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Brussels is big happy hour city, with diplomats and government types heading out after work to let off some steam with a craft Belgian beer. During the summer months, Belgians take advantage of the warm weather, preferring to drink outside on patios. Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest the Saint-Géry area as a favorite destination — during the summer you’ll find the entire area filled with outdoor seating and tourists and locals with cocktails in hand. Some of the area’s more popular bars include Café des Halles, Mapa Mundo, Zebra and Le Roi des Belges. If you go, plan to come early, stay late and be prepared for a raucous evening — don’t be surprised if you see people dancing on tables. If you’re in a clubbing mood, head to nearby You Club. A few tips: Belgians are casual, so jeans are fine; don’t be afraid to push your way to the bar (everyone else will); and being friendly will get you further than being demanding. End your night in the Bourse area with a late-night snack of frites smothered in the sauce of your choice.