Grote Markt: The City's Other Main Square
As well as the Plein, in front of the town hall, the center has its Grote Markt (Market) which is also surrounded by bars and restaurants. On a sunny evening pretty much every table in the sunshine was taken, whilst those in the shade were empty - as the pic above shows.
However once the sun goes down the square comes into its own and becomes the center's nightlife locus with clubs such as "Supermarkt" open until late and many of the bars hosting live music at weekends.
As with Plein the Markt has an amiable lively atmosphere and of course the obligatory pretty lady caught my camera eye - AH! Dutch women's legs HA!Related to:
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Carlton Hotel Naaldwijk: Reading a book!
Wondering what to pack for your next vacation? Yes, we always have some stress related to this issue. As an experienced traveler I always combine some days to relax with some days to explore the surroundings, beautiful historical cities or hiking the amazing National Parks. So I can easily say that whenever I am on vacation, I often want to relax, escape and unwind. There is nothing quite like a good book to accomplish these things.
Being away for many days on a vacation break will of course give you a great chance of getting your head into a good book or two, but which books should you choose to take with you? I do take along some ‘beach books’: a good beach book is engaging and a quick enough read that you can finish most of it on the beach before my sunscreen wears off. A beach book isn't necessarily literature, but a beach book that will entertain. With these beach books in my hand, all I need to remember is my towel and sunscreen.
But some literature is also coming along, because having a vacation, whatever the time of year, usually makes me turn my thoughts to which good book should we take with me? Sitting in my comfortable chair after a beautiful day with long walk, reading a good book in the evening makes it complete.Related to:
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Discotheque Club ASTA: 80 DAYS WORLD TOUR 2006 !!! March the 4th 2006
Since 28 mei 2003 this Dutch top club Asta is the latest addition to the The Hague nightlife. Situated in a building that was once a movie theatre, it is now the latest hotspot of The Hague.
80 DAYS WORLD TOUR !!!!!!! March the 4th 2006 at Asta !!!!!!!!
Over the course of 80 Days, world famous DJs Mark Norman and Cor Fijneman will race across the globe playing 35 dates spread over 20 countries in what is set to be one of the greatest adventures two DJs have ever undertaken!
On their voyage these two magnificent DJs will take you on a historical trip through different sights, sounds and along their journey they will bring you different musical experiences from the different dance cultures they encounter across the globe!
Mark Norman and Cor Fijneman are considered two of the leading artists on the trance scene today both with highly impressive discographies to their name and a reputation for smashing parties and festivals worldwide.
Exclusively signed to Tiestos Black Hole Recordings 2005 saw Mark Norman released Synchronicity on Tiestos own sub label Magik Muzik whilst Cor Fijnemans debut Monologue was released on his own Outstanding label.
THE TOUR START !!!
The tour will start at March the 3rd at Kokorico, Zomergem, Belgium (only night in Belgium)
and March the 4th at Asta, The Hague, The Netherlands (only night in Holland).
After that kick off weekend the tour will go to Germany, Scandinavia, Russia, Turkey, Middle East, Asia, USA and UK.
Now is your change!!!
Now is your chance to experience what is set to be one of the most exciting tours of the year! Join both Cor Fijneman and Mark Norman on this once in a lifetime opportunity as they journey around the world in 80 Days!Related to:
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- Beer Tasting
Asta: Asta (dance club and lounge)
The place used to be a movie theatre so it is quite large with several rooms. Perhaps 2 are open for dancing, and another 2 have seating areas for lounging. Standing area by the door is a place you can come to for cooling off.
Cover may be 12-15 euros and drinks aren't cheap either.Related to:
Dance school: Salsa !
We went to a salsa night organised by a dance school in The Hague. Check the website for information on the next classes and parties. The place was great : a lot of space to dance, great music, dancers and shows. I'll be back there !
ASTA: The most popular in The Hague
Asta is located in the city center and it is probably the most popular night club in the city. Everyday different artists and DJs with music, shows (including comedy), etc.
All you have to know is that every Thursday is students' night and if you're above the age of 17 stay away from there ;-)
One more thing, usually Asta is open from 10-11pm.
