Nightlife Brussels: Small but cosmopolitan, the capital of Belgium offers a good variety of options for nightlife. Here are the best places to go dancing in Brussels and where to drink some great Belgian beers!
Brussels is certainly not comparable to the great European capitals such as London and Paris, but it is capable of gathering within itself all the spirit of a cosmopolitan city. The Belgian capital is in fact a large university city and home to the most important European institutions: a real pole of attraction for the many visitors and tourists who come here to work, study or just have fun.
Even the nightlife of Brussels is quite lively and lively, and boasts numerous clubs and discos scattered throughout its historic center . Although it is possible to find all kinds of nightlife, the nightlife of this city is never chaotic, but rather eccentric and fashionable.
In Brussels there are discos with music of all kinds, from House music to jazz, up to Latin American music and live concerts, or the inevitable pubs where you can taste excellent Belgian beers.
The two strong points of Brussels are definitely the famous Belgian beer , one of the most popular and renowned beers in the world, and jazz, which has spread here since the 1920s and for which Brussels is today one of the most avant-garde cities.
Don't miss the Bulex night , an event that takes place in Brussels once a month with evenings organized in always places, with lots of music and people of all ages dancing all night long. To stay updated on the latest events in the city, browse the online magazine "Brussel Deze Week" , where you will find the updated program of events and evenings.
Brussels neighborhoods and nightlife
Brussels offers a wide choice of places for evening entertainment . These are mostly found in the historic centre, for example in the streets around the Monnaie Royal Theatre , such as Rue de l'Ecuyère and Rue Fossé aux Loups, or near the Grand-Place.
Saint-Gery and Dansaert are the most popular nightlife districts of the city , characterized by a trendy atmosphere. Here there are numerous bars with terraces and excellent restaurants with affordable prices. In the Saint-Géry you can find discos of all types and offering the most diverse musical genres, ranging from electronic music to House and commercial music, but also hip-hop, drum'n'bass and Latin American music.
Another point of reference for Brussels nightlife is the Ilot Sacré , an area full of excellent restaurants, pubs and pubs with live music focused on drum n bass, reggae and house notes. Visit the Delirium Café , which offers over 2500 different beers!
The Saint-Jacques , full of artists and craftsmen and with a bohemian atmosphere, characterized by a succession of murals and small shops. Here you will find discos with Latin American or electronic music, as well as numerous alternative clubs. Comics Museum of Brussels is also located in this district .
One of the most elegant areas of Brussels is the Sablon , an area full of antique shops during the day, and dotted with cinemas, lounge bars and discos in the evening. Located outside the centre, however, the Ixelles is preferred by students and there are quiet pubs where you can have a drink or listen to live music.
Clubs and discotheques in Brussels
(Boulevard Anspach 110, Brussels) The Ancienne Belgique is one of the best clubs in Brussels: the place can accommodate up to 2000 people and has two halls, one dedicated to concerts (mainly pop-rock and indie-rock), while the 'other as a disco.
(Rue Blaes 208, Brussels) Open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 7pm, Thursday from 10am to 7pm and 11pm to 6am, Friday 10am to 7pm and 11pm to 7am, Saturday 11pm to 7am.
Located in the Marolles district, in the southwest corner of central Brussels, the Fuse is the best-known nightclub in the city, known for its ability to attract the best techno and dance DJs. This club is in fact a paradise for electronic music lovers, certainly one of the best in Europe, capable of attracting numerous tourists and young locals every weekend.
The club is spread over three levels, of which the first floor is dedicated exclusively to techno music, while the Jungle and hip-hop sounds dominate the other two floors. Alternatively there are four bars and a chill out lounge where you can unwind when the dance floor gets too busy. Dress is elegant and the entrance fee can vary between events, but it usually costs €5 if you arrive before midnight and doubles to €10 after midnight.
You Night Club
(Rue Duquesnoy 18, Brussels) Open Friday and Saturday 11.30pm to 5am, Sunday 10.30pm to 4am.
Lo You Night Club is one of the trendiest clubs in Brussels, frequented mainly by young people between 17 and 22 years. The club consists of two floors and mainly offers House and commercial music. If you like to dance, this is the right place to go, but make sure you are accompanied by ladies (if you are men).
(Rue du Marché au Charbon 70, Brussels) The Cartagena is one of the best places to dance to Latin American music in Brussels . The place is quite elegant, refined and with a nice relaxed atmosphere. Sometimes the club also organizes free dance lessons.
Halles Saint Géry
(Place Saint-Géry 1, Brussels) Located in what was once the old market, Halles Saint Géry is in a nutshell a huge two-story hall with an internal balcony, while an obelisk stands in the center. Here numerous demonstrations and events are organized while, during the evening, the place is transformed, with many bars and a disco, with lots of music and djs playing.
