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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.
Le Bier Circus stays true to its name by offering a multitude of beers to try in a fun, circus-themed atmosphere. Its menu offers everything ranging from Lambics to Trappists. The servers are highly knowledgeable about beer and are very helpful in sharing their expertise. If you're hungry, Le Bier Circus also sells food with dishes ranging from pastas to Belgian cheese plates.
Run by film producer Daniel van Avermaet, Au Stekerlapatte is popular thanks to its young clientele, unpretentious cuisine and reasonable prices. Just off Boulevard de Waterloo and close to the Palace of Justice, it caters to business people and tourists. The steak and spare ribs come highly recommended. The beer list is impressive, and you can order wine by the centimeter. Whenever there is a film festival in Brussels, this is the place to see stars. The menu is in French and Dutch and includes the city's traditional dishes.
One of Brussels's most popular and long standing pubs, Le Roy d'Espagne is the perfect spot to sample Belgian beers while enjoying a magnificent view of the Grote Markt. This popular pub also serves food in various portions from snacks to full meals. For the most relaxing atmosphere and best views, make sure to sit upstairs. The sites and sounds of Brussels will surely take your breath away regardless of how much beer you've had!
Hidden in a narrow street between Place de la Monnaie and Bourse, La Bécasse is one of the nicer tourist bars. Business started in 1877, and the interior hasn't changed since. With its wooden chairs, tables and benches, it is actually quite cozy and always crowded. Tourists come here for “traditional Brussels beer” (lambic and gueuze) but it is also populated by loyal crowds of locals. For a business like this, prices are not unfriendly and the sandwiches are extremely tasty.