There's a café on virtually every street corner, most serving all kinds of alcoholic drinks. Although the Belgian brewing industry is declining as the giant Inbev firm (the brewers of Stella Artois) muscles smaller companies out of the market, Belgians still consume copious quantities of beer, some of it with a 10% alcohol content or more. Most bars have artisanal beers along with the usual suspects. The place St-Géry, rue St-Boniface, and the Grand'Place area draw the most buzz.

The club scene is lively, and world-famous DJs as well as homegrown mavericks spin regularly. Many places stay open until dawn. The online magazine Noctis is a good resource for upcoming parties and other late-night events.

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  • 1. Bonnefooi

    Lower Town | Cafés

    This small, two-floor bar manages to be both laid-back and achingly hip with good beer, a vintage Photomatique machine, chandeliers, live jazz...Read More

  • 2. Delirium Cafe

    Lower Town | Bars/Pubs

    The beer selection at the city's most popular bar has reached as high as 3,162 brews, and over the years it's expanded to more than three floors...Read More

  • 3. Au Soleil

    Lower Town | Bars/Pubs

    A slightly scruffy interior (complete with resident cat) belies what is essentially a delightful old-school café-bar with good outside seating...Read More

  • 4. Bier Circus

    North City Center | Bars/Pubs

    One of the best beer pubs is Bier Circus, which has a huge list of brews on its menu, including some excellent organic beers. With its wooden...Read More

  • 5. Brussels Beer Project

    Lower Town | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    You might have thought that U.S.-style craft beer would go down like a lead balloon in the notoriously old-fashioned world of Belgian beer,...Read More

  • 6. Cafe Maison de Peuples


    The young, hipster-dense Parvis de Saint-Gilles area is stuffed with great bars, but this popular joint is among the more pristine. It does...Read More

  • 7. Cafe Roskum

    Lower Town | Bars/Pubs

    This cozy café-bar does a good lineup of free live jazz concerts on Sunday nights. At any other time though it's typical of most traditional...Read More

  • 8. Chez Maman

    Lower Town | Bars/Pubs

    Maman herself presides over this disco with a fun drag show. ...Read More

  • 9. Chez Moeder Lambic


    Another icon on the Brussels beer scene, the convivial Chez Moeder Lambic claims to stock 300 Belgian beers and a quite a few foreign ones,...Read More

  • 10. Groupil Le Fol

    Lower Town | Bars/Pubs

    Scruffy in places (the sofas have certainly seen better days) but no less charming, Groupil Le Fol skirts a fine line between curiosity shop...Read More

  • 11. L'Archiduc

    Lower Town | Bars/Pubs

    The stylish, Art Deco L'Archiduc attracts a thirtyish, fashionable crowd, which is hardly surprising given the upmarket shopping area in which...Read More

  • 12. Le Porte Noir

    Lower Town | Bars/Pubs

    A popular student option, this lively, dimly llighted cellar bar is all brick, benches, and radio-friendly rock music. It does a good line in...Read More

  • 13. Madame Moustache

    Lower Town | Live Music

    Rather out of place in the otherwise refined Ste-Catherine area, this buzzing, vaudeville-themed after-hours bar/club is trashy, fun, and does...Read More

  • 14. Monk

    Lower Town | Bars/Pubs

    A favorite with the artsy crowd, this former schoolhouse is now a Flemish bar that draws crowds late into the night with live music, a central...Read More

  • 15. Sounds

    Live Music

    Sounds dishes up contemporary jazz along with good food. ...Read More

  • 16. The Music Village

    Lower Town | Live Music

    The Music Village hosts a plethora of international jazz musicians, with concerts usually starting around 9 pm at weekends. ...Read More

  • 17. Tels Quels Cafe

    Lower Town | Bars/Pubs

    Tels Quels is not only a bar, but also a resource for up-to-date information about the capital's gay scene and the publisher of a monthly magazine. ...Read More

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