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Step inside and you're in a different world. Poco Loco is a large cocktail bar that is decorated so as to give you the feeling you were on Hawaïi. You should definitely try one of their cocktails, more expensive than a beer but much better! And you'll be happy, that's a promise. The music played here is pure party music. Most of the time you won't hear house or techno, but evergreens and singalongs. You know what I mean: YMCA etc. The public is often very young, but don't be afraid to step inside when you're older than twenty!
This trendy disco in Ostend (the beach-daughter of the original near Antwerp) is loaded with all kinds of prejudices. People say it's rather old-fashioned. That's because you'll not hear commercial house all the time. Sometimes they play rock or popular songs. That will mostly be the case on Mondays, when there's a message party". Old-fashioned, or pluralistic and open-minded? People also say Carré Beach is only for chic and wealthy people. Have a look at the place yourself! If your clothes are decent and you're not a dealer and carry no weapons, then you may enter the place. The decor is indeed very nice, with dominant red overtones. It's possible to make the place smaller and more personal when it's not crowded. Two bars and a pretty large dance floor. The clientele is varied: the occasional sixteen year old and the odd elderly couple. People staying in Thermae Palace Hotel free, others 200 BEF (4.96 EUR) weekends and 150 BEF (3.72 EUR) during the rest of the week. The venue operates from 10p from Friday to Monday.
Part of the larger Cactus Muziekcentrum, the Magdalenazaal is the anchor to the whole complex. The hall hosts various musical acts, from soca to rock, the shows are always different. The MaZ as it is affectionately known is a little outside of the center in the neighborhood of Sint-Michiels, and depending on the headliner, it usually is worth the trip.
One of the hidden secrets in Bruges, this little bar focuses on the quality of music the way some pubs in town focus on the beer selection. Everyone who is in the know flock to the Soulbar where the bands range from straight-ahead jazz to electronic and latino rhythms. So if you want authenticity just outside of the center in Sint-Andries, grab a taxi, go on in, order a Chimay draught and relax.
This nightclub popular with the very young (between 18 and 25) is a constant barrage of loud music, loud folk and the occasional character. A lively place, the music ranges from techno to rock and the drinks are quite expensive, quite possibly because of the dearth of clubs in the Bruges area. It is a great place to go out dancing if you feel so inclined and meet that someone special.
The Entrepot serves as the rocket fuel for the city's creativity, as it provides young, rising artists of all ages to write, paint, compose, design and innovate to their heart's content. The center is a cultural institution that should be emulated around the world, a real benevolent center in the city as it provides the backdrops, technology and knowledge for the 'tabula rasa' in the young artist's mind.