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Best pop-up bars in Brussels

When the weather heats up, locals and visitors flock to one of the city’s many cafe terraces for a cool beer or cocktail. If you want to rise above street level, head to one of Brussels’ rooftop terraces and summer pop-up bars which spring up in museums, parks – and even on top of a car park. Here’s just a few of our favourites.

Skybar58

Parking 58 has long been a popular “secret” spot for locals taking visiting friends and relatives to catch a great panoramic view of Brussels city centre. Every summer, the top of this multi-storey car park is decked out with some fake grass and a cocktail bar and becomes Skybar58. On Friday and Saturday until the end of September, spend a chilled evening looking over Brussels at this pop-up café with DJs, picnic tables and mixed drinks. New this year: a pop-up restaurant serving lunch with a 360-degree view, cooked up by Gault & Millau chef of the year Sang Hoon Degeimbre.

Bar open 17.00-1.00, 1 Rue de l'Evêque

Bozar

Make the most of the evening opening at Bozar until 21.00 on Thursdays and combine a look around the Summer of Photography exhibition with a visit to the rooftop summer bar. Enjoy a panoramic view over Brussels over a glass or two with friends, in the shade of the Lighthouse for Lampedusa, a seven-metre installation made from the debris of refugees’ vessels as they disembarked on European shores.

18 August-8 September, 23 Rue Ravenstein

Play Label Rooftop

You won’t need your bowling shoes when you enter Crosly Bowling at the bottom of the Sablon. Skip the lanes and head right on up to the roof where you’ll find the Play Label Rooftop, one of the trendiest parties in Brussels. Play Label is a collective of electronic music artists who host parties – often last minute ones – featuring some of the newest musical talents in Brussels. Not open daily; check Facebook for the programme before making a visit.

97 Rue des Alexiens

Bar Eliza

The instant the sun comes out, Parc Elisabeth in Koekelberg fills to the brim. For years, locals and visitors have dreamt of a place in the park where they can enjoy a drink. Now it's finally happened thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. Bar Eliza is a brand-new pop-up bar that has brought the derelict pavilion back to life. More than just a bar, this community project puts on concerts, screenings, yoga sessions and much more.

Open daily 11.00-21.30, until 4 September, Parc Elisabeth, Koekelberg

Apéros urbains

An annual fixture throughout the summer since a few years, are Friday afterwork parties hosted by apéros urbains. Held in a different park each week, these vibrant summer parties feature music, drinks and street food.

ON

Free outdoor parties by the ON new electronic music party collective. Music by resident DJs. In the canalside sitrict at Parckfarm, Tour & Taxis

202 Boulevard du Jubilé

Coucou Brussels

Launched in 2014 by four friends, in association with visit.brussels, relax in deckchairs and at a bar at four tourist information centres (housed in recycled Belgian army shipping containers) in key Brussels locations: Avenue Louise, Place Poelaert, Mont des Arts and the Atomium. City residents are welcome to use the deckchairs – for their lunch break, for example – and chat to tourists. The project also offers temporary, small swimming pools and weekend concerts.​

Brüxsel Jardin

As part of Brussels’ busy summer party season, don’t miss electronic DJ music in great outdoor spots around the city. Most events take place during the daytime. Simply sit back in a deckchair, drink in hand and enjoy the music and atmosphere. Free entry.

PiKniK (Elektronik)

These gatherings in the parks of Brussels over the summer are ideal for enjoying a picnic in a green setting while listening to some electro sounds mixed by guests DJs. Every Sunday, weather permitting. City greenspots Parc Duden, Bois de la Cambre, Parc de Forest and Parc Royal are all on the programme.

From 23 July-22 September

Les Apéros LaVallée

The former laundry turned art space hosts free evening aperitifs with music by the house DJ soundsystem. There’s a bar, barbecue and you can catch the gallery’s latest art exhibition.

39 Rue Adolphe Lavallée, Molenbeek

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