Are you looking for a nice place to enjoy an after work drink? In Brussels, there’s a venue for every day of the week… almost.
Wondering where everyone goes in Brussels at 18:00? You don't have to look very far. After a hard day's work, some go home while others enjoy the sunny summer days and get together for after work drinks. Markets, hotels, squares, there's no end of places where you can have an aperitif with the people of Brussels. Not to mention the many terraces that are open all day and pop-up bars.
Monday : Place Van Meenen market
On Mondays, to forget the difficult start to another working week, Brussels inhabitants come to quench their thirsts on Place Van Meenen. On the square, you’ll spot locals doing their shopping with a drink in their hand. Feeling peckish? Treat yourself at one of the numerous food trucks present.
Place Maurice Van Meenen, 1060 Saint-Gilles
Wednesday: Châtelain market
On Wednesday, at the Châtelain market, it’s time for weekend warm-up drinks to celebrate getting past the week’s halfway point! Located in the Bailli-Châtelain neighbourhood, it’s an unmissable spot to enjoy the day’s last rays of sunshine. Between the market stalls and the square’s terraces, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to wine, beer and sparkling wine. After having quenched your thirst, you can choose from the countless restaurants along the square’s neighbouring streets.
Useful tip: get to the square by public transport.
Place du Châtelain, 1050 Ixelles
Thursdays : Place du Luxembourg
On Thursdays, Place du Luxembourg is taken over by members of the European institutions and the general public. The Euro Village is the most cosmopolitan of all Brussels’ after work drinks venues. Here you’ll hear all 24 of the EU’s official languages and find people who are up for a party.
Rue Wiertz, 1050 Ixelles
Friday : Place des Chasseurs Ardennais market
The best day to see how Brussels’ inhabitants relax is, of course, Friday! To start your weekend of right, make your way down to Place des Chasseurs Ardennais where you’ll find a convivial and relaxed atmosphere!
Place des Chasseurs Ardennais 1030 Schaerbeek
Everyday: rooftop Bar "Perché"
Located on the roof of the , the hotel’s pool is the ideal place for a dip and a drink! On Wednesdays, locals come to enjoy a cocktail and the hotel terrace’s unbeatable view of Brussels. Make sure you go in time to watch the sunset, but be advised, capacity is limited…
JAM HOTEL | Chaussée de Charleroi 132, 1060 Saint-Gilles
An added bonus : les Guinguettes
Every day from June to September in Brussels’ parks, les Guinguettes offer a green, relaxing, and convivial atmosphere. Children are welcome and little concerts are sometimes organised.
The various Guinguettes in Brussels’ parks: “Emile” in Duden Park, “Maurice” in Cinquantenaire Park, “Fabiola” in King Baudouin Park, “Gisèle” at La Cambre Abbey and “Henri” a Georges Henri Park.