American Club Brussels
The International social club with an American heart


Upcoming events

    • 24 Sep 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Parc de l'Abbaye de la Cambre Ixelles, Belgium 1050

    Final Drinks 


    Thursday, 24 September 2020 

    6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

    Join the American Club of Brussels for our monthly drinks at the Guinguette de l'Abbaye - Bar Gisèle on Thursday 24 September.

    We are pleased to announce an outdoor Final drinks this ThursdayFor those who are new to the ACB, each month we pick a new venue around Brussels for our monthly get-together. This is a great opportunity to mingle and socialize with new and old friends in Brussels in a fun and relaxing environment. So, bring your friends, all are welcome!

    La Guinguette de l'Abbaye de la Cambre - Bar Gisèle is a summer pop-up. The bar is located in the Abbaye bois de la Cambre and closes at the end of the week. This is will be a chance for a last outdoor summer drinks! To take advantage of the summer weather, we'll meet on a Thursday this month.

    Event Details:
    Date: Thursday, September 24, 2019
    Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
    Place: La Guinguette de l'Abbaye de la Cambre - Bar Gisèle.

    Price: No entry fee. Price based on your own consumption. 


    • 03 Oct 2020
    • 11:00 AM (UTC+02:00)
    • Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium,  rue de la Régence 3, 1000 Brussels
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    A Guided Visit to the Dutch Masters

    Saturday, October 3 - 11.00 a.m.

    Join us on Saturday, October 3 2020, at 11:00 a.m. for a guided visit of the Dutch Masters at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels.

    The Old Masters Museum narrates 400 years of art history, from the 15th to the 18th century. It is internationally renowned for its Pieter Bruegel the Elder collection – the second largest in the world, enriched with an exclusive virtual dimension – as well as the exquisite collection of Rubens and Jordaens. Rare works of major artists such as Van der Weyden, Bouts, Memling or Bosch are hanging side by side with Van Dyck and Teniers. Finally, the great masters of the Flemish, Dutch, French and Italian schools top off this fascinating journey through ancient art.

    Our guide will once again be the excellent Lieve Dejonghe.

    Please note that this visit is limited to 20 people

    After the visit, those who wish to may join us for a drink or a coffee in the neighborhood.

    Event Details:
     Saturday,October 3, 2020.
    Time:  11:00 a.m.

    Place: rue de la Régence 3, 1000 Brussels
    Price: €25. ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €20. 

    Public Transportation:  Metro: Gare Centrale/Centraal Station; Buses: Royale 38, 63, 65 and 71: trams 92 and 93.

    Reservations are due by September 28:


    are possible until noon September at 28. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    IMAGE CREDIT— Ludolf Backhuysen,"Storm aan een bergachtige kust", ca 1670–1675 © Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique

    • 08 Oct 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • KANAL CENTRE POMPIDOU, Square Sainctelette 21, 1000 Brussels
    • 25



    Tuesday, October 8 - 6.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.

    Join us on Tuesday, October 8 2020, at 6:00 p.m. for a unique evening of art and a special tour of the current exhibition and the building followed by a reception.

    The American Club of Brussels and AmCham Belgium invite you to discover the Kanal – Centre Pompidou , a new, multidisciplinary cultural center in the former Citroën garage on Place de l’Yser in Brussels. 

    About the Artist:

    Painter, sculptor, installation artist, performer, archivist, curator, collector, publisher, gallerist, bookshop owner and more, John M. Armleder is one of the most singular figures and at the same time essential to the art of the past fifty years. 

    At Kanal – Centre Pompidou, Armleder took over the Showroom areas of the former garage: on the six rough floors, the artist proposes, in dialogue with a series of new monumental installations, a constellation of exhibitions, live events and workshops, offering the opportunity to dive into his world and the one of those he loves.

    What's included in the package? 

    • Welcome drink and nibbles
    • Introduction of the Kanal project by the CEO of Kanal, Yves Goldstein
    • Guided Tour (ENG) of the John M. Armleder exhibition "It Never Ends ", especially curated for the Kanal site
    • Closing reception at the Kanal Café.

    Please note that this visit is limited to 30 people.

    Event Details:
    Date: Tuesday
    ,October 8, 2020.
    Time:  6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m

    Place:  Square Sainctelette 21, 1000 Brussels
    Price: €80. ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €40. 

    Reservations are due by September 26:


    are possible until noon September at 26. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    • 14 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • See event details.

    The Canadian Club of Belgium,
    The American Club of Brussels &
    The American Women's Club of Brussels

    welcome you to our Reading Group
    on the second Wednesday of the month
    [7:00–9:00 p.m.]

    (CCB, ACB and AWCB members only)

    We ask you to present a book of your choice (U.S. or Canadian authors preferred) that you have read and really enjoyed. This will give all members, passionate about reading, a chance to read and discuss different literary genres.

    Even if you have not read the selected book and if you do not have a book you wish to present, please feel free to join us anyway – even at the last minute.

    Reading Group Contact
    (also for venue details)
    Geneviève Bergiers
    Tel. 02/660.57.65

    •  •  •     

    On October 14, Martine LIUCCI-RASSI will present THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC by Julie OTSUKA.

    Julie OTSUKA is a Japanese American writer, born and raised in California in 1962.  She studied Art at Yale University  and pursued a career as a painter for several years before turning to fiction writing at age 30.  She received her MFA from Columbia and is a recipient of several awards.  This novel to be discussed received the Foreign Femina Price in 2012.

    “THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC” is a tale taking place after World War I and is about Japanese women who immigrate to America in order to marry men they have not met yet (they only saw a portait of their future husband)!  The book explores their trip from Japan to setting up a home, raising children and eventually being banished into internment camps after the attack of Pearl Harbour. The author uses a minimalist technique that manages to be so intimate that it infuses a constant powerful emotion. 

