Bars and DJ bars
In Brussels, bars are the places to party. This is where it all happens. Let's get the party started!
At Place du Luxembourg, for yuppies and other Eurocrats, Thursday rhymes with after-work happy hour. Meet up after work for a prolonged drink at one of the bars on the square: Fat Boys, Ralph's bar, Coco... mainly English is spoken, music is in full swing and happy hours follow one after the other.
In the heart of Brussels, the cocktail shakers shake freely at the Coaster, especially between 17:30 and 21:30, during happy hour. Thursday, from 18:00 to 22:00 lovers of roulette and the casino can sip a cocktail round the Viage’s card tables. Thursday night singers, or more established ones, can then enjoy a karaoke evening at the Biberium. It is just next to the main station.
Sport fans will also find their happiness in the town centre: The Big Game is the ideal bar to enjoy a drink with friends whilst watching a football match.
For many years, once a month on Thursdays, @Seven takes over the Mirano Continental. @Seven is above all a forum and meeting place for thousands of young expatriate professionals working in the largest multinational corporations and international institutions based in Brussels. However once a month, members find themselves in an atmosphere that is relaxing, open and festive!
On the lookout for a cocktail atmosphere for your thirsty Thursday? Test out the Bar du marché. Besides Belga and Thursday evenings at Flagey, "Bar du Marché" is the place to be with happy hour as a bonus between 11 pm and midnight. In the student neighbourhood around the cemetery of Ixelles, the ambiance glows in the cafes every Thursday. Meet up, for example, at the Waff or at the Tavernier.
If you want to drink and have a snack, the Bar du Patron in Auderghem offers Happy Tapas from 17:00 to 20:00. On the menu: free tapas and cocktails!
Brussels also abounds with many dj bars. The Café Central offers Breakbeat or Electro DJ sets. The metallico-friendly decor is original and the room is huge. Test it out on Thursdays or any other night of the week for that matter.
Dancing is guaranteed almost every night of the week at Madame Moustache! Every day has its theme. And on Thursdays, come swing until the end of the night during the Deluxe Swing / Balkan crazy evenings! Are you a fan of 80's music? The London Calling and Dali's bar are also great for music on Thursday nights.
For those who are really caught up in the frenzy of partying and wish to extend their evening into the wee hours of Friday morning, the clubs welcome you with open arms!
TheJeux d'Hiver at the Bois de la Cambre : no way to avoid the big discussion. For some it has been a legend for 15 years, for others it is a "social nightmare" - the "den for bourgeois". Anyway, the "Jeux" is an indisputable night reference in Brussels. But to explain its paradoxical reputation one must know that the place has always been opened on Thursday nights, gathering a rather well-off public with a classic look.
At Woodstrasse :: Also at the Bois de la Cambre, the "Wood" is open to clubbers every Thursday evening from 11pm on. Be sure to (unlike at the Jeux d'Hiver )swap your nice shirt for a t-shirt as you may otherwise not be able to get in. The "hipster" look is a must!
The Spirito Martini :: Nothing more to say about the decoration of the Spirito Martini in Ixelles, this nightclub in a former Anglican church has a terrific look. Be aware that you will spend your evening in the company of the gilded youth of Brussels, if you can get past the bouncer that is.