Patroc Brussels Gay Guide 2020

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Accommodation Tips

easyHotel
Hotel. ***, 60-120 €
Modern budget hotel in the city center of Brussels.
@ 1 Rue d'Argent
Brussels 1000
Boutique Hotel Saint-Géry
Hotel. ***, 80-200 €
Design hotel in the trendy quarter Saint-Géry, surrounded by many small cafés, restaurants and shops. The historic center of Brussels and the gay scene are just a few steps away.
@ Place Saint Gery 29-32
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs)
The Dominican
Hotel. ****, from 130 €
Stylish and luxurious hotel by the award-winning architects of FG Stijl.
Located in the very center of Brussels. The historic sights and most gay bars are within walking distance.
@ 9 Rue Léopold (Leopoldstraat)
Brussels 1000

Cafes

Fontainas
Reopened June 2020
Gay-friendly cafe and bar with street terrace.
Popular with a creative, bohemian and trendy clientele.
Kitchen from 12:00 till 22:00.
@ 91 Rue Marché au Charbon (Kolenmarkt)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Anneessens

Restaurants

Plattesteen
Gay-friendly brasserie/restaurant with terrace right at the gay Rue Marché au Charbon (Kolenmarkt).
Lunch is served from 12:00 to 14:45, dinner from 18:00 to 22:00.
@ 41 Rue Marché au Charbon (Kolenmarkt)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs)

Bars & Pubs

Important note: Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, some places might be closed or opening hours may have changed. Please check the websites and Facebook pages of the respective venues for the latest information.

Amalgame
Reopened June 2020, daily from 16:00
Gay-friendly bar, Monday morning with small Flash after-party.
@ 45 Rue des Pierres (Steenstraat)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs)

Cabaret Mademoiselle
Reopened June 2020; terrace Thursday-Sunday from 16:00; show bar Friday, Saturday from 20:00
Small gay-friendly cabaret bar with burlesque (and ›boylesque‹) shows.
Mixed clientele.
@ 53 Rue du Marché au Charbon (Kolenmarkt)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs)

Castro Brussels
Reopened June 2020, daily 13:00 – 01:00
With small street terrace. Irish and Belgian beers.
Wolves & otters welcome.
@ 94 Rue Marché au Charbon (Kolenmarkt)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Anneessens, Bourse

Chez Maman
Music bar and drag shows. Not at all old-fashioned or tacky, but with a fresh and brisk atmosphere.
The clientele is rather mixed and quite young during the first 2-3 hours while later it becomes more gay.
Coat-check and first bar on the upper floor, and from approx. 24:30 also show bar on the ground floor. From approx. 02:00 the show bar is usually packed from wall to wall.
@ 7 Rue des Grands Carmes (Lievevrouwbroersstraat)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs)

Dolores
Reopened June 2020, daily 14:00 – 01:00
Small bar, cosy atmosphere, rather mature clientele.
@ 40 Rue du Marché au Charbon (Kolenmarkt)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs)

l'Homo Erectus – Classicus
Small gay cafe-bar, right around the corner of the bar Le Detour.
@ 5 Rue Marché au Charbon (Kolenmarkt)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs)

La Boule Rouge
Big gay-friendly bar with drag shows and karaoke.
Mixed clientele.
@ 52 Rue des Pierres (Steenstraat)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs)

Le Baroque
Reopened June 2020, Monday, Wednesday-Sunday 15:00/17:00 – 03:00
Rustic gay bar in the center of Brussels. Bear-friendly.
@ 44 Rue du Marché au Charbon (Kolenmarkt)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs)

Le Belgica
Reopened July 2020; Wednesday-Sunday
Probably the busiest gay bar in Brussels. At the weekend with live DJs.
›A classic, and definitely a pre-club must, le Belgica has always managed to keep up with the trends and the right music.‹ (Time Out, 2001)
›Started in the mid-eighties as a kitsch alternative to the upmarked style beloved of that period, its down-and-out décor has made it an institution.‹ (The Bulletin, 1994)
@ 32 Rue du Marché au Charbon (Kolenmarkt)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs)

Le Detour
Reopened June 2020, daily 16:00 – 01:00
Small gay bar with a mixed and rather young clientele.
@ 57 Rue des Pierres (Steenstraat)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs)

Station Bxl
Reopened June 2020; Tuesday-Friday 16:00 – 01:00; Saturday, Sunday 15:00 – 01:00
Friendly, cosy bar in Brussels' gay street.
@ 27 Rue du Marché au Charbon (Kolenmarkt)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs)

Taverne La Réserve
Reopened June 2020, daily 15:00 – 24:00
Rustic bar close to the Grand Place (Grote Markt) and the oldest gay bar in Brussels. Mainly forty-something, fun-loving clientele.
@ 2A Rue Petite au Beurre (Korte Boterstraat)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs)

Clubs & Parties

See also our overview of upcoming Irregular Parties and Events in Brussels.

