Café Briljant, Haarlem.


Haarlem is a small city to the west of Amsterdam. Far more than just a satellite town, Haarlem has an important history itself, and provided the name for a suburb in New York. The heyday of beer brewing in Haarlem goes back to the 15th century, when there were no fewer than 100 breweries in the city. And it’s twinned with Derby, England.


There are a good number of cosy and warm Dutch pubs (brown bars), and a jewel in the crown is Café Briljant. They stock around 50 beers, with a heavy Dutch and Belgian prevalence;  offer 5 changing taps; and 29 whiskies. They also offer a real community vibe, nestled as it is in a quaint suburb. There is  great window seat to watch people go by (above) or an equally appealing alcove seat at the back.


Venue: 8/10

A relaxing venue, and perfect for gathering some energy after a wander around some very pleasant suburbs.

Beer: 7/10

A good range with 5 changing taps to keep you interested.


3 thoughts on “Café Briljant, Haarlem.

  1. We were in Haarlem for this Koningsdag weekend. I remembered your blog post and we found Café Briljant. Unfortunately this was the day after King’s day and they were closed with a sign in the door saying ‘closed, recovering from King’s day’. We did enjoy some good ‘speciaal bieren’ at Proflokaal In Den Uiver though, which I would recommend if you’re in Haarlem again at some point. They have very good ‘borrel hapjes’ as well, home made stuff, always good. 😉

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