Pleasantly buzzed but not ready to turn in just yet? Head to The Seven Oaks and trot downstairs, where you’ll find an authentic cellar filled with late-night revelers in denial that dawn is near. The lack of cell reception and late closing hours make this a favorite hangout for lovers of last-call rounds and dancefloor shenanigans.
The Seven Oaks, Hanengang 3, Leuven, Belgium +32 016 20 83 33
It’s a tradition in Leuven for each of the university’s faculties to have their very own bar where the pints are cheap and the student organizations manage the books. Amongst the most infamous are Recup (previously known as Pavlov for the psychology students) and HDR (House of Law). Don’t be fooled by the grubby exterior; by night these places are buzzing with partygoers and themed student nights.
Sports bars that also host a compelling nightlife scene are few and far between in Leuven, making Plaza the rare location where decent cocktails converge with football match screenings for a broad appeal. The showy zebra-striped facade matches the festive atmosphere inside, where you can expect to meet a lot of OHL (Leuven team) fans when the Belgian Red Devils are playing.
Named after the bravest of all the Gauls, Ambiorix is another one of those Leuven bars where partying means partying hard. Cheap prices on beer and long drinks fuel dancefloor marathons with an enthusiastic crowd eager to shake it ’til the wee hours of the morning. There’s a cantus room upstairs so don’t be surprised if you hear a group of students singing off-key.