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.
Bar, Pub Grub, Belgian, $$$
Featured in the Guinness Book of Records for its outstanding beer list (now 2,500), Delirium is the bar most often visited by newcomers to the city. Spacious wooden barrels, authentic décor and an impressive beer list spanning classic brews to the more eclectic drinks make this bar a popular place.
Delirium Tremens, Impasse de la Fidélité 4A, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +3225144434
Goupil Le Fol
Bar, Wine Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Goupil Le Fol
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,
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.
10-12 Rue des Harengs, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +32 25123077
Bar, Restaurant, Belgian, European, $$$
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
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 Corbeau
is 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.
Steenstraat 8 Rue des Pierres – 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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.