It is not only Belgian beer and traditional pubs that await night lovers in Brussels, there is also a pulsating jazz scene and an abundance of contemporary nightclubs.
At Elite Traveler we appreciate the need for variety and have therefore carefully selected the very best of all three of these genres.
Entering L’Archiduc will make anybody think twice about where they are going: ring a bell on the street and then enter through a steel bubble swing door.
This spins you into another world, an art deco room with high ceilings, a half-moon balcony and piano in the middle. This unique night spot has long been famous for its jazz sessions where talented artists play from the world over and even Miles Davis joined in on one occasion. Today’s popular sessions are Saturday’s “Jazz After Shopping” and Sunday’s “Round About Five”.
Jean-Louis, Nathalie and Marine Hennart
+32 2 512 0652
6 Antoine Dansaert, 1000
As one of Brussels’s great art nouveau institutions, the centrally placed Taverne Greenwich is perfect for enjoying two great Belgian qualities: architecture and beer.
However, the atmosphere is not as loud as the architecture – it is known as the “quiet bar” after the checkered tabletops dedicated to chess that are popular with chess-playing regulars. This bar rarely gets raucous apart from the occasional Friday night when there’s tango dancing.
+32 2 511 4167
7 rue des Chartreux, 1000
As unique as the name implies, Bazaar’s rich and lively restaurant and bar sit on the brick arches of the nightclub below.
The arabesque decorations and Moroccan red give the interior an infectious buzz that is complemented by an upbeat playlist. The combination of bar, restaurant and club makes Bazaar slightly, but not much, quieter than some of Brussels’s larger clubs. Nevertheless, it makes the perfect all-in-one venue for drinks, dinner and dancing.
+32 2 511 2600
63 Rue des Capucins, 1000 Brussels
Fuse is Brussels’s home of hedonists and every Saturday night sees ever larger crowds dance to legendary DJs.
European electro is the theme and Saturday nights often last until 7am on Sunday morning, so be prepared. VIP rooms are available and during weekdays the venue, known as Blaes208, can be hired for exclusive events and parties.
+32 2 511 9789
208 Rue Blaesstraat, 1000
It is almost worth visiting La Bellone simply for the setting: a grand baroque façade opens onto a courtyard covered with a glass roof.
This is the perfect intimate setting for the theater, dance, opera and circus performances that are hosted regularly throughout the year.
Nancy N’Toya, Reception
+32 2 513 3333
Address: 46 Rue de Flandre, 1000