Swingtown: Dancing in unpolluted air
I don't dance myself, but this initiative is so good that I like to mention it anyway. Every last Saturday of the month this is the opportunity to dance on music from the 70's, 80's and 90's without breathing polluted air, smelling like an ashtray afterwards, having burn stains (or holes) in your clothes or whatever mayhem nicotine addiction still causes to non-smokers. That's right, this is 100% smoke-free! And of course that adds to the atmosphere in every possible way, which should be very safe and friendly as certain less likable types of people won't come here.
Entrance fee is 5 euros.
Holland Casino Scheveningen: CASINO: Get Your Chance
The Holland Casino Scheveningen is one of 12 Holland Casino locations, the only legal casinos in the Netherlands. Holland Casino in Scheveningen has just undergone a total, wonderful metamorphosis, where you can enjoy some special at its bars, reataurant and casino. Enjoy the live entertainment, theme nights and special guest stars, too ...
Opening hours: every day from 13.30 till 03.00
Admission requirements: because of the age 18 and over, you need to bring a valid identification (passport or driving licence).
Dress Code: Holland Casino appreciates your being well dressed. Smart/casual is fine, but you can be refused entry if you are wearing sports clothing and sport shoes.Related to:
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Dr Anton Philipszaal: Resident Orkest
Completed just after I moved to The Netherlands (1987), Dr Anton Philipszaal hosts The Hague’s Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra was founded in 1904 by Henri Viotta and conducts an extensive set of concerts throughout the year.Related to:
- Theater Travel
de Oude Mol: Bar with great atmosphere
Both times I've visited Den Haag I have gone to de Oude Mol. Ok, so the second time was on my request. I love the decorations, and especailly the toilet - shown in the picture. Great beer, old wood tables and bar.
While looking up the location on the web I saw a few reverences to live music there, but that must be outside or in the back, because the part of the bar I have been in is VERY small. Bathroom is upstairs.
DE PAAP: Best Beginner's Luck
Wanna have a blast in night life of The Hague go for the Papestraat. The area is a great, pleasant place to go out of your head. Some very popular pubs, dancing cafes and, DE PAAP you can find there. This music-cafe features life music and got well-known for the first gigs of pop-groups which are for now famous in the Netherlands, included Golden Earring, Kane, Di-Rect, Anouk ...
Special note is that during an international Conference for young people (United Nations) these youngsters knew their way to Papestraat in a run, and every year visit this street when Conference is. "It was a blast!", is their cry ...
The Hague Pop City Number 1
Dress Code: Not that important, though punky guys look for other places to go blast.
Closed on Monday
Open every day 19.00 - 04.00 h
Friday 17.00 - 04.00 hRelated to:
- Road Trip
- Adventure Travel
- Arts and Culture
Crazy Pianos: Best music, best atmosphere and lots of fun...
If you ever go to the Hague, Netherlands do not miss Crazy Pianos. It is located behind Kurhaus Hotel, and Close to Holland Casino in Scheveningen. Lots of fun, great live music and a good place to make friends...
Lots of fun and easy going people.... Very virtuoso music players and singers!!!
Dress Code: Casual but... stylish and sexy.Related to:
Cocoon, Asta, etc.: Interagency Events
If you're an expat in the Hague, they usually have weekly gatherings at a local night spot. You can meet other foreigners in the area or just go hang out with people from work.
You have to be working for one of the international agencies in the area or be invited as a guest to get in tho. And drinks and such usually are not cheap since they know the expats get paid well here.Related to:
- Business Travel
O'Casey's Irish pub: Just good fun
We had occasion to spend pleasant time here with two other VT er's. I can recommend it only for atmosphere, since we did not have the opportunity to eat while there. NathalieB has posted very good information about
O' Casey's and I recommend you to read her tips. I had my first Duvel there. I am very greatful to Nathalie for introducing me to this wonderful beer!
Dress Code: They do require clothing I am sure, but I don't think it is very formal!
The Hague does not have a reputation for a bustling night life. What night life there is centres around the luxurious Pathé Buitenhof cinema and a handful of bars and restaurants in its immediate vicinity. A similar pattern of night life centering around a cinema is present in Scheveningen.
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