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Brussels, Belgium » Entertainment » Nightlife

When you visit Brussels, the "beer" is not something you should miss. There are some excellent pubs & bars in the city that are open till late at night and serve some genuine and excellent quality beers. Choose from over 400 different Belgian brews! Most of the bars, casinos and nightclubs host live entertainment nights and music concerts.



A la Mort Subite ( Visit Site )

'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 in the old times. Decorated in the 1920's style with wooden chairs, tables and interiors done in Art Deco style, the bar welcomes 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.

Address: Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères 7 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 11:00 am to 1:00 am, Sunday: midday until midnight
Tel.: +32 2 5131318

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De Ultime Hallucinatie ( Visit Site )

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.

Address: Koningstraat 316 Rue Royale, 1020 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Brasserie: Monday to Friday: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, Saturday: 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Restaurant: only open for banquets and events.
Tel.: +32 2 2170604


Le Cirio ( Wikipedia )

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 cafes 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.

Address: 18 Beursstraat, rue de la Bourse, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 am to midnight
Tel.: +32 2 5121395

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Michel wal


Le Falstaff

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.

Address: Henrie Mausstraat 19, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 am to midnight
Tel.: +32 02 5118789

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/EmDee


O'Reilly's Brussels ( Visit Site )

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 the 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
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 am to 2:00 am, Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 am
Tel.: +32 2 5520480


Cafe Bizon ( Visit Site ) ( Visit Page )

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 dedicated glass, to make it special. Exclusive entertainment nights by international performers, jamming sessions, plasma TV for football lovers, all spice up the experience.

Address: Karperbrug 7, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Daily 6:00 pm onwards, Every Wednesday: Acoustic concert
Tel.: +32 2 5024699


Cafe Kafka ( Visit Page )

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.

Address: Rue des poissonniers 21, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Daily noon to 3:00 am
Tel.: +32 475 980539


La Fontainas ( Visit Page )

This is one of Brussels' favourite bars where you can begin or even end your night at. 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.

Address: Rue Du Marché Au Charbon 91 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 10:00 am to 1:00 am, Weekends: 11:00 am to 2:00 am
Tel.: +32 2 5033112



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 match, over a big mug of their favourite beer. Prices are reasonable and will not chip away your pocket.

Address: 7 Rue des Chartreux, 1000, Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 am to midnight
Tel.: +32 2 5408878

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Michel wal


James Joyce Irish Pub

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 favourites here include Irish stew and smoked salmon along with a mug of Guinness beer.

Address: Archimedesstraat 34 Rue Archimede, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 11:00 am to 2:00 am, Saturday and Sunday: noon to 2:00 am
Tel.: +32 2 2309894


Kitty O'Shea's ( Visit Site )

Located nearby James Joyce, it is the second Irish Pub to open 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.

Address: Boulevard Charlemagne 42, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 am till late, Kitchen open: 11:30 am to 3:00 pm
Weekends: 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
Tel.: +32 2 2303630



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.

Address: 12 rue Fosse aux Loups, Lower Town, Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: 10:00 pm to 6:00 am


Le Soixante

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 in their late twenties to thirties.

Address: Rue du Marché au Charbon 60, 1000, Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday: 9:00 pm to 3:00 am


Le Nostalgia Club ( Visit Site ) ( Visit Page )

Le Nostalgia Club touts itself as one of the few clubs in Brussels to play 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s music. The club's atmosphere allows you to relive the nostalgic times of a bygone age. Drinks are a little pricey but are extensive as the varied repertoire of music.

Music Played: 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s
Address: Rue de la fourche 49-51, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays: 10:00 pm - 8:00 am
Tel.: +32 2 5133290


Fuse ( Visit Site )

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
Address: Rue Blaesstraat 208, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Saturday: 11:00 pm to 7:00 am
Tel.: +32 2 5119789


You Night Club ( Visit Page )

Featuring well known resident DJ's 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
Address: 18 Rue Duquesnoy, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Thursday: 11:30 pm to 5:00 am, Friday and Saturday: 11:30 pm to 6:00 am, Sunday: 7:00 pm to 2:00 am
Tel.: +32 2 6391400


Havana Disco Bar ( Visit Site )

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 the three bar areas.

Address: 4 rue de l'Espee, Lower Town, Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Thursday: 7:00 pm to 2:00 am, Friday: 7:00 pm to 5:00 am and Saturday: 7:00 pm to 7:00 am
Tel.: +32 2 5021224


Mirano Continental ( Visit Site ) ( Visit Page )

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
Address: chaussée de Louvain 38, 1210 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Thursday: 7:00 pm to 2:00 am, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 pm to 6:00 am
Tel.: +32 2 2273941, +32 488 477880



Grand Casino (Viage) ( Visit Site ) ( Visit Page )

Highlights: Casino: Poker, VIP gaming, Table gaming, Slots, Mah Jong, Piano Bar, Online gaming
Bar & Restaurant: Brown's Sportsbar & Grill, Cinna-Bar, Kameleon Sky, Saffron
Address: Anspach Boulevard 30, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Opening Hours: Daily noon to 5:00 am
Tel.: +32 2 3000100