The bars of Brussels are bouncing back
Brussels is one of our favourite European mini-break destinations.
It’s a vibrant city that’s easy to get to and always seems to be able to deliver a good time.
One of the highlights of a visit to Brussels is spending time in the Rainbow Village – a concentrated queer corner of bars and restaurants where everyone drinks out on the street. It’s the perfect way to connect with some local guys.
Like everywhere, the bars and clubs of Brussels have been struggling to navigate the uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic – unable to open their doors and unable to trade.
While the vaccine roll-out does give us all light at the end of the tunnel, it’s clear that we’re going to need to actively support queer businesses if we want them to survive.
In Brussels, the bars of the Rainbow Village have come together to launch a crowdfunding campaign.
The campaign provides an opportunity for us all to support the Rainbow Village bars in Brussels – or a specific bar where you want to direct your support.
“The LTGBQIA+ community is very active in Brussels and offers a number of events and meetings to its Brussels, Belgian and international audiences,” said Frédérick Boutry, head of nightlife and LGBTQIA+ at visit.brussels. “In 2019, Brussels welcomed tens of thousands of European LGBTQIA+ tourists during PRIDE and major gay events such as the anniversary of La Demence – which attracted more than 12,000 people from over 100 different nationalities. These visitors are sorely missed in Brussels, but they will return as soon as possible. This is why visit.brussels is supporting this project which is sure to appeal to the international public who have a strong link with Brussels.”