Important note: Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, some places might be closed or opening hours may have changed. Please check the websites and Facebook pages of the respective venues for the latest information.

HAUS
Weekly queer-inclusive party in the center of Brussels.
Admission: 13 €, incl. 1 drink (cash only)
@ 52 Rue des Chartreux / Kartuizerstraat
Brussels 1000

Flash
Weekly gay party at the nightclub You in the center of Brussels.
Mixed clientele.
Admission: free before 24:00, afterwards 10 €, incl. 1 drink
@ You Night Club 18 Rue Duquesnoy (Duquesnoystraat)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Gare Centrale

La Demence
Once an insiders' tip, La Demence now belongs to the biggest and best gay parties in Europe. Aside from the locals, you have party people from Paris, Cologne, Amsterdam and even from London and other cities and countries coming to Brussels for this party.
3 levels with 4 bars and 2 big dancefloors.
Irregular dates, usually on a Friday or in the night before a public holiday in Belgium. Next dates: 25 September, 30 October – 1 November, 1 January.
@ Fuse 208 Rue Blaes (Blaesstraat)
Brussels 1000

Revelation
Fetish-friendly gay party with kinky dancers and international guest DJs.
Check here and on the Revelation page for the next dates.
Admission: 20-27 €
@ Bazaar 63 Rue Capucins (Kapucijnenstraat)
Brussels 1000

Cruising & Fetish

Important note: Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, some places might be closed or opening hours may have changed. Please check the websites and Facebook pages of the respective venues for the latest information.

Stammbar
Modern gay cruise bar in the center of Brussels.
Mixed ages.
@ 114 Rue du Marché au Charbon (Kolenmarkt)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Anneessens

Revelation
Fetish-friendly gay party with kinky dancers and international guest DJs.
Check here and on the Revelation page for the next dates.
Admission: 20-27 €
@ Bazaar 63 Rue Capucins (Kapucijnenstraat)
Brussels 1000

Saunas

Important note: Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, some places might be closed or opening hours may have changed. Please check the websites and Facebook pages of the respective venues for the latest information.

Macho Sauna
Reopening approx. September 2020
Big gay sauna on several floors incl. basement and roof terrace.
Close to the gay bars in the center of Brussels.
Popular especially on Sundays.
Mixed ages.
Admission: 15-20 €
@ 106 Rue du Marché au Charbon (Kolenmarkt)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Anneessens

Sauna La Griffe
Small gay sauna in the center of Brussels.
Mainly mature men and admirers.
Admission: 15-18 €
@ 41-43 Rue de Dinant (Dinantstraat)
Brussels 1000

Sauna Oasis
Daily 11:30 – 22:00
Old gay sauna at the edge of the center of Brussels.
The wet area is in a good state, but some other parts of the sauna are run down or old-fashioned tacky.
Well frequented, though, by a mainly mature clientele and bears.
Admission: 15-20 €
@ 10 Rue Van Orley (Van Orleystraat)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Madou, Botanique

 Sauna Club 3000
Gay sex shop, cruising cinema and sauna, close to Gare du Midi.
Endless aisles and staircases across several floors, but only a few small showers, sauna facilities and cabins.
Admission: 15-25 €
@ 9 Boulevard Jamar (Jamarlaan)
Brussels 1060
Train: Gare du Midi; Metro: Lemonnier

Shops

2be
Reopened May 2020; Monday-Saturday 11:30 – 19:00; Sunday 14:00 – 18:00
Underwear, beachwear and T-shirts for men.
@ 29 Rue du Lombard (Lombardstraat)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs)

Addikt
Monday, Tuesday 13:00 – 19:00; Wednesday, Thursday 13:00 – 20:00; Friday, Saturday 13:00 – 21:00; Sunday 13:00 – 19:00
Fetish shop in the gay center of Brussels.
Leather, rubber, neoprene etc.
@ 95 Rue Marché au Charbon (Kolenmarkt)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Anneessens

Argos
Gay video rental store and sex shop: toys, fetish gear, condoms and lubricants.
@ 13 Rue des Riches Claires (Rijke Klarenstraat)
Brussels 1000

BorisBoy
Small selection of fetish gear, toys etc.
@ 95 Rue du Midi (Zuidstraat)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs), Anneessens

Man2Man
@ 11 Rue des Riches Claires (Rijke Klarenstraat)
Brussels 1000

Services

Rainbowhouse (Maison Arc-en-Ciel / Regenbooghuis)
Gay and lesbian information centre and home of various associations and projects in Brussels.
@ 42 Rue du Marché au Charbon (Kolenmarkt)
Brussels 1000
Metro: Bourse (Beurs)

Tels Quels
Community and counselling centre for French-speaking gays and lesbians.
@ Brussels