Jazz & Blues Clubs
Phil's Jazz Kitchen Café, rue Haute 189 (tel. 02/513-95-88), a relaxed bar with good atmosphere, has jazz or other music most nights, and a jam session on Wednesday. L'Archiduc, rue Antoine Dansaert 6 (tel. 02/512-06-52), had the brilliant idea of putting on after-shopping jazz concerts on Saturday, beginning at 5pm, and then went one better by repeating the idea (minus the shopping) on Sunday. For those who like their licks a little more restrained, there's a jazz brunch at the Airport Sheraton Hotel, facing the terminal building (tel. 02/725-10-00), every Sunday from noon to 3pm. Le Sounds, rue de la Tulipe 28 (tel. 02/512-92-50; www.soundsjazzclub.be), has daily jazz concerts, and a workshop on Mondays at 7:30pm.
During the 3-day, late-May Brussels Jazz Marathon (tel. 02/456-04-75; www.brusselsjazzmarathon.be), there are more than 125 concerts, covering all known jazz forms, at outdoor venues like the Grand-Place and Place du Grand Sablon, and at clubs, bars, and indoor cultural venues around town. Outdoor concerts are free; a pass for all indoor concerts is 15€ ($24), and 12€ ($19) if you reserve ahead of time.
Nothing in life changes quite so fast as the "in" discos. But there are a few that stand the test of time -- and that of course makes them anathema to genuine dance hounds. Since the turnover rate is so high, be sure to check locally to see if the following are still in operation before setting out for a night of dancing. A sophisticated dance club is Duke's Club in the Royal Windsor Hotel, rue Duquesnoy 5 (tel. 02/505-55-55), which is in full swing every night except Sunday. Mirano Continental, chaussée de Louvain 38 (tel. 02/227-39-41; www.mirano.be), is a classy place for those whose wildest years are a few years behind them but who still like to enjoy themselves. Nostalgia Club, rue de la Fourche 49-51 (tel. 02/513-32-91; www.nostalgia-club.be), is similar, with hits from the '60s, '70s, and '80s at the top of the bill.
You, rue Duquesnoy 18 (tel. 02/639-14-00; www.leyou.be), has a location just off the Grand-Place and a consistently up-to-date approach to music. Cartagena, rue du Marché au Charbon 70 (tel. 02/502-59-08; www.cartagenasalsabar.be), is as hot as a salsa night in, well, Cartagena, and dispenses drinks and music from all over Latin America. If only techno will do (along with a dab of house), Le Fuse, rue Blaes 208 (tel. 02/511-97-89; www.fuse.be), is the place -- on the first Friday of every month it reinvents itself as the women-only Pussy Lounge, and every Sunday as the men-only La Démence.
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