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46 Rue des Pierres
+ 32 (0) 473485547
Having inhaled more than my quota of CO2 for one day, I felt I needed a moment of calm. More or less by chance, I found refuge in the Pure Bar. Initially surprised by the mixed decor, I eventually settled into some misshapen cushions arranged on the floor.
The Pure Bar opened in 2006 and is the only oxygen bar in Belgium. It has two distinct sections, although there is some cross-over. One has round glass tables with transparent orange seats that make for a design-conscious and quite fancy space. The other immerses you in a tale from the Arabian Nights. Raised areas covered in blue carpet and scattered with cushions offer a relaxing environment.
At the bar you can spend 10-15 minutes inhaling a blend of oxygen and essential oils, designed as a relaxant or mild euphoriant. Noémie and Gérald, the brains behind the Pure Bar, have decided to introduce a trial offer of free samples on Sundays. Away from the bar, tables are laden with teapots, fruit nectars, milkshakes, ice-cream floats and hookahs*. Regulars enjoy the coconut nectar, which is a pure delight.
As the evening sets in, the music drifts between lounge and jazz. Perfect to recoup and take a breather after a busy day. And there’s a surprise in store: a new section will be opening in July, with a never-before-seen attraction for Brussels. Such mystery should make this spot even more unique.
* Smoking seriously damages health. Smoking kills.
I teach tennis in the city and also write about culture for a number of publications. I love to travel and meet people. My city? It's an improv concert in a down-to-earth bar, an exhibition built on a work site, a play performed in the heart of the old city... My little extra: combining sport and culture!