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