Must-see nightlife in Belgium

  • De Vage Belofte


    A piano hangs on the two-storey inner wall above a row of Champagne bottles. Summer tables spill out across appealing Vismarkt, and DJs turn the tables on…

  • Cambrinus


    Hundreds of varieties of beer are available at this 17th-century sculpture-adorned brasserie-pub, as well as traditional Belgian and Italian-inspired…

  • Strand Hotel

    Belgian Coast

    If it's too cold to stay outside, get a drink from the modest Strand Hotel and watch the sun set into the sea from its glassed-in terrace. Beer from €2.50.

  • James Joyce


    The first Irish pub in Brussels. Sometimes rowdy, but it does have quieter moments and there's occasional live music.

  • Café Barista


    Get your caffeine fix in this central coffee specialist, brewing its beans in a 14th-century riverside house.

  • De Mort

    Northeast Belgium

    An atmospheric brown cafe hidden in the unpromising alley signposted to Mister 100 Billiard Lounge.

  • Au Chaudron des Legendes


    An endearing brewery-pub creating and serving Quintine ‘witch’ beer and ‘Hercule’ stout.

  • De Windmolen


    Quaint corner café with a sunny terrace overlooking one of the St-Anna windmills.

  • Le Cercueil


    Grungy, all-black madness lit mainly by UV and with coffins for tables.

  • Uilenspiegel


    For canal views it’s hard to beat the seats outside Uilenspiegel.

  • La Lorgnette


    Just off the Grand Place, this two-level bar is decked out in blond wood and makes a pleasant, sociable spot for a beer, attracting a clientele of various…

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