is to beer what France is to wine: it is home to one of the greatest beer
traditions in the world, and Brussels is a great place to sample some of
the vast variety on offer.
A La Bécasse,
Rue de Taborastraat 11. Tel: 02 511 0006. Serves a typical Brussels
product this slightly sweetened Lambic beer, white beer based on
Lambic, Kriek Lambic and so on. The entrance is not that easy to find.
A La Mort Subite,
7, rue Montagne-aux-Herbes Potagères. "At the Sudden Death"
may not sound like the most pleasant of places for a drink, but this
unpretentious brasserie has been serving their trademark brew of the
same name, available in gueuze and kriek versions, for
four generations now. €3.50 for the house beers.
57, Rue de l'Enseignement-Onderrichtsstraat, tel: 02 218 00 34. Has an
impressive selection of beers, including some extremely hard to find
beers. Examples of rare beers they have in stock, are Lam Gods (a
delicious beer brewed from figs) and the rarest of the Trappist beers,
winner of the Beer of the Year 2005, Westvleteren.
is a stylish, friendly internet cafe in the center of Brussels.
Offering high speed internet access, occasional live music/DJ, latest
movies shown on video screens around the bar, regular art exhibitions.
Gay friendly space with women's night every Wednesday from 20h00. Open
7/7 12h00>24h00 (Fri/Sat>01h00). Place de la Vieille Halle aux
Blés-Oud Korenhuis 46, Tel: 02/502 9980.
4A, Impasse de la Fidelité-Getrouwheidsgang (on a pedestrian only
sidestreet), tel. +32-25144434. Right in the centre of Brussels
within five minutes walk of the Grand Place. This bar is all about the
beer, offering 2000 different variations. Popular amongst foreigners.
View their website for more info.
Lambiek, Rue Savoiestraat 68, behind Saint Gilles-Sint-Gillis city
hall has the largest list of different beers, with several hundred
obscure beers not likely found anywhere else. This cafe is one of the
last remaining old-fashioned brown cafe's in Brussels.
Verschueren, 11-13 Parvis de St-Gilles - Sint-Gillisvoorplein, tel:
02/539 40 68. Something of an institution in hip Saint-Gilles. Under
the watchful eye of the portly, bearded deep-voiced owner, hipsters,
starving artists and local poodle-brandishing ladies mingle and drink
endless beers and coffees. A beautiful woodwork football (soccer)
tableau shows the scores of some long lost second and third division
teams from yesteryear...
Mapa Mundo Is
one of the many Trendy bar/cafés located on the popular Place Saint Géry-Sint
Goriksplein. You are assured good drinking in at least one of these
establishments, which are very popular with younger Eurocrats,
foreigners and interns, giving them a rather friendly cosmopolitan
character. Place Saint Géry-Sint Goriksplein 2, Tel: 02/5143555.
While all the above locations are situated downtown in central
brussels, this location is the most popular bar on a strip of bars
right by the Cimétière d'Ixelles-Kerkhof van Elsene. It's location
right off the student campus make it extremely popular with students
who just want to kick back and have a few relaxed drinks. Note on
certain nights there is also live music (making the establishment alot
more hectic). Worth a look especially towards the beginning and end of
the academic year and in the summer (especially for their Jazzbreaks
nights). They also have a website. 445 Chaussée de
Gays and Lesbians
may want to check out the Next
monthly parties, very eclectic and fun. But the two biggest monthly
Gay clubs remain La
Demence at the Fuse, and Strong
parties at the Residence Palace. Both 100% House & Trance. Don't
miss the crowded (but super small) Le
Belgica bar, soft and Housy.
organises "Hydra Sessions" but also "Next Level"
and "Caliente" drum and bass parties at various locations.
Hydra Sessions are major D&B nights with international headliners
such as Pendulum, Spor, or Raiden, along national deejays.
nights is a monthly night out for many locals since more than 10
years, blending all kind of music in unexpected venues, as well as
their weekly edition Jeudibar.
Come as you are.
Just behind the
Grand Place at Rue des Pierres 50 1000 Brussels the Music Village is a
great jazz club that is host to the annual International Young Jazz
Singers Competition. Tel : +32 (0)2 / 513 13 45
The Fuse (Rue Blaes 208) is where it all started - a Brussels
institution. 'Nuff said.
(Metro: Botanique/Kruidtuin) is the place for rock and pop. They do,
on occasion, bring more experimental acts.
Flemish counterpart, the Ancienne
Belgique features the same mix of rock and pop with the
occasional excursion into more unchartered, experimental territory
- for electronica, noise-rock, electroclash, minimal techno as well as
art exhibitions, social projects and installations.
at Rue des Magasins 4 (Metro: Yser/Ijzer) is proud to be loud. Punk,
hardcore, noise and even hip-hop and french chanson feature regularly
Bunker is so underground it hurts. A squat "owned"
by a film-makers collective in the heart of Brussels' seedy red-light
district. They regularly feature fringe acts - experimental music,
noise, funeral folk and all sorts of weird and (sometimes) wonderful
is another favorite for off-the-wall noisiness and weirdness
Beton is the place for skewed electroclash, drum 'n' bass,
drill 'n' bass and anything else 'n' bass.