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Etiquette Wine Bar and Shop in Brussels

By alison - December 22, 2011 (Updated: December 4, 2014)

Wine Bar in Brussels

Etiquette Wine Bar in Brussels

For almost 7 years, we’ve been searching for the perfect wine bar in Brussels. Last night, by chance, we may just have found it at Etiquette Wines.

Like most expats in Brussels, we rely on recommendations to find great new places. Sometimes these recommendations come from friends, or blogs, or guidebooks, but this time, our discovery happened entirely by chance.

While in our car last night, Andrew nodded to the right and said, “I’ve noticed this wine bar while I sit in traffic and it looks like it could be good. We should try it sometime.”

Always up for a glass of wine, I agreed and wondered aloud if they served food as well.

You see, since moving to Belgium, we’ve been on a quest to find our perfect wine bar in Brussels. It would be open late, until midnight would be perfect. It would have a wide variety of wines; both new world and old. It would serve food; not necessarily full meals, but at least some lovely snacks. It would be cosy and nicely designed and the staff would be friendly and helpful. It was a tall order for Brussels, but we remained confident our dream wine bar existed.

As we passed by Etiquette, I filed it away in my mental ‘places to try out,’ file and moved on.

But fate had other plans. The restaurant we planned to dine at was closed and we hadn’t bothered to make a backup plan. “Well, why don’t we go check out Etiquette, while we’re over here?” I said. And, by the end of the evening, we were very glad our original plans had been waylaid.

We entered Etiquette at almost 8pm. For a Wednesday night, it was bustling. We grabbed a table and looked around. So far, we liked what we saw.

The decor is trendy, but not overly so. It still has comfy sofas, wine boxes scattered about, and a warm, cosy atmosphere. One criterion met.

We looked over the menu. It contained a variety of tapas (or Pintxos) and several larger plates of cheese or charcuterie or both. We discreetly peeked at our neighbours’ meals and liked what we saw. Food requirement check.

We flagged down a server and he explained the restaurant concept and menu. He took order with a friendly smile and offered to send over the sommelier to explain the wine system. Friendly service check.

The sommelier arrived and explained the wine system. First you purchase a chip card for a €5 deposit. You add as much money to the card as you like. Then you head over to the wall of sophisticated wine fridges.

Each of the 7 fridges contains 8 different wines, with a selection of whites and reds, new world and old. You select your wine, insert your card in the reader, push a button indicating if you want 30cl, a half glass or a full glass, and your wine is dispensed into your glass. Your card is debited the cost of the wine and you take your glass back to your table.

In addition to the 56 wines ‘on tap’ you can order certain wines by the glass, directly from the bar. Or, you can purchase a bottle from the Etiquette wine shop selection, and drink it at your table for an €8 corkage fee. Great selection of wines? Check!

With our glasses filled, we headed to our table, where our cheese and charcuterie plate awaited. The portion was perfect for sharing. We also tried a pork belly pintxo that was gorgeous, even to this non-pork fan.

Our food and wines were excellent; the service and atmosphere was great, so we only had one last piece of the puzzle to check out – the opening hours.

Success! Etiquette is open from noon until 11pm, Monday to Wednesday and until midnight Thursday to Saturday. Sadly, it’s closed Sundays, but I guess even we need a break from wine occasionally.

As we left, we learned from one of the managers Etiquette just opened in September. We hope this gem will be around for a long time to come. At last, our search, for wine bar perfection in Brussels, is over.

Etiquette Wines

Avenue Emile de Mot, 19
Brussels 1000
Tel : +32 2 644 64 11
info@etiquette-wines.com

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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6 comments

  1. Comment by Louise

    Louise December 22, 2011 at 16:43

    I really feel like having a glass of wine now. Sounds like a great place. Another one to add to the list!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison December 22, 2011 at 16:50

      They serve lunch too if you want to make a trip over there with me in the new year 🙂

  2. Comment by Unexpected Traveller

    Unexpected Traveller December 23, 2011 at 19:39

    I discovered this place via recommendation last week – and it is a great place isn’t it?

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison

      Alison December 24, 2011 at 12:19

      You’re the first person I know who has heard of this place before. There were lots of people there, when we visited but it still seems a bit undiscovered… so far 🙂

  3. Comment by Joya

    Joya December 28, 2011 at 17:45

    I love wine bars and hope to visit this one when I go to Brussels, whenever that may be. Thanks for the tip!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison December 29, 2011 at 12:33

      You’re welcome Joya. I hope you enjoy it too!

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