Get the Party Started: Nightlife in Brussels
Collected by Alison Cornford-Matheson, AFAR Local Expert
Nightlife in Brussels tends to be more relaxed than in other major European cities. Belgians typically enjoy gathering in cozy cafes for a local brew. But one can still go dancing or spend the evening in a new wine bar...
Quai aux Briques 74, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
The Via Via Travellers Cafe is more than just a pub. During the day, you can enjoy a coffee under the glass-roofed atrium and, at night, it’s a great place to sample Belgian beer, particularly the local, Brussels “Zinnebir.” But Via Via is also...
Rue du Fossé aux Loups 32, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
For an elegant yet trendy meal in Brussels, featuring great Belgian ingredients, a visit to Belga Queen is a must. This restaurant is in a stunning setting, inside a former bank. The period features of the bank remain, but are contrasted by modern...
Rue de l'Enseignement 57, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
If you want a Belgian Beer experience that doesn’t involve crowds of drunken stag-parties and tourists, head to the Bier Circus. Brussels beer aficionados head here to find rare Belgian beers and traditional dishes like Stoofvlees (beef stewed in...
Rue des Alexiens 67, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
It may not look like much from outside, but the Porte Noir (the Black door) is one of Brussels best spots to see live music. Enter past the wrought iron dragon, descend into the cellar of this Celtic pub, and sample from the extensive Belgian beer...
Rue Léopold 9, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
The Dominican Hotel, in central Brussels, takes its name from its home on the site of a former Dominican abbey. It’s now a luxurious hotel with an interior that contrasts its classical architecture with modern design. Rooms are tranquil, plush and...
Avenue Emile De Mot 19, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Wine bars are a recent phenomenon in Brussels but in the past few years, they have been popping up around town like mushrooms after the rain. Back in those pre-wine bar days, I dreamed someone would open my perfect wine bar in the city centre and,...
Place Saint-Géry 1, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
Les Halles Saint Gery in central Brussels was built in 1881 on the site of a former church. What was once a bustling market place is now an exhibition centre and cafe, by day, and a bustling event location and nightspot, come nightfall. This...
Antoine Dansaertstraat 6, 1000 Brussel, Belgium
L’Archiduc is Brussels best loved venue for live jazz. This Art Deco cocktail bar is a favourite for Saturday night’s “After Shopping Jazz” and Sunday’s “Round About 5” live music. The club has been in existence since 1937 and under its current...
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