Nightclubs and bars in Brussels

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    A la Becasse: Hidden gem

    by Gyppo Written Mar 9, 2014

    I've only recently discovered a la Becasse, and wish I'd found it sooner. It's tucked away through a tile-lined passage off one of the main tourist streets. That means it's a bit more expensive than a lot of the bars in Brussels, but it's a quaint little place. It sells a range of lambics, the sour-ish sweet-ish beer fermented using yeast present in the atmosphere. You can buy a 'palette de degustastion' which has 4 different varieties for €9. They also sell the local cheese, the strong fromage de bruxelles (which seems to be saltier than salt), in a platter. You mix it with soft cheese, onions and radish and spread it on bread. It's still wince-inducingly salty. Probably encouraging more beer drinking.

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    Le Corbeau: A tale of two bars

    by Gyppo Written Mar 4, 2014

    Le Corbeau is a schizophrenic venue. During the day, it's an old man's bar, with a few tourists. It's very Belgian, with a good range of beers. Perfectly good place to spend an hour. However, one night I was walking by quite late. There were bouncers outside. This didn't add up. I investigated, and it turns out it has a different face after 11.

    The music starts, the owners push all of the tables together and people dance on them. Completely different atmosphere.

    Order your beer in a chevalier glass and you'll get it in a glass which'll pour beer over your mates' shirts...

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    O'Reilly's: Irish in town.

    by Gyppo Written Mar 4, 2014

    O'Reilly's is your classic Irish bar. Standard Irish beers etc. It does burgers and other staples (not good for vegetarians, but there is one main option). It's big (on two levels), and has another part just down Boulevard Anspach. It does a lot of live sports so gets very busy for rugby and football matches. The busiest I've ever seen a bar in Brussels was this one, for an England World Cup match. This bar suffers from a common complaint - the odour...

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    Le Coq: Classic in town

    by Gyppo Written Mar 4, 2014

    Le Coq is a classic Belgian bar in the middle of town. It's got the usual mismatched wooden tables and chairs, and it feels very comfortable. Cheap cava/prosecco, plus a range of Belgian beers. It's a bit touristy due to its location, but it's still an alright place.

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    Cafe Kafka: Whisky plus

    by Gyppo Written Mar 4, 2014

    Kafka is a slightly pretentious (note name) but usually pretty relaxed place. You can get a whisky and a small mixer for €5. Nice way to spend an evening.

    Don't sit at the back of the bar - the toilet smell permeates...

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    The Hairy Canary: Irish-ish bar

    by Gyppo Updated Feb 22, 2014

    Yet another Irish bar in the European Quarter. Well, it calls itself an English or Victorian bar, but you'd be hard-pressed to spot the difference. Again, nothing out of the ordinary. Irish and Belgian beers; screens for football.

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    The Old Hack: Irish bar, small but friendly.

    by Gyppo Updated Feb 22, 2014

    It's another European Quarter Irish bar. A good place to get Tayto crisps if you're Irish and homesick. Michael, the very friendly owner, brings you crisps or sandwiches if you have enough beers. Very popular with Irish businessmen in Brussels. The place does close early if Michael can't be bothered any more!

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    Nightclub L'Intime: Warning - not actually a nightclub!

    by Gyppo Written Feb 22, 2014

    Looking for a nightclub in my early days in Brussels, a friend and I stumbled across this place. However, when we were inside we realised our mistake. It's actually a venue for paid-for brief horizontal entertainment. Probably should have guessed from the name...

    As the tabloid phrase goes, we 'made our excuses and left'!

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    La Fontaine: Poshest bar in the area

    by Gyppo Written Feb 14, 2014

    It's the poshest place in the area behind the Berlaymont building. That isn't saying much, but it's a lot more polished inside then anywhere else nearby. The beers are more expensive correspondingly. I haven't eaten here, but the food looks good and is priced around €15. Good for a change, but the places opposite on the junction are better if you just fancy a drink.

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    The James Joyce: Irish bar

    by Gyppo Written Feb 14, 2014

    One of the cluster of Irish bars in the European Quarter. Nothing wrong, nothing very right. Has a darts team. A few screens for sports. For food, the bar advises visiting the sister bar, the Funky Monkey across the road.

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    Tiago's: Unduly busy Portuguese bar

    by Gyppo Written Feb 14, 2014

    The owner of this bar thinks it's a lot cooler than it really is. It's a Portuguese place, with a rather good house white. The decor is... tacky. Lots of flat screen tvs advertising various promotions; fake soundproofing wallpaper on the toilet doors; pebble fires; fake candles on the table... you might get the picture. In addition they played the first Nouvelle Vague album on a loop. Great album, but a little much. Downstairs they advertise a Latin club night - that actually seems to be a geriatric salsa class. It's not a *bad* place, it's just a bit overpriced (20 euro for the house wine) and very pretentious. I didn't eat there, but the food looked reasonable.

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    The Old Oak: Irish bar. Smelly.

    by Gyppo Written Feb 14, 2014

    Irish bar. You can probably fill in the rest. It's acceptable, selling the normal range of beers, and pub-style food, but very limited vegetarian options. Main problem is that it usually smells like too many people with gastric problems have been drinking too much Guinness - a problem shared with most of the Irish bars over here.

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    Fat Boy’s: Good for sports

    by Gyppo Written Feb 14, 2014

    Pretty standard sports bar. Lots of screens showing British and European sports channels, plus some US sports too. Usual range of beers for this type of bar, and a range of American food at reasonable prices. Fat Boy's has another bar on Place du Luxembourg, near the European Parliament.

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    Funky Monkey: Popular with Irish diplomats

    by Gyppo Written Feb 14, 2014

    One of a few Irish bars in the European Quarter, the Funky Monkey is probably the best. It's pretty standard, but has a lot of good screens to watch live sports. At the back, there's a small beer garden. It's currently the favoured destination for the Irish diplomatic corps, who'll be there on Friday evenings and weekends for sport.

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    Celtica: Irish bar, then 'nightclub'

    by Gyppo Updated Feb 14, 2014

    During the day, Celtica is an Irish bar with nothing out of the ordinary - Irish, British and Belgian beers. Live sports on the TV.

    However, that changes at night. A DJ starts playing cheesy but good new and old pop, and the bar becomes a nightclub which keeps going until 10am if you have the stamina. It's a bit of a meat market, which the Eurocrat stagiares (5 month interns) frequent. Ladies, you will get lots of attention!

    Dress Code: No dress code.

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  • Dec 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

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      Dec 16, 2013 at 11:29 PM

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