Do you want to wrap up 2017 in style? The only right way to do just that, would be an unforgettable party. A casino is the perfect setting to spend New Year’s Eve with friends. You are guaranteed to have plenty of fun and you can go all in at the casino tables and on the dance floor. Let’s party!
Daiquiri, Negroni, Manhattan… Do you think spontaneously of swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches, of warm summer evenings and parties with friends? Then you’ve definitely caught the cocktail bug, just like us. Cocktail lovers around the world unite!
Cocktails and the film world: still a golden combination. Think of James Bond, who is inextricably linked to the Martini. The Big Lebowski was crazy about White Russians. And Marilyn Monroe shook her Manhattan in a hot-water bottle in the classic film Some Like it Hot. Need more examples? Sex and the City immortalised the Cosmopolitan. And Don Draper poured countless Old Fashioneds in Mad Men.
Shaken or stirred
And talking of 007. How do you prefer your cocktail: shaken or stirred? There are four basic techniques for making cocktails:
- build: you pour the ingredients straight into the glass, to create layers.
- stir: you stir the ingredients gently, so they remain clear.
- shake: you shake and crush the drink for a cloudy result.
- blend: you mix the drink and ice in a blender or mixer.
Become a doctor of mixology
Mixology is the art of making cocktails. Do you like to set to work yourself with a bar spoon, spirit measure and shaker? Then you should definitely get yourself a copy of the Bar-Tenders Guide from 1862, by Jerry Thomas, the forefather of all barmen. In the 19th century, he travelled around America with a spectacular cocktail show. His signature drink was the Blue Blazer, a drink in which he set the whiskey on fire and poured it back and forth between two cups. Don’t try this at home.
Most expensive cocktail in the world
Do you think €10 is a bit much for a Margarita? Imagine paying €1,100 for the same drink at the London Bar in New York. At the London restaurant Gigi’s, you will have to dig even deeper in your pocket to cough up €11,500 for a cocktail with gold leaf. But the world’s most expensive cocktail can be sampled on the 45th floor of the Ritz Carlton building in Tokyo. Here you will pay €14,000 for a cocktail with vodka and… a diamond. Drink carefully is the message!
Cocktails at Viage
You don’t have to be a world-famous star to order a cocktail at our Cinna-Bar. Because, on Friday and Saturday evenings, we offer you three €7-cocktails to celebrate the weekend. Taste our Belgian Caipiroska with Kriek, Friday the 13th with Schweppes Agrum and Black Jack with Four Roses Bourbon. Is your mouth already watering? Cinna-Bar is a paradise on earth for cocktail lovers. Arrange to meet some friends and discover our divine drinks soon.
Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you. Hip hip hooray! The Brussels Capital Region is blowing out 28 candles and celebrating the occasion with the Iris Festival on 6 and 7 May. All weekend long you can stroll from one corner of Brussels to the next for free music, theatre and activities. We’re joining in. What about you?
Iris Festival: a look behind the scenes of the city
Even if you’ve lived here for years, Brussels surprises you again and again. So the Iris Festival is the perfect opportunity to discover the city’s hidden gems. With street theatre, performances and tours for young and old. And not just around the Grand Place. Because Anderlecht, Saint-Gilles, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean and Forest are opening some hidden places to the public too. This means you can take a look inside the smallest beguinage in Belgium and gaze down on the city from the roof terrace at WIELS, the Centre for Contemporary Art.
We Are Belgium
The Iris Festival will end on Sunday evening with a bang, through the ‘We Are Belgium’ spectacle. The concert will combine different musical traditions on one stage. Sing and dance with Natalia, Merdan Taplak and Marie Daulne.
Do you know why the iris is the symbol of Brussels?
The Flemings have a lion and the Walloons a rooster. So why does Brussels celebrate the festival of the iris? Because this lily thrives in marshy areas, like our capital once was. The name Brussels comes from Broekzele – settlement by the marsh. And the colours yellow and blue? These are a nod to the European flag. After all, we are the capital of Europe.
