Weekend Nightlife in Bruges

Bruges may not be known for its party scene, but there are plenty of places to let your hair down and celebrate the weekend. The city’s dimly lit cellar bars have the perfect atmosphere for live jazz and blues. Vlamingstraat’s Comptoir des Arts stocks a wide selection of whiskeys along with the usual Belgian beers and stays open until 3am at weekends. You can watch a mix of jazz, blues and soul musicians and the venue also doubles as an art gallery.

Joey’s Café on Zuidzandstraat is run by a music lover who plays a mix of rock, blues and jazz tunes. You can sip on the tasty house beer called Joey’s Tripel and watch a live performance when there are musicians on.

For something a bit bigger, you can head to Magdalenastraat’s Cactus Club. Bruges’ largest music venue holds up to 1,000 people, and you might be lucky enough to catch a concert from an international DJ or rock band.

If you’re in the mood for dancing, Bruges’ club scene is more about having fun than taking yourself too seriously. Eiermarkt’s CathEdraak is a backpackers favourite that’s open 24 hours at weekends, while Ma Rica Rokk and Bras Café are other good options nearby. Ma Rica Rokk does cheap drinks that you can enjoy on one of the city’s biggest terraces, which gets quite packed on warm evenings. Bras Café meanwhile is known for its theme nights and fancy dress parties.

De Coulissen on Jakob van Ooststraat is Bruges’ only serious nightclub, where the focus is on the music. It’s in the former Bank of Bruges building and is open at weekends from 10pm to 6am, playing a mix of dance and R&B tunes. If you’re looking for more clubs then Ghent is only 20 minutes away from Bruges. Its large student population means bigger parties, with some of the city’s best spots including the Culture Club, Club 69 and the late night Decadance.