If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Brussels guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Brussels for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like 400 Bieres Artisanales / Beer Mania to busy places like Le Cerceuil that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the Lower Town area? No fear - we share all the facts!

Lower Town
Le Cerceuil

Not your run-of-the-mill Brussels bar, the reasoning behind this place's name, "the coffin," becomes immediately apparent once your eyes have adjusted to the near total darkness. Sit around glass-topped coffins, drinking from skull-shaped mugs,...  Read More


The building is barely large enough to fit the bar's mouthful of a name over the door, but if you do manage to squeeze inside, you'll find cozy café tables and a general puppetry theme running throughout. The beer list is pretty impressive, and...  Read More

Upper Town
Le Bier Circus

The Bier Circus is another of those places where the beer menu will make you're head spin if you're not familiar with the country's various brews; the list of around 200 is one of the best choices in the city. Decor is simple – plain wooden...  Read More

Chez Moeder Lambic

In a quiet residential suburb to the south of the center, this basic street corner café is a metro ride or a cab fare away, but beer enthusiasts consider the effort well worth it. Chez Moeder Lambic once claimed to have over 800 different beers...  Read More

Lower Town

Close to Grand Place and just off the Petite Rue des Bouchers "restaurant alley", this basic but popular bar is below a puppet theater of the same name. If you want to attend a performance, be comforted by the fact that they are usually in the...  Read More

Lower Town
La Bécasse

Down a narrow alley set back from Rue Tabora, the Bécasse is a no-frills drinking hole with plain wooden chairs and tables and tiled floors. Yet customers flock here to drink the house speciality: sweetened draft lambic beer brewed specially for the bar.

Le Grain de Sable

Elegant, intimate and popular bar on the equally stylish Place du Grand Sablon. This is where locals come to sip an aperitif, and to see and be seen. Space is at a premium however, so a table may not always be available.

One of central Brussels' oldest bars, this cozy little pub just feels "old" as soon as you walk in. The building dates back to the 17th century and there has been a pub here for more than a century. Popular with visitors and locals alike.


A relative newcomer on the Brussels bar scene, but gaining popularity with locals and visitors alike. Sit at barrels in the basement of an 18th-century house and soak up the buzzing atmosphere while selecting from the biggest beer menu in...  Read More

While primarily a beer shop, the small modern bar at the back of this store is also a Mecca for discerning beer lovers. There's no menu as such, just pick one from the shelves (most are available chilled on request), or ask owner Nasser for...  Read More

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