Brussels night life – must go for every tourist

Nightclub scene in Brussels

Party Destination?

Yes, Brussels can’t be called the center of night life in Europe. Still clubbers will easily find night clubs worth their attention. Brussels has a variety of places to choose!

 Le You

Thanks to psychedelic design this night club attracts many night visitors from all over the world. This is the world of funk, r’n’b and, of course, house music. Le You creates a rather comfortable atmosphere, which is excellent for making different kinds of parties – from the classic rave to the Sunday gay party.

Louise Gallery

This glamorous club in Ixelles is a place for “non-poor” public – social elite of Belgian society likes to appear here, various people of fashion and party-goers are frequent guests of Louise Gallery . As for the music, uncomplicated electro, Eurodance and r’n’b often sound here.  In general music in  Louise Gallery is something in the spirit of the modern MTV.

Fuse

This place is for the biggest clubbers and fans of techno and house, as this very place is chosen by the best DJs. The club attracts its customers with wonderful atmosphere and legendary status, thus not only citizens of Brussels like to hang out in Fuse, but also visitors from other cities and countries are frequent guests in this kingdom of club music. In addition Fuse offers low prices and free parking.

K-Nal

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Recently K-Nal club has become one of the most popular hangout places in Brussels. Located in the northern part of the Belgian capital K-Nal is surrounded by industrial landscapes and offers a fascinating view on the canal land. The club is a perfect place for a stylish public which is in love with minimal-electronic music. K-Nal holds probably the most prestigious and cult parties of the city called Anarchic, the fanciest DJs present their new sets here. No wonder that at these parties held every third Friday of the month, you can meet Brussels elite.

Le Bazaar

Le Bazaar night club is responsible for multicultural parties in Brussels. This interesting place is opened on Fridays and Saturdays, and from Tuesday to Thursday it works as a restaurant. Motifs from The Arabic Nights fairy tales are felt here, and in the basement of this club you will find great dance floor and a bar. All in all, it’s quite an exotic club.

 Anciene Belgique

Anciene Belgique, or simply AB, is one of the major concert halls of Brussels, where you can watch the performances of very different musicians playing in a variety of genres. You will see the representatives of both foreign and Belgian music world. The main club hall seats 2,000 people, though if we are talking about jazz or folk concerts when seats are installed, the hall capacity is not so significant.

Young music lovers will prefer another stage in AB Club. It was designed only for 250 people, such legendary artists as The White Stripes, MGMT, Stereophonics, the Low, the Black Eyed Peas and many other stars. Besides AB organizes several music fests and numerous projects.Brussels nightclub scene

 Music Village

Opened in 2000, this nightclub is situated not far from the Grand Place. Music Village shows the best traditions of European and American clubs. Equipment, lighting and stage of a high quality combined with lovely design make this music night club a truly worth visiting place. Moreover, more than 250 concerts, mainly jazz performances, please fans of the genre. The club opens at 7 pm, and concerts begin at about 8.30 PM (weekdays) and 9 PM on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Miss Belgian Chocolate, meet Mr Belgian Beer

Some food and drink marriages are innate to us; as the song goes sometimes you just can’t have one without the other. Think cheese and wine, bacon and eggs, and jelly and ice cream. Beer and chocolate on the other hand might not be the first thing to jump to mind. When you’re in country that is famed for both delicious commodities, it is to be expected.

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Belgian beer

We’re not talking about grabbing the nearest can of cold beer and a chocolate bar from the shelf of any old shop here, we’re talking serious foodies taking the time to taste and match the delicate and complimentary flavours of a deep Belgian ale with the aromatic goodness of the world’s best chocolate.

While we see many faddy food pairings popping up all the time, it’s often a vain attempt to make something cool, we can be sure that both beer and chocolate have been in side-by-side production for hundreds of years. Archaeologists have uncovered prehistoric scraping pots which point to the production of both the world’s favourite drink, and the world’s favourite aphrodisiac. Three thousand year old artefacts found in Honduras suggest that chocolate only came about as a by-product of brewing beer though the original chocolate fountain bore little resemblance to the smooth, creamy truffles and pralines you’ll find in Belgian chocolate shops today.

