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 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.
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.
Known as the home of house music in Brussels, Le Belgica started off as a "New-Beat" bar in 1989. Now, however, it is known for being one of the top gay bars in Brussels as well as for the excellent DJs that entertain here regularly. Le Belgica attracts club-goers and bar-hoppers from all kinds of backgrounds due to its fun and welcoming attitude.
What better way to spend your evening than partying the night away on a river? The Ric's River Boat is a swanky, cool and well dressed boat converted into a nightclub. This place is home to some of the most buzzing parties and glamorous events the area has ever seen. Be it social meets, social gatherings, themed nights, corporate functions and much more, they are all held here. The music here is a blend of Reggae, 80s retro and Salsa while the crowd is a mix of tourists and locals.
Loft Resto & Bar is helmed by Pierre Masse and Asad Khan. Its swank industrial look, eccentric decorative elements is refreshing to the eye. Savor their succulent steaks that are perfectly seasoned along with delicious sides. Enjoy their happy hours with a drink or two.
Join the hottest clubbing crowd at Bloody Louis, on Avenue Louise, is a gem of central Brussels. This is where some of the hippest parties in the city are hosted. Featuring a fantastic music line up, that's crowded by the most popular local and international DJs , stellar acoustics and lighting, Bloody Louis entertains a young and glamorous crowd. Open on the weekends, from 11p onward, a party at Bloody Louis lasts till wee hours of morn, long after the sun's up and bright! Check the website for event schedule.
Opened in 2012, Kosmos has a lively ambiance which is highlighted by lovely mismatched decorative elements. This cafe and bar is a nice spot to enjoy a morning cuppa or happy hours. Nosh on their tasty bites with friends in tow.
No one knows when it was opened but everyone agrees it is among the oldest bars in the neighborhood. Chez Richard is located near the Place du Grand Sablon and has been a local favorite for several decades. Its walls are decked with black and white movie classics while its wooden accents give it a vintage feel. Hear the stories from their regulars while taking a sip or two of your preferred drinks. Nosh on tasty small plates and share it with friends as well.