Jazz-pianist Stan Brenners first opened this gorgeous bar in the 1940s and in the 1980s, a group of trendy young folks renovated and reopened the place, turning it into the quintessential Brussels nightspot. Hang out at L'Archiduc or take your place behind the piano if you dare. There is usually live jazz on Sundays at 5p and on Saturdays there's Le Jazz après shopping (Jazz after shopping), which you can enjoy for free. The owners offer excellent wines and fabulous cocktails.
This elegant establishment is housed in a 17th-century building overlooking the Grand Place. At one point La Maison du Cygne was a popular cafe where in 1881 the Belgian Socialist Party was founded. Now it consists of one of the finest restaurants and bars in Brussels, where elegance, class and style are standard. There are five different rooms—the most coveted seats overlooking Grand Place. The cuisine is classic French, and the wine cellar has a permanent stock of no less than 70,000 bottles.
À la Mort Subite, which translates to 'Sudden Death', is a strange name for a delightful 19th Century café. But Mort Subite is a famous Brussels beer (now owned by Scottish & Newcastle Breweries) and also the name of a 19th-century dice game played by local employees during their lunch break, adding some context to the establishment's name. The interior has remained unchanged and, so it seems, have the staff. Long wooden benches, high ceilings and an array of mirrors are part of the café's charm. The clientele is mixed, basic snacks are served, and the prices are reasonable.
This is, with little contest, the premier techno club of Belgium, hosting many of the leading DJs from around the globe. After some experiments with drum and bass, this big place near Gare du Midi has now dedicated its first (dance) floor to house techno music exclusively. Every weekend, the party is at Fuse.
The Wild Geese is a great place to unwind and relax, or meet people who stroll in from all over the world. This is the Eurocrat's favorite after-work drinking spot and it will be your favorite too after a long day of sightseeing or business meetings. Filled with wooden tables and benches, the pub offers plenty of room to saddle up at the lively bar or indulge in some privacy in the corner. This joyous establishment is packed with enthusiastic revelers and game-watching patrons throughout the week.
Dwelling in one of Brussels' many defunct fabric factories, Bazaar offers ethnic grooves to Brussels' hip and ever-restless clubbers. Try the Crocodile and then let yourself be pulled onto the dance-floor by the hypnotizing music or sit back and drink in the unique atmosphere consisting of indoor hot air balloons, monochrome portraits of men in turbans and ambient golden lighting. A fusion of many ethnic cultures, Bazaar offers a nice change of pace from your run of the mill nightclubs.
Whether you want to spend the evening laughing out loud as you attend stand up comedy acts, bob your head to either jazz, blues, pop, folk or rock music or be amazed by the fine performances of theater artists, Caliclub has something in store for everyone and is highly reputed as a power-packed entertainment venue providing a complete experience. Housed in the restaurant Calichezap, beat those Monday blues or celebrate the beginning of the weekend by dropping in with a couple of friends and sipping on flavorful, delectable cocktails at the cocktail bar. With dark undertones, a stage reserved for the act of the night and neon lights, sit and revel in the long night that lies ahead of you.
Located on the edge of the city center, this bar draws a local crowd and maintains a relaxed atmosphere for enjoying a beer. Beer enthusiasts gather here because of the quality and quantity of Moeder Lambic's selection. While the bar usually has a laid-back atmosphere, it does become more lively on weekend nights. If you're looking for a mellow bar with a wide selection of rare beers on tap for a fair price, then Moeder Lambic is your stop.
Le Botaniste is a friendly restaurant that is located close to the 19th-century Parc du Cinquantenaire park. This classy eatery is known for their scrumptious vegan eats. Items like salads, pastas, soups and, rolls are served here. They even offer desserts like brownies, cookies and a lot more. This restaurant chain has multiple branches that are spread across locations like Brussels and New York. They also cater to various private events in the area.
Magasin 4 is a hip young club which serves up some of the best alternative concerts in town that has been around since 1994. This venue often hosts great local and international bands. With an affordable entrance fee and a menu of some great music, entertainment is guaranteed.