Viage, always connected to Brussels
At Viage, we are proud Brussels residents. We love the melting pot of cultures and the spirited temperament of the city. Viage fits perfectly with this bustling atmosphere. Because the casino is the only location in Brussels where you can find all sorts of entertainment. You can enjoy delicious dishes in the restaurant, chat to friends at our bar and sing along enthusiastically to the performances. At Viage, you can also have fun at the gaming tables and take part in a wide range of competitions and activities. Just like Brussels, we surprise you again and again.
Come to the Iris Festival on 6 and 7 May, Brussels’ most colourful festival. And don’t forget to pop into Viage. See you then!
Football is by far the most popular sport in the world. In the rankings, it comes well ahead of other world sports like tennis, cricket or basketball. Playing a game of football is literally everywhere. We have listed the oddest places and give you some tips for the perfect football game.
Football with a view
The Ottmar Hitzfeld-stadium in Switzerland is over 2000 metres above sea level and is thereby the highest football field in Europe.
Take plenty of spare balls, because 10 fly over the protective net along the field per match on average. If you want to retrieve those balls, that will take you a while, because players and visitors can only reach the field by cable car. Good to know for opponents: at 2000 metres there is less oxygen in the air. The home team – FC Gspon – is used to the thin air. You aren’t, so you have been warned!
Soccer in the city
Not as high, but equally impressive, is the Adidas Futsal Park in Tokyo. You play the game of your life on the tiles, high and dry above the department store in the Shibuya-district. Oh, yes, Futsal is the little brother of. But as a football fan you already knew that.
In the shade of a rock
Another one to learn about. You know the rock of Gibraltar? It towers 426 metres above the sea and is a symbol for solidity and immutability. The field of the Gibraltar eleven lies in its shade. An impressive rock, right? On 10 October 2016 the Gibraltarians received a thrashing from our Red Devils. The final score was 0 – 6. Solidity and immutability? Yeah right!
Where do you watch football?
The last quarter finals of the Champions League are around the corner and the first matches off the play-offs of the Jupiler Pro League are in progress. Where do you watch your favourite sport? Attending the stadium to watch the match is great, but unfortunately, not always feasible.
Watching at home with friends? The look in your partner’s eyes speaks volumes: she has still not forgotten the ravages of empty crisp bags and beer cans.
What about the Cinna-Bar at the Grand Casino Brussels Viage? You can settle yourself down in the luxurious leather chairs with your mates. You can watch the match on several big screens and can also have drinks and snacks galore.
And your partner? Bet that she will also have an unforgettable evening at the Grand Casino Brussels Viage?
Days Without Meat [Dagen Zonder Vlees] is a great campaign that makes you think about the impact of our eating habits on the environment. Not by waving a patronising finger, but by showing you that you can also create exciting taste bombs on your plate without meat or fish. In a few days the Days without Meat campaign will come to an end, but not at the Grand Casino Brussels Viage. Come to the table!
It is not great news: we Belgians are in the top five countries with the largest ecological footprint.
Often we underestimate the impact of our eating habits. Over-consumption of animal foods is therefore also a major cause of global warming. But what can we do about it? Consider what we put on our plates and eating no meat or fish on a few days a week would be a big step forward.
Take the challenge!
Time to experiment in your kitchen with the most delicious veggie dishes. On the Days Without Meat website you can certainly find fun ideas. But occasionally you want to sit down at the table without having to cook first. Then you are at the right place at restaurant Saffron in the heart of Grand Casino Brussels Viage. How about a delicious veggie burger, with freshly picked organic products from the Brussels early market?
Or do you fancy Asian cuisine? Then you can choose the fabulous noodles with vegetables. Whatever you choose: you get the atmosphere and friendliness for free. Top marks! Restaurant Saffron is also open seven days a week, until late into the night!
Over 100,000 Belgians take part in Days Without Meat and that is fantastic. Together they ensure that our ecological footprint reduces. Not only by eating less meat and fish. By eating more seasonal vegetables and by deal with leftovers creatively they show us that eating sustainably is simply tastier, more creative and healthier.
Speak to any random person on the street and ask them to choose a number between 1 and 10. The likelihood is that you will be told 7 as a response. Why? Because 7 is a lucky number across the world. At Viage above all it means: party!
