OK it's a casino but here in the Netherlands the government-licenced casinos, whilst designed to take as much money from you as possible, also double up as a general place for that late drink or meal.
The casino has the usual gaming tables including roulette, blackjack, poker as well as slot machines but also has a pleasant bar with wide screen television (usually for sporting events) as well as a reasonably-priced semi-formal restaurant. The bar is open until 3 am and the restaurant until 1.30.
The building itself is quite interesting, being a former monastery, and the casino hosts the "Buitenpost Museum" which can be accessed by the general public, free of charge, most afternoons. For general access to the casino there is an entrance fee of 3.50 euros but for visitors this is waived if you are staying at one of the qualifying hotels - you are of course ;-) You do need photo ID though.
Dress Code: Smart casual is fine but if you want to overdress you won't feel out-of-place.
I'm not usually a big fan of Irish pubs when travelling - except of course in Ireland. Usually I find them full of unadventurous travellers who're playing the safe option with their familiar beers and guaranteed "English Spoken Here"
However occasionally circumstances warrant a visit and the combination of being too early for my hotel check-in, the cold drizzly rain and the Scotland v Wales rugby match made O'Meara's a bit of a must-do - I'd also been recommended it by good friend PJ.
As an Irish pub on foreign soil O'Meara's turned out to be quite atmospheric. Being winter it was mostly a local crowd of fellow drinkers. There were plenty of decent beers - Dutch and Belgian and the rugby was live on the big screen TV. Despite the fact that we lost a pleasant afternoon was enjoyed. The rather attractive barmaid and the bar regulars were chatty - in English seeing as the Dutch refuse to let me maul their language - and after the game I had to have a couple of commiseratory beers before heading off for my check-in. Proost guys!
I never did manage an evening visit but by all accounts it's a lively late bar (open until 0200) with regular live music and other events.
This is an very old cinema, it has 5 movie rooms with place for 740 visitors.
It's at a distance of 10 minutes from the railway station
At the end of 2008 they close this cinema because a huge new complex is build at the edge of town.
However i still like to add this picture at this page.
it is one of the NHTV students' favourite place to relax, even at day time. during the year i was studying in this city, it is also the bar i usually went to. there are always some theme party held my the students from NHTV, like goodbye-party for the leaving students, welcome party as well, cultrue brunch, bling-bling party, and so on.
Dress Code: dress whatever you want, just relax
This cafe is a great place to have a great night out.They often have live music like Jazz,Rock'n'Roll and Jam Sessions.
The cafe is famous because of his very rich choice in beer (about 125 different ones)!
If you feel like playing some billiards this place is excellent to do so in the afternoon.
They just finished the new casino which is located right next to the Chassee Theatre.
So if you feel lucky or just wanna have a look visit this by the state legalised casino.
Dress Code: As long as you were a tie and no sport shoes you will get in as a man.Not sure about the women actually,guess a nice dress will do...:-)
If you are like me not into house,techno and whatever more and don't want to go to a disco go to this great place.
The interior alone is worth a visit with it's wooden floor and tables and all the different ornaments.
A wide variety of people come here and the atmosphere is always perfect.
The music is mostly 70,80 and 90's.
Dress Code: Just dress like you want to.
Located at the beginning of the Grote Markt, right by the Church, this place is always crowded. But it is a very nice bar where students can be seen only once in a blue moon :-) So, there are some places where you can go for a drink or two, without sharing the place with drunk teenagers.
O'Mearas often have live music performances and also have big enough screen to watch important soccer matches.
The staff is the most friendly in the town and you'll always feel welcome.
There are many bars in Breda. In fact I once heard that Breda has the most bars per square meter. I actually believe it.
Brooklyn is a very nice place, especially if you like to drink cocktails, which are not so easy to find in the city's bars, especially if you look for a good quality. Prices per cocktail are around 5 Euro which is not bad at all.
Everything I tried there, so far, tasted really good. Their Cosmo is great, give it a try if you're there!
The decorations of the place are different from any other bar in Breda and although it has its kinda posh style it's still a very pleasant place to spend evening with friends.
If you're hungry you can always order something small to eat. I like the huge plate of nachos with cheese and guacamole, especially if I drink beer, which is also serevd at Brooklyn.
If you're tired of clubs and bars and look for something different, the Breda Bawling and Partycentrum is the right place for you. The place is very unique actually, it was the first bowling lane in the Netherlands and remains unchanged until these days.
Large groups are welcome, just make a reservation before.
You can also enjoy the restaurant inside or just have a few beers in a bar.
Dress Code: No code, would only suggest you wear socks with no holes ;-) 'cause you'll be given special shoes there which you have to wear in order to play bawling.
Breda's one and only so called pop-centre.
Located just outside the shopping area, just look for a modern shaped building, it's just at a intersection. the have a bar that is seperated from the music hall with a terrace. The hall itself can carry about a 600 people max. Dont expect major acts, but their always some good bands too see, especially on thursday nights. Flyers are always in the citycentre. In the bar you can pay with coupons, but also with money. In the hall itself only with coupons. I've watched some pretty good bands downhere, varieng from the MISFITS, DEAD KENNEDYS till QUICK AND BRITE, BATMOBILE and dont forget our major Rawk & Roll act THE GECKO BROTHERS
Dress Code: Anything you like, as long as its not offensive by meaning political or so.
This is the new theater from breda, desigh by Herman Herzberger, he also design the new library.
The theater is called Chassé, after General Chassé.
there are two cinema's, three actingrooms, two acting towers and a large foyer.
Last time I visit the theater was to see "the sound of music" , a musical bassed on the movie.
The buiding that used to be a church, then a convent, and later barracks is now Breda's casino. The architect kept some parts of the interior untouched, so you can enjoy the surface while gambling. The most amazing one is the little room that remained exactly as it was in 12 century. If you're an high-roller (cheer up, high roller is Breda is somebody with 50,000 Euro to gamble, not 1 million) then you'll have the possibility to see the old remains. The only difference that you'll notice there is, of course, cameras on the walls, but they are hardly visible and won't spoil the impression.
Wish photography was permitted inside, I would definitely take some pictures for my VT pages.
Entrance fee is 3,50 Euro. Free entrance for ladies every Wednesday. As a new to the casino you'll be given an opportunity to learn how to gamble first, during the training you won't be able to win any money but if you're doing well you may get some prize.
Dress Code: You don't have to dress too fancy. Our dear VTer Sabsi was able to enter the casino wearing sneakers ;-)
Omearas is an Irish pub in one of the main streets of the old city, I must admit that it was nothing really special in this pub, the main reason to choose this one was that they had a wide screen that we could watch the Euro 2004 football matches. But I should mention that the table service was very good and they serve you very fast new cold fresh beers.
As I was visiting during the summer it was very lovely to hang around in the narrow streets of the old city centre. There are many restaurants and pubs to choose from, lots of people and live music playing around.
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