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Described by The Guardian as ‘the coolest bar in all of Belgium’, this unique Art Deco hostelry close to the Bourse is popular with the jazz set, old bruxellois and serious cocktail drinkers.

A La Mort Subite

Wander into A La Morte Subite and you could easily have been transported back 100 years.

Bar Rooster's Brussels - downtown pub.

rooster's brussels

Bar Rooster's - downtown Brussels Pub

Bar Rooster’s is a sports and fun bar in the very heart of Brussels.

Operating on two levels, the ground floor shows live sports, serves beer and cocktails, and hosts discos, karaoke, ladies’ nights and occasional live music. Upstairs is a lounge bar, ideal for groups and private parties. There’s also an outdoor seating area and the bar is close to bus and metro lines. Be assured that hosts Veton and Candy are never far away and will be happy to see you!

79 Rue Grétry
Tel: 02 201 36 56
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Mon: 10am-3am
Tues: 10am-3am
Wed: 10am-3am
Thu: 10am-3am
Fri: 10am-5am
Sat: 10am-5am
Sun: 10am-2am

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Booze 'n' Blues (Le)

A downtrodden old soak of a bar but with best jukebox in town.

Café Bizon

Wonderful Flemish-run bar that’s been a musical stalwart in the heart of the city for years. Regular blues and jam evenings provide the backdrop to a spot that’s full of character and characters.

Cetica - just off the Bourse.

For raunchy live music and disco nights try a visit to this steamy, central bar which boasts excellent blues/rock music three nights-per-week, and cracking background tracks all-day long.

Churchill’s - English bar in Brussels

Brussels’ one-and-only English bar these days, offering live music most Fridays/Saturdays, various UK bottled beers and even a pool table upstairs (a rarity in Brussels watering holes).

De Valera’s

Open since 2007 and located on Place Flagey with a good view of the Ixelles lakes, this Irish bar is packed with genuine memorabilia from the Emerald Isle

Délirium café

Known across the world (and in the Guinness Book of World Records) for having sold more than 2,000 brands of beer since opening,

Dolle Mol

The Dolle Mol is among the coolest bars in town, if you don't mind a bit of rough.  It’s small, basically furnished, anarchic and a tad eccentric.

Fat Boy's American Bar & Grill

Launched in early 2000, Fat Boy's does exactly what it says on the tin. It quickly emerged as probably the biggest player

Greenwich - famous bar for chess

Recently refurbished, this is a classic (and famous) bar that’s principally renowned for the dozens of punters in there quietly playing chess.

Hard Rock Café Brussels

Coming soon to the Brussels Grand`Place. Expect good food, excellent music and a lively atmosphere in this bar. Plus a review right here when it opens in summer 2012.

Live Music Café

Close to the Bourse, this bar is pretty ‘Brussels basic’ but worth a visit if you enjoy your music loud, sweaty and up-close-and-personal.

MacSweeny's - close to Avenue Louise

As you'll discover, Irish bars are all over Brussels and this one is run along much the same lines as the rest.

Matonge Brussels Bars. Down and Dark.

Deep in the heart of the commune of Ixelles, a stone’s throw from the much-posher bars and restaurants of Rue St Boniface, is a bustling ethnic quarter.

Michael Collins

This archetypal Irish bar has recently almost doobled in size, due to the owners knocking through into the next-door restaurant.

Mini Louise

This been-there-forever place is a small bar on cosmopolitan Rue Jourdan, a stone's throw from Place Louise.

Moeder Lambic St-Gilles/downtown

The original, small atmospheric bar in St-Gilles is rightly famous for its beer list, great staff and cheese plates too.

Monk - Place St-Catherine

Fantasticly friendly downtown 17th century Flemish bar, just off Ste-Catherine’s square and with a completely unpredictable mixture of people at any given moment.

O' Reilly's


Sports fans, stag and hen crowds, tourists and downtown Brussels drinkers flock to O' Reilly's for its big screens, central location and pints of Guinness.

Old Hack - European Quarter

Great little bar/restaurant opposite the monumental EU headquarters of the Berlaymont.

Place St-Géry Bars

Two minutes leisurely stroll from the Bourse and the traffic hell that is Boulevard Anspach, you'll find trendy Place St-Géry.

Raising cash for new ‘Born Free’


A Brussels bar owner and one of her loyal customers will run 20k around the city on 7 October to help continue the work of George and Joy Adamson, made famous by the book and movie Born Free.

Neither Kelly Steel (who runs the bar Mini Louise) nor Paul Hanley are runners. In fact, Kelly says she would “happily get in the car to go to the end of the street”.

Scott's Cafe-Bar

Housed in a gorgeous building that dates back to 1865, Scott’s offers an international feel with an extensive cocktail menu plus beers and whiskies from all over the world.

Six Nations Brussels rugby bar

Opened in March 2011 during the Six Nations rugby tournament, after which it is named, this downtown international sports bar is a haven for fans of those chaps who play with odd-shaped balls.

The Music Corner - Live Music in Brussels

Nestling in-between the Schuman roundabout and Place Jourdan, this is a haven of live music, wonderful food and endless chat.

Ultime Atome

The square at St Boniface is as trendy as you like these days.

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