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    Delerium: Spoilt for choice

    by Gyppo Written Feb 14, 2014

    Delerium is a bit of an institution. Near the Grand Place and just off the (horrible) Rue des Bouchers - where waiters try to beckon you in to their overpriced, poor restaurants - Delerium is renowned for its enormous range of beers. Currently they claim to have more than 3000!

    Inside, it's unremarkable, really. Beer posters all over the walls. Wooden chairs. Lots of nooks and crannies. The real reason to come is for the choice of beers, and you won't be disappointed. Lots of tourists come here for that reason, so it can get very crowded.

    Dress Code: No dress code.

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    Brasserie 1898: European Quarter Bar

    by Gyppo Written Feb 14, 2014

    This bar is a fairly standard Brussels café. It's located in the European Quarter, near the European Commission Berlaymont building and the European Council Justus Lipsius building (not near the European Parliament). It's also situated just under the building in which I work, so I frequent it pretty regularly.

    Fortunately, then, it has a good range of beers, including one of my favourites - Charles Quint rouge (8%) - and friendly staff. Food is Belgian fare, and starts at around €16, rising for special cuts of meat. The menu varies, but usually has pasta, salads, fish and meat dishes.

    Dress Code: No dress code.

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    Aarschotstraat: Red Light area

    by solopes Updated Jan 1, 2014

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    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.

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    Les Halles Saint Gery: Comfortable Cafe

    by Roadquill Written Aug 5, 2013

    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.

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    Around Kolenmarkt: Gay night life

    by ATLC Updated May 7, 2013

    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.

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    La Baroque: Friendly Bar in the Gay District

    by zadunajska8 Written Aug 16, 2012

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    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.

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    Delirium: If You Fancy A Beer or Two THOUSAND!

    by johngayton Written Jan 29, 2012

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    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!

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    Le Bridge: Another Proper Pub!

    by johngayton Written Jan 29, 2012

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    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!

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    A must, cause clubs close so fast!: WWW.OUTSOON.BE (updated party-agenda Brussels)

    by Innovator Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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

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    Drive-in at Cinquantenaire: Open-air cinema

    by Bigjones Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    International Meeting & Friendship Club: Swingers Club Libertin

    by Mikebb Updated Jan 8, 2009

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    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.

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    walk around the streets and Grande Place

    by angiebabe Updated May 3, 2008

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    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...

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    Celtica: Nice Irish Pub with very cheap beers

    by Matthijs85 Written Jan 9, 2008

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    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

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    Delerium beer cafe: Cafe with over 2000 kinds of beers - and a gig

    by Matthijs85 Written Jan 9, 2008

    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

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    Roskam: My favourite bar in Brussels

    by Museeuw Updated Dec 19, 2007

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    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.

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  • Dec 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Any body here?

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      Dec 16, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      I'm not sure what you mean...there are lots of VT members in Brussels and lots of VT members online all the time. But if you want to ask a question about Brussels I suggest you do so on the VT Brussels travel forum. Far, far more people will see it there than at the bottom of this travel guide page.

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