Top Choice Live Music in Burg, Markt & the North

Retsin’s Lucifernum

A former Masonic lodge owned by a self-proclaimed vampire: ring the bell on a Sunday night, pass the voodoo temple and hope you’re invited inside where an otherworldly candle-lit bar may be serving potent rum cockta…
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Music Village

Polished 100-seat jazz venue housed in two 17th-century buildings with dinner (not compulsory) available from 7pm and concerts starting at 8.30pm, 9pm at weekends. The performers squeeze onto a small podium that’s v…
Top Choice Theatre in Grand Palace & 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 …
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Cinéma Galeries

Inside the graceful glassed-over Galeries St-Hubert, this art deco beauty concentrates on foreign and arthouse films. An authentic Brussels movie experience.
Live Performance in Burg, Markt & the North


There’s no set schedule, but one place you might witness the eccentric (if hardly exciting) ‘traditional sport’ of finch singing is along Hugo Verrieststraat, early on summer Sunday mornings. Dating from the late 16…
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…
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…
Cinema in Grand Palace & Îlot Sacré

Actor’s Studio

This intimate and tucked away three-screen cinema, a little hard to locate just off touristy Petite Rue des Bouchers, shows arthouse flicks as well as some mainstream reruns, and has a tiny bar. Try to catch a movie…
Jazz in Grand Palace & 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. Saturday…
Live Music in Burg, Markt & the North

Du Phare

Tucked into the remains of one of Bruges’ original town gates, this off-the-beaten-track tavern serves up huge portions of couscous (and offers free bread, a rarity in Belgium). But Du Phare is best known for its li…