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…
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 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 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…
Concert Venue in The South


Bruges’ stunning 21st-century concert hall is the work of architects Paul Robbrecht and Hilde Daem and takes its design cues from the city’s three famous towers and red bricks. Theatre, classical music and dance are…
Theatre in Burg, Markt & the North

Koninklijke Stadsschouwburg

Cultuurcentrum Brugge coordinates theatrical and concert events at several venues, including this majestic 1869 theatre. Opera, classical concerts, theatre and dance are on offer; out front is statue of Papageno, fr…
Live Music in Ghent

Café Trefpunt

On Monday evenings, when most other places close, Trefpunt has jam sessions or live concerts. Standards tend to be high as performers want to impress the owners, who also organise the Gentse Feesten.
Live Music in Ghent

Hot Club de Gand

Hidden down the tiny alley behind ‘t Dreupelkot jenever bar, this is a great place to seek out live acoustic music. Be it jazz, gypsy, blues or flamenco, there’s likely to be a concert most term-time nights. Sometim…
World Music in Ghent


Ropes, horse harnesses and the sayings of Rumi give this very inexpensive café a slightly cheesy atmosphere, but the free traditional Turkish music concerts are the attraction. You might also find jazz and Latin sty…