Bringing the finest Belgian beers, authentic comfort food and good vibes to the heart of the city is a new independent Belgian beer bar and bistro. Proudly run by Belgian Scousers and Scouse Belgians, Belgica will transport visitors to the beer-loving nation from which the venue takes its inspiration from.
Belgica is split across two levels with a relaxed Brussels beer bar atmosphere upstairs and a medieval Bruges vibe club downstairs called the ‘Monastery of Sound’. Whether you’re after a relaxed weekend dinner with friends or to drop by after work for a chilled beer over a board game, this independent bar offers it all.
The ground floor level boasts teal green leather booths and marble topped tables, along with casual bar stool seating and an outside area. Belgian-inspired interiors feature throughout with playful nods towards its culture wherever you turn, including a 1980 road cycle bike complete with Smurf village, bespoke cycling artwork with miniature peloton figures, and a striking medieval-style stained glass window feature above the bar.
Beer is the star of the show at Belgica from the extensive drinks menu which offers a range of local beers and an impressive variety of Belgian beers including Leffe, Hoegaarden and Duvel, to name a few. The beers are also categorised by their ABV strengths ranging from +4% ABV Blonde and Amber beers, up to +11% ABV Quadruples.
Belgica not only offers beer though. You’ll find a selection of classic cocktails and wines on the drinks menu, which are also on offer during happy hour from Sunday-Thursday, along with beer tasting paddles ideal for those wanting to sample a selection, with four draught beers costing just £10.
The full food menu at Belgica will be available from mid-December, offering a variety of hearty comfort food dishes with small plates including bitterballen; Belgian beef croquettes, a Scouser’s favourite; salt and pepper siu mai, and a selection of loaded Belgian frites. Bigger dishes range from the classic French onion soup and moules frites with twice fried Belgian frites and sourdough, to the vegan bicky burger and six hour slow-cooked Flemish stew, along with six indulgent desserts including Biscoff cheesecake and warm Belgian waffles.
Heading downstairs to the Monastery of Sound, you’ll find striking artwork from a local graffiti artist along the way. Plus, visitors can soak up the medieval Bruges vibe complete with neon signs, modern pop art and atmospheric vault seating with a soundtrack of hip hop and R’n’B funk.
Belgica, 96 Wood Street, L1 4DQ