If you are visiting Brussels, then "beer" is not something you should miss upon. There are some excellent bars in the vicinity that are open till late in the night and serve some genuine and excellent quality Belgian beers (be ready to pay more, if you prefer quality!). Most of the bars, casinos and nightclubs host live entertainment nights and music concerts. So whenever you are in Brussels, do not forget to choose a beer from their list of 400 beers.
'A la Mort Subite' or Sudden Death may be quite an unconventional name for a beer cafe, but it is one of the more well known cafes in Brussels which serves classic Belgian beers like Kriek or Lambic. The name originated from the dice game played by the local employees during the old times. Decorated in the 1920's style with wooden chairs, tables and interiors done in Art Deco style, welcome the guests in a traditional manner. Of the two decks, the upper deck has been kept as a smoke free zone. The beers are best tried with cheese, open sandwiches, chips or salami.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10.30 am to 2 am, Sunday noon to 2 am
Address: rue Montagne-aux-Herbes Potagères 7, 1000, Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 513 13 18
Fax: +32 2 512 86 84
Website: A la Mort Subite
With extremely beautiful interiors to match the delicious food of this unique restaurant, De Ultime Hallucinatie is the right choice if you prefer to have a nice relaxed, cosy lunch/dinner. Once a horse stable, it has seen such a great transformation with its Art Nouveau architecture in the form of wooden benches that you would visit it again and again.
Opening Hours: Bar: Monday to Friday 11 am to 2 am Saturday 4 pm to 2 am, Restaurant: Monday to Friday noon to 2.30 pm & 7 pm to 10 pm Saturday 7 pm to 10 pm
Address: Koningstraat 316 Rue Royale, 1020 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 217 06 04
Located across the street from the Brussels Stock Exchange, on the other side of the Grand Place, Le Cirio is the grand dad of all beer cafe's with its 118 years long history of serving guests. Known for its wide range of Belgian and international beers along with tit bits snacks (that is a must with beers!), it also serves other classy drinks like white wine and champagne.
Opening Hours: Daily 10 am to midnight
Address: 18 Beursstraat, rue de la Bourse, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 512 13 95
Situated near the main square of Brussels, this is one of the most well-known bars in the city. The art nouveau interior is enough to attract many into this pleasant venue which also consists of a restaurant. The food is fairly good but the beer menu is particularly favoured. Its location is a perfect pit stop for visitors exploring the city’s historical buildings.
Opening Hours: 10am – 2am
Address: 19 – 25 rue Henri Maus, Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 02 511 87 89
O'Reilly Irish pubs have their branches all around the Europe and Brussels being the entertainment capital of Belgium, how could it be an exception? Run by Irish Doyle family, their Brussels branch sells the most Guinness beers in the Benelux region. With a young and jolly atmosphere teemed up with tasty food and a variety of beers, their theme nights are a complete sell out. They have their own night club known as O'Reilly NUA
Address: 1 Place de la Bourse, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 552 04 81
Website: O'Reilly's Brussels
When in Belgium, do as the Belgian's say and so visit the Cafe Bizon. It serves some of best beers in town like the Trappists or the Geuze. Each type of beer has its own glass dedicated to it, making it special. Special entertainment nights by international performers, jamming sessions, plasma TV for football lovers, all spice up the experience.
Opening Hours: Daily 6 pm onwards
Address: Karperbrug 7, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 502 46 99
Website: Cafe Bizon
Name similarity to the famous writer Kafka ends here. It has nothing do with him, but instead this place is visited mostly by youngsters who may seem a little quiet and reticent during daytime, but turn into real "party animals" in the night when the atmosphere livens up. Jazz concerts, long list of vodka and crazy surroundings attract everybody here.
Opening Hours: Daily Noon to 3 am
Address: 6 Rue de la Vièrge Noire, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 513 54 89
This is one of Brussels’ favourite bars where you can begin or even end your night in. The interior has a retro feel to it but with a modern atmosphere. The resident DJ plays out some excellent music favoured by a mix of locals and visitors. When the weather is pleasant it is possible to relax outside and enjoy a fabulous cocktail.
