I have to admit it is tough getting back to blogging after a couple of weeks off. But yesterday’s article in La Capitale and this post by fellow blogger Yelyam is definitely motivation to keep looking for (and writing about) the best of Brussels. The pressure is on!
Writing again is also hard when the mind is blurred by drinking several glasses of wine last night. A friend hosted a birthday celebration yesterday at Etiquette Wine Bar and sampling various bottles was a strict requirement. If you’ve never been, Etiquette is both a bar and shop that has a unique self-serve system for buying just a taste or a whole glass of wine. Situated just across from l’Abbaye du Bois de la Cambre on the ground floor of an office building, it’s not in the most usual of locations but worth making your way to for a drink and a bite to eat.
Of course Brussels is a capital of beer and it’s only been in recent years that more and more wine bars have popped up around town. There are a few good ones (Oeno TK is a favorite) but Etiquette ranks among the best. I particularly like the automated pour system which is great fun to test out with a friend and allows you to try 2-3 wines for the price of a single glass elsewhere.
After purchasing a debit-like card for €5 and filling it up with credit, you can buy a small taste starting at €2, a half glass for around €4 and a full glass for about €8 (some of the better wines are a bit pricier). There are over 50 wines to try, white and red, new world and old. The half glass option suits me well as I can have a few sips of something and if I don’t like it, move on to something else – a no regret wine solution! You can also order a glass (of champagne for example) at the bar with cash.
Etiquette has a large interior with several big tables scattered among the wine boxes and there’s also a fair-size terrace to enjoy while the weather is good. In addition to the huge wine selection, they offer up some yummy tapas and assorted plates of cheeses and charcuteries. And if you’re lucky enough to have time to stop by at lunch, they have a more robust menu available from 12pm to 2:30pm. The service is friendly and the staff is happy to help explain the wine tasting system and make a recommendation.
I sampled quite a bit of wine while on holiday as we were exploring the Sonoma and Napa Valleys of California. Although I’m still definitely no expert, I know a good wine when I taste one and I didn’t have a single bad glass yesterday. I’d say Etiquette is a perfect place for a party or an evening out with friends any night of the week. Just don’t count on getting up early the next morning as it’s easy to drink more than you planned!
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19 Avenue Emile de Mot, 1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 644 64 11
Open: Tuesday to Friday, 12pm-12am, Saturday 2pm-12am
Images via Etiquette.