Brussels has a wonderful tradition when it comes to summer aperitifs and this year will be no different. There’s bound to be an after-work event or pleasant open-air spot somewhere every day.
Things will need to be somewhat calmer this summer due to the safety measures, but we won’t let that spoil the fun: chilling out at a summer bar is the new way to party!
Please note: rain can be a gamechanger, so be sure to double check the website or Facebook first.
When: Every day in July and August
Where: at the Atomium, at Place Poelaert and on the Mont des Arts, at Central Station and at Flagey (and also at BOZAR as from mid-August)
What: Daydream in a deckchair in the sunshine, enjoying a cold drink and some background music. Look no further: this is the place! The tourist information points are open daily in the summer across all corners of Brussels. You will find information, local tips, concerts and activities for all ages. There’s no better moment to linger with the locals in the mythical parts of the capital. Welcome to Brussels!
Stalls/Cafés in the park
When: from June to September 7/7, from 11am to 10pm
Where: 'Maurice' in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, 'Gisèle' in La Cambre Abbey and 'Henri' in the Georges Henri Park
What: Pleasant places to meet and hang around, have a chat and do some networking. You’ll find yoga and tai chi, plus children’s activities, concerts, puppets, shows, tango…and so much more. Sale of local organic and seasonal produce.
Summer Bar Woodpecker
When: 7/7, open Mondays to Thursdays from 12 noon to 8pm, Fridays from 12 noon to 9pm, Saturdays from 11am to 9pm and Sundays from 11am to 8pm
Where: Bois de la Cambre, Carrefour des Attelages 1, 1000 Bru
What: Enjoy salads, wraps, healthy juices, refreshing beer and cocktails, and a relaxing ambience. Musicians will pop occasionally, and children’s activities are planned at the weekend.
Woodpecker Brussels Park
When: On weekdays from 11am to 9pm, and a little later on Thursdays to Sundays
Where: Parc de Bruxelles (opposite the Royal Palace), 1000 Bru
What: Disco brunches, park happenings, cocktails, beer, special coffee and after-work parties with live concerts once in a while. What more do you need?
Almost every day
See U (F)Estival
When: Wednesday to Sunday, from 1 July to 20 September
Where: Fritz Toussaint 8, 1050 Bru
What: Throughout the summer there is plenty to do at See U, the temporary creative project that kicked off last year in the former Fritz Toussaint barracks in Ixelles. See U has quite a summer festival in store! You can go there Wednesdays to Sundays from 4pm to 10pm for all kinds of activities, such as trampolining, boules, wellness, yoga and meditation. Also, it’s a place to enjoy a nice art exhibition, concert, neighbourhood party, repair café and organic market. The summer bar, food truck and magnificent velodrome are permanent features and sure to provide fun and entertainment.
Plein Air by Fuse
Where: Tour & Taxis, 1000 Bru
When: starts 9 July: events in shifts: Mondays and Thursdays — 6pm - 9pm/10pm - 1am • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays — 2pm - 5pm/6pm - 9pm/10pm - 1am. Reservations are essential and there is space for 200 people per shift. Between the shifts everything will be disinfected according to the measures.
What: Fans of Fuse, the mythical club, can have a ball. Indeed, at the beginning of July, after being obliged to close for a while by the government, the club can decamp to the pleasant and super-safe Fuse bar ’Plein Air’ in the grounds of Tour & Taxis. DJ sets and live performances by Brussels and national artists are sure to provoke a veritable festival and holiday feeling. Besides Fuse, other (music) organisations will be hosting the bar, in demonstration of their support.
Info: www.fuse.be (reservations: fuse.be/pleinair/reservations)
When: Wednesdays to Saturdays in July and August
Where: Recyclart and VK Vaartkapoen, 3-15 Rue de Manchester, 1080 Bru
What: Staycations (holidays in your own country or city) have never been trendier, but Recyclart has been saying that for years! You can call Manchester Plage the alternative offspring of Recyclart Holidays. Pure summer fun with some original twists. And they won’t be working alone this summer, as their crew mates Vaartkapoen will be lending a hand. For nine weeks there will be all kinds of things going on in the courtyard, from Wednesday to Saturday, and, to top it all, admission is free. Enjoy some surprising performances, pop-up concerts, window and wall exhibitions, mobile entertainment, DJ sets, etc.
