Bars

Brussels Irish // The James Joyce: last call for the Irish pub?

Almost thirty years after the first one opened, how are the city’s Irish bars doing?

Brussels Irish // The James Joyce: last call for the Irish pub?

Drinking in Ganshoren // A cabaret of the unreal

A man walks into a bar, followed behind by his daughter. They exchange a few words in muttered French. A couple ahead of them – man with his arm in a sling, woman fussing over the drinks menu – order their beers in Dutch and take a seat at a rickety wooden table. This is La Charnière, a rudimentary café housed in an 18th century Brussels farmhouse

Drinking in Ganshoren // A cabaret of the unreal

Alors on Zwanze

In all the years I’ve lived in Brussels, and as long as Cantillon have been organising their annual Zwanze celebration, I’ve never been organised enough to buy tickets for the main event at Moeder Lambic Fontainas before they have sold out. 2017 was no different. That is how we found ourselves schlepping up the hills of St. Gilles on Saturday evening to the original Moeder Lambic.

Alors on Zwanze

Drinking in Koekelberg // The past, and a future?

Change comes slowly to Brussels. But it is coming to the corner of Brussels where the unfashionable communes of Koekelberg, Jette, and Ganshoren meet at Parc Elisabeth in a jigsaw puzzle of municipal borders. Hotel Restaurant Taverne Le Frederiksborg and Bar Eliza represent old and new Brussels, and show in their contrasting fortunes how accelerating demographic changes are reshaping the neighbourhood. They also serve beer.

Drinking in Koekelberg // The past, and a future?