This was a nice Irish pub with very friendly locals. After a pint of Kilkenny, Rease reached stage 3 (of 4) on his scale of inebriation. This was almost our last stop. We went to another place, but I don't remember the name...it wasn't worth remembering. It's near this place. If you walk out the door here and start to go into the place on the corner to your right...don't! It reminded me of the place Brigette and I went to in Brussels, but not as entertaining...just annoying. :-)
Dress Code: Well, it's a pub...
This place is also located at the beginning of the Grote Markt. The building, which is very old and actually beautiful, is attached to the Grote Kerk. Less popular than other bars in Breda, 't Gapperijke is a nice place to have a beer, but don't stay there too long, there are many other places to discover :-)
At the Chassé Theatre you can watch plays, concerts, cabaret, movies and such. You won't find the standard movies here, but more an international program of special films. We go there quite often with some friends, which is usually a great night out. With your theatre ticket you can enter the adjacent casino for free!
Dress Code: No special dress code, but as the casino is located next door you might keep in mind that there you'll have to dress a bit smarter for that.
In the centre of Breda, different festivals happen throughout the year.
Ascension weekend: the 4-day Jazz Festival is well known. Bands play all through the city, outside and inside bars.
Somewhere in August we have the Harley Day, for all Harley bike fans. Lots of music and lots to see!
The Valkenberg Concerts take place in the Valkenberg Park, every tuesday evening in july and august. They're free and there's this relaxing atmosphere. People bring their own bottles of wine and meet old and new friends here.
For fans of military music there's the National Tattoo, usually end of August, start of September.
Dress Code: anything you like
For the younger people (16-22) it is one of the few places to go out after 02.00. Every once in a while there are bands playing, which is usually great. Look out for my favourite band Fragment
The Graanbeurs has 3 rooms:
- Spock; here you find 'dance' music. The world famous DJ Tiësto once started here.
- Santiago de Cuba, where one drinks Bacardi, dances to Salsa/Merengue and summer hits.
- The largest room: The Graanbeurs itself! Music like: Rock, Hip-hop, Reggae, Rap, R&B, Trance, Disco and top 40.
Dress Code: Casual, but no sneakers.
We went to the casino for a while at the VT meeting. I liked the architecture from the outside so I was dying to see the inside.
The casino is located in an old monastery, the old walls have been kept and along with the modern interieur it's a fascinating mixture!
You have to pay in but if you come for the first time you get vouchers to play for free at the training tables and machines. Of course you can't win the jackpot here but if you don't want to lose your money it's perfect to play just for fun. I wouldn't mind being rich to go here to gamble though!
Dress Code: I was amazed that we could go in even we were a bit scruffy looking. The dress code apparently says no sneakers but I even went inside wearing sneakers.
The casino is very beautiful inside with its light brick walls and lots of colourful "deco stuff". Unfortunately it is not allowed to take pictures inside.
The entrance fee is 3.50 Euro (make sure to bring your passport, otherwise they won't let you in!) and with your ticket you receive 3 vouchers for the basement of the casino where you can gamble for prizes. On the ground floor and upstairs you can gamble for money.
Dress Code: I'm not sure if there actually is a dress code for Dutch casinoes but if so then it isn't very strict at all compared with Germany so don't worry! We went there in our "normal" clothes.
SamSam is a studentscafe on the Grote Markt.
Martin Nl and AnnaB and i were here instead of going to the casino during the VT meeting.
It is a nice relaxed place to have a drink and u can even talk and understand eachother...thats great:-)
Good music and atmosphere and.... free internet!!!
Dress Code: casual
In Northern Brabant people keep amazing me. Okay, many churches and monastries now-a-days serve differently as church going Dutch have been diminished to a very small group. Bu anyway, most of the time the buildings are then used for performances (choir, orchestra) or expositions (photo). But in this Catholic province they turned an old monastry into a Casino and this smells slightly to blashemy (according to me). Anyway, if somebody wants to quickly get rid of a lot of money, this is the place to be, though I have heard that with a little money one also can have a great time here in the right company.
Dress Code: Decent: (preferably) no jeans and T-shirts. Bring passport for ID-purposes (legal age is 18+)
Café Oebele, for a splash of disco and retro-feeling! The place keeps on grooving until late during weekends and is a favorite with the locals. Definitely on my to-do-list!
The place has stepped right out of the funky sixties - where's Austin Powers when you need him???
Dress Code: Casual will do.
Around the Grote Kerk, there are two squares: the Grote Markt and Havermarkt. Most of the pubs, bars and clubs are all located on or just off these squares. You needn't walk far at all for a night on the town, and there are many places I can recommend you to go - Hart van Breda (pic), O'Meara's, Miller Time, De Massa - so just walk around and you're bound to end up in a place of your liking!
The atmosphere is just great. Friday's tend to be a bit quiet but they're great for a relaxed evening. Thursdays and Saturdays are the big nights with lots of people everywhere.
Dress Code: You can dress up casually and go practically everywhere.
Another place that has it all: food, drinks and very laid-back atmosphere, is Café Bruxelles.
During the day enjoy the food or have a cup of coffee on the terrace. At night, dip into the warm surroundings with a beer!
Dress Code: Casual is good enough.
Café De Bommel.
I used to go here often just to have drink and catch up with friends. This place has a really relaxed atmosphere and attracts the 'young professionals'-type of crowd. There are often bands performing live in this place.
Dress Code: Come as u are
This casino is part of a chain of legal and partly governement owned casinos. Next to my studies, I used to work here part time as a Black Jack Dealer. This way I, instead of spending my money here, I earned it!
But as a guest, it is a nice place to spend a pleasant evening. Aside from gambling you can also just stroll around, have a drink or go for dinner in the restaurant. Warning! To protect the privacy of guest there is a policy that doesn't allow you to take pictures inside the casino. Just something to take into account!
Dress Code: You don't need to dress up all the way, but some attention to your wardrobe is aqcuired.
So no jeans, sneakers, caps, shorts, sandals and the likes. Casual evening wear can do.
Hart van Breda
I used to go to this bar quite often during my first 2 years in college. Now, I hardly visit this place at night, because the crowd seems to be 16 years and younger. I prefer to go here during the day just to have a drink or when it's summer to sit outside en enjoy the great atmosphere on de Grote Markt. Het Hart (as most people call this place) does have the best outside terrace in town!
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