Info: www.recyclart.be | www.facebook.com/events/563246401058865
When: Tuesdays to Sundays from 11.30 am until late
Where: Mont des Arts, 1000 Bru
What: Last year, Plein Publiek was set up in the Palais de la Dynastie on Mont des Arts, and it’s open again this summer! It’s a gorgeous spot to sit in a conservatory and enjoy a drink and a good meal prepared with local and seasonal produce. The brand new "Meet the Masters” exhibition will kick off in August. Meanwhile, you still come and admire the masterpieces of the Belgian artist Pieter Bruegel.
Guinguette Forest Park
When: 7/7, Monday to Friday from 2pm to 11pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 11pm<
Where: Forest Park, Avenue des Villas 80, 1190 Bru
What: The “Guinguette” in Forest Park has captured the hearts of Brussels’ residents on many occasions, and it will be back this summer. This pop-up is a haven in the city for families and all those who love to linger, chat, soak up the sun, enjoy a sociable drink and all that kind of thing.
When: 7/7 (on sunny days), Sunday to Wednesday from noon to 11pm, Thursday to Saturday from noon to midnight.
Where: from July, on the roof of the Actiris building, entrance: rue du Marché aux Poulets 7, 1000 BRU
What: "Garden" is definitely one of the summer hotspots. What could be better than enjoying a magnificent panorama of the city with your head in the clouds? On the menu you will find mainly Belgian dishes and beers. Arrive early because the capacity of the place is limited. Moreover, once you're there, you won't want to leave at all.
Hangar du Kanaal: Bar La Mouette
When: in June and September: Wednesday to Sunday, from 2pm to 11pm/in July & August: Tuesday to Sunday 2pm to 11pm
Where: Quai du Biestebroeck, 1070 Bru
What: The ‘guinguettes’ spring up like mushrooms in Brussels during the summer months. This summer, there’s a new one in Anderlecht in the old industrial district of Biestebroeck: La Mouette. This time, it’s not in the park but with views of the canal. La Mouette is part of Hangar du Kanaal, an enormous warehouse focused on a sustainable, circular and social economy. If you want a place packed with fun summer activities, including a skate ramp, bike track and bicycle workshops, you certainly shouldn’t miss it.
Kiosk Radio Bar
When: 7/7 from noon to 8pm
Where: Parc de Bruxelles, 1000 Bru
What: Kiosk Radio is an online community radio, streaming eclectic DJ sets 24/7 from a wooden hut in the heart of the Parc de Bruxelles. It is a particularly popular meeting place for music lovers from Brussels and beyond. On top of that, it’s the perfect setting for drinks amidst the foliage.
Secret Rooftop Bar by Warwick
When: until 12 September, Tuesdays to Sundays, from 5pm (last admission at 10pm)
Where: Hotel Warwick Brussels, Rue Duquesnoy 5, 1000 Bru
What: A panoramic terrace with a breathtaking view of the Grand Place, champagne, cocktails and concerts... that’s what the Secret Rooftop Bar at the Warwick Brussels Hotel has to offer all summer.
Where: Parc Josaphat, 1030 Bru
What: Wednesdays 11am to 10pm, Thursdays 11am to 9pm, Fridays 11am to 10pm, Saturdays 10am to 10pm and Sundays 10am to 7pm
What: Guinguette Populeir can be found in the middle of Parc Josaphat, and is a warm and accessible spot in which to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat with family, friends or colleagues ... On the menu: French and Italian specialities, such as Piadina and Focaccia, or dishes to share.
When: until the end of September, Thursday to Sunday, from 6pm to 1am (29/07 > 16/08)
Where: Studio CityGate, Rue de la Petite Île 1A, 1070 Bru
What: Antidote is an alternative bar-café in the heavenly courtyard of Studio Citygate. As the brains behind the Mediterranean ‘Antitapas’ parties, the Antidote team are experts in creating ambience. With activities such as boules, molkky, pizza baking, and cosy concerts they offer the perfect summer antidote to a less cheerful spring.
When: Wednesdays to Sundays 11am to 10pm, Tuesdays 3pm to 10pm
Where: Forest Abbey, Place Sint-Denis 9, 1190 Bru
What: An informal and pleasant bar. High-quality snacks made with seasonal, local and organic produce. Offering musical after-work events, board & other games, an exhibition from a local artist, and activities such as boules, yoga, etc.
Brussels Social Club
When: until the end of August, reservations required
Where: Jam Hotel, Chaussée de Charleroi 132, 1060 Bru
What: Jam Hotel and “Les Organisateurs” are teaming up in a brand-new concept that responds perfectly to the current situation. The Brussels Social Club aims to bring people together in seriously safe surroundings. Therefore, the eight floors of the Jam Hotel have been totally transformed into private experience and meeting spaces for groups of friends. For a few hours or the entire night, wearing your party best or a bathing suit, with or without a posh dinner,.... there are 20 packages to choose from, all summer long.
