The days are getting shorter and the summer holidays have been and gone. Time to crawl on the couch with a blanket and a hot drink. Not so fast! After the summer comes the Indian summer, and over the coming weeks, you can make the most of it at various locations in the capital. Whether you're looking for an ideal place to meet up with friends after a day of teleworking, a well-deserved break after a walk through nature, or a festive spot to celebrate your acquisitions after a shopping spree, you're sure to find the right address in our list.
For most locations, however, it is advisable to check the website or Facebook page when the weather is a little bad. The closing times in this article are almost all valid "subject to favourable weather conditions".
Plein Air by Fuse – until 20 September
When: events in shifts: Friday and Saturday from 14:00 - 17:00 / 18:00 – 21:00 and 22:00 – 01:00 • Sunday from 18:00 – 21:00 and 22:00 – 01:00. Booking is required, 400 people maximum per shift. Between each shift, everything is thoroughly cleaned, in line with health and safety measures.
Where: Tour & Taxis, 1000 Brussels.
What: Fans of the mythical nightclub Fuse and dance music in general can enjoy the cosy open-air setting at Tour & Taxis until 20 September. It is one of the rare places where you can dance with your bubble around tables of two, four or six people. That's right, dance! Y The programme includes DJ sets and live performances by Brussels and national artists. Do you love that festival feeling? Get in there early and book your tickets now for one of the last nights of this huge event.
Paradise Down by the Lake - from 11 to 20 September
Where: Kasteeldomein Calmeyn in Drogenbos (just outside of Brussels)
When: weekdays from 17:00 and 23:00 and at the weekend from 14:00 and 22:00.
What: From 11 to 20 September, the organisers of the highly acclaimed Paradise City summer festival will present a brand-new concept. Only a stone's throw from Brussels, the grounds of Kasteel Calmeyn will host Paradise Down by the Lake. It promises to be an exceptional and captivating experience amid stunning natural beauty. What could be cooler than floating with your social bubble on a magnificent private lake while enjoying top-notch DJ sets and a tasty picnic?
Guinguette In Forest Park – until 26 September
When: Monday to Friday from 14:00 to 23:00, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 23:00.
Where: Forest Park, avenue des Villas 80 Villalaan, 1190 Brussels.
What: The pop-up bar in Forest has been a favourite of the people of Brussels for several summers now, and this year it has been no different. Until 26 September, hang out, chat, sunbathe and have a drink with your friends and family at this bucolic pop-up bar.
See U (F)Estival – until 27 September (might be prolonged)
When: Wednesday to Sunday from 16:00 to 22:00.
Where: rue Fritz Toussaint 8 Fritz Toussaintstraat, 1050 Brussels.
What: See U (F)Estival was one of the highlights of the summer, and if you haven't been yet, now's your chance to make amends. Until 27 September you can visit the former Fritz Toussaint Barracks in Ixelles for all kinds of fun and enjoyable activities, ranging from trampoline jumping to pétanque, wellness to cycling on the wooden velodrome, yoga to meditation. Or would you rather visit the art exhibition, the food truck, the repair cafe or the organic market on Thursdays? Whichever you prefer, there is something for everyone!
Pop-up bars in the parks – until 27 September
When: every day from 11:00 to 22:00.
Where: Maurice in Cinquantenaire Park, Gisèle at La Cambre Abbey, Henri in Georges Henri Park, André in Laeken Park and Jeanne at Rouge Cloître in the Sonian Forest.
What: Cosy meeting places to hang out, chat and network. There's yoga and tai chi, children's activities, concerts, puppets, shows, tango... and so much more. Local organic and seasonal products are offered.
Jardin Rooftop – until 27 September
When: Sunday to Wednesday from 12:00 to 23:00, Thursday to Saturday to Saturday from 12:00 to 00:00.
Where: on the roof of the Actiris building, entrance: rue du Marché aux Poulets 7 Kiekenmarkt, 1000 Brussels.
What: Jardin is a unique place. It was always destined to be one of this summer's hotspots. Up there you can marvel at a panoramic view of the city that changes slightly every evening. Romantic souls and bon vivants in search of 'that little bit more' love it here. A special mention also goes to their Burgundian Belgian food and beer menu. To put it simply: you'll get your money's worth!