If you still need some convincing, here are some fail safe chocolate/beer matched to get you on your way.

Beer and Chocolate © BeerTourism.com

Dark chocolate cake with stout – Imagine the heavy, rich flavours of a stout epitomised in cake-form. The closet you’ll get is a gooey, melt-in-the-middle, flourless chocolate cake. Now think about how the two will complement each other. The sweetness of the cake lifts the bitter tones of the beer and also brings out the creaminess of a cold stout which can sometimes hide under its heaviness.. You’ve just learnt the first rule of the b/c match.

Bittermint chocolate with icy blonde – A light, sweet beer like a Leffe Blonde is the perfect beer for pairing with a sharp flavour like dark, bittermint chocolate. The freshness of the drink allows for some movement with the menthol flavours, without ruining either the beer or the chocolate. The spicy, cooler notes hiding in the beer are brought out by the refreshing buzz of mint, while warmer notes get a pull from the chocolate.

Creamy Truffles and Raspberry Beer – Think about raspberry coulis and how well it works on a really sweet dessert; that’s pretty much the effect you’ll get when pairing an acidic, fruity beer like Fruli with a sweet, milky truffle. Though fruity beers are often highly carbonated, it actually works in favour as each gulp helps to clear away any fatty residue left by the chocolate.

White Chocolate and Pale Ale – A light, or wheat beer works well with white chocolate but the two can be overly sweet and cloying together. Instead, try good Indian pale ale (IPA) to get both a smooth drink, and enough bitterness to balance out the high sugar content of white chocolate.

 

Author: Colin Ricketts

Bio: Colin is a freelance writer and editor based in Cardiff, Wales. He has been published both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics from food and beer to ecology and music. This post has been produced on behalf of beertourism.com.

Is my ISA allowance carried over if I live in Belgium?

As we approach the end of March, people’s thoughts naturally start to turn to the important things about the springtime. Important things like the upcoming start of the new tax year.  What’s that?  Oh, just me then? As many people from the UK reading this may know, the UK tax year finishes on 5th April.  There is therefore a rush on for those who haven’t already done so to maximize what they have put into their ISA for the year to take them up to the ISA limit on UK savings. There then follows a big push to encourage people to take out new ones for the new tax year starting on 6th April.

So with my mind turning away from the imminent pleasures of spring in Brussels, and the upcoming change in the time I decided that I needed to find out a bit more about what the rules were about my ISA’s given my situation working in Brussels.  Specifically I wanted to know…

  • If I was allowed to continue paying money into my ISA?
  • If my ISA allowance that I hadn’t used yet was able to be carried over to be used in Belgium?
  • If I was able to open a new ISA for the coming year?

Before I get into this any further I should point out that I am not an accountant or a tax expert.  You should not rely on anything I tell you being accurate but check it out for yourself!  Everyone’s circumstances are different, and your situation will likely be different to mine.

So after a bit of reading I discovered a few bits and pieces. If you are resident outside the UK then it seems the situation is relatively straightforward.

  • You can’t open a new ISA in the UK
  • You can’t add any more funds to any ISA’s you already hold
  • You can keep the ones you have already, and keep accruing the interest
  • You are allowed to transfer an existing ISA to a new provider

If you are only outside the UK on a temporary basis and are still resident in the UK then it’s all business as usual, whatever you did before, you can still do now.  This means in a nutshell…

  • You have a total allowance of £11280 that you are allowed to invest
  • Of this a maximum of £5640 can be in a cash ISA
  • Whatever you don’t put in a cash ISA can be put into a Stocks and Shares ISA up to the total

The general idea of an ISA is that it is a method of saving tax-free. Any interest you receive on a cash ISA, or in the case of a stocks and shares one any dividends are free of UK income tax. If you are a standard rate taxpayer this means that you avoid paying 20% of this income to the government. If you are a higher rate taxpayer then you save even more.

A busy time ahead then, sorting out all matters financial for another year.  I must admit to being totally ignorant of all matters tax in Belgium itself, so I can’t comment on whether similar schemes exist for Belgian residents.  Do you know?  Want to share?  Let me know in the comments.