Le Jardin du Pesage
When: until the end of September, Thursdays to Saturdays, noon until midnight, Sundays from 10am to 10pm.
Where: Hippodrome de Boitsfort, 51-53 Chaussée de la Hulpe, 1180 Bru
What: Yet another brand-new holiday spot in our capital! Le Jardin du Pesage has only just opened its doors and it’s already a hit. Come to this cleverly-designed bar and garden near the Forêt de Soignes and sip a glass of rosé in a lounger in the sunshine. Or enjoy brunch while the kids play nearby. The artistic hands of interior designer Lionel Jadot are behind the decor.
When: KBR, Mont des Arts 28, 1000 BRU
When: (summer program), from July 9 to September 13, depending on the weather.
What: It is at the top of the marble stairs of the Palais de Lorraine that you will find the Albert restaurant and its magnificent terrace. Albert will open its doors from 18 September as the gastronomic hotspot of the new KBR museum. But while waiting for the official opening, Play Label Records & Catclub, two major Brussels' nightlife players are joining forces to launch an ephemeral rooftop from 9 July. It will host dazzling DJ sets and serve tasty dishes, lovingly prepared by chef Filip Fransen.
When & where: Every day at the Atomium, Place Poelaert, the Mont des Arts, Central station, the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula, and Flagey
What: Dreaming of a fresh drink, in a beach chair in the sun, while enjoying music, look no further! The Tourist Info points are open every day of the summer in every corner of the city. You will find an information panel, local tips, as well as a musical programme and activities for all ages. Share a relaxing moment with Brussels locals in the most mythical neighbourhoods of the capital.
La Terrasse O2 (the former "La terrasse de l’Hippodrome")
When: Every day from 17/05 until 20 July, from 12:00 to 24:00
Where: Chaussée de la Hulpe 51-53 Terhulpsesteenweg, 1180 Uccle/Ukkel
What: A breath of oxygen is coming this summer! Come and enjoy a glass of bubbles under the palm tree, dinner next to the swimming pool and long hot summer nights!
Kiosks/Quinguettes in 5 parks
When : June > September 7/7, from 11:00 to 22:00
Where: 'Emile' at Duden Park, 'Maurice' at Cinquantenaire, 'Fabiola' at Park Roi Baudouin, 'Gisèle' at Abbaye de la Cambre and 'Henri' Park Georges Henri
What: Convivial meeting places where people can meet, make sense, and connect: Yoga, tai chi, children workshops, watercolor, concerts, puppets, shows, tango … Local, organic and seasonal products will be available.
Summer Bar Woodpecker
When: 7/7, Monday to Friday from 10:00 till 18:00 and a bit later on weekends
Where: Bois de la Cambre – Terkamerenbos, Carrefour des Attelages 1 Gespanhoek - 1000 Brussels
What: The Woodpecker is the freshly-opened kiosk located in the heart of the Bois de la Cambre. In a laidback and bucolic atmosphere, The Woodpecker has a lot to offer: salads, wraps, healthy juices, refreshing beers and cocktails! You will also find some jazzmen or activities for kids on weekends.
Woodpecker Brussels Park
When: Every day from 09:00 to 22:00
Where: Park of Brussels (in front of the Royal Palace)
What: This one is all about disco brunches, park life, cocktails and beers, special coffees and after works parties with live band concerts on occasions.
Secret Rooftop Bar by Warwick
When: from 24/05 to 14/09 from Tuesday until Saturday, from 5pm until 11 pm
Where: hotel Warwick Brussels
What: Champagne, cocktails, summer drinks, concerts and snacks will be offered on the Secret Rooftop Bar of hotel Warwick Brussels, with a splendid view on the famous Grand Place!
Depending on the weather
Play Label Rooftop/ Music * Sun * Drinks
When: On weekdays from 5pm to 10pm, when the weather allows
Where: On the rooftop of the Crosly Bowling - bd de l'Empereur / Keizerslaan 1000 Brussels
What: Brussels' first and long-awaited trendy rooftop and proven top spot when it comes to mixing a selection of the finest local and international electronic music with fantastic city views, hours of bright sunshine and tasty thirst-killing drinks! Add an eclectic and fashionable crowd to this fabulous destination and there you have the perfect cocktail for this summer season. Check out the Facebook page for updated information and download the official app 'Play Label Rooftop' on the Apple store and Android.