Maybe 1/4 NW of the Main Square is the St. Gery area, with a plethora of cafes that were buzzing well into th evening. Set in the Halles that appear to be built in late 1800's is the Les Halles Saint Gery, with a full bar, many Belgium beers, with many sorts of seating arrangements, from outside cafe tables, to barstools, to couches. An out of tune and in need of repair piano is in the middle. The place has an art deco feel with all the iron work. I did need to waive down a server.
On our evening walk back fromGrand Place to our accommodation, we passed through the gay scene in Brussels. It was very busy and people were having such a good time!
It's all concentrated around the Kolenmarkt (in French: Rue du Marché au Charbon). There are various, quite famous bars such as Fontainas, Boys Boudoir, and Baroque. The Belgica is a gay icon visited by the likes of Björk and John Gallliano.
On a warm evening, people there just stand outside the bars chatting and having a good time.
You're welcome too if you're not gay. Especially in two rock cafes like DNA or Rock Classic or the latin Canoa Quebrada.
The liveliest evenings are Thursdays through Sundays.
Dress Code: I wouldn't dream of describing a gay dress code for this area, haha!
NB The photo is not made in the Korenmarkt but just another street the next day.
La Baroque is a friendly and amazingly unpretentious bar in the heart of Brussels gay district which centres around Rue du Marché au Charbon/Kolenmarkt. They serve some decent local beers including a lovely cherry flavoured beer or "Kriek". The staff are friendly and speak good English.
Dress Code: There isn't really a dress code, more like an anti-dress code. They discourage being a fashion victim or obsessed with body image. Natural masculine appearance is the order of the day, facial hair is a bonus.
I happened to be in Brussels on my birthday (18th of January for those that don't know) in 2012 and having picked up emails, VT notices and FB comments from most of my "fiends" from around the world I reckoned it would be a good idea to have a beer with them all.
Not that I have a lot of "fiends" but I do like a lot of beer and when the friendly receptionist at the Theatre Hotel mentioned that there was a bar in the city which stocked over two thousand that seemed like a perfect birthday project.
The bar is called "Delirium" and indeed it does stock over 2,000 and is in the "Guinness Book Of Records" for doing so. This is a pretty amazing place - it's not just a single bar but rather a whole little alley with a cafe, a pub, a basement bar and a beer shop all under the "Delirium" umbrella.
I used the front cafe/bar on this visit and found the place friendly, though a little touristy, but the barman certainly knew his beers and I did my best to have a different brew with each of my virtual "fiends".
Not sure how many I had in total but after a certain quantity I couldn't even remember who I'd had a drink with, in fact I couldn't even remeber who I was ;-)
Definitely worth a visit - HIC!
This is a friendly little bar in the Theatre District with a very welcoming barmaid (not in that sense of the word!), a pleasatly laid-back buzz and cheap beer. Little pluses included the freebie bowl of cheese bites and a major plus is something that those who know me will guess at ;-) Cough!
Driving to Heysel park, we passed by Gare du Nord, and, by accident, found ourselves in the middle of "red light area". Suddenly, I remembered that I had been there in 1971, when I was a student and the travelling curiosities were... different.
Though not entering anywhere, the organized commercial structure of sex was astonishing to a youngster coming from the close and conservative dictatorship of Portugal.
This time, the surprise was to see them working in day light, and to change the initial idea - I had in mind that the display showed mainly consumed and degraded women, and this time we were shocked by the youth of some of them, and the dominating elegance.
A curious place, but the evident vigilance of their... friends, recommends discretion and caution.
Cause clubs & pubs close and open so quickly, this is the best insider tip you can have.
Click the Agenda and look for parties in Brussels.
Weekly international artists and dj's from over the whole world!
Dress Code: Hip & Funky
Every summer in Brussels, you can go to the Cinquantenaire and watch movies in original version with subtitles in French/Dutch, that's very nice. It's every Friday and Saterday evening at 10:30 pm in July and 10 pm in August.
15 € per car (13 € for students)
2 € for pedestrians including a seat and a soft drink
You can also sit on the stairs, then it's free. You can buy your ticket from 8 pm.
We noticed this sign in a window 10 metres along the road from our hotel. When I saw the sign I showed it to my wife and she said"your not going to take a photo?".
We will only know what it offers when someone who has visited the club reports back in the Brussels Forum.
The Grande place and the surrounding streets are usually busy with people till fairly late - the Light and Sound show which shows each night after dark doesnt start till midsummer ie June for a few months - but even now in May with the streets around the centre well lit the place has been still busy till late with people out eating, drinking, walking around and sight and people watching as well, or sitting around the Grand Place socialising or enjoying the night effects.
The waffle sellers seem to do a roaring trade and the Mannekin Pis still gets a good number of visitors...
Nice Irish pub with very cheap beers, and a great atmosphere!
Downstairs there is a cafe with live music.
Upstairs there is a dancefloor where they play techno music
Everyday from 13:00-00:00 there is happy hour! Maes for 1,- Pints for 2,- and a selection of bottled special beers for 2,-. They will pour a special beer in a glass behind the bar as if they were making a cocktail.
After happy hour the beer is still cheap by the way. 2,- for a Maes, and 3,- for a bottled special beer.
Dress Code: None
Delerium is a nice beer cafe with hundreds kind of beers, of which about 15 on the tap. Off course, Delerium-Tremens is the house beer.
When we were there, there was a jam-session of a coverband. It was pretty crowded, and there was a nice atmosphere
Dress Code: Not at all
This bar might not be really special maybe for a tourist (or then again it might be), but it's my favourite bar in Brussels. If you want to have a talk with friends in a nice young atmosphere, this is the place to be. In the afternoon it's the ideal place to have a coffee, and in the evening there's a cosy crowd with nice background music. Before you know it, it's way past bedtime. :-)
Most people who come here are Dutch-speaking and between 25 and 35, I guess.
The people behind the bar are extremely friendly and fast.
Dress Code: Anything.
This is a bar that at 10 pm becomes a karaoke bar. One of the worst places I have been in. The bar itself is ok, the choice of songs many, but the staff are so rude!
I was there waiting for my friends, there were around 10 to 12 of us that was supposed to meet. All the girls were let in, but the guys were refused entry. Sure they had a sign that says "the management reserves the right to refuse entry anyone" but they did not even give an explanation to the guys on why they were refused entry, and the staff did not tell us that there were people looking for us outside. Even worse, the bar was EMPTY! there were maybe only 12 people inside, all girls, so I really dont understand why they turn down customers. Dont go there, not worth it, and the staff are really rude and strange!
Churchill's is an English (i.e. not Irish) bar in the centre of Brussels.
It has 17 bottle English ales available as well as many other beers. Bar is spacious with pool table upstairs.
Located at 29 Rue de L'Ecuyer.
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