(Quai au Bois à Brûler 5-7, Brussels) Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 20.00 to 4.00.
Madame Mustache is certainly one of the most eccentric and original clubs in the city. Located right in the center, this place is decorated in a 50's style and is characterized by its original theme nights, with music ranging from Balkan music to 80's dance music, up to swing and 70's hits. Madame Mustache is certainly able to give you memorable evenings.
(Rue de Stassart 18, Brussels) Open Friday and Saturday from 19.00 to 6.00.
Located in the district of Ixelles, the Spirit is one of the most elegant and exclusive nightclubs in Brussels, even classified as one of the most beautiful in the world. The club is located inside an old deconsecrated Anglican church in the Gothic style, which gives it a very special and exclusive atmosphere.
The dance floor is immersed in an innovative decor in crystal and gold, an incredible environment with three different bars and a private area on the ground floor, the "Carré Dom Pérignon" , where you can enjoy your evening in a relaxing private lounge. Chandeliers made of Murano glass, colored glass beams, mirrors and elegant lines make the environment exceptional.
Difficult to enter this nightclub: dress elegantly and try your luck. Surely the bouncers at the entrance will stop you, but don't give up and try again: your effort will pay off once you enter. The club is frequented by the most beautiful girls in Brussels.
(Rue Saint-Michel 18, Brussels) Open Monday to Thursday from 10.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday from 10.00 to 4.00.
Le Corbeau by day is a Belgian pub that offers traditional food at affordable prices, but by night it transforms into a club that offers wild parties to the rhythm of pop music, ranging from the 50s to the 90s. The place is always crowded, dancing on long wooden tables and fun is guaranteed!
(Rue des Pierres 50, Brussels) Club with live music of various kinds: from jazz to blues, up to flamenco and fado. Every Thursday evening there are jazz performances by amateur singers.
(Rue Ravenstein 23, Brussels) Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm, Thursday 10am to 9pm.
Housed in a magnificent art deco building (designed by the famous Victor Horta), the Bozar is now an arts and entertainment center offering a varied musical program ranging from classical to jazz, as well as theater and dance performances, exhibitions and film screenings.
Sounds Jazz Club
(Rue de la Tulipe 28, Brussels) Located in the Ixelles district, the Sounds Jazz Club is the oldest jazz club in Brussels: recommended for fans of the genre.
(Rue du Marché aux Fromages 10, Brussels) Open Friday and Saturday from 11pm to 7am.
The Zodiak club opened its doors in October 2016 and offers a great nightly entertainment experience, just steps away from the Grand Place . Electronic music fans will enjoy a musical and visual journey in this new place where the culture of Clubbing and Underground are intimately intertwined. A nightclub with a convivial atmosphere that focuses particularly on the Belgian electronic scene of young emerging artists.
(Place René Lescot, Brussels) Open Thursday 10pm to 6am, Friday and Saturday 10pm to 7am, Sunday 10pm to 4am.
The Épicerie Moderne is not really a bar, not exactly a club and not a grocery store! An extraordinary place where there is an alliance between cordiality and the musical dimension. For lovers of good music, this place offers good things to eat, drink and listen to for Brussels night owls!
(Avenue Louise 32, Brussels) Open Friday and Saturday from 11pm to 5am.
Bloody Louis is a new nightclub in Brussels the competition and offer clubbers a different experience. Hopefully atypical, the atmosphere is extremely masculine (chesterfield leather, football table, pinball machine…) and unconventional. Worth a try!
(Rue de la Fourche 49, Brussels) Disco imbued with a crazy atmosphere and a friendly environment. Admission is free and every Friday this club plays retro music, with a consequently more mature clientele. On Saturday, however, the atmosphere is full of fire and madness with the sounds of the 80s and 90s and old classic French songs mixed with the newest songs.
(Avenue du Port 86C, Brussels) Open Monday to Saturday.
The Sett club is an elegant disco, a unique space that offers quality evenings for a select clientele. The music is selected by excellent local djs, but also by the numerous international guests. Numerous evenings and themed events.
(Avenue de Flore 3/4, Brussels) The Wood is housed in the heart of the Bois de la Cambre , in one of the oldest buildings in the park dating back to 1880. After a complete renovation of the place, Carl De Moncharline and Serge Vanderheyden they entrusted the interior design to several talented artists. The bar is located on a magnificent terrace in the heart of the woods. The proposed music is concentrated on electronic music and Deep House.
