Vooruit, today and in the past, is more than just a bar. The building is closely related to the socialist movement and has a vivid history (here you can read all about it). Today it’s a cultural temple and a meeting spot for beginning and experienced artists.
But let us stick to one of the rooms: the bar. Very important for Belgians, because this is the place where you find beer. If you’re looking for a small, cosy bar, this is not your spot. At daytime people come here to drink, eat, chat, work (free wifi), read newspapers, etc. In the evening it gets more crowded as people pop in before or after a concert or theater performance. Sometimes the bar is used for free concerts, movies or dj-sets.
If I want to experience the energy of the city, this is one of my favorite places to go to. They serve good drinks and meals (Fair Trade and organic), there is always a vivid atmosphere and still this place feels quite relaxed.
If you drop in and just wait at your table, you might not get anything at all. They only serve at the bar. Bad service? No! This is the place where everything is possible, but nothing is forced to happen! Enjoy!
Update: this year Vooruit is celebrating its 100-years birthday with all kind of events, check this website.