    All 2020, from November on, are still open for you to present your favorite BOOK to our CCB, ACB & AWCB Reading Group:

    —  November 11

    —  December 9

    So are in 2021 




     April 14

     May 12

     June  9

     July 14

     August 11

     September 8

     October 13

     November 10

     December  8

    Please remember that:

    —  We use the “first come, first served” basis to reserve the month for your presentation.

    —  We will always happily welcome all your friends to our meetings as long as they are Members of either the CCB, the ACB or the AWCB!

    More info about the Clubs:

    • 31 Oct 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • location in the area of the Grand Place to be provided when you register
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     Halloween Special -

    Taste Exceptional Artisan Chocolate

     Saturday, October 31, 2019 - 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

    No Tricks, Just Treats this Halloween on this Exceptional Artisan Chocolate Tasting Tour! Do you love tasting good chocolate? How about discovering some of the world's best chocolate right in your backyard? Brussels, otherwise known as the capital of chocolate! Come taste and discover exceptional, refined artisan chocolate!

    On the Cocoa Journey High-end Chocolate Degustation Tour, you'll visit only the best artisan chocolate shops, and taste exquisite mouth-watering chocolate, all the while being guided by a passionate chocolate expert. You'll learn plenty about chocolate (and ask any questions you want!) while tasting exceptional chocolate and seeing famous sights in Brussels.

    The High-end Chocolate Degustation Tour includes

    • a 1.5 hour walking tour from the Grand Place to the Galeries Royales St Hubert and Sablon including:
    • Tour of the best artisanal chocolatiers & degustation: how to taste chocolate & understand what makes a truly gourmet chocolate (& chocolatier), as opposed to those that are famous (but mass-produced);
    • Explanation of chocolate - science, history, & also market insights if you'd like...:)

    5-star reviews on Airbnb & TripAdvisor, including:

    • With all of the chocolate shops in Brussels, Cathy helped us sort through the generic mass-produced to find the hidden gems only found here in Brussels. Cathy has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion for chocolate. Combine that with her easy-going and approachable nature and you have one phenomenal experience.  -- Kelly David, UT, USA
    • A unique and delicious experience. I've lived in Brussels for 7 years and eaten tons of chocolate, but this was a voyage of discovery. Cathy's knowledge and passion opened up a new way of experiencing chocolate, and the city. -- Charles, Belgium
    • Cathy was a WONDERFUL and knowledgeable tour guide with passion and energy for chocolate. She took us on a walking and tasting tour of Brussels’ best artisan chocolate shops. She gave us the stories of how the local chocolatiers got into the business and what inspires their many flavors. She also wove in local Brussels sight seeing information as we passed by the sights of this history rich town. It really was a wonderful tour and I can’t recommend it enough!!!! -- Kelly, CA, USA

    Please note that this tour is limited to 10 people, so do sign-up quickly! 

    Children above 12 are welcome. 

    All shops visited take the COVID-19 safety measures -- disinfectant readily available, and of course the 1.5m distance apart, as well as mask requirements for everyone. This will apply on the tour as well -- everyone will be required to wear masks, and once the piece of chocolate is in your mouth, you'll be kindly asked to put your mask back on :)

    Event Details:
    Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020
    Time: 11:30  a.m. – 1:00 p.m (please arrive at least 5min before the tour start time, by 11:25 a.m.)
    Place: location in the area of the Grand Place, to be provided when you register.
    Public transport: Metro lines 1 & 5: Central Station; lines 3 & 4: Bourse; Buses 48 & 95: Grand Place; Buses 38, 63, 65, 71 & 86: Central Station; Bus 27: Grand Sablon
    Price: €49 for members, €54 for non-members

    Payment in advance before 25 October  

    Cancellations are possible until noon on 25 October. Participants cancelling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    • 21 Nov 2020
    • 5:45 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Groenendaal - exact location to be sent by email.
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    Guided Walk Deep into UNESCO Heritage Sonian Beech Forest


    Saturday, November 21, 5.45 pm - 9.00 pm

    Join us on an inspiring, professionally guided walk deep into the Sonian Forest at the edge of Brussels, where we will discover the marvelous beech and oak trees growing there for more than 250 years and now towering nearly 50 meters high.

    While learning about the forest and its unique history and characteristics from our knowledgeable guide, we might found ourselves face-to-face with a deer, a fox, or some wild boars. As we continue our walk through sunset and into evening twilight, the forest falls still and mysterious, but remains very much alive. Our experienced guide will help us to navigate our way through the darkness and to discover the sounds of night owls.

    Please be prepared to walk on an uneven dirt footpath for around 8.5km. Dress appropriately for the weather, including comfortable walking/hiking shoes and clothes/jackets/gloves suitable for post-sundown temperatures. Bring a backpack with your own drinking water and any energy-boosting snacks you might want. Headlamps are optional. If you have one or more headlamps, please bring for your own use and to share.

    Our guide is a passionate and experienced hiker, an arborist, tree surgeon, and arboriculturist, a professional in the cultivation and study of trees. He is happy to share with the ACB his knowledge about flora and fauna from Belgian’s most beautiful nature reserves.

    Coordinates of our meeting point in Groenendael will be shared upon
    registration. Please arrive by 17h45 so that we can gather and depart for the walk together at 18h. We will unfortunately not be able to wait for late arrivals. Our walk will end at approximately 9:00pm back at our original meeting point.

    Event Details:
     Saturday, November 21, 2020.
    Time:  5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Place: Groenendaal - exact location to be sent by email.
    Price: €25. ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €20. 

    Reservations and cancellations are possible until November 11.  Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.


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