Grand Place - Grote Markt | Alexander Baxevanis/Flickr
It’s no secret that Belgium has a great beer tradition, and for those looking to get a taste of the Brusseleir nightlife, there are plenty of places to go. From widely known institutions to more unusual ones, we list the best bars around Brussels’ beating heart, The Grand Place.
Named after a game played by the regulars before leaving for work, A La Mort Subitehas a long story dating back a century ago with illustrious customers such as Jacques Brel. Considered heaven for Geuze and Lambic beer aficionados, this traditional Belgian place (four generations running) will welcome everyone with an impressive drinks list and snack menu, to be enjoyed in a remarkably authentic environment.
Featured in the Guinness Book of Records for its outstanding beer list (now 2,500), Delirium is the bar most often visited by newcomers to the city. Spacious wooden barrels, authentic décor and an impressive beer list spanning classic brews to the more eclectic drinks make this bar a popular place.
Another great address when it comes to impressive beers lists, both Belgian and international, is the Moeder Lambic Fontainas, peer of the older establishment located in Saint-Gilles. Often considered one of the best beer bars in the world, this spot also has a lovely terrace where guests can taste its brews, alongside a tasty appetizer dish on sunny days.
Diffused lights, walls full of pictures and memorabilia, French songs playing and softly stuffed sofas; entering this bar almost feels like opening the door to a vintage world. Welcome to Goupil Le Fol,a boudoir where you can spend an alternative night enjoying premium spirits or local Belgian beers in a peaceful oasis near the busy Grand Place.
Imagine drinking from a skull mug while sitting around a lit up coffin. Le Cercueil is known for its spooky yet oddly cozy atmosphere where guests can enjoy a pint or two within a small tavern where Halloween is celebrated year-round. If the decor is a little offbeat for most, individuals can warm up to their surroundings with one of the Belgian beers on tap.
On the border with the artsy Sainte-Catherine area, Monk Bar is the place to go if you’re looking for a spacious yet intimate bar with some style. Be sure to keep up-to-date with its schedule of live music and football games shown here, when the bar buzzes with atmosphere.
A La Bécasse is still today a great spot to rest after a full tour through the city center. Come and taste a wide array of Belgian beers, from ambers to darker ones and, if you wish to have a degustation of lambic and krieks (the typical sweet beers), try the Palette.
When it comes to unbridled fun, this place is second to none. This is a noisy and hectic bar widely known for allowing guests to dance on top of a wooden table. If you’re looking for an alternative yet animated bar, Le Corbeauis the place to be.
Inspired by Brussels dialect meaning ‘by chance or haphazardly,’ Bonnefooi is a well-established music cafe not too far from the Grand Place. Those looking for an evening of live music and drinks within a buzzing atmosphere can expect great things. With a rotating selection of live DJs and bands, the mood is always set for an entertaining evening in the capital.
Though not exactly a bar, Beurskafee is part of the Beursschouwburg: a multidisciplinary arts center. Those looking for a cultural night out can head to the Beurskafee for a drink and an evening enjoying one of the many concerts, performances and exhibitions currently on the schedule. During the summertime, the Beurskafee opens up a rooftop bar, complete with a great view of the city.
These recommendations were updated on April 11, 2017 to keep your travel plans fresh.