Last week, the 3rd Brussels Travel Massive took me to a part of Brussels that I rarely visit: Elsene (in Dutch or Ixelles in French)
Most travellers that visit Brussels, visit the center of town and never get to see all the beautiful suburbs around it, like Elsene.
For the people that don't know what Travel massive is, Travel Massive connects thousands of travel insiders to meet, learn and collaborate at free events all around the world. They are a world-wide community of locally organised meet ups for travel & tourism companies, travel bloggers, startups, and travel media to connect and share globally.
The Januari Brussels Massive event started off in the Brussels version of an American diner, L'Amour Fou.
I was welcomed by Yvonne from Under the Yew Tree and offered a free spicy rum cocktail with some finger food, Nice!
After some speed dating between all the different Travel Massive Members, we headed off to the bar next door: De Haus
The first thing I noticed, was the special interior:
De Haus (that's not a spelling mistake by the way, it's derived from a Dutch word) opened only a year ago, but it's the place to be in Elsene these days.
We were there on a weekday and the place was pretty full and in the weekends, they told me, it's always packed! De Haus is famous for it's offering of Gin & Tonic, but you can also drink wine or beer and enjoy some finger food.
The idea is that you can enjoy great local food and drinks, in a homely environment where most things you see, are also for sale! Check their amazing site for more info: dehaus.be
After a warm welcome by the owner, we were given a quick introduction into the fascinating world of Gins & Tonics.
It seems there are more Gins then you would expect, each with their own typical flavours. De Haus also serves some authentic Belgian Gins that have a more spicy character. Definitely something to try!
After the quick introduction, it was time to start the tasting! We finished with the speciality of De Haus, and my favourite of the evening, a flambéed Gin & Tonic!
If you ever visit Brussels, I can certainly recommend a visit to De Haus!
While some Gin & Tonic's aren't cheap, the food and drinks are all high quality and you can enjoy them at your own tempo and in a great atmosphere.
As you probably noticed, I had a great time and I would like to thank all the interesting people that were there @ #BXLTravelMassive
Till the next Brussels Travel Massive event!
The drink selection looks promising, but the finger foods not so much. What all is there to choose from?
They might not look like much, but they were yummy! 😉 Food choice is just basic finger food, they don’t really serve main food dishes
De Haus doesn’t offer much food, its just a regular gin tonic bar. Next door at L’Amour Fou, you can have apps like quesadillas and nachos or you can go and have dinner – they have some of the best burgers in Brussels
Not sure if I could enjoy my meal as I’d worry about stuff falling from the ceiling lol! Either way I’ve not seen an interior design like that ever! Really neat, creative and eye-catching, as are the shots of some pretty mean gins up top 😉
Thanks for the fun share 🙂
Haha, indeed! Well, nothing happened while I was there and I’m sure they are insured for that 😉
Hahaha! I do not think that anything would fall down, I am pretty sure they are glued or nailed down pretty well!