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Belgium is a country with a diverse range of night-time entertainment to suit everybody's taste. It is possible to dine in a fine restaurant or relax after a hard day in one of the many bars and then go on to a nightclub; you will be surprised at how many this small country has. Alternatively, you may prefer a trip to the ballet, the opera or spend the evening watching football. Whatever your choice, you can rest assured that there will be plenty on offer.

If you like nightclubs and discos, you will love Belgium. Major towns such as Brussels, Antwerp, Gent and Leuven are known as the nightclub cities, in fact, you will find a nightclub on every square mile! Clubs here play a wide variety of music from jazz to Club-land music. Younger generations and students usually go to clubs in Ghent and Leuven and dance the night away, but the biggest and most popular nightclub is the Fuse in Brussels. It specialises in Techno music, always live, and has the capacity to hold 5,000 people. Nightclubs are generally open from 11 o'clock and close around dawn.

Another great night out is a trip to a concert. Belgium stages many concerts and the biggest concert hall is the De Werf located in Bruges. De Werf is ideal for anybody who likes jazz music. Theatre is also popular and tickets are usually easy to get. The most famous theatre hall, Kinepolis, is located in Brussels. In the city of Liege, movie screens are set up in the town centres and films are watched under the night sky. These events are free and extremely popular among locals and tourists alike. Operas and ballet productions also draw large audiences; the most famous opera house in Belgium is called La Monnaie. It has an opera hall with the capacity to seat 2,000 people. Tickets must be booked in advance from the opera house itself. Ballet productions are performed at La Monnaie as well, every three months, over a period of a week.

For families and children a night out at the fun fair will be a great attraction. If you are here between October and November, Liege hosts a huge fun fair that is open until 11 o'clock at night. Entry is free but tokens are needed to pay for the rides. The fun fair has many rides from the traditional roller coasters to bumper cars. Smaller rides are available for children under two but they must be supervised.

If relaxation is what you desire then an evening trip down the canals of Bruges is perfect. The trip last for three hours and you will receive an evening meal and see some fantastic sights of the city lights and buildings every few minutes. This tour is the best way to see Bruges at night when it is illuminated by many lights.

If you are a sports fan, a night out at a football match or a volleyball match will be ideal for you. Football is very important to the people of Belgium; the two main football teams are the De Liege club and the R.S.C Anderlecht club. Tickets are available on the day of the match at the local box office outside the stadium. However, when the two main teams play against each other tickets are usually sold out long before. Other popular sports in Belgium are volleyball and basketball. Another entertaining night out is a trip to the greyhound-racing track. Belgium has two grey hound stadