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De Haus

Brussels-City-Center

4.2 / 5

May 11, 2018

A laidback gin and tonic bar with a special sort of vibe, De Haus is quirky and eclectic while still being comfortable and inviting.

Much as the name would suggest, the interior of De Haus is reminiscent of someones’ living room – if that someone had eclectic and extremely cool style. Located in the Ixelles neighborhood of Brussels, De Haus labels itself as a gin and tonic bar, but in fact goes much further than that, sporting an interesting menu of local beers, natural wines, cocktails and spirits – not to mention one of the best ceilings in the city, covered in dozens of wooden drinks crates. It’s all comfy sofas, bookshelves and wonky picture frames in this modest establishment, making it the perfect post-dinner or pre-club destination. Each week, one of the dizzying array of gins is celebrated as the “Gin of the Week”, decorated with a colorful garnish and botanicals to complement the flavors of the spirit (think star anise, juniper berries, licorice and lime). If a goblet of gin is not your libation of choice, De Haus’ beers are mainly Belgian in origin and run the gamut from blonde to Trappist, IPA or fruity, while the wine selection is small and features mainly dry and full-bodied grape varieties. There’s a large choice of classic cocktails, as well as a few house specials, like the namesake De Haus – whisky, apple juice, cinnamon and ice – and the Midi a 14Hoo – made with rum, apricot jam and lime juice – along with a handful of shots and a range of fruity non-alcoholic mocktails. If you’re hungry, there’s finger food and sharing plates like cheese and meat platters, potatoes slathered in melted cheese and chocolate fondant pudding. Need we say more?

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