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Joining the Flux to Lux - The majority of each annual intake of pan-European expats in Brussels come to work in the European Quarter.

Most are young, most want to make friends…and all of them get thirsty. So the obvious ports of call are Schuman and Place du Luxembourg, both of which pretty much shut down at weekends but rock for the rest of the week. For this article, we’ll focus on Place Lux.

Eizeringen - Insurance Against the Great Thirst

Jonathan Di Blasi travels out of the city for a Sunday to remember...

It may sound crazy to get up early on a Sunday morning, just to get on a bus heading out of town to go drink beer. It is, but when the place is ‘In de Verzekering tegen de Grote Dorst’ and is only open Sunday mornings from 10am until just after church lets out at 1.30pm, you don’t have much choice.

Unless you’re attending a funeral at the church in Eizeringen’s small square where the pub is also located, the pub is having a special event, or you book a group in advance, you’ll need to visit on a Sunday morning.

La Fleur en Papier Doré - a timewarp.

Now, then. Bxl30Days is on the horn of a dilemma here - the type of horn that will rise up more often than a Catholic cleric’s cock in a church full of choirboys.

The bar you’re about to read about is something of a well-kept secret - most expats certainly don’t know of it - but it’s the job of these pages to give you a bit of insider gen. Which makes it a secret that won’t be well-kept anymore.

Frankly, there’s only one word for this sort of situation. And the word is ‘bugger’.

The Dolle Mol - Slip Museum

One of the coolest bars in town is The Dolle Mol, just off ‘Pitta Street’ heading up out of the centre. It’s small, frugally furnished bur comfy and, at the very least, slightly anarchic - an atmosphere helped by the fact that it currently plays host to barmy Belgian artist Jan Bucquoy’s Slip Museum.

The slips in question are sets of undies (donated in the main by some of the country’s politicians and artists) and these are put to excellent satirical use in collages ribbing the great and not-so-good.

The whole idea is admittedly pretty seedy but also totally fun - which sums up the bar itself, to be honest. Don’t expect any real level of sophistication here, just a laid-back place to enjoy a drink, listen to excellent music or just talk bollocks.

'Notes on the back of a beermat.'

Bar-related musings from Our Man in the Corner... >=====> Tippler's Corner

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