Central Nightlife Tour Part 1, Brussels (Self Guided)

Brussels' nightlife is represented by the variety of its clubs, among which are not only out and out discotheques but also clubs that host world-famous DJs and live music as well. Brussels has some of the most fashionable night clubs in Belgium. Take this walking tour to visit the most famous venues located in Central Brussels, all within a pleasant walking distance.
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Central Nightlife Tour Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Central Nightlife Tour Part 1
Guide Location: Belgium » Brussels (See other walking tours in Brussels)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Author: audrey
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Le Corbeau

1) Le Corbeau

A Belgian-style pub with its own brewery established in 1847 that transforms into a nightclub late in the evening, Le Corbeau can be found near Martyrs Square on Rue Saint-Michel in Brussels. The décor features an interior decked out in wood, including tables, chairs, and walls made of rich woods. Its rather extensive menu features a host of regional dishes with some international flair, as well as an equally-long list of beers, spirits, cocktails, wines, and other beverages to wet your whistle. Later in the evening guests to Le Corbeau get down on the dance floor and have even been known to dance on the tables.

Operation Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 pm – 0.30 am; Saturday – Sunday: 10 pm – 3 am
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Belga Queen

2) Belga Queen

Found inside a former bank building from the 19th century, Belga Queen is an upscale restaurant that transforms into a late night club from Wednesday through Saturday night. Its impressive interior décor includes marble columns and a stained glass ceiling. Guests to this chic establishment can enjoy its fine cuisine which changes on a seasonal basis, as well as expertly-crafted cocktails, and a huge range of beers. The former bank vaults located downstairs have been turned into a hip cigar lounge, and are the place where the music starts pumping later in the evening and guests get down on the dance floor.
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Le Nostalgia Club

3) Le Nostalgia Club

A fantastic place to listen and dance to a wide assortment of retro classics from bygone eras, Le Nostalgia Club can be found between Place de la Monnaie and the Grand Place in Brussels. Featuring no cover charge, this popular nightclub heats up Friday evenings serving up classic hits from the sixties through the eighties, including lots of disco favorites to get the all-ages crowd going well into the night. On Saturday evenings guests get down on the dance floor to popular favorites from the eighties and nineties, including assorted French pop songs as well. Le Nostalgia Club also offers an extensive menu of drinks, including cocktails, champagne, and more.
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Delirium Café

4) Delirium Café

Well-known internationally for its record-breaking range of beers, Delirium Café currently holds its position in the Guinness Book of World Records and has also opened other franchises in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. Documented in 2004 as having 2004 different types of beer, Delirium Café is currently working to break their own record in the near future with a proposed list of 3162 kinds of beer. Found in an alleyway near the Grand Place, this modest establishment can be easily spotted for the pink elephant on its sign, as well as the famous Jeanneke Pis statue located just across the street from it.

Operation Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 4 am; Sunday: 10 am – 2 am
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Dali's Bar

5) Dali's Bar

A bar and nightclub designed in tribute to the famed artist Salvador Dali, Dali’s Bar is a popular nightlife establishment found in Brussels on Petite Rue des Bouchers. The interior is not surprisingly decked out in various Dali prints hanging on the walls, with a unique red sofa shaped like lips for a unique thematic touch as well. Entertainment includes an eclectic variety of club beats, including drum and bass, reggae, house, and more. Music is served up by a terrific selection of local DJs as well as DJs from around the world. Dali’s Bar offers a good selection of classic cocktails, with some original signature drinks available as well.

Operation Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 10 pm – 5 am
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You Night Club

6) You Night Club

A popular nightlife establishment found in Brussels, Le You Nightclub attracts a generally younger crowd for its various themed nights that get everyone going on the dance floor. The space is equipped with two floors, as well as an indoor balcony overlooking the action on the dance floor. Entertainment here usually includes a more mainstream selection, appealing to a wider audience, and includes genres such as R and B, house, and funk served up by local and resident DJs. Sunday evenings cater toward the city’s gay community, inviting popular house DJ Olivier Gosseries to raise the roof for the evening.

Walking Tours in Brussels, Belgium

Create Your Own Walk in Brussels

Create Your Own Walk in Brussels

Creating your own self-guided walk in Brussels is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
The European Quarter Walking Tour

The European Quarter Walking Tour

Along with Luxembourg and Strasbourg, Brussels is one of the de facto capitals of the European Union. The city's European Quarter hosts some of the most important buildings of the European Union, such as the Berlaymont building, the Justus Lipsius building and the Paul-Henri Spaak Building. Take this two-hour tour and discover the European Quarter of Brussels.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
City Center Churches

