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Le Sud (Warning : closed but may re-open): One club, 3 rooms
Aaaaaaaah... Le Sud!
An old acquaintance, so to speak. When I first got to Brussels, going into Le Sud was tantamount to entering a speakeasy. First of all, it was not safe (as in not complying to safety building code) and frankly, not legal. But the club had been able to gather a consistent crowd of "underground-hipsters" faithfully hooked on peanuts and Le Sud's vodka-citron. Personally, I ended up there just following my way cooler than me friends. The place looked like a squat and the decor was like one of a tired bazaar. That was part of the bohemian ambiance the place had. It was closed several times but now, Le Sud is back.
For those who are wondering, Le Sud is now up-to-code. You will be greeted by a bouncer and yes, he may not be the nicest, but don't be impressed. The entrance will be probably be around 2.50- 3 Euros and if it is still the case, you'll get a card that will give you free access for a year! The peanuts, vodka and Middle-Eastern influenced interior is still there but now, Le Sud has 3 rooms. The main one plays current hits, the smallest one is more techno-oriented, the basement is for "oldies" (understand '80's and 70's).
The crowd: long gone is the era of those "in-the-known". Now, you'll be more likely to bump into young European Union trainees, local students and maybe an old faithfull or two (most of them are too old anyway*;o)*).
The mood: Not snobby or stuffy and with the help of Le Sud's vodka, it gets even friendlier. You're likely to have a great time.
Dress Code: Anything goes.
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Chez Johnny-Claridge: No fuss fun
Chez Johnny I think embodies a bit of the Belgian spirit. It's kitsch, quirky, does not take itself seriously and above all, knows how to have fun.
People, if you're looking for cutting edge techno, this is not your place! First of all, Chez Johnny doesn't call itself a "nightclib" but a "party room" and no need to wait after midnight (like in most nightclubs) to have fun. Chez Johnny starts swinging early and ends late. That's to give you a hint. Between actual hits, kitsch French songs every sings along with, '70ies disco and '80ies nostalgia, Johnny lets you know he's got a serious sense of humour. And to top it all, they've got DJ battles, karaoke and... ladies, you'll like it, what in French is called a "Quart d'heure americain" (litteraly, "American quarter of an hour"). And what is it? Well... first of all, playing lovesongs is soooooo out-of-fashion, Johnny never minds, but girls during this quarter, you'll be the one inviting the guys. That's right! You can grab a cutie and slow-dance with him (finally, there is justice).
And if you're willing to shake what your mama gave 'ya on the bar (they have competion!!!), you may end up with some free champagne (I know, I tried... lost to a 1,70 meter razor thin blonde... there was no competition *;o)*)
Chez Johnny also offers free dance classes too (see website for details).
It's a friendly, no-fuss, anything goes place best enjoyed with a group of friends who'll appreciate the "so kitsch it's hip" attitude.
Enrande is 6 Euros, free for the ladies before midnight.
Dress Code: The fashion police is not in the building!
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Havana Club: Vamos a bailar !
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
Los Romanticos: Salsa on Fridays
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
Tango Bar (Rue de Dublin): Tango in Brussels on Wednesday
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.
Le Sud: 80's music and/or current music
Three small rooms that might seem a bit old and dirty but this is actually a very cool place. In the smaller room, they play current music, in the second one, you'll find the bar (full of peanuts) and you can also sit on big cushions on the floor (north-african style) and in the third one, you can dance on 80's music in a very dark atmosphere. Open until dawn on Friday and Saturday. Entrance : around 2,50/3 € (when you pay the first time, you get a card to enter for free for one year)
Dress Code: No dress code
Le 144: R&B, zouk, merengue, dance music etc.
This is a great nightclub mostly attended by the african community of Brussels where you can dance on all sorts of music (especially, R&B, souk, merengue, dance, pop, sometimes salsa). Entrance free for girls until 1am but people usually arrive around 2 or 3 o'clock (then, it's 10 €).
Dress Code: Well-dressed. No sneakers.
