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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…
Top Choice Jazz in Grand Palace & Îlot Sacré

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…
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BOZAR

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…
Jazz in Grand Palace & Îlot Sacré

L’Archiduc

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…
Live Music in Grand Palace & Îlot Sacré

AB

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 Palace & 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…
Live Music in The South

Cactus Muziekcentrum

Though small, this is the city’s top venue for contemporary and world music, both live bands and international DJs. It also organises festivals including July’s Cactus Music Festival, held in the Minnewater park at …
Live Music in Burg, Markt & the North

Joey’s Café

These days Joey’s is run by Stevie, who performs with local band Cajun Moon and consequently, this dark, intimate bar is a gathering spot for Bruges’ musos. You can sometimes catch live music here (call to check dat…
Jazz in Saint-Gilles, Ixelles & Uccle

Sounds Jazz Club

An unassuming but immensely popular little Ixelles venue, Sounds has concerts most nights, styles varying from modern to big band to salsa. The website has links to artists’ web pages. Cover charges vary and acts ty…