Top Bars in Brussels

27 December 2013
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From the country that produces Stella Artois and Hoegaarden, Belgium is a fantastic destination to savour local beers within atmospheric surrounds after a day of energetic sight-seeing. This is the "Land of Beer." Head to the capital, Brussels where the bars are full of character and each has their own intriguing history. Enjoy a drink and a game of chess at Taverne Greenwich, a wine and a meal in the vast cellar of Le Wine Bar, local bottled beer at Belga Queen, and the best Belgian beers at A La Mort Subite and L'Archiduc.

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Taverne Greenwich
"The quiet bar" of Brussels, the authentic looking Taverne Greenwich is dedicated to the gentle game of chess…except on Friday nights, the only night you'll hear music here, when the venue becomes a hot spot for tango. World Champion Bobby Fisher played chess here and the staff will often stop to watch the games in progress, but you won't have to wait for drinks; the service at The Greenwich is excellent.

Le Wine Bar
A vast red brick cellar, extending below eight floors on Rue de Pigeons in Brussels, Le Wine Bar offers exceptional wine and fine dining options in a unique space. The butter, bread and traditional foie gras are homemade, the olives imported from Basque country and meals featuring fish, duck, braised beef and veal are impressive. Enjoy a naturally sweet, organic dessert wine with authentic Crème Brulee or salted caramel ice cream. It's worth taking your time over Le Wine Bar's decadent dinner and drinks.

Belga Queen
Light-filled, spacious and stylish, a "getaway space" designed by Antoine Pinto, this former warehouse is now Belga Queen, a trendy brasserie located on Rue Fosse aux Loups, featuring fine Belgian wines and five hundred different beers, including seven draught beers and more than thirty regional bottled beers. Enjoy your beverages with a decadent selection of seafood, including moules-frites (mussels and fries) and oysters in one of Belgium's grandest oyster bars, or reserve a table in the restaurant and try the Brewers Menu, with a range of beers matched to your meal. 

A La Mort Subite
In Rue Montagne-aux-Herbes Potageres you'll find a lively, centuries old bar named after a popular dice game and the brewery that supplies its beer: "Sudden Death". Since 1928 four generations of the Vossen family have run this firm favourite, offering a wide range of appetisers, wines and Belgian and imported beers. If you love Oktoberfest, you'll love A La Mort Subite, with its vibrant atmosphere, efficient service and great selection of beers.

In Antoine Dansaert's Street in Brussels, discover the friendly, lively L'Archiduc, designed in the style of a 1930s cruise ship round bar. Ring the doorbell to enter and be transported back in time. Offering a wide range of beers, Belgian champagne by the glass, cocktails, and live jazz after 5pm, L'Archiduc maintains its warm, funky ambience and its reputation with tourists and locals alike for low-key, indulgent fun.

Xanthe Coward

Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.