10 places in Brussels to have an afterwork drink
After a long day at work we can all use a drink. You could crack a bottle of wine at home with your roommate or, even better, you can go to one of Brussel’s lovely after work places for a quenching Gin & Tonic!
We provide you with a list of the 10 must-visit afterwork places in Brussels!
Some of the places are terraces you should go to in summer, some of them are cafés and others are afterwork concepts.
This famous bar provides seating inside and outside. The large sidewalk terrace attracts a lot of afterworkers in spring and summer.
Flamingo is open all week for breakfast, lunch, coffee, dinner and apero of course! On Saturdays Flamingo provides a DJ and on Sundays you can show your Flamenco dancing skills.
Famous for: terrace
Address: Rue de Laeken 171-177, 1000 Brussels
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 08h00 till 02h00
Pin Pon is a bar and restaurant near the famous ‘Place du jeu de Balles’. The restaurant works with fresh and local (bio) ingredients and the menu changes regularly. The unique setting (an old fire station) adds to the atmosphere.
This bar has one of the largest terraces in Brussels. After 16h00 parking is available at the Place du jeu de Balles. Pin Pon is open all week for breakfast, lunch, apero and diner.
Famous for: terrace, fresh ingredients, parking space
Address: Place du jeu Balle 62, 1000 Brussels
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday from 08h00 till midnight
La Trinquette is a wine bar that specializes in serving products from Languedoc-Roussillon in the South of France.
There’s an extensive wine list available and the wines are all classified into categories such as ‘Gossip night with girlfriends’ and ‘between guys to talk sports’.
Enjoy a plate of cold cuts, sandwiches or French cheese with your perfect glass (or bottle) of Languedoc wine.
Famous for: Languedoc wines, private events like birthday parties
Address: Rue de l’Aqueduc 3, 1060 Saint-Gilles (Brussels)
Opening hours: Tuesday from 18h00 till 23h00, Wednesday to Thursday between 18h00 and midnight, Friday to Saturday between 18h00 and 02h00
13°, that’s the average temperature of a wine cellar. This is another wine bar, just like La Trinquette. This small wine bar has a cosy interior which is perfect to get together with your colleagues and roommates after work. 13° is open for lunch, apero and dinner.
What’s special about 13° is the ‘National holidays celebration’ concept. Throughout the year, this bar celebrates all the 27 national holidays of the European countries. On those nights, you have the ability to taste wines and other products from a particular European country.
Famous for: wine, terrace afterwork, national holiday celebrations of all European countries
Address: Place Jourdan 49, 1040 Etterbeek (Brussels)
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 17h00 till 1h00.
If you like a vintage art deco interior and live jazz music, L’Archiduc is the place to be afterwork. Relax with any drink you like (the menu is long) with a live jazz tune in the background.
This lovely jazz bar exists since 1937 and it has had the same owners since 1985. In september 2014 Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet found their way to this club to celebrate the release of the album they made together. Just saying…
Famous for: live jazz performances, interior (and exterior, you can’t miss the flashy blue facade)
Address: Antoine Dansaert 6, 1000 Brussels
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, from 16h00 to 5h00
Hortense Spirits & Cocktails
Sipping the best cocktails of Brussels in a candlelit basement. Sounds good right? Hortense Spirits & Cocktails makes it possible.
You’ll be overwhelmed by the impressive cocktail menu. Expect cocktails and spirits you’ve never heard of, free water and popcorn with everything you order and prosciutto or oysters to satisfy your hunger in style.
Hortense opens at 19h00, so an early Friday afternoon after work isn’t possible here.
Famous for: dark interior, cocktails, spirits
Address: Rue des sablons 7, 1000 Brussels
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 19h00 to 01h00
Odette en Ville
Odette en Ville is a chic boutique hotel, restaurant and bar. After work you can quench your thirst with a freshly made cocktail or a glass of wine.
Every second Thursday of the month they organize an ‘official’ apéro afterwork from 18h00 till 22h00. On other days you’re also welcome to enjoy an afterwork drink of course.
Famous for: chic interior, well-dressed people, cocktails, terrace
Address: Rue du Châtelain 25, 1050 Ixelles (Brussels)
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 8h00- 23h00, Thursday to Saturday 8h00 till midnight, Sunday 8h00 till 23h00
Apéro Afterwork is a concept organized by the Brussels Expats community. This free weekly event brings expats in Brussels together for an afterwork drink. Of course non-expats are welcome as well.
If you’re hungry you can enjoy a snack or dinner until 23h00. Make sure you arrive between 18h00 and 20h00 for happy hour on all cocktails and spirits!
Famous for: expat community, terrace (no seats)
Address: Loft resto & bar, Rue de Namur 51, 1000 Brussels
Opening hours: every Wednesday from 18h00 till 01h00
Bar Mardi is one of the best afterwork concepts in Brussels. There’s only an afterwork on Tuesdays though. So if you don’t feel like watching TV just like you did on Sunday and Monday, visit Bar Mardi!
Famous for: fancy atmosphere, dancing
Address: different locations (check their website or Facebook page)
Opening hours: On Tuesdays (not weekly) from 18h00 onwards
Place du Châtelain
Picture by ‘Châtelain sous Oxygène’
Wednesday is market day at Place du Châtelain, in the fancy Châtelain neighborhood. When you come in the afternoon, you can shop fresh products such as olives, quiche, waffles and bread.
Around closing time (somewhere between 18h00 and 19h00) colleagues, friends and roommates find their way to this famous square for an afterwork.
There are several food and drink stands where you can buy snacks, beer, wine and even champagne but there are a lot of cafés and pubs in the neighborhood you can go grab a drink too.
Famous for: market, trendy area
Address: Place du Châtelain, 1050 Ixelles (Brussels)
Opening hours: every Wednesday from approximately 19h00 onwards (mainly in spring and summer)