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.
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.
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.
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.
Holding the Guinness World Record for offering the most beers on a menu, Delirium Cafe provides a selection of over 3000 different kinds of beer, both Belgian and foreign. The flavors found here are far from typical, with creative concoctions such as the chocolate and strawberry beer. Delirium Cafe is completely covered with old beer advertisements and posters. The mixed crowd of locals and tourists usually makes for a packed bar, so it's great for a lively night out.
Fat Boys Sports Bar and Grill commands attention due to the characteristic air of casualness that allows diners to just relax and be themselves when they come here after a hard day of work. The pleasant food and the chilled drink create an atmosphere of amity and one can find people catching up over long conversations. The hamburgers served here are perfect for a quick bite, though their impeccable taste would ensure that the diner takes his time in relishing the flavors. Catch the latest game or visit here for a night of karaoke with friends.
De Haus is the brainchild of Nassim and Pierre. This watering hole with its wooden accents, vintage elements, cozy sofas and industrial light fixtures has a welcoming ambiance to it. If you take fancy to any of their furniture, you can check if there is a sticker on it for sale. Which many of their equipments do, so that you can buy them as well. Though gin and tonic is their specialty, they also have a good range of natural wine, local beers and cocktails. Nosh on tasty finger food and small plates.
The Ars Vinorum is an epicurean delight, geared towards true-blue gourmets. Their selection of Italian wines, cheese, conserves, flavored olive oil and specialty foods are great for a special occasion or authentic Italian dinner. Discover a range of hard-to-find items like white truffles, olive oil from Naples and more. The restaurant features a charmingly rustic, cozy ambiance, ideal for a quiet meal with a date. The menu changes weekly, depending on what's in season. You'll find dishes like swordfish carpaccio with zuchini and capers; ravioli with braised meat sauce; swordfish steak with beans and fennel drizzled in olive oil. Their wine list features a fine selection from Italy, from fruity whites to robust reds.
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.
Set inside the Steigenberger Grandhotel, Louis Bar has a refined look with its dark wooden accents, leather couches and artworks. It is a nice spot to unwind over a delicious cocktail or coffee. Listen to live jazz music during the weekends. Nosh on tasty bar bites for your hunger pangs.