Brussels is a beer-centric city and one must delve deeper to find good bottles of wine. Being so close to the Champagne region and a train ride from Paris however, great wine bars are starting to crop up here. We list the top 10 to try in the city.
Oeno TK is a true Brussels institution, with a varied, ever-changing, global selection of wines and sparkling wines. Located next to the Church Of Trinity, one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in Brussels, Oeno TK is furnished in a modern manner and has a friendly atmosphere. You may even be lucky enough to try the owner’s fine choices of wines from classic places such as the Loire, but don’t miss out on more unusual choices such as a Moldovan red wine or modern Portuguese wine.
Did you ever consider that Feng Shui and wine might go hand in hand? For the owner Massimo Coletti and his wife, it was a natural combination at Wine Studio 126, their wine shop/bar/interior design shop. He has focused his selection of mainly Italian and French tipples on bio-dynamic wines and those he considered ‘good for nature and good for men’. The wine shop is located in the lovely neighborhood of les Marolles and has a plethora of stylish design objects throughout its interior. Massimo Coletti also has a selection of the very rare orange wine.
In the heart of the Flemish speaking Brussels at Place de Sainte Catherine, Mer du Nord is a true Brussels institution. This venue mainly focuses on the beautiful and broad palette afforded by French white classics, while also offering the best seafood that the North Sea has to offer, from oysters to delicate white fish. Standing in front of the restaurant enjoying a glass of champagne and a set of oysters is truly Brussels at its best.
La Piola Libri is close to the European headquarters, evoking the atmosphere of Place de Luxembourg, the networking hub outside the European Parliament. However, the wine bar is utterly down to earth and presents all the Italian charm one can find north of the Alps. Prices are fair and if you are up for finding a book, La Piola Libri is also a well-stocked bookshop and something close to an epicenter of Italian culture in Belgium.
Located in the student area of Ixelles, Le Petit Canon is a hot spot for a young crowd, with affordable prices and music and atmosphere leaning towards the more youthful and carefree. Their selection of wines is another story however, with a very classic French/Italian selection. If you are in the mood for white wine, they have very fine vintages from Loire and offer you French classics that these days can be difficult to find outside of France, such as a good Gascogne wine.
Le Perroquet, a Brussels classic among locals in Sablon, is a fine place to go for a solid meal and a decent glass of red wine. The rustic nature of the restaurant is all part of the charm and Le Perroquet is indeed a traditional venue, with the interior bedecked in art nouveau design with colored glass and beautiful old posters. If you are short on cash, Le Perroquet’s own wine, named after the restaurant, is a very decent Burgundy. They also boast delicious food, are known for their pita bread, and have a grand selection of cakes.
Pepete & Ronron is a classic in Sainte Catherine and suits a more mature yet trendy clientele. The wine bar is well stocked in classic French wines and has a lovely tapas menu and charcuterie too. The price tends to border on the side of premium but is still affordable and worth it for the quality on offer.
Kwint promises a beautiful view over Brussels from its location on the hilltop Mont des Arts. This fancy bar and restaurant is situated among the great cultural institutions of Brussels; the Bozar Center Of Fine Arts and the Museum Of Fine Arts. It has an upmarket ambience and is the perfect place to meet and discuss a concert at the nearby concert hall. The venue has a small selection of wine classics such as Chablis, Sancerre and Saint-Émilion. They also have a changing wine menu, which offers different flavors and regions, perfect against the beautiful backdrop of central Brussels.