Most of my time in Brussels involved having an infant and toddler in my life so nightlife, and before she arrived, I was mainly involved in various so called "stagiaire parties" with students lucky enough to have a placement with the European institutions. There are plenty of those parties around if you know someone, and all differ since they are held by different nationalities.
Still, I managed to get out on other things now and again and most of those other things involved music. Brussels having belonged to the great Spanish empire has a strong tradition of salsa and other dance places downtown, just head for the old Place St Gery food halls (near the Bourse) and follow the music, or read the advertisments in local papers.
Another of my favourite pasttimes was the jazz gigs that the city is equally famous for and here, rue Antoine Dansaert in the same area is always a good bet but again, there are plenty of other ones.
PRACTICA organised by Al compás del corazón (during and after the lessons given by Marisa&Oliver)
Every Tuesday from 9:30 pm and every Thursday from 8:30 pm (except when there are no classes - check calendar above!) till midnight
Practica is 2,50 euros.
Beer per liter.
Korte beenhouwersstraat 35
The oldest electro bar in town.
2004 different sorts of beer!
LE YOU (NIGHTCLUB)
LE DUKE’S (NIGHTCLUB)
Since end of March 2006, you can enjoy dancing Argentinian Tango in a new "Milonga" called "Cellule 133a". Roof partly out of glass, wooden floor, white walls, this new place has features remembering dancers of the sooner Milonga "rue de l'Argonne", also initiated by Vincent, and closed in 2002.
Schedule: each Friday evening (around 10.00 till ...) except the last friday of the month (Milonga BRYC at the Brussels Yacht Club) which is replaced by the Sunday (4.30 pm .. 9pm). Schedules are probably not stable yet and one should ask for confirmation.
Dress Code: Nothing special, but dancing shoes welcome.
Organisers are looking for a way to ventilate the room which tends to be warm: light clothes appropriate.
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
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)
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 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
THE SPARROW (Rue Duquesnoy, 18 - 1000 Brussels
MIRANO CONTINENTAL (Jet Set) (Chaussée de Louvain, 38 - 1000 Brussels)
LE NOSTALGIA (60's and 70's Oldies) (Rue de la Fourche, 49 - 1000 Brussels)
ESPACE DE NUIT - CAPITALE (Rue Marché au Fromage, 10 - 1000 Brussels.
I did go out in Brussels, every night that I was there. I remember, I went to a new Disco in Town, with 3 or 4 floors, very high tech at the time. You only paid, when you leave, and what a tab I had!! However I do not remember the name of it.
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!
In 2006, Five nights to dance Argentinian Tango from 6th till 10th April.
Refer to website for details.
(Three beautiful places to dance Argentinian Tango from April 7th to April 10th 2005:
April7th: Sofitel Astoria, Rue Royale 103, 1000 Brussels, 8pm-2am, 15 euro;
April 8 and 9th: Albert Hall Theatre, Chauss?e de Wavre 649-651, 1040 Brussels, 9pm-3am, Live music, 20 euro;
April 10th: Vaudeville Theatre, Gallerie de la Reine, 1000 Brussels, 8pm-1am, 15 euro.)
Dress Code: No special dress requirement, but classical dress will perfectly fit to the places.
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!).
Since 2003, the kiosk in the centre of the Royal Park hosts a Milonga (Tango Ball) every 1st and 3rd saturday from June to September (17h00-23h30).
Come there to listen to tango music, look at the dancers or dance yourself.
Thursday - Sunday
Very luxury location & people. French-house.
DJs residents : Olivier Gosseries, Erick, N?mio et Milo. Ouvert le Vendredi, le Samedi et le Dimanche.
Sans doute le plus beau club de Bruxelles, tant dans la decoration que dans la population qui frequente la bo?te. Un vaste espace tendance neo coloniale o? se m?lent les fauteuils pourpres style Louis XVI, les grands rideaux rouges et les colonnes de marbre. Une logistique et des equipements derniers cris (eclairages perfectionnes, pistes de danse modulables par niveaux, bars rotatifs?) au service du bien-etre et de la fete, bref une insolente reussite. Au fur et ? mesure que la boete se remplit, les murs avancent pour une occupation de l'espace maximale. Si vous pouvez, allez faire un tour dans le carre V.I.P, exceptionnel dans son architecture. La musique, comme dans la plupart des lieux branch?s, est axee sur la house, mais une house tres agreable ? l'oreille. Seul petit bemol, l'entree. Elle est difficile sans etre impossible. Les portiers sont intransigeants, mais le look "pantalon sur les hanches, hauts moulants, bandeaux sur la tete" passe plut?t bien. Pour ne prendre aucun risque optez quand meme pour le pantalon chemise.
Les portiers ont vraiment le controle de l'etablissement, donc pas de negociation possible. Passez la porte, ce n'est que du bonheur. Une clientele hype, sans chichi, et les plus belles filles de Bruxelles? Le Dimanche, soiree Cabaret, la soir?e Gay la plus courue de la ville, ambiance garantie. Entr?e gratuite entre 22 heures et 23 heures avec un open bar.