The 5 best bars for Jazz and Blues
Ring the doorbell to enter. The doorman eventually admits you to this secretive cocktail bar built in 1937 in art deco style. The chrome detailing and balcony are now a bit faded, but the place is still one of the coolest places for jazz. Arrive at the right time, and someone will be playing the piano.
2) Sounds Jazz Club
Back in the Eighties, Rosy and Sergio created this intimate jazz club in an Ixelles back street. Now a little worn, it’s still a welcoming place with something happening most nights. Some big names in Belgian jazz have passed through this laid-back venue.
3) Jazz Station
Trains no longer stop at the Chaussée de Louvain station, but the 19th-century Flemish Renaissance building is still standing next to the tracks. It was carefully restored in 2005 by the jazz- loving local mayor to create a striking modern jazz centre where emerging local talent is nurtured.
4) The Music Village
This upmarket private jazz club occupies two 17th-century houses near Grand’ Place. It hosts some great jazz performers from Belgium and abroad.
5) La Soupape
This warm, intimate venue in a quiet street near Flagey has seats for just 50 people. It specialises in French chanson, but also hosts world music and jazz.
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