The Nacht van Hengelo (The Hengelo Night) is an annual event at the end of May/Beginning of June, when there are several cycling races on a route through center city. At the Market Square next to the finish line there is live music and other activities.
Dress Code: As you are.
Cafe 't Pleintje, on the main square, is the local beer house offering a diverse range (mostly Belgian) of 60 beers with a dozen or so on tap. As a member of the Dutch Alliance of Beer Taprooms (ABT - see second website) the beers are served at the appropriate temperatures and in their custom glasses.
This is popular with the younger crowd but even this old fart was made to feel welcome and especially so when I discovered that one of my favourite Dutch beers, La Trappe Quadrupel, was the featured beer of the month and being sold at half price. Service was excellent, laid back and friendly, and the whole atmosphere pleasantly buzzy.
Metropool is a modern building dedicated to popmusic, housing a big stage (Jupiler Stage), a smaller one (Het Paradijs) and several rehersal rooms. A Grand Café also is part of the building that opened in 2009.
Metropool started after the close-down of Fashion and its successor Babylon. A society was set-up by local pop musicians and their fans to continue concerts for the young. Metropoool was previously housed at the Ariënsschool at the Wemenstraat 38.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
In the Beekstraat a new SPACE Cinema opened end December 2003.
During 2004 it has been sold and called UTOPOLIS from that date.
There are 4 halls, all equiped with stage seating and XXXL screens combined with Dolby Digital Surround EX & DTS sound systems.
The main hall has High Definition TV too, to relay pop-concerts, spors or other events and shows.
Well, cinema's are not profitable anymore. In the neighbouring Enschede the last traditional cinema closed and UTOPOLIS turned out to be an utopia.; it closed in September 2006.
2009 update: After a long wait, the cinema opened again in April 2009 and now is called CINEMA HENGELO.
The big hall has now has a three dimensional computer controlled projector.
The Hengelo Market Square in essence is a dull square with state of the art tiles, 3 pilars with spotlights in between and the Brink tower with advertisement screens and a digital clock that was one step beyond.
Beside the local market on Wednesdays and Saturdays a couple of times per year the square is transformed into a place with activities like the Tropical Night, Night of Hengelo (bicycle races), Uitmarkt (start of the theater season), a Christmas Market or a Pop concert.
Dress Code: Come as you go.
Just discovered this nice Heavens-Above link that shows me the sky at night.
Dress Code: Warm clothes.
't Pleintje is located at one of the busiest locations in Hengelo next to the City Hall.
It is very popular among youngsters.
The Pastoriestraat houses some of the better Hengelo Bars. In the vicinity there is the New York disco.
The RABO Theater is build on the location where the old city theater use to be.
The new building has two halls.
Dress Code: Depending on the show you visit