Brussels is screaming with festive nights and exciting parties enjoyed by both locals and tourist every night. You wouldn’t find it hard to choose where to drink or eat as there are 138 restaurants per square mile in the city. The city might be small but they make for its quality and class when it comes to providing world-class entertainment.
Although the city has a relatively small clubbing scene compared to other European cities, Brussels managed to attract young and dynamic party-goers especially at the vibrant areas of Place Saint-Géry, Rue des Chartreux, Mannekin-Pis, and Marolles district. Clubbers can also have a detour at Ultra-hip, where most clubs are known not only in Brussels but also famous in France and Germany as well.
Since Brussels is mostly known to be a quitter, relaxed, and laid-back city, there are plenty pubs, bars, and lounges located at Toison d’Or in the Louise area where anyone can have a pint of beers or even a sip of Brussel’s best cocktails! The Sablon district is also a perfect area to find a local cinema, lounge bars, and nightclubs.
For more exciting nightlife activities without the hassle of browsing on the internet, our team of experts have created a helpful guide on where to go and what to do in Brussels. Enjoy!
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CULTURE AND DRINKING TRADITIONS
Locals of Brussels prefer to drink outdoors and unwind even on weeknights. They are also popular with their Belgian Beer which can be enjoyed any time of the day. With penchant or amusement towards the outdoors, Brussels decided to have street drinks, al fresco dining and partying in the middle of traffic islands. Also in Brussels, they prefer to have some nibble before any mean which they call ‘apéro’ in French.
DRESS CODE FOR BRUSSELS NIGHTLIFE
Party-goers in Brussels start to dress up and glam after-sundown to attend to best party venues in the city. Although there is a fair number of clubs in Brussels, take note that some establishments require a strict dress code. For both men and women, it is common to dress to impress the doorman to gain entry. Wear something sleek, chic, and straightforward, and avoid wearing trainers and streetwear.
For other clubs with no strict dress code and require only to wear something smart casual, remember to wear comfy party shoes as some of this club pays endless techno and hip-hop music.
SAFETY TIP WHEN PARTING IN BRUSSELS
Brussels is safer than some other cities in Europe. Just a piece of advice, avoid walking into sketchy alleys in the middle of the night and that one must be alert at all times. Always stay in the group and be mindful of your belongings.
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Planning Your Brussels Visit
How many days to spend in Brussels?
Apart from partying and visiting pubs, there is plenty of buzzing night market where Brussels is famous for. But ideally, since Brussels has a good railway connection between all major town, it takes a minimum of three days to be fully immersed in the daytime and nighttime activities and major tourist sights. During the day, one may spend their time visiting The Grand Place, Museum Royal of Beaux Arts, The Coudenberg Museum, or even go shopping. Do it alternatively and visit pubs and go clubbing during the evening.
Where to stay?
There are different types of travelers, the thrifty travelers, and those who travel for business. Brussels has plenty of hotels to choose from, ranging from budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels.
- Vintage Hotel
- Zoom Hotel
- Hotel le Berger
- Les Filles
- Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi
- Hotel Agora Bruxelles Grand Place
- Floris Hotel Arlequin Grand Place
- Yadoya Hotel
- Hotel Aris
- Brussels Welcome Hotel
- Hotel Amigo
- Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
- Le Châtelain
- Atlas Hotel
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