The 5 best bars for Jazz and Blues

1) L'Archiduc

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.

a man playing piano at L'Archiduc cafe

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.

jazz musician playing at Sounds

Rue de la Tulipe 28, Ixelles

+32 (0)2 512 92 50

http://www.soundsjazzclub.be

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.

steel doors at the entrance of Jazz station

Chaussée de Louvain 193, Saint-Josse

+32 (0)2 733 13 78

http://www.jazzstation.be

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.

stage of the Music Village

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.

stage and interior of La soupape in brussels

Rue Alphonse De Witte 26, Ixelles

+32 (0)2 649 58 88

http://www.lasoupape.wordpress.com

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