Each Saturday night, the party is at Fuse, the hottest dance club in Brussels. Big-name DJs from around the world spin on one of the club's three levels, and techno is the music of choice – the first floor is dedicated exclusively to it. House, jungle and hip-hop can be heard on the other two floors. Four bars and a "chill out" room provide alternatives when the dance floor gets too crowded. Stylish attire. Cover charge may vary by time and DJ, but is usually 5 if you arrive before midnight, doubling to 10 if you arrive later.
Bright and extremely popular bar-cum-restaurant with modern stylings in a quiet neighborhood of Ixelles. It's a little way from the center, but worth seeking out for its fine pub food and impressive beer list. Local socialites of all ages gather here to eat, drink, see and be seen, and to chat the night away. Get here early on weekends if you want to stand a chance of grabbing a table.
A popular favorite, this Art Nouveau tavern has been serving drinks since 1904. Stained-glass murals, in the style of Belgian artist Pieter Brueghel the Elder, depict Shakespeare's character Falstaff, the lovable drunk after whom the bar is named. Drop in for a Belgian beer and some mussels and fries, and get ready to trade stories with the locals.
This refined brasserie, located across the street from the Brussels Stock Exchange (the Bourse), is filled with well-dressed businesspeople, drinking away a hectic day. In fact, wood paneling and turn-of-the-century decor seem to suit the "suits" that congregate here. Though a wide selection of Belgian beers is available, the house drink is the "half and half," a concoction of white wine and champagne.
Fashion-conscious Euro-yuppies populate this dance club, which is located in the stylish Ixelles neighborhood. Flashing lights and a revolving dance floor might elicit chuckles at first, but let yourself go – the place was designed for carefree fun. Know beforehand that the cover charge is a bit steep and that you'll need to dress to impress to get inside.
Is the "Sudden Death" bar named after the beer or a dice game of the same name? No one is really sure, but folks keep coming here, hoping to find out. Rustic wooden tables and chairs, along with stained-glass panels on the walls, seem straight out of the 19th century. Now, as then, the drink of choice is beer, whether you choose a monastery brew such as Chimay, a traditional lambic, some aged gueuze, or the fruity favorite, kriek.
Excellent wines and well-mixed cocktails are just two reasons to patronize this painfully chic jazz café. It's rumored that Nat King Cole once played here, and live jazz is still heard (free) each Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The spot is especially popular with a fashionable crowd, who are interested in seeing and being seen. And they like jazz, too.
What could be more chic than drinking in a 1920s train car decorated in Art Nouveau style? The young, hip crowd come to drink Belgian brews and snack on fresh, reasonably priced salads, omelets, and sandwiches. During the balmy months, patrons jockey for a spot on the sunny terrace.
This spot has been a popular artists' hang-out since it opened in 1846. Local poets and writers-in-residence have jotted their musings on the walls, and the eclectic decorations (everything from antlers to bicycle tires) may help explain some of Magritte's paintings – he was a patron. Drop in to experience for yourself the kitschy hominess that makes it so popular with locals. For the price of a beer, you'll probably make a few new friends.