The Hague Nightlife

 Grote Markt is the place to head for a drink in the evening, particularly in warm weather, when the square is filled with tables and chairs spilling out from the numerous bars and restaurants. Two other popular squares for nightspots in The Hague are the Plein and the Buitenhof.

In summer, Scheveningen Beach buzzes with dozens of bars along the promenade and De Zwarte Pad, and also includes lively nightclubs and live music venues.

The Hague also has a thriving cultural scene both for locals and English-language visitors.

The Haags Uitburo, Hofweg 1 (tel: 0900 8282 999; www.haagsuitburo.nl) is the main source of information for what's on in The Hague and sells tickets for most cultural events in the city and beyond. Pick up the official magazines Uit Magazine or Haagenda, both distributed free of charge around the city.

Bars in The Hague

Bodega de Posthoorn

Located on the Lange Voorhout, this is a historic eating and drinking place with a long history. It's unusual in that it doubles as an exhibition space for local artists, and there is also the added attraction of regular live music on Sundays.

Lange Voorhout 39A, 2514 EC Den Haag
Tel: (070) 360 4906.
www.bodegaposthoorn.nl

Het Brouw Café

On the quayside of the second inner harbour in Scheveningen, the Brew Café, as its name suggests, makes its own range of beers for the connoisseur, as well as offering a range of other brands, a good choice of food, and comfortable surroundings in which to sup. There is also occasional live music at weekends.

Dr. Lelykade 28, 2583 CM Den Haag
Tel: (070) 354 0970.
www.hetbrouwcafe.nl

O'Casey's

Most cities around the world seem to have at least one 'Irish' pub these days, and The Hague is no exception. O'Casey's is great if you want live sport on TV, and on Thursdays runs a quiz evening. Bar food is good and reasonably priced.

Nordeinde 140, 2514 GP Den Haag
Tel: (070) 363 0698.
www.ocaseys.nl

Clubs in The Hague

Club Le Paris

A lively nightspot offering a variety of themed events, and a similarly eclectic range of dance music. Located close to the Binnenhof, it's central, easy to find and a great venue is you fancy staying out until the small hours. It usually opens around 2200 and the party goes on until 0400 or even later.

Kettingstraat 12B, 2511 AN, Den Haag
Tel: (070) 360 7688
www.leparis.nl

Club Madness

Centrally located, Club Mad is a popular venue staging both live musicians and DJ-led entertainment, along with themed sessions for those in search of particular dance music genres.

Dagelijkse Groenmarkt 6, 2511 AL Den Haag
Tel: (070) 427 3580.
www.clubmadness.nl

Danzig

Another busy party venue, Danzig, like many other Dutch nightclubs, presents a rich mix of differing musical styles, and has a bias towards themed nights. Note that Thursdays are designated as student night.

Lange Houtstraat 9, 2511 CV Den Haag
Tel: (070) 212 4467.
www.danzig.nl

Live Music in The Hague

't Goude Hooft

A lively venue offering an eclectic mix of live jazz and swing music along with a good choice of substantial Dutch-style food. The building housing the venue is interesting in itself, dating originally from the 17th century, and the interior is decked out in traditional style. It's a special venue if the music is to your taste.

Dagelijkse Groenmarkt 13, 2511 AL Den Haag
Tel: (070) 346 9713.
www.tgoudehooft.nl

Muziekcafé De Paap

Famous as the launch pad for such international Dutch rock and pop groups as Golden Earring, De Paap is the place to head for if you're a rock fan visiting The Hague. Regular live concerts feature rock, soul and funk bands. Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Papestraat 32, 2513 AW Den Haag
Tel: (070) 365 2002.
www.depaap.nl

Classical Music in The Hague

The Hague Philharmonic

This is home to Het Residentie Orkest, one of the Netherlands' top symphony orchestras, and stages concerts throughout the year.

Schedeldoekshaven 84, 2511 Den Haag
Tel: (070) 880 0223.
www.residentieorkest.nl

Casinos in The Hague

De Speeltuin

Situated in the heart of The Hague opposite the Grote Kerk, De Speeltuin is one of three Hommersons-operated casinos in the city, the others being at Scheveningen and in the Chinatown district, Spuimarkt.

De Speeltuin, Daglijkse Groenmarkt 37, 2513 AL Den Haag
Tel: (070) 711 0660.
www.hommerson.nl

Holland Casino Scheveningen

The newly refurbished venue at The Hague's beach resort features 650 slot machines as well as all the traditional gambling games. It even offers 'classes' for beginners on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as a restaurant and live music.

Kurhausweg 1, 2587 RT Scheveningen
Tel: (070) 306 7777.
www.hollandcasino.nl

Edited by Tina Banerjee
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