There are 7 days in a week. There are 7 wonders of the world and 7 seas. A rainbow is made up of 7 colours. And you can find 7 tones on most scales. We could go on: Snow White had 7 dwarves and Tom Thumb walked in 7 league boots. An admit it: 007 is a better codename for James Bond than 006.
A survey of over 30,000 people clearly shows: 7 is our favourite, our lucky number. The reason? Because it is an outlier. Time for a little maths.
Count from 1 to 10
As a little sprout we learn to count from 1 to 10. These are our first steps in mathematics and for that reason those numbers remain most important to us. You can do all kinds of things with those first numbers:
- 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 you double.
- 6, 8 and 10 you divide by two.
- 9 you divide by three.
- 7 stands alone.
7 is a unique number in the list from 1 to 10. It is a strange chap who always stands alone and who we cherish. In addition, 7 is an uneven number. That gives the impression that something else might happen. For instance, a party at Viage! Or the 7770 euro of prizes that are soon to be won.
7 at the gaming tables
At the gaming tables 7 is also a magic number. In blackjack you almost always win if you pull 7 three times. In roulette, 7 is a lucky number. And its top prize when a slot machine ends on 777.
Party at Viage
At Viage you do not need a lucky number for a successful evening. Because on 22 April we celebrate our 7th birthday. And then there will be prizes worth 7777 euro to be won. You don’t want to miss that. So put 22 April in your diary now!
PS: Did you know that 8 is also a lucky number in China? We will keep that story for our next birthday.
An evening out with friends? Then Brussels is the place to be. Have a pint at the bar with friends. Relax over a nice dinner with a sweetheart or mate. Dive into the nightlife complete with beat and electro. Move over, New York!
Hundreds of different beers
Drink in the spirit of Brussels in its pubs and bars. Where the owner has been running the business since forever and time has stood still. Where you can hear the Brussels dialect and the decibels rise noticeably as the evening wears on. Wander around the picturesque streets of the capital, discover some real gems and quench your thirst now and then with one of the hundreds of tasty beers.
Tip: in 2016 UNESCO recognised the Belgian beer culture as World Heritage.
Tuck into a good meal
Prefer a gastronomic meal to hanging around at the bar? Reserve a table at one of the many restaurants. Brussels offers you a culinary tour of the whole world. Challenge your taste buds with spicy Indian dishes, eat Ethiopian with your hands or juggle with chopsticks in an Asian restaurant. And if you’re peckish late at night, stop for a quick portion of Belgian fries and mayonnaise.
Dance, dance, dance
Dance to the beat of international DJs in Brussels’ clubs and discos. See global stars perform live. Brussels rocks and so will you. It’s party time wherever you go.
Bar, restaurant and club in one
Don’t feel like trekking all over the city? Experience it all at Viage. Tuck into Italian, Asian and typical Belgian dishes at our Saffron Restaurant. Drink to a great evening with your friends at our Cinna-Bar. And be sure to try some of our flavourful Brussels beers: blonde Zinnebir, rich Brusseleir, tripel Jambe-de-Bois and the pale ale Taras Boulba.
At Viage you’ll enjoy live performances every last Friday of the month. On 31 March The Covrettes will get you up and dancing to their very own modern retro versions of the world’s greatest hits. See you then!
There is more to life than just working and performing. That is why we are celebrating the International Day of Happiness on 20 March. With this day, the United Nations wants to remind us of our well-being and happiness. So, what do you need to spend your day radiantly?
Try something new every day
Stealing the stage in the karaoke bar, conquering the dance floor with your loved one in the Argentinian tango or trying that exotic dish for the first time. Learn something new every day and sample the unknown – in small or large chunks.
But there is work to be done and so much pressure. So, don’t push it too far. As a little kid, you tumbled from one experience to the next. So let the wonder resurface and get carried away.
No inspiration? How about an old-fashioned evening of fun & hits? On 31 March, The Covrettes are going to steal the show here with a glittering live performance. The ideal evening out with a nostalgic feel.
Let off steam
Work and performance are essential or you will get nowhere. But now and then you must slow down and open that valve to let off steam. Just switch off and enjoy an evening to the full. Then you can throw yourself back into work the next day. Do you have such a release valve?
