We’ve compiled the best of the best in Brussels - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Bonnefooi

    Lower Town

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

  • 2. The Modern Alchemist

    A fantastically hip, cozy, stylish brick-walled cocktail bar where the quality is never less than high and the drinks deceptively potent. A huge selection of...Read More

  • 3. À La Mort Subite

    Lower Town

    A Brussels institution named after a card game called "Sudden Death," A la Mort Subite is practically unchanged since its 1920s heyday; and with its...Read More

  • 4. Achille


    An intriguing neighborhood wine bar that does a roaring trade in crowd-pleasing sharing plates, from shiitake arancini to frites drizzled in Parmesan and truffle. It's...Read More

  • 5. Au Soleil

    Lower Town

    A slightly scruffy interior (complete with resident cat) belies what is essentially a delightful old-school café-bar with a terrace on the street outside. It's popular...Read More

  • 6. Bier Circus

    Upper Town

    One of the best beer pubs in the city is Bier Circus, out by the Cirque Royale, which has a huge list of obscure, small-batch...Read More

  • 7. Brasserie & Bar de la Mule


    A brand-new local brewery and tap house set in a former stables. This used to be where they kept the mules that pulled Schaerbeek's trams...Read More

  • 8. Brussels Beer Project

    Lower Town

    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, but that's...Read More

  • 9. Café Belga

    Set in an ocean-liner-like Art Deco building, this is a favorite among Brussels’s beautiful people. It's the kind of place you'd spot a local TV...Read More

  • 10. Café Commerce

    A charming bar set on the corner of Ladeuzeplein. Old wooden floors, high ceilings, and a stash of board games you can play while having...Read More

  • 11. Café des Halles

    Lower Town

    Set within a late 19th-century brick-and-iron covered market, Halles St-Géry was originally built to house the old meat market. The building itself was abandoned by...Read More

  • 12. Cafe Maison de Peuples

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

  • 13. Cafe Roskum

    Lower Town

    This cozy café-bar has a good lineup of free jazz (mostly) concerts on Sunday night at 8 pm. At any other time though, it's typical...Read More

  • 14. Chez Maman

    Lower Town

    Maman herself presides over this disco with a drag show (in French) every Friday and Saturday....Read More

  • 15. Chez Moeder Lambic

    The first bar of the Moeder Lambic brewery opened in the 1980s. It's an icon on the Brussels beer scene, and alongside its own brews,...Read More

  • 16. De Metafoor

    On Parijsstraat, this aging but very cozy bar heaves with both young and old. It's unpretentious, has a really good choice of local beers, and...Read More

  • 17. Deja Vu


    A friendly neighborhood wine bar near the eastern entrance to Cinquantenaire. There's a good choice of organic wines, decent cocktails, and a smattering of beers. ...Read More

  • 18. Delirium Cafe

    Lower Town

    Yes, it's horrifically touristy, but the beer selection at the city's most popular bar now tops 3,000 brews, and that deserves sampling, even if most...Read More

  • 19. Dynamo (Bar de Soif)

    This likable craft beer bar usually has at least 15 draft beers on tap and an ace in its pocket. The selection is huge, the...Read More

  • 20. Ethylo


    An excellent and discreet neighborhood cocktail bar buried among the houses a street back from Parc Josephat. It's surprisingly good given its location and dishes...Read More

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