In the basement.
Glitter, jet-set & MTV look.
THE GURU BAR
Beautifull building, you feel directly in a sort of Aladin movie. Resto + upstairs bar.
African bars & restos.
Techno. Famous djs come and play here often.
Resto = Beautifull interior!!!!!! In the basement = club.
Cocktailbar – disco - resto
Not my kind of place, but hey, that's just my opninion. If you like dancing on the tables, international public, feel lonesome, that's the place to go to
Very underground. Parties & Concerts.
Punk, reggae, drum’n bass...
De artistieke avant-garde is steevast te
vinden in de Beurs… en in zijn bar.
ROI DES BELGES
Jules Van Praetstraat 35-37
Tussen modernisme en retro is dit een adres
dat u moet onthouden.
Groovy music & trendy people
Stays open very late
Bluesy, jazzy, rocky, wodka.
Anspachlaan 66, 1ste verdieping
Kitsch, fusion, kunstenaarspubliek en een knap terras.
ANCIENNE BELGIQUE (CONCERTZAAL)
Looking for good concerts?
Feesten toda la noche.
LE CERCLE DES VOYAGEURS
Here you can find information 4 travellers (lots of books & traveller magazines.
O'Reilly's is a typical Irish pub of which there are a few in Brussels. The Guinness (EUR 5 / pint) is adequate, and they have giant screens for sports coverage and a bar food menu (e.g. Irish stew).
It is big enough to find a corner to hide in and talk, or to watch any sport you fancy.
Dress Code: n/a
2000 Beers. That’s right and not a misprint. This place has 2000 different beers! With that many choices they HAVE to have some good ones, and they do. It was packed to the gills with what in the old USA would be underage drinkers. Here they were just drunk teenagers who luckily didn’t have enough money to drink as much as they undoubtedly would have tried to. Good thing I didn’t have that problem myself as I made my way hastily through an extensive and surprisingly good beer menu. They also had a great selection of cheese which despite our kebabs on the way over I decided we just HAD to dry. Perhaps the most amazing thing was the barman, who miraculously managed to sling beers to the kiddies while treating beer snobs like myself like royalty, always having the right glass and delving into his cellar to find one rare bottle after another. This was one of the few times in Europe I tipped like I was bona fide American Tourist. He was THAT good, knew it, and still managed not to show it…well, at least not in a condescending way.
Dress Code: You could probably wear a toga and get away with it in this place!
Anyway, the details: Cuqui had the Floris Chocolat, Doreen the Saison Dupont, and I finally found the De Ryck Christmas. I was a bit embarrassed to order the girly choco beer but must admit the Christmas beer was a disappointing pumpkin pie affair that was too sweet and had me scurrying quickly for Doreen’s dry saison. All the beers were quite reasonably priced around 3 Euros. The Rochefort cheese plate was 10 Euros but so massive we couldn’t possibly finish it. I’m sure the kiddies descended on it like a pack of vultures after we left. Since we’d been drinking all day, had just come from Bier Circus, had a local that was working the next day in tow, and perhaps most importantly had a train to catch the next day, my voice of reason (read wife) told me one more and we call it a night. Of course, my other voice of reason (read selfish self) ordered a 750 ml bottle of Achel Bruin which I managed to finish despite piddling help from my comrades. Oh, Doreen claims she drank it all which might explain why it took so long to get back to our B & B that night. ;)
Bier Circus has changed locations since my first visit and has lost a bit of its atmosphere in favor of now having a full restaurant in front of what seems a cramped and not overly cozy pub. Still, the night we were there it was bustling and fun, and certainly not full of tourists. We had an assorted cheese platter which featured a great selection but unfortunately was so small it deterred us from eating dinner there! Still, the beer menu was fantastic, one of the best in Belgium. I had spent two days looking for beers in Ghent and Bruges, only to find them easily on their extensive list. I had the excellent t Hofbrouwerijke Bospotter which drank all too easily for its 8.5% alcohol content with a marvelous hop bitterness. Reinaert Grand Cru kept us busy until I found De Dolle Brouwers Extra Export Stout, a black wonder with tan head which had a huge dried fruit profile mixed with chicory/chocolate bitterness. It had a very slightly dry bittersweet finish. We finished up with De Cam’s tart cherry treat, Oude Kriek which managed to be dry and refreshing all in one go. A truly unfiltered beauty. As you can imagine we were having a grand time by this point and there was a group of Portuguese expats enjoying themselves so we exchanged some stories and they snapped our photo for posterity.
Rather a South-American jungle bar in 3-4 storeys, quite picturesque ambience with latino music. Shadowy light. Cuisine is quite international (Spanish and some South-American dishes).
I particularly like the setting, some discreet rooms and corners where to deliciously lose yourself. It's when climbing the stairs that you would find the parrot, the local star that gives the bar its name "El Papagayo". Ah yes, first time I saw an iguana outside a zoo was there, in a glass box with leaves and some tropical plants. :-)
I tried fish soup (soupe de poisson), expected some French soup with "bisque", toast and "rouille". Instead, I had a fish soup with spices (curry or saphron, I don't remember), quite nice indeed. Not French style, but edible as well. Serves as a last resort if you have to eat late at night.
