Fifth edition of the International Festival of Oriental (middle eastern) Dances.
This festival organised workshops (4,5,6th March) and a show on March 5th, in Residence Palace Theatre (155 rue de la Loi 1040 Brussels).
IFOD 2004 show was on March 6th, and IFOD 2003 show was on April 26th, in Culture Centrum of Woluwe St Pierre (93 Av Ch Thielemans 1150 Brussels).
Contact Nuriyya for the next one (ICODAC asbl, non profit organisation).
Dress Code: Good glasses (we sat far from the scene!).
Brussels has many bars all over this city...the bars stay open until 5 am and the clubs open at 2 am...for people who like to go clubbing I would say stay away from them because it cost an arm and a leg to drink in the club.
Great prices on strong beer as far as being in the Eu.
I would tell everyone in the world to spend time here when it is warm out, most laid back city I have ever been to.
This is all located in the same area as my other tips.
Dress Code: no dress code any where I went!
the always trendy nightspot surviving all the hypes with pumping sounds which make you grind all night long | UPDATE 2004: seems to have lost a little of that and is now a bit underground...
Dress Code: no sneakers, rather dressy
During the day, Le Corbeau plays out graciously as one of the oldest brasseries in town, where you can have a bite and a cup a coffee during your shopping spree. Nice and quiet, very cosy, the occasional wobbly table the only tale tell sign of the cafe's other side.
Now, THAT is something quiet different. At night, Le Corbeau is probably the best place in Brussels to immerse yourself in some seriously young, swinging (on the tables) and not very sober (thanks to the meter-long beers) crowd.
Be warned, this place has the potential to make you look old; altho it certainly will make you FEEL young!
And be early (before 12) or you won't be able to get in.
PS They do occasionally get into the French music, but it's never long-lasting... so just have a rest and charge on!
Dress Code: Comfy and light. It gets hot in there!
This is the place we usually choose when we all go out to dance on thursday night.
An Irish pub full of people working at the European Institutions ! Quite difficult to dance though, because it is quite crowded... but nice :-)
Nice decoration inside where they used beams and put wine boxes planks on the ceiling. You'll find 2 teraces outside, if you need some fresh air.
Open from 6.45 till 1am during the week, and until 3 am on the week-ends.
Dress Code: No dress code required, it is mainly a bar
Located just outside Brussels, the Doudingue is open every weekend. The entry price is almost the same as in any other large discos of Brussels and surroundings (8 euros after midnight).
The parking is quite large, not expensive and protected all the night.
The music is mainly house, some funk and latin too in order to be able to please everyone.
The decoration is splendid and really very original.
A second room is also accessible to listen to more commercial music.
Dress Code: The entry is quite easy but not with sport shoes, neither with skintight tee-shirts, nor with large chains around the neck or a training.
The place for the rich daddy's boys and sexy momma's girls to be 'seen'. People come here to exist through the eyes of onlookers. Bit of a St-Tropez atmosphere ...
Jeux d'Hiver ... a 'gated mirage' for most ... and a MAFIA-dons play-house for a covetted few !
The security staff at the entrance take their job way too seriously ! The security-staff operates a fuzzy-logic quota system on the foreigners and coloured persons that they let-in. Also, as often the case in French-speaking countries, they love to turn non-french speakers away. The bouncers save the best for the last ... if you forget to tip them when leaving the club, they take care to remind you of this Belgian 'tradition'.
Dress Code: Very strict dress code : Ralph, Tommy,... are preferred to H&Ms !
Reminder : Dressing-up like a prince or princess only gives you the right to dream of getting-in.
The perfect place to dance salsa/merengue/bachata on a Friday night. Good music. Good dancers. But unfortunately the place is too small for all salsa dancers in Brussels and after 1 am, it's getting really crowded. So the best time to go is probably between 10:30 pm to 1 am.
Entrance fee : 1 euro
Very small bar open 7/7 for those who like dancing salsa, merengue, bachata ... Admission free.
Salsa classes also take place here, check their website to know when they are organized or from when the dance floor is free.
Cuban bar with a nice atmosphere, excellent mojitos, good music and great dancers. Bar open every day, salsa nights from Wednesday to Sunday. But for the real salsa freaks, I recommand to go an Wednesdays (from 10 pm to ...).
Admission fee : 5 euros on Wed.
Since there are questions in forums asking for spots for Gays and Lesbians, I looked for addresses and found one link for Gay and Lesbian spots:
Dress Code: While wandering in Brussels center area, you would find buildings with the G + L flag, they are gay-friendly, of course. In fact, they are meant for and by gays.
The area is located near the Grand-Place, towards Manneken pis... Some pubs, disco pubs...
The tango bar is the place where you can practice your tangos on Wednesday. It begins at about 9.30pm (Ik think, I usually go there at 10pm!).
There is a bar (where you can socialize, drink and rest) and a little bit further, the dance place with the dance floor, surrounded by wooden walls, looking a bit like a small theater with a scene and sofas on it. The atmosphere there is very cool, relaxed and the music very good! Most of the time, at the end of the milonga/practica or even in the middle, you can enjoy very special tangos!
Be carefull, the floor is quite slippery...so don't forget it when you choose your dancing shoes before going there!
The entrance cost 2,5 euros.
Havana Club is a bar, a restaurant (excellent food, mostly tapas) and a dancing where you can dance on all kinds of music, not only latin music as the name suggests (probably because it's almost impossible to dance salsa there, it's very crowded !) The good news is that there is a good atmosphere and it's open until 7 o'clock in the morning !
Dress Code: No dress code
salsa-merengue-bachata in a very nice house with mirrors, yellow wooden walls and a nice ceiling...a very stylish place with a friendly, warm, cosy atmosphere!
Open every day except Monday from 19.30h
this is mostly a bar but there are always people dancing. Sometimes people even dance on the bar... coyote ugly style. except anyone can get up so sometimes there are weirdos. haha
Dress Code: no sneakers. if you are underage just try to look older and you'll get in. just pretend you don't have an id (they usually don't ask in europe anyways)