For Bram Thienpondt and his wife Desireé, the desire of a late-night pub in Bruges was a dream that became a reality. It resulted in Comptoir Des Arts; a meeting point for artists, a stage for Belgium’s most famous jam sessions and the best place to spend your late nights in Bruges.

It all started when Bram and Desirée were both working as waiters and could not find a place to go for a drink and a late- night chat after their work shifts finished: “Late at night, everywhere we went the music was so loud and there was no per- sonal contact between the bar’s staff and their customers.”