Marolles and Matonge Nightlife, 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 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.
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Marolles and Matonge Nightlife Map

Guide Name: Marolles and Matonge Nightlife
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: 2.3 km
Author: Xena
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Spirito Martini

1) Spirito Martini

Built inside a former church, Spirito Martini is an upscale bar and club where guests can truly party in style. The immense arches, clean lines, and Gothic architecture of the club make for a rather classy environment that absolutely must be experienced. The décor boasts a fine crystal chandelier in the center of the main room, glass rails, and gilded elements throughout the space. The oversized dance floor sees a constant crowd of fashionable and hip party goers who have managed to get passed the choosy door staff. The Spirito Martini property also includes a restaurant serving fusion cuisine and an events hall.

Operation Hours: Friday – Saturday: 11 pm – 5 am
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Avenue Brussels Night Club

2) Avenue Brussels Night Club

A hot nightlife establishment found in Brussels on Avenue de la Toison d'Or, Avenue Brussels Nightclub features an intense dance party that goes on all night long where guests regularly get down to an eclectic variety of sounds, from funk and R and B, dance music, raga, and Latin beats served up by the hottest local DJs and resident spin doctors the club presents throughout the week. Monday evenings are particularly popular when salsa night takes the crowd by storm which includes dance lessons for beginners by experienced veterans starting at 7:00 PM, which leads into the fabulous salsa and bachata party later on where DJs keep hips shaking into the wee hours.

Operation Hours: Thursday – Saturday from 10.30 pm
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Bloody Louis

3) Bloody Louis

A fantastic place to hear DJ sets and dance all night without all the pretension found in many of clubs, Bloody Louis advertises a lax dress code and encourages guests to come as they are and party with a friendly crowd. Once inside guests will find a foosball table, video games, and a pinball machine, along with leather chesterfield sofas and plenty of comfortable armchairs to relax in with a cocktail. Entertainment is served up by local DJs spinning upbeat house, electro, and dance favorites that get the crowd shaking on the dance floor. Drink prices are reasonable compared to many nearby clubs and private tables with bottle service is also available for those who wish it as well.

Operation Hours: Friday – Saturday: 11 pm – 5 am
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Havana

4) Havana

A fabulous restaurant, bar, and nightclub all in one, Havana tips its hat to the Cuba of the 1930s during the times of famed author Ernest Hemingway. This chic nightlife establishment features a menu of delicious Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine, including a fantastic tapas menu. The space includes four full bars, an astounding three dance floors covering two floors, and plenty of seating in which to dine or enjoy a cocktail and conversation when not dancing to the hot mix of Latin, Afro-Caribbean, hip hop, funk, and soul. Entertainment is provided by both DJs and live bands with no cover charge.
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Bazaar

5) Bazaar

A chic events hall, bar, and nightclub all rolled into one, Bazaar is an inspired nightlife establishment found in the center of Les Marolles district in Brussels. Incorporating Middle Eastern design features throughout the space, including the patterned wallpaper and multitude of candles, this hot spot includes a lounge in which to sample their many tasty cocktails on the ground level while the basement floor is where late night heat up the dance floor into the wee hours with DJs spinning deep house and other underground electronic beats. Bazaar has a kitchen available for catering private parties as well as a hall dedicated to hosting such events.
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Fuse

6) Fuse

A notable nightlife establishment that is considered to have been the first techno club in Brussels, Fuse has been packing the dance floor and serving up the hottest electronic dance music since 1994. Their esteemed lists of past artists to have graced the DJ booth include such heavy hitters as Dave Clarke, Derrick May, Daft Punk, Kevin Saunderson, and many more. Fuse’s resident DJs spin when the club is not hosting international artists, and have garnered attention for themselves both locally and outside the region by performing here. The dress code at Fuse is not particular, instead choosing to concentrate on the music, which is exactly why guests continue to pack the house each week after all these years.

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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.