LIVELY NIGHTS… AND PEACEFUL MORNINGS
Brussels remains a dedicated party town – with a dizzying array of music venues, cosy bars and late-night clubs. Music tends towards two polar extremes – fiddly jazz and stripped back techno, so take your pick. It’s a scene fuelled by the country’s excellent beers – and you’ll have fun finding your favourites: but be careful out there, it’s a strong and heady brew, hovering around 8-9% ABV – not least the ales made in the country’s monasteries (known as Trappist ale). Now that’s what we call holy water.
Swing, rock and roll, disco, electro: you name it! Madame Moustache, right next to St. Catherine, offers you cool vibes from Tuesday to Saturday, with a certain vintage style, Madame Moustache gives you concerts, events and great nightlife.
5-7 Quai au Bois a Bruler, Brussels 1000, Belgium
A La Mort Subite
The “Sudden Death” brewery provides the ales and the name to this drenched-in-character bar – unchanged in over 100 years. Suitably, you can sample 100 beers here too.
Rue Montagne-aux-Herbes Potagères 7
Botanique (or Kruidtuin) is a sprawling cultural complex and music venue – once home to the National Botanic Garden. Expect indie gigs and freewheeling DJ-hosted nights, attracting the hipster set.
236 Rue Royal
A refreshingly ramshackle arts centre takes over an abandoned train station, Recyclart is an arts centre that crackles with energy, especially at night – when young and up and coming bands and DJ’s take over the space.
Gare du Bruxelles Chapelle
Gorgeous Art Deco-style cocktail bar, opened 1937, still as sleek as ever – snuggle into a banquette seating and enjoy live music and crisp cocktails.
6 Rue Antoine Dansaert
It’s gin and tonic all round in this pleasingly off-kilter bar, quirkily festooned with beer crates hanging from the ceiling. But, yeah, it’s gin all the way here.
183 Chaussée d’Ixelles
Laid back bistro where you can enjoy a snack, a beer and a chat at its handsome wooden bar, and enjoy the faded Art Deco glamour, and plan your evening’s adventures.
Rue du Fort, 1060 Saint-Gilles
For lazy brunches, head to L’Eau Chaude (25 re des Renards), or breakfast with a side order of accordion music at A La Clef d’Or (1 place du Jeu de Balle) – a retro caff that’s a hit with locals. The Sunday morning market at at Place du Jeu de Balle is great for a browse. Head to tiny La Brocante, a bar serving beers from 6am if it’s hair of the dog you’re after. Then take a stroll in pretty Marie-Louise square (av Livingstonelaan), with its duck-crowded lake and sinewy paths – urban living at its most bucolic.