Brussels entertainment

Top Choice Jazz in Grand Place & Îlot Sacré


This intimate, split-level art deco bar has been playing jazz since 1937. It’s an unusual, two-tiered circular space that can get incredibly packed but remains convivial. You might need to ring the doorbell to get i…
Top Choice Live Music in Royal Quarter


This celebrated classical-music space is home to the National Orchestra and Philharmonic Society. From the outside, the Horta-designed 1928 art deco building is bold rather than enticing, but Henri Le Bœuf Hall is c…
Top Choice Cinema in Royal Quarter


In a wing of the BOZAR cultural centre, the modern and stylish Cinematek includes a little museum where you can browse archives and memorabilia. The real highlight, though, is the program of silent films screened ne…
Top Choice Jazz in Grand Place & Îlot Sacré

Music Village

A polished 100-seat jazz venue housed in two 17th-century buildings with dinner (not compulsory) available from 7pm and concerts starting at 8.30pm or 9pm at weekends. The performers squeeze onto a small podium that…
Top Choice Jazz in St-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

Sounds Jazz Club

A small and unassuming but immensely popular Ixelles venue, Sounds has concerts most nights, with styles varying from modern to big band to salsa. The website has links to artists’ web pages. Cover charges vary, and…
Top Choice Theatre in Grand Place & Îlot Sacré

Théâtre Royal de Toone

Eight generations of the Toone family have staged classic puppet productions in the Bruxellois dialect at this endearing marionette theatre, a highlight of any visit to Brussels. Shows are aimed at adults, but kids …
Top Choice Cinema in Grand Place & Îlot Sacré

Cinéma Galeries

Inside the graceful, glassed-over Galeries St-Hubert, this art deco beauty concentrates on foreign and art-house films. An authentic Brussels movie experience.
Live Music in Grand Place & Îlot Sacré


The AB’s two auditoriums are favourite venues for mid-level international rock bands and acts such as Jools Holland and Madeleine Peyroux, plus plenty of home-grown talent. The ticket office is located on Rue des Pi…
Live Music in Grand Place & Îlot Sacré

Art Base

One of the best little venues in town for music fans with eclectic tastes. It resembles someone’s living room, but the programming is first rate, and it’s worth taking a punt on Greek rebetiko, Indian classical musi…
Blues in Grand Place & Îlot Sacré


A happening little grunge bar in St-Géry featuring home-grown live blues, a range of beers and a selection of jenevers (gin). Located on a street of lively café-bars.