If you are in Brussels and want to have a good glass of wine, go to Etiquette. Both a wine shop and a wine bar, Etiquette is located in the Louise district, in front of the Abbaye de Cambre. Created 5 years ago, the place is open 7 days a week from 11 am to midnight! Very convenient if you need to get a good bottle of wine late in the evening! With more than 700 references of wine, 150 of spirits and 100 of beers, you will be spoiled for choice.
The great strength of Etiquette is that it offers no less than fifty wines for tasting, enough to please everyone, but above all enough to allow you to discover wines from all over the world. The concept is simple: you get a tasting card (5 euros deposit) on which you put an amount of money. This card allows you to use enomatic machines (which preserve the wine thanks to an argon system) in which the wines are exposed. You can then serve yourself 3, 6 or 12 cl, and the price obviously varies according to the value of the bottle.
Bottles are rotated daily and each machine has a tasting theme: light reds, strong reds, white wines, “UFOs”, natural wines, Italian wines, Spanish wines, New World wines, or a particular grape variety or appellation. Sometimes, Étiquette offers bottles of great wines for tasting, which allows you to taste “great wines” without breaking the bank. Would you like to try a Château d’Yquem? It’s possible at Etiquette!
The wine bar, which opens at 5 p.m., offers about 15 wines by the glass. Etiquette serves tapas-style cuisine, but also charcuterie and cheese plates. If among the fifty or so wines available for tasting in the machines, plus the fifteen or so wines by the glass at the bar, you still can’t find what you’re looking for (we hear you’re picky…), you should know that you can always open any bottle in the wine shop for a corkage fee of 10 euros. Another important point to know is that the tasting card entitles you to a 15% discount on any bottle to take away.
Etiquette also organizes wine tasting courses on request and occasionally hosts winemakers. Wine accessories and gift ideas are also available for sale in the boutique. Etiquette also plans to open the restaurant during lunch time in the near future and is currently thinking of exporting the concept.
Unfortunately, when I was at Etiquette, I had a train to catch so I could only spend an hour there. I would have spent the whole evening there! The next time I’m in Brussels, I’ll go back. A big thank you to Emeline for her warm welcome. At Etiquette, Emeline does cellar consulting, event planning, and she is also a venue manager. Don’t hesitate to follow her advice, she knows a lot about wine!
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