Belgian Embassy – RIP

From the “say it ain’t so” dept, WWeek is reporting that the Belgian Embassy has gone toes up. That is an absolute shame. It’s true that we live in a town that is awash in beer, but the Belgian Embassy was, to the best of my knowledge, the only dedicated Belgian bar in town. As a guy who has spent some time in Belgium, I can attest to its authenticity. The food, beer selection, and vibe was an amazing recreation of the kind of place you spend some time in when you visit a town like Bruge. It was an awesome place, and it came and went all too soon.

The article states that the Belgian Embassy will be replaced with a new joint that will serve “homestyle healthy” food, “classic cocktails”, and live music. Yeah. Portland needs another one of those.

Goodbye, Belgian Embassy. We hardly knew ye.

8 Comments so far

  1. sabernar on April 11th, 2008 @ 2:49 am

    So, where would one go now if one wanted a decent selection of Belgian beer?

  2. divebarwife on April 11th, 2008 @ 7:24 am

    I heard last week that it may have more to do with the personal relationship of the owners than the business not being successful.

    Sabenar – the Green Dragon (where we Metblogs will be this coming Wed. the 16th) usually has a few Belgians on tap – and Gustav’s/Rheinlander actually has a fair share as well.

  3. derrickvee on April 11th, 2008 @ 7:39 am

    this is disapointing. the embassy has been on my to-do list for a while, now it’s closed before i even had a chance. pashaw.

  4. daaaaave on April 11th, 2008 @ 8:01 am

    Mediocre food. Bad fries. And 100% (or more) markup on PBR tallboys is much lot easier sale than 100% markup (or more) on Delerium Tremens. I’ll skip the "Authentic Belgian atmosphere" and just hit Belmont Station instead.

  5. dieselboi on April 11th, 2008 @ 8:04 am

    For Belgians in the city the best selection would probably be Horse Brass. The Green Dragon’s options have become a bit limited of late. Last night, they had 4 IPAs, but no Belgians.

  6. daaaaave on April 11th, 2008 @ 8:13 am

    The Horse Brass doesn’t have a patch on Higgins. HB has Stella and Lindeman’s Framboise on draught and a couple bottles. They typically run about 70% local, 20% English and 10% other.

    Higgins has Chimay and Lindeman’s representing Belgium on tap, but also has at least 30 Belgian beers available in bottles. Far better selection for Belgian snobs and Chimay RUTS Stella.

  7. superinkygrrl on April 11th, 2008 @ 9:55 am

    I just can’t let the "bad fries" comment go, as much as I try.

    Personally, I’m not a fan of Belgian beers. But I surely did enjoy the fries at B.E, as artery-clogging as they may be.

    Aren’t they the same as the Green Dragon’s? What is the connection between B.E. and Green Dragon? Are they owned by the same person?

    And if so, this person must be notified that the fries rock.

    Crispy salty goodness.

  8. chris on April 13th, 2008 @ 1:08 pm


    I agree with you on Higgins. I can not walk out of that place without a good Belgium. Plus I think their hamburger is one of the best in town.

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