Buvette Abÿ - until 27 September
When: Wednesday to Sunday 11:00 to 22:00, Tuesday 5:00 to 22:00.
Where: Forest Abbey, place Saint-Denis 9 Sint-Denijsplein, 1190 Brussels.
What: Abÿ is a cosy, family-friendly bar. Here you can sample high quality snacks prepared with seasonal, local and organic produce. They also host activities such as yoga or pétanque. But the most important asset of this place is its enchanting location. Abÿ is part - the name says it all - of Forest Abbey, a medieval heritage gem that is slowly but surely becoming a true cultural hub in the commune.
Rooftop Albert – until 30 September
Where: KBR, Mont des Arts 28 Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels
When: Thursday to Saturday from 17:00 to 01:00.
What: Take the breath-taking marble staircase in the Palace of Lorraine to the Albert restaurant and roof terrace. For many people in Brussels, this place is a welcome addition to 2020. Albert came, saw and conquered. Until the end of September you can enjoy the most delicious meals and brunches by chef Filip Fransen while hip collectives such as Play Label and Catclub treat you to sultry DJ sets. Atmosphere guaranteed!
Le Jardin du Pesage – until 30 September
When: from Thursday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 00:00, Sunday from 10:00 to 22:00.
Where: Boitsfort Hippodrome, Terhulpsesteenweg 51-53, 1180 Brussels.
What: Yet another new holiday spot in our capital! Le Jardin du Pesage opened its doors this summer and is here to stay. Sip a glass of rosé on a sun lounger at this cleverly designed bar with garden right beside the Sonian Forest. You can also enjoy brunch while your children play a little further away. Interior designer Lionel Jadot deserves huge praise for the colourful decor.
Saintklet – until 4 October
When: Thursday to Sunday from 17:00 to 22:00.
Where: Quai des Péniches - Akenkaai, 1000 Brussels.
What: Saintklet is a corruption of the word 'Sainctelette', a square and abandoned metro station in the immediate vicinity. Which brings us straight to the mission that the collective behind Saintklet has in mind: the appropriation of public space. During the lockdown, the need for more leisure and entertainment spaces for young and old became clear. Saintklet offers such an area for lovers of underground electronic music and hopes to make an important contribution to the development of the canal zone.
BOZAR Open Air – until 18 October
When: bar opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:30 to 20:30, Thursday to Saturday from 11:30 to 22:00, Sunday from 11:30 to 20:30.
What: From early September, you can enjoy the late summer at BOZAR. New for this third edition is the extension of the cosy outdoor space with a roof terrace. You must go there and enjoy the panoramic view of the Royal Palace and the city centre. As usual, there are many artistic activities scheduled such as open-air films, concerts, DJ sets, performances, installations and participatory workshops. And don't forget to relax at the Coucou bar.
Kiosk Radio Bar – until 31 October
When: every day from 12:00 to 21:00.
Where: Brussels Park (opposite the Royal Palace), 1000 Brussels.
What: Kiosk Radio is an online community radio that broadcasts eclectic DJ sets from a wooden cabin in Brussels Park, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The bar is a meeting place loved by music lovers from Brussels and abroad. It's the perfect location to cool down in warm weather with a cool drink in the shade, or just to enjoy the gentle, late summer sunshine.
Perché – no end date
Where: Rooftop of the Jam Hotel, Chaussée de Charleroi 132, 1060 Brussels
What: You'll find this unique rooftop bar on the 8th floor of the Jam Hotel. It has an indoor fireplace, an outdoor swimming pool & an amazing view over Brussels.
For a fancy cocktail hour with friends at 4pm, or a casual afterwork until 1am. No reservations needed. Open all year long.
Plein Publiek – no end date
When: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30 to 00:00.
Where: Mont des Arts - Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels.
What: Antwerp collective Plein Publiek moved into the Dynasty Palace on Mont des Arts last year. And it was an excellent move, because the concept has been a resounding s success. Inside, you can enjoy a drink and a good meal in glass conservatories, prepared with local and seasonal produce. Since the end of August visitors have been able to visit the dazzling Meet the Masters exhibition. Meet the three Flemish masters Jan Van Eyck, Pieter Bruegel and Peter Paul Rubens using video mapping techniques and 360° projections.