La Salsa: Salsa every night
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.
Montechristo: Salsa on Wednesdays
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.
2nd floor = groovy music, 1st floor = techno: THE FUSE
Don't come earlier than 0:30 after midnight or there will be nobody...
This is definitely one of my favorite places in Brussels!
Suddenly around 01:00 people come from everywhere! The dancefloor gets filled and the atmosphere is great.
You get into the mood, and before you know it you are dancing, even when you don't like to dance ;)
This is mostly thanks to Belgium's best djs that work there: DJ Geoffroy & DJ Raoul.
They play a smooth mix of deephouse / disco / funk / soul / latin / afrobeats, ...
A very hip & funky place.
2 BEST DISCO'S FOR ONE PRICE!
OPENING HOURS INFO:
Every Saturday 23.00 - 07.00
between 23.00 - 00.00: 2,5 ?
after 00.00: 8 ?
The first floor is Techno (futuristic electronic music). The second floor is deephouse/funky house (close to disco) served by belgium's best dedicated DJ Raoul!!!
Smartbar Chicago (August 2002): ?Belgium?s finest export since Stella Artois!?
1996 was the year that Raoul?s DJ career stepped into the next level when he was offered a residency at ?Food?, nowadays Belgium?s premium house night with a weekly spot at the Motion Room in the Fuse Club in Brussels called ?Food in Motion? and also doing parties all over the country and abroad. Numerous star DJ?s coming from all over the world joined Raoul and the other residents Geoffroy and Regis to play at a Food night and amongst these Derrick Carter, Kenny Hawkes and DJ Sneak count in Food as one of their favorite clubs worldwide.
Besides being a very skilled and widely appreciated DJ, Raoul is also very busy producing and remixing tracks for more than 7 years now.
Dress Code: Modern,hip,...like you want
Mixed cultures and sometimes extravagant people. Definitely the most hip place in Brussels at the moment!
+++ several names +++: Gay and lesbian nightlife
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...
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Dancing: La salsa
Brussels is a great place to enjoy yourself during nights. I hadn't planed to dance so much but it occured that the atmosphere of Brussels' music clubs and pubs are just awesome. One of them is `La salsa`. This was the place I enjoyed the most. This is rather a tiny club, with limited place but nice music. You will be able to dance here with such music as: salsa & other latino music, etnic (African) and other black music.
What is important - clubs in Brussels are not crowded till about 1 am. This is the hour when people starts to gather in the best bars and dance pubs. Dancing, of course, lasts till the morning.
Second thing is that prices in clubs are not so high (as for example in London). Usually small Haineken costs 2,50 - 3 Euros. To most small clubs you won't pay to enter. However, there are guards and when you leave it is nice and popular to give them some Euros...
Dancing: Dirty Dancing @ Mirano
This is T-H-E club in Brussels! I truly wish that more clubs were like this one!!
At first, after a short internet research re. good clubs in Brussels, I'd been a little insecure since this place was always described as being very glamorous and posh, temple of jet-set etc.... but decided to go there anyway. However, when arriving, there were two entrances: "guest list" and "members". I belonged to either category of course, so I just went for any entrance, smiled at the bouncers (sometimes it's practical to be female) and got in:
Great location, fantastic music and DJ's, excellent atmosphere, interesting people - i.e. not the overdressed, tons of makeup or I'm the coolest kind, but all with some style - all very friendly, relaxed and open.
Cellule 133: Tango in Brussels on Friday
In front of the St Gilles Prison, great place to dance tango on Friday evening and last Sunday of the month (from 4pm). The place is relaxed, a lot of sofas, a warm atmosphere with candlelights, etc.... a mix between the old place 'Rue de l'Argonne' and the relaxed tango atmosphere of the dissapeared Rue de l'argonne, the international El Corte (Nijmegen) and Tango Colon (Cologne). The host is Vincent Morelle, one of our internationaly famous Brussels tango teacher ;-)
Los Romanticos - Palacio latino: Salsa freaks meeting point
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
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