UPDATE: Closed permanently…

Until recently, the only way to enjoy a couple of decent beers in Molenbeek, was to go to the De la Senne brewery, it seemed, and even they will be moving elsewhere soon. However, just last month a new bar opened, by the name of Brass’art. Fears of it only serving mint tea proved to be unfounded, and Mohamed Ouachen, the driving force behind this project, served us a couple of nice beers, and an — at least for us — exotic but tasty ‘threesome of flavours’ to accompany it.

There are no beers on draught in Brass’art, but as we’ve seen before, this shouldn’t prevent a bar from serving decent beers.

Reassuringly,  (some of) the beers of the core range of De La Senne and Brussels Beer Project are available on bottle, but apart from that, the choice is very limited. There’s Papegaei by the Verstraete brewers, and a couple of Volga beers. The latter are created by Frédéric Nicolay, the guy that revived — or destroyed, depending on whom you ask — many neighbourhoods in Brussels by opening bars there when nobody else would. Apparently Nicolay is looking to invest in a bar in Molenbeek himself, even on the same square, so we might be looking at an emerging nightlife hotspot here…

Our ‘threesome of flavours’ actually had a delicious cold soup added to it, making it a foursome of — we think Maghrebi — flavours. It doesn’t seem to be a permanent menu item, however, so keep an eye on their Facebook page to see what’s currently on offer. Sometimes they even serve full meals, like the vegetarian lunch on Wednesday. Since they only recently received their permit to serve food, I expect the offer will still be expanded.

Brass’art isn’t actually a normal bar, it’s more like a community centre, offering spaces for activities and organising or hosting all kinds of events. On Saturday evenings there is a weekly jam session, for instance, and there have been other concerts already as well.

Molenbeek might not be the next craft beer destination — yet — but at least you can now have a nice, local beer after your visit to the market on the square, or the numerous shops in the neighbourhood!




  • No beers on draught
  • The core range of De La Senne and Brussels Beer Project on bottle


  • There might be some small, tapas-like snacks
  • Sometimes even full meals, like the vegetarian lunch on Wednesday


Brass'art Digitaal Café
Gemeenteplaats 28 Place Communal
1080 Sint-Jans-Molenbeek
+32 486 03 79 56


What have people been drinking here recently?