(Rue des Capucins 63, Brussels) Located right in the heart of Les Marolles, the Bazaar Club is a nightclub with an underground style and predominantly House music. Despite the appearance, the place is frequented by quiet people.
(Rue Sainte-Anne 20, Brussels) Open Thursday from 9.00 to 17.00, Friday and Saturday from 22.30 to 5.00.
Club Clandestin is a small disco-bar located in the heart of the Sablon district and frequented by young people and VIPs. Often the club hosts excellent djs. Elegant clothing is preferable.
Les Jeux d'Hiver
(Chemin du Croquet 1, Brussels) Open Thursday to Saturday from 21.00 to 6.00.
Les Jeux d'Hiver is one of the trendiest clubs in Brussels. The place is mostly frequented by wealthy guys and many beautiful girls.
(Chaussée de Louvain 38, Brussels) Open Friday and Saturday from 11pm to 5am.
The Mirano Continental is a nightclub located in the elegant district of Ixelles, and is populated by trendy European yuppies. Flashing lights and a revolving dance floor might make you smile, but let yourself go: the place was designed with carefree fun in mind. Dress up to be sure they let you in.
(Rue Voot, Brussels) The Zanzi Bar is a place for both drinking and dancing. The decoration is entirely African in style and there is also a heated terrace, an ideal place to chat or to dance with friends. Come here on weekends if you want to dance, when the bar fills up and is always quite busy.
(Boulevard du Souverain 147, Brussels) Open Thursday from 18.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday from 22.30 to 6.00.
Club with quite varied music ranging from classic French songs (70's and 80's hits) to more recent commercial music. The age range ranges from 20 to 50, so the population is truly mixed! It's worth coming here if you don't know what to do on a Friday or Saturday night! Even the bouncers can be quite annoying if they don't know you, so bring your ID and good cheer!
Bars and pubs in Brussels
Speaking of beer, Belgium is unrivalled. Scattered throughout the city there are many pubs offering an infinite variety of draft beers: beer lovers will not be disappointed.
(Impasse de la Fidélité 4, Brussels) Open every day from 10.00 to 4.00.
Elegant, on three floors and with the walls and ceilings covered with objects revolving around the world of beer, the Delirium Cafè offers around 30 draft beers and over 2,000 types of bottled beers, thus earning it first place among Brussels bars . This bar is a real attraction for beer lovers. Hearty beer snacks (cheese and sausage) are also served here, and there is live music every Thursday night, mostly blues and rock. The pub is always busy: come before 10pm if you want to find a seat. By the way, Delirium is the name of a beer brewed by the Huyghe brewery in Melle, near Ghent.
(Rue Jules Van Praet 35, Brussels) Open every day from 10.00 to 24.00.
Opened in 1886 by Francesco Cirio, Le Cirio is a refined brasserie and one of the most famous pubs in Brussels . The place looks like a traditional café, with sumptuous interiors and traditional-style wooden furnishings: here, time seems to have stood still.
Le Cirio is frequented mainly by businessmen, elegant elderly ladies and the inevitable tourists. The bar offers a wide selection of Belgian beers, although the house drink is called “Half-en-Half” , a cocktail made up of white wine and champagne.
A La Mort Subite
(Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères 7, Brussels) Open every day from 11.00 to 1.00.
A La Mort Subite is one of the most famous pubs in Brussels , a must visit! The place has been open since 1927 and still has the original decorations, with wooden tables and chairs and colored glass panels. A tavern called "Sudden Death" may sound alarming, but in reality this name refers to a game of dice played by the customers of the previous bar. This is a great place to sample a full range of Brussels beers and Belgian beers as well as wines, coffees and small snacks.
The bar also offers a variety of lambic beer (a spontaneously fermented beer that is produced only in a certain region of Belgium, as well as in the Cantillon brewery in Brussels) and a particular sweet peach-flavored beer. The music selection is very varied and ranges from jazz and blues to French songs and 40s music.
(Rue des Pierres 8, Brussels) Open from Sunday to Wednesday from 20.00 to 6.00, from Thursday to Saturday from 20.00 to 8.00.
Located in the center of Brussels, the Café Bonnefooi ( Bonnefoi in the local language means "by chance") is a bar completely focused on music, with live concerts every day, DJ sets or other musical events. In addition to good music, we also recommend their excellent shots.
(Rue de Flandre 37, Brussels) Open Tuesday to Sunday from 12.00 to 2.00.
The Daringman is a quiet pub frequented mainly by students and locals, an ideal place to sip a good beer in company.
Roi des Belges
(Rue Jules Van Praet 35, Brussels) Open Sunday to Thursday from 9.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 9.00 to 3.00.