City Center Churches

Brussels is the cultural capital of Belgium, it is also the spiritual home of Belgium's most significant churches. The city has a number of unique religious sites such as the Saint Nicholas Church, the Church of Notre-Dame de la Chapelle and the Sablon Church. Take this tour to visit some of the most impressive churches and cathedrals in Brussels' city center.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
City Center Orientation Walk

City Center Orientation Walk

Brussels is a major European capital with a remarkable history and cultural heritage. It features a large number of architectural sites, museums and world -famous specialty shops. Take a walk and discover the main landmarks of Brussels such as the world-renowned Grand Place and the Royal Palace.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Cinquantenaire Walking Tour

Cinquantenaire Walking Tour

Cinquantenaire is a famous public park in Brussels. Planned by King Leopold in the late 19th century, Cinquantenaire hosts some of the most significant museums in Brussels, such as the Museum of Art and History, the Museum of the Army and Military History, and the Autoworld museum. There are also a number of monuments located in the park. Check out this guide to fully explore this wonderful park.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Laken Park Walking Tour

Laken Park Walking Tour

Laken, also known as Laeken, is a park in a residential suburb of Brussels. Laken Park was formerly the official home to the Belgian Royal Family and is home to the Royal Castle, the Royal Greenhouses, the statue of Leopold I of Belgium, and more. Take this three-hour walk to visit the most famous attractions of Laken Park in Brussels.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Marolles and Matonge Nightlife

Marolles and Matonge Nightlife

Brussels' nightlife is represented by the variety of its clubs, among which are not only out and out discotheques, but also clubs that host world-famous DJs and live music. Brussels is home to some of the most fashionable night clubs in Belgium. Take this walking tour to visit the most famous venues located in the Marolles and Matonge districts of Brussels.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Brussels for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Brussels has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money getting around Brussels and visiting the city's multiple highlights, you may want to resort to the Brussels City Card.

Among other conveniences, this card allows its bearer to explore Brussels's top attractions, tours, restaurants, bars and clubs, and selected shops either completely free of charge (41 museums) or with great (up to 50%) discounts. The card provides 24-, 48-, or 72-hour passes to these locations, plus free ride on the hop-on hop-off bus and public transportation (optional) thus putting Brussels at your fingertips! Reduced rates for children and students also apply at participating venues.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Brussels hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: NH Brussels Carrefour de L’Europe, Rocco Forte Hotel Amigo, Hotel Novotel Brussels Off Grand Place.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Brussels, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close, with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, as a guided tour of Brussels typically costs from around US$20 up to US$50+ per person:

- Take a 3-hour guided walk around central Brussels to discover the city's historic locations, learn about its legendary men and women who made history, delve into the origins of Brussels, and acquaint yourself with the Belgian capital's contemporary culture and gastronomy;

- Embark on a must-see tour of real Brussels exploring the city's top attractions through the eyes of a local guide revealing a flip side of the well-known locations, plus discovering a few secret spots only the locals know about, away from the trodden tourist paths. En route, you may give yourself a treat to the authentic Belgian cuisine at a local eatery, not forgetting the world-famous Belgian chocolate, plus indulge yourself in some other local delights along the way.

- Appreciate Belgian gastronomy in its diversity – chocolate, waffles, beers, fries, and more – on the Food and Beer walking tour of Brussels offering a unique chance to savor a variety of local foods, drink local beers and unleash your sweet tooth onto the delicious local chocolate, whilst listening to a great deal of fun stories associated with each of these delights!

- Come and see what's made Belgium an international beer superpower on a 2.5-hour beer tasting tour of Brussels led by a local expert. Here, you will learn to tell a difference between the Belgian and foreign-made brews plus acquaint yourself with some of the 1,000+ craft beers made in this country.

- Pedal your way across Brussels on a 3.5-hour guided biking tour to discover the city's beauty manifested in its top landmarks, breath in the local atmosphere, plus enjoy along the way some of the best fries and beer (optional) the city has to offer.

- Explore the artistic side of Brussels on the tour following in the footsteps of renowned Belgian artists who left their mark in the field of Surrealist painting and Art Nouveau architecture. On this tour you will see some of the city's hidden gems, visit independent galleries and more, led step by step by a knowledgeable local guide.

Day Trips


If you have a half or full day to spare whilst in Brussels, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Ghent and Bruges, Antwerp, Maasmechelen, or Waterloo. For as little as US$10+ to US$100+ you will get a chance to acquaint yourself with the UNESCO World Heritage city of Ghent's medieval architecture, learn about Bruges's Viking and Middle Age history, get to see Antwerp - the hometown of Peter Paul Rubens and one of the largest harbors in the world, shop till you drop at Maasmechelen Village with over 100 international boutiques offering big-name brand clothing at reduced (down to 40%) prices, plus visit the site of one of the most significant battles in the history of Europe that saw the ultimate defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte. All these trips start and end at your hotel and you'll be carried by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minivan, accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide.