Is going out with friends always the highlight of your week? Then you should definitely give Brussels a try. It has everything you need to spend an evening filled with entertainment. Discover our tips and make the next night out with your friends another one to remember!
If you are looking for that typical, over-the-top Las Vegas atmosphere, look no further! Grand Casino Brussels VIAGE provides pleasure and relaxation just like any other casino in Sin City. Set against a cinematic backdrop, at that! Choose one of our many games and place your bet.
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?
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!
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?