If you like to dance or have a drink in the center of Brussels, the Roi des Belges is one of the most popular cafes, great for both having breakfast in the morning or having a drink in the afternoon or evening. The place is lively and the drinks are reasonably priced.
(Rue des Chartreux 7, Brussels) Open every day from 11.00 to 24.00.
The Greenwich is an elegant café with high ceilings, famous for hosting daily professional and non-professional chess matches.
Goupil le Fol
(Rue de la Violette 22, Brussels) Open Sunday to Thursday 16.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday 16.00 to 4.00.
The Goupil le Fol is a historic bar in Brussels with a bizarre atmosphere. Its labyrinthine interior space, made up of numerous rooms, is decorated with a heap of objects, posters and old 45rpm records. The place is famous for its aromatized wines.
Le Roy d'Espagne
(Grand-Place 1, Brussels) Open every day from 9.30 to 1.00.
Located in a historic building dating back to 1697, Le Roy d'Espagne is named after Charles II of Spain, who was the ruler of the Spanish Netherlands at the time. Here you will find excellent Belgian beers, light meals and reasonable prices, all to be enjoyed immersed in a fascinating historical context.
(Rue Antoine Dansaert 6, Brussels) Open every day from 16.00 to 5.00.
Open since 1937 and located north of the Grand Place , L' Archiduc is an Art Deco style bar dedicated to jazz music lovers. Live jazz, piano jazz and international jazz sessions are organized here. In addition to the music, the bar is also appreciated for its excellent wines and well-mixed cocktails.
(Rue de Flandre 9, Brussels) Open Sunday to Thursday 16.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday 16.00 to 4.00.
This friendly, unpretentious bar and café is known for its Sunday jazz concerts, which can attract big names.
La Fleur en Papier Doré
(Rue des Alexiens 55, Brussels) Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11.00 to 24.00, Sunday from 11.00 to 19.00.
La Fleur en Papier Doré is one of the few traditional pubs in Brussels. Here the Surrealists met, including René Magritte, and memories of their era join the multitude of curiosities that decorate the walls of a series of welcoming rooms. A few light snacks are offered to accompany the Belgian beer.
(Place Fontainas 8, Brussels) Open Sunday to Thursday from 11.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 11.00 to 2.00.
Moeder Lambic the kind of beer sanctuary all beer enthusiasts hope to find in Brussels: there are 42 beers on tap and no less than several hundred bottled beers.
(Parvis de Saint-Gilles 11, Brussels) Open every day from 8.00 to 1.00.
This trendy pub is frequented by a young clientele and offers a large variety of excellent beers to be enjoyed in a relaxed environment.
(Rue Saint-Boniface 14, Brussels) Open Monday to Thursday 8am to 12.30am, Friday 8am to 1.30am, Saturday 9am to 1.30am, Sunday 10am to 12.30am.
Located in the quiet district of Ixelles, L'Ultime Atome is a bright and extremely popular bar and restaurant. Even though it's located a bit outside the centre, it's still worth coming here for its great pub food and impressive beer list. Locals of all ages gather here to eat, drink, see each other and chat the night away.
De Ultieme Hallucinatie
(Rue Royale 316, Brussels) Open Monday to Friday 11am to 11pm, Saturday 6pm to 11.30pm.
De Ultieme Hallucinatie is a bar and restaurant entirely in the Art Nouveau style of the 1920s. The young, female crowd comes to drink Belgian beers and snack on fresh, reasonably priced salads, omelettes and sandwiches. There is also a sunny terrace during the summer months.
Le fou chantant
(Avenue De Fré 176, Brussels) Open every day from 19.00 to 23.00.
Restaurant located behind a small house carved out of a tree. It's great if you like meat, because they have a huge grill inside and a cozy atmosphere. Here you can eat, sing in the piano bar and then dance when dinner is over!
(Avenue de la Toison d'Or 40, Brussels) Considered as one of the most famous bars in Brussels, the Crystal Lounge is a classy bar and restaurant that aims to convey sensations of well-being to its guests.
(Rue des Poissonniers 21, Brussels) Open Monday to Saturday 11am to 2am, Sunday 5pm to 2am.
Curious bar with decadent and old-fashioned furnishings but hce represents a fantastic place to sit and enjoy a good beer in total relaxation after a night of revelry.
(Rue de l'Enseignement 57, Brussels) Open from Tuesday to Friday from 11.30 to 14.30 and from 18.00 to 24.00, Saturday from 18.00 to 24.00.
Bier Circus is an elegant bar with an excellent selection of beers, including some that are very rare and hard to find: try Lam Gods , a beer made with figs, and Westvleteren , one of the rarest Trappist beers.