourites – are an attraction in themselves. But don’t write off the typical Belgian tartines (open sandwiches) which make a perfect lunch. On our last visit we had the toast cannibale (raw meat) and the fromage blanc (white cheese) both fresh and delicious. A perfect match for our Belgian beers.
If you are visiting Brussels or are a local passing by the centre make sure to pop by A La Mort Subite for a throw back to Brussels beer history. And a cold beer.