Central Nightlife Tour Part 2, 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. Brussels has some of the most fashionable night clubs in Belgium, such as Fuse, Bazaar and Havana. 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 2 Map

Guide Name: Central Nightlife Tour Part 2
Guide Location: Belgium » Brussels (See other walking tours in Brussels)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Author: Xena
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Le Coaster

1) Le Coaster

A great little cocktail bar that heats up later in the evening into an exciting nightclub, Le Coaster can be found in Brussels near the historic Halles de Saint Géry. Known for its vast selection of over sixty cocktails, including scores of signature drinks with quirky names, be sure to talk tell the bartender what you’re looking for and a fabulous recommendation can be made for you. Since there is no dance floor at Le Coaster, late nights when the volume turns up and guests feel moved to dance they have been known to cut it up on the tabletops. A popular and modestly-sized bar with a fantastic regular happy hour every night, Le Coaster can get quite packed so be sure to arrive early in order to secure a seat.

Operation Hours: Monday – Saturday: 8 pm – 6 am
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Canoa Quebrada

2) Canoa Quebrada

Popular with university students for its lack of a cover charge, Canoa Quebrada is an upbeat Brazilian-inspired bar and nightclub where guests can escape from the usual techno offerings found in most clubs in Brussels. Guests strut their stuff to samba and salsa music here, provided not only by guest DJs but also live bands throughout the week. Its exquisite cocktails bar creates tasty drinks, including the traditional caipirinha. Canoa Quebrada real begins to heat up after midnight when all the serious dancers arrive top show off their moves, keeping the party going well into the evening.
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Le Boys Boudoir

3) Le Boys Boudoir

A popular gay-friendly local bar that can also attract a few tourists here and there as well, Le Boys Boudoir offers a more sleek and modern touch of sophistication compared to the many smaller local bars. Le Boys Boudoir attracts a predominantly gay male crowd ranging in age from their twenties into their forties, though sees open-minded straight guests partying for the evening as well. In addition to the bevy of great dance tunes served up by its DJs, guests here can also catch a drag show regularly that draws quite a crowd. On the weekends, local talents Ladivalive and Sylvai perform in the upstairs piano bar.

Operation Hours: Daily: 6 pm – 5 am
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Le Belgica

4) Le Belgica

An institution for the city’s gay community, Le Belgica has been entertaining crowds of guests since its opening back in 1987. Considered one of the most popular gay-friendly hangouts in Brussels, the crowd tends to spill into the exterior of the club when the weather is favorable. Its kitschy interior retains many of the old features from the original 1920s bar that inhabited this space, including worn wood elements throughout the bar and a bronze bust of Leopold II. Le Belgica participates as a sponsor in several city events throughout the year, including Gay Pride, the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and more.

Operation Hours: Thursday – Sunday: 8 pm – 3 am
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Bonnefooi

5) Bonnefooi

Found in the heart of the city situated on a road well-reputed for its music, Bonnefooi, which translates into “haphazardly,” is where the mainly local crowd likes to gather for fantastic live music, including jazz and great acoustic performances. Late nights Bonnefooi turns it up with hot club beats including assorted electronic music and top 40 favorites that keep the crowd going on the dance floor into the wee hours of the night. This great nightlife establishment also features an impressive drink selection, a delicious tapas menu, and guest DJs performing on the weekends all night ling.

Operation Hours: Daily: 4 pm – 8 am
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L’Archiduc

6) L’Archiduc

A classy jazz club that has been entertaining guests since its opening way back in 1937, L’Archiduc has a legendary reputation in the city of Brussels and is said to have had greats like Miles Davis and Nat King Cole perform here in the past. Earlier in the evenings during the week usually hosts live jazz piano, while weekends serve up larger jazz ensembles. Late nights feature a more contemporary twist with DJs spinning club beats to a hip and fashionable crowd. The space retains much of its old charm, with beautiful Art Deco design features throughout the interior. L’Archiduc also provides a full service bar with a range of great cocktails and a menu of light pub fare as well.

Operation Hours: Daily: 4 pm - 5 am
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Le Celtica

7) Le Celtica

A fantastic Irish-style pub where live music regularly plays and live sports both local and from abroad can be watched over some excellent pints of ale, Le Celtica also features hot DJ sets from Wednesday through Saturday with popular resident DJs Dom and Jean-Luc getting the crowd going on the dance floor until the wee hours. Irish and English sporting events are provided by satellite in order to keep up on important sports matches. All club nights, live music, and other special events come with no cover charge so the place usually gets packed, particularly on the weekends. Drink prices are quite reasonable at Le Celtica and a range of fabulous drink specials can be found here throughout the week as well.

Operation Hours: Monday – Thursday: 1 pm – 5 am; Friday – Saturday: 1 pm – 7 am; Sunday: 1 pm – 5 am

Walking Tours in Brussels, Belgium

Create Your Own Walk in Brussels

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Manneken Pis Surroundings Walking Tour

Manneken Pis Surroundings Walking Tour

Seen as the emblem of Brussels, Manneken Pis is a statue in the center of the city. The famous statue is surrounded by the city's fanciest points of interest, such as the Brussels Regional Parliament building, the Church of Our Lady and the Stock Exchange building. Take this three hour tour to visit the popular Manneken Pis and its wonderful surroundings in the center of Brussels.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 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
Small Ring Walking Tour

Small Ring Walking Tour

The Small Ring is a road in Brussels which surrounds the historic center of the city. It was built on top of the city's former fortifications, originally constructed in a pentagonal shape. Today, the Small Ring is home to several significant sites, such as the Egmont Palace, impressive memorials, as well as the last remains of the city's fortifications, the Halle Gate. Take this two-hour...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 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
The Sablon Sights Walking Tour

The Sablon Sights Walking Tour

The Sablon is a hill and neighborhood in the historic upper town of Brussels. At the top of the hill we find the twin squares of Grand Sablon and Petit Sablon, divided by the Church of Our Blessed Lady of the Sablon. The area is especially known for a great variety of antique dealers, chocolate shops and art galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km
Central Nightlife Tour Part 1

Central Nightlife Tour Part 1

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 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.