Share special moments with friends and family
The people around you are the most important factor for being happy in life. You try out new things and let off steam with those you love.
Would you like to have an unforgettable evening with your friends or family? An evening that is both thrilling and relaxing? How about a trip to Grand Casino Brussels Viage? Great music, fine wining and dining, and an atmosphere of conviviality. See you soon!
On 17 March the world is painted green. Because that is Saint Patrick’s Day: Ireland’s national holiday. With parades and celebrations, the Irish all over the world commemorate the death of their patron saint Patricius, who spread Christianity on the island in the fifth century A.D.
What ingredients do I need to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in style?
The shamrock or three-leafed clover is the unofficial symbol of Ireland. According to the legend, Saint Patrick used the plant to provide a simple explanation of the Holy Trinity – the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. On Saint Patrick’s Day, revellers wear the lucky charm on their clothing. Tradition also dictates that you must regularly water the cloverleaf – drowning the shamrock – by baptising it in your glass of beer or whiskey before you drink it.
- Fifty shades of green
On 17 March the Irish dress in green, greener, greenest. With reference to the colour of the cloverleaf. Monuments, dishes and drinks are also coloured green for a day.
- Guinness and Irish whiskey
The Irish symbol is of course Guinness, a dark stout with a creamy head. The beer is still brewed in Dublin according to Arthur Guinness’ original recipe, with water, barley, hops and yeast. And for anyone who is not a fan of beer, they are sure to find something to their liking in the range of Irish whiskey.
- A few words in Irish
The two official languages in Ireland are English and Irish or Gaelic. Hiberno-English mixes the two. Saint Patrick’s Day is the perfect opportunity for learning some handy Irish expressions:
- Sláinte: cheers
- Erin go bragh: Ireland forever
- Dha Guinness le do thoil: two Guinness, please
- The perfect location
Where can you sample the Irish green folk festival? At Viage, of course! Come to the Cinna-Bar on Friday, 17 March and celebrate Paddy’s Day with us.
Open from 12 pm with a happy hour at 5 pm.
Before you enter into the green revelry, a few interesting facts:
- The harp, not the cloverleaf, is the official symbol of Ireland.
- The patron saint, Saint Patrick, was not Irish but Welsh or Scottish.
- The colour of Saint Patrick’s Day was originally blue, not green.
Beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Phádraig daoibh go léir!*
* Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
8 March is your day: International Women’s Day. Time to turn the spotlight on strong women like you. And to spare a thought for women who’re not so lucky, as well. The theme this year is #BeBoldForChange. It’s a call for women’s achievements – both great and small – to be put in the spotlight. Everywhere from your living room to the political barricades.
Who run the world? Girls!
International Women’s Day is the perfect opportunity to put remarkable women and girls on a pedestal. Think of Marleen Temmerman, who is still working hard for women’s health. Or Bana, a seven-year-old girl from Syria who used Twitter to send out news about the battle in Aleppo. And Beyoncé, whose pop music is a tribute to black culture. But you don’t even need to look that far. Think of the female role models in your own environment: your friends, mother, colleagues, etc. All those superwomen merit extra attention on 8 March.
Equality could take another 170 years
While a lot of women are conquering the world in the cultural, economic and political spheres, we still have a long way to go. In global terms women still earn, on average, half of what men earn. Yet they generally work longer, if you count the unpaid hours spent on housework and childcare. If you brought all the government ministers in the world together at a party, they would fight to dance a slow, because only 18 % are women. And the percentage of women managers is stuck at 26. At this rate it will take another 170 years before we’ve eliminated the inequalities between men and women.
Viage Ladies’ Night on Wednesday 8 March
We’ve known for a long time that women have super powers. But there are limits to how much you can push yourself. At Viage you’ll find all the ingredients for a wonderful night out: cocktails, exciting games and good company. And every month there’s an after-work Ladies’ Night for you and your friends. The next one is on International Women’s Day.
Come to Viage Ladies’ Night from 18.00 on Wednesday 8 March. Forget all your deadlines, your housework and other obligations for a while and let us pamper you like a queen. See you Wednesday!