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Drinking in Brussels

Pubs

Belgium 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.

  • Bier Circus, 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.

  • BXL Cafe/Bar 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.

  • Delirium Cafe, 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.

  • Chez Moeder 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.

  • Le Greenwich, 7 Rue des Chartreux - Kartuizerstraat, tel: 32-2-511.41.67. Another wood-panelled brown cafe where the only sound is the sound of the chess pieces on the chess board. Shh!

  • Brasserie 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...

Bars and clubs

  • 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.

  • Le Tavernier 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 Boondael-Boondaalsesteenweg.

  • 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.

  • Hydra-breaks 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.

  • Bulex 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

  • Fuse. The Fuse (Rue Blaes 208) is where it all started - a Brussels institution. 'Nuff said.

  • The Botanique (Metro: Botanique/Kruidtuin) is the place for rock and pop. They do, on occasion, bring more experimental acts.

  • The Botanique's Flemish counterpart, the Ancienne Belgique features the same mix of rock and pop with the occasional excursion into more unchartered, experimental territory

  • Recyclart - for electronica, noise-rock, electroclash, minimal techno as well as art exhibitions, social projects and installations.

  • Magasin4 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 here.

  • Le 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 music.

  • RTT is another favorite for off-the-wall noisiness and weirdness

  • Structure Beton is the place for skewed electroclash, drum 'n' bass, drill 'n' bass and anything else 'n' bass.

 


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