Bar Antidote – no end date
When: Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00 to 01:00 and Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00.
Where: Studio CityGate, rue de la Petite Île 1a Klein Eiland, 1070 Brussels.
What: Antidote is an alternative bar-canteen in the idyllic courtyard of the Studio CityGate buildings. At the helm is the collective behind the Mediterranean Antitapas Nights and which knows better than anyone how to create an atmosphere. You can enjoy a nice meal while listening to a DJ set and having a chat with friends. Saturday is an Italian-style pizza night, with all the trimmings. Sunday is all about bottomless brunch. In short, Antidote is the ideal antidote to the difficult times we are currently experiencing.
Hangar du Kanaal: Bar La Mouette – no end date
When: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 16:00 to 23:00 Wednesday and Saturday from 14:00 to 23:00, Sunday from 14:00 to 22:00. From October, open on Wednesday from 15:00 to 22:00 and 14:00 to 22:00 at weekends.
Where: Digue du Canal 10 Vaartdijk, 1070 Brussels
What: This summer, La Mouette opened in the old industrial Biestebroek neighbourhood in Anderlecht. La Mouette is part of Hangar du Kanaal, a huge hangar housing sustainable, circular and social economy enterprises. This special place with a view of the Brussels Canal is bursting with fun activities, including live concerts, a skate ramp, a cycle track and cycle workshops.
Guinguette Populeir – no end date
When: Wednesday from 11:00 to 20:00, Thursday from 11:00 to 21:00, Friday from 11:00 to 22:00, Saturday from 10:00 to 22:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00.
Where: Josaphat Park, 1030 Brussels.
What: In the middle of Josaphat Park you'll find Guinguette Populeir, a warm and welcoming place where you can enjoy a drink and a snack with family, friends or colleagues. On the menu are French and Italian specialities, such as Piadina and focaccia, and dishes to share. Populeir is the Brussels dialect spelling of the word popular, which means both ‘of the people’ and ‘beloved’.
Woodpecker Terkamerenbos – no end date
When: Monday to Friday from 12:00 to 20:00, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00.
Where: Bois de la Cambre - Ter Kamerenbos, Carrefour des Attelages 1 Gespanhoek, 1000 Brussels.
What: After an invigorating walk in the Bois de la Cambre, the Woodpecker kiosk welcomes you to its terrace with open arms. Did all that healthy outdoor air make you hungry? The menu features tasty salads, burgers and waffles with a vegan variant, numerous home-made lemonades and juices and, of course, local beers. Occasionally a musician will come and brighten up the atmosphere. This place is ideal for families, nature lovers and dog owners, as they also cater for the stomachs of our four-legged friends here.
Woodpecker Brussels Park – no end date
When: 12:00 to 20:00
Where: Brussels Park (opposite the Royal Palace), 1000 Brussels.
What: With ice creams from artisanal ice cream parlour Gaston, coffee from the Brussels brand Velvet and beer from Brasserie de la Senne you are in good company here. Cocktails are prepared with organic vodka. The hamburgers, hot dogs and paninis hit the spot and when you're feeling satisfied, you can try your hand at a free game of pétanque, Mölkky, Kubb or badminton. Sounds good, doesn't it?
La Laiterie – no end date
When: every day from 11:00 to 20:00, Wednesday and Saturday until 21:00.
Where: In the middle of Josaphat Park, 1030 Brussels.
What: Anyone who goes to Josaphat Park gets two for the price of one. Because alongside Guinguette Populeir, there is also La Laiterie. With its indoor and outdoor area, La Laiterie - just like its park mate - offers a spot that is not subject to weather conditions. The extensive menu offers organic and home-made products. Jazz concerts, piano evenings and jam sessions are organised from time to time. You can also organise a private reception or birthday party. Everything is possible here.
La Guinguette de Wolvendael – no end date
When: Monday to Friday from 15:00 to 20:00, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 20:00.
Where: Wolvendael Park, 1180 Brussels.
What: La Guinguette de Wolvendael is the most recent newcomer to the colourful Brussels landscape of cosy food and drink kiosks. From 1 September, a visit to the park of Wolvendael would not be complete without an obligatory stop on the terrace of this pop-up bar. The manager of Woodpecker La Cambre offers a warm welcome and treats for dogs who join their owners for a walk in the park.