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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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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…
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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 …
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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 Bruges


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…
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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.
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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…
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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…
Live Music in Ghent


At perennial favourite Charlatan you might find live music in virtually any genre (from 10pm), sometimes with a cover charge. It generally opens long enough to leave you ready for breakfast. If not, others next door…
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De Centrale

Multicultural centre offering an inspiring range of ‘world’ music concerts and dances (flamenco, Turkish, North African, Asian).