Places to enjoy jazz while you eat in Brussels

10 May 2022
The Music Village interior

What with clubs, cafes and restaurants, there’s something to suit all your jazz tastes in Brussels. Here are five addresses where you can enjoy some jazz and a bite to eat. 

Sounds Jazz Club – the Brussels jazz house

Sounds Jazz Club is a must for jazz fans in Brussels. Since 1986, it has welcomed renowned jazz artists in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Subdued lighting, red curtains, the air of American-style clubs… Here, you’re not really in Brussels. You’re in New York or Chicago. 

Your meal takes you on a journey, too, with delicious tapas (their muhammara is really worth the trip) and cocktails that you sip as the music carries you away. Even Monday night is party night at Sounds: concerts are held here every day of the week. In short, this is THE Brussels jazz venue, definitely not to be missed if you’re a bonified jazz lover. 

a performance by wind players in Sounds Jazz Club

The Music Village – extensive programme & sandwiches à la carte

Not far from the Grand-Place, Music Village, inspired by the great jazz clubs of New York, offers live concerts every day. This intimate venue, with a relaxed atmosphere offers programming that is accessible to a wide audience. While you're there, why not try one of their delicious sandwiches?

facade of the music village with giant sticker of a man's head on the window

Caveau du Max – jazz concerts & all-you-can-eat buffet

Droom je van een jazzconcert in Brussel in een gezellige en warme sfeer? Dan moet je in Caveau du Max in Schaarbeek zijn. Elke maand wordt er een jazzconcert georganiseerd met buffet à volonté. Een doordachte en kwalitatief hoogstaande affiche in een intiem kader. Reserveren is een must: de concerten zijn immers snel uitverkocht.

In Le Caveau du Max kun je bovendien genieten van uitstekende gerechten voor een klein prijsje. Lekkere tagliatelle, authentieke Sardinische vleeswaren, pancetta, lasagne om je vingers bij af te likken... een waar genot voor de smaakpapillen dat ook de inwoners van deze Brusselse wijk weten te waarderen. 

het terras van Caveau du Max op de hoek van de Emile Maxlaan

Théâtre Marni – Brussels’ cultural rendezvous

Théatre Marni is more than a theatre. It’s a place for meeting and exchanges. They arrange theatre sports here, put on plays and organise jazz concerts. This year, the Marni is hosting two of the capital’s great jazz events: the Marni Jazz Festival and the River Jazz Festival.

To start the evening off right, head to the Bistro du Marni, which works in partnership with local restaurants. Depending on the evening, you can enjoy a lasagne, Vietnamese specialities or little vegetarian dishes. Be sure to book two days in advance if you want to eat before a concert.

people at tables listening to a jazz band on stage, shrouded in blue light

Café Béguin – mixed jazz & exotic food

Right in the centre of Brussels, between place Sainte Catherine and De Brouckère, you’ll find Café Béguin: fresh, exotic surroundings, perfect for brunch or an evening with friends. And if you want to listen to jazz in Brussels, this is the place to be: from 1 July, Café Béguin will, once again, be hosting concerts and jam sessions. You can spend a delightful evening here dancing to the rhythms of their Afrobeats or their Jazzy Jams.

Their cuisine is a blend of Africa and the Mediterranean. Caramelised chicken, tabbouleh, cassava fritters and more. You can also share ‘didons’ (tapas) to nibble: falafel, hummus, lentil salads, etc. In short, an eclectic and original menu to delight your taste buds as you listen to good music. What more could you ask for?

The sunny terrace of Café Béguin