Off course, don't go there for your culinary trip, have drinks instead. Try the cocktails of all sorts (incl. sangria). Enjoy the ambience. Possibility to have a seat at the terrace in sunny days.
Anyway, I remember having a good vibe spending some evening there...
Dress Code: El Papagayo has the G+L flag. You would see it at its front. Do I need to say more? It's a place meant by & for Gays but where straight are admitted.
Opening at 7 pm... In case you go there earlier, have a drink in the terrasse of neighbouring caf?s, Saint d'hic. Then, you can join Papagayo later. Or go to Papapgayo for the happy hour (the cocktails!) and the rest of the evening is for you. Somewhere, in some club
This bar is for homesick Spaniards or for people who love the Spanish culture (although I wonder what they would do in Brussels). A couple of times per week there's live music in this bar, that you can enjoy while drinking an excellent glass of wine and eating a small snack. This place gives you a warm feeling.
At first glance, nightlife in Brussels does not appear to be the liveliest ever. Most venues are small and not very innovative. However, the choice is huge and there are places to fit everybody's taste and interests: a decent jazz music scene, traditional cafés and a few clubs with good music that attract crowds from even beyond the Belgian boundaries.
The best thing about nightlife in Brussels is that, unlike in other cities with a great party reputation, like Amsterdam, no paternalistic regulations are strictly enforced. Therefore, clubs stay open until well into the morning and, if you like, you will always find somewhere open to continue partying.
When I finally got to Grand Place it was getting dark. I was walking around the streets, around the beautifully illuminated Grand Place and I... didn't choose my favorite pub or cafe although I saw many clubs, discotheques, bars and cafes all over the city. Add here unbelievably great selection of Belgian beer available.
I saw quite a lot of seafood restaurants open late and the food there looked great - enlarge my picture :-).
My nightlife in Brussels consisted of people watching, window shopping and... window-eating :-).
From my VT-friend bart_warreyn from Brussels:
You have spotted the most touristic area for having diner in fact. I would advise anyone to walk through Rue des Bouchers and enjoy the atmosphere but I wouldn't eat there : it's expensive and the quality is not as good as it looks.
A better bet for having diner - especially seafood - is Place Sainte Catherine: the prices are (a little bit) lower and the quality is better. Furthermore there are a lot of "simple" pubs who serve great food at prices between EUR 6 and EUR 12.
Dress Code: I noticed that people in Brussels (in contrast to for example California I visited recently) dressed well or very well for evenings. Rather no T-shirts and jeans for a diner in a restaurant unless you want to look like a tourist. They usually weared pants, shirt and jackets (guys) or formal dress (women).
From my VT-friend bart_warreyn from Brussels:
Most people do dress up a little if they have dinner outside, but I don't think anyone frowns upon people who are less dressed... As long as you pay the bill, you will be fine :-)
Thank you very much for your explanations.
Les Bains is an old swimming pool converted into a social-art laboratory. Everything related to art is possible : exhibitions, art workshops, concert... The aim is to develop an alternative relationship with the audience. The visitors are invited to participate and to be the witness of a creative process. The association that occupies the swimming pool tries to find ways to wake up the consciousness of the citizens about the problems of the protection of the environnement, the economy and creativity.
And the tango asbl 'alma del sur' had the good idea to use it for its once a month tango ball (the second saturday of the month). I tried it and the experience is unique and fabulous!
Most of pool funitures are all there (ladder, diving board, blue tiles, etc) giving a vary special feeling! The floor (the surface of the pool) is spacious, there is comfortable sofas and enough seats for everybody plus possibility to seat all around the swim/tango floor, the size of the building enable a great air change so it is never too warm, the lights are warm, ... Well I recommand it absolutely!
Dress Code: Casual or tango dress but most important : the tango shoes (or sneakers) :-)
Outside of the center, the borough of Saint-Gilles is a thriving little gem of urban experience. While Ixelles host a whole bunch "bo-bo's" (Bourgeois-Bohemians), Saint-Gilles is the real haven for the true artistic crowd : painters, play directors, novellists and striving actors, have found their place in a commune with a true mix of nationalities and social background. And where do these people meet? At the Brasserie de l'Union, of course! L'Union Saint-Gilloise is THE footclub people support here. Long are gone the glory days of the squad but the bar remained true to its team and you'd better not make fun of it here. This is a place with a true "atmosphere", wooden chairs and tables, big old wooden bar, a crowd that reflects the diversity of Saint-Gilles. Everybody is welcome and come as you are : local supporters, musicians, young immigrants, little old ladies... This is a bar that just oozes human warmth. Bonus : You can also grab something to eat and on occasions, listen to live music and when the sunny days are coming, the terrace is one of the best in Saint-Gilles.
Out of way but really worth the 10 minuttes tram ride from the center
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