L’Autobus
Evening Sun on Place Jourdan

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It’s hard to decide where to sip a glass of wine on bustling Place Jourdan. On cold, rainy days nothing can beat Chez Bernard. For outside I personally think the First Bar has the nicest atmosphere (it comes closest to a Parisian bistro). However, as we live nearby and go rather often, we try to rotate.

L’Autobus is a good alternative when we are feeling like a  change. As the terrace faces to the West, it is one of the few bars that gets evening sun. On sunny days though they place the tables very close together. So don’t come here for private talks! During the day the place is less crowded but the costumers seem a bit rough at times too. (Single old men perched on bar stools eyeing up young girls!)

The service isn’t too good and the waitresses definitely aren’t friendly. If you ask for a menu, you will probably be given the look. How dare you not just order a beer and see what you get? If you smile you will be able to get the waitress to tell you which beers they have. Unlike Chez Bernard that has Rochefort 8 and 10, Orval and many other of our  favourite beers, L’Autobus has a far shorter list. But Chimay is always a solid choice for situations like this.  And they do have Guinness on Tap  – for all of those who love stout.

For us the sun is the only real reason to pick this bar on the square. If you take a good portion of chips from Maison Antoine with you, you will soon forget the bad service and your direct neighbours.

L’Autobus, Place Jourdan 33, Brussels

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  1. mmn

    Sunday evening. Sun is setting and I decided to enjoy a beer with my wife and daughters at the cafe “L’Autobus” in the Place Jourdan.
    we get comfy on a couch outside then we place an order, receive the beers and pay.
    after only a minute, a truck arrives to deliver a load of crates of drinks: they ask us to get up because the trap door that leads goods to the cellar is just below our table.
    they try to settle us in the middle of the sidewalk! … so, I take family and beers, but there’s no room nowhere else,…I go inside and there is no place for all … I complain to the owner … we paid for a place to rest and enjoy our beers in peace … I ask to be reimbursed, but the owner refuses. I then call the police, who intervenes, but the owner also in front of them refuses to compensate us…he offers the same table, but it’s been an hour, the sun has set and we have to leave.
    at the end, this awful site where the rude owner also insulted us (“Italian and Spanish fools …”) doesn’t deserves us.
    we had not even given a receipt, and they gave one only when the police arrived … but do they pay taxes?
    Now that you have read, you still want to choose this bar, or do you prefer another of the many cafes that this lovely little square offers?

    1. emily

      Wow – now that sounds like a truely “belgian” experience at L’autobus. (Service ist not their strong point!) I would definitely chose one of the other bars on Place Jourdan over L’Autobus, anytime. Try Chez Bernard next time. Or the First Bar. Only trouble is: As L’Autobus is on the other side of the square, they sometimes are the only bar in the sun. But: Sun is a rare guest in Brussels anyway.

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