Opening Hours: 10.30 – 1am, weekends till 2am
Address: 91 rue du Marche au Charbon, Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 503 31 12
Decorated in a 19th century picturesque style, this place has retained its old charm. Its numerous chessboards are constantly occupied by youngsters, engaged in a game or two, over a big mug of their favorite beer. Prices are reasonable and will not chip away your pocket.
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10 am to 1 am, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 2 am
Address: 7 Rue des Chartreux, 1000, Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 511 41 67
A former Pakistani restaurant, in 1989, it became the first Irish pub in Brussels. The pub with their back garden becomes a nice social gathering place for those who love the outdoors. The favorites here include Irish stew and smoked salmon along with a mug of Guinness beer.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 11 am to 2 am, Saturday and Sunday noon to 2 am
Address: Archimedesstraat 34 Rue Archimede, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 230 98 94
Located nearby James Joyce, it is the second Irish Pub opened in Brussels. The pub is very popular with the quieter kind of guests who like to enjoy their drinks over some serious discussion. The place livens up on Wednesday evenings when Live music is played. You will also enjoy some traditional Irish cuisine here.
Opening Hours: Daily noon onwards
Address: 42 Boulevard Charlemagne, 1040, Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 230 78 75
Fax: +32 2 280 27 34
Website: Kitty O'Shea's
This is one of the few clubs in Brussels that can certainly make a night to remember. Usually the club holds one off party events or its normal Saturday night progressive house event which gets exceedingly busy. Holding approximately 400 people, this nightclub will suit those hardcore party lovers.
Opening Hours: 10pm – 6am
Address: 12 rue Fosse aux Loups, Lower Town, Brussels, Belgium
This is another popular nightclub in Brussels, with a mix of house and electronic music blasted out into a packed venue. Enjoying a wide range of cocktails, the crowd is mostly locals who are regulars in their late twenties to thirties.
Opening Hours: Wed – Sun, 9pm – 3am
Address: 60 rue du Marche au Charbon, Lower Town, Bruseels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 9 am to 5 am
Music Played: 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s
Address: Rue de la Fourche 49-51, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 513 32 90
Website: Le Nostalgia Club
This is the most famous club in Brussels and is internationally recognised. With highly admired resident DJ’s such as Pierre and Seba Lecompte hosting the events, it is no wonder why it draws so many techno lovers from Europe. Holding approximately 2000 people, this is one of the largest and best known clubs in the city where you can truly dance your heart out.
Music Played: techno
Opening Hours: Saturday 11 pm to 7 am
Address: 208 Rue Blaesstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 511 97 89
This is one of the more sophisticated nightclubs situated next to the Palais de Justice. Most of the people attracted here are young international professionals who admire Latino music. Food is available here up to a certain time and plenty of drink is available from three bar areas.
Opening Hours: Wed 7pm – 3am, Thur 7pm – 4am and 7pm – 7am on the weekends.
Address: 4 rue de l’Espee, Lower Town, Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 502 12 24
Featuring well known resident DJs such as Olivier Gosseries and Miss Luna, this nightclub attracts psychedelic music lovers who are fond of the funky laser stripes hitting the dance floor. The music ranges from trance and progressive house. This is another club worth visiting if you are into this music.
Music Played: funky, disco, latest chartbusters
Opening Hours: Thursday 11:30 pm to 5 am, Friday and Saturday 11:30 pm to 6 am, Sunday 7 pm to 2 am
Address: 18 Rue Duquesnoy, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 639 14 00, +32 477 75 0750
Fax: +32 2 639 14 09
Website: You Club
The event ‘Dirty Dancing’ has not been held long at the Mirano Continental but has already gained a great reputation amongst the locals. There are three club nights which rotate, one with house, the second electro and the third pop, also featuring a rock band. With a mix of live concerts, acts and a revolving dance floor it is impossible to get bored here.
Music Played: house, techno, rock
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 7 pm to 3 am
Address: chaussée de Louvain 38, 1210 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 227 39 41, +32 498 92 1258
Website: Mirano Continental
Highlights: 250 slot machines, 26 gaming tables, ‘Food Corner’, ‘Restaurant 360°’, bar, free entrance
Opening Hours: Daily 12 pm to 4 am
Address: Rue Duquesnoy 14, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 289 68 68, +32 2 289 11 30
Fax: +32 2 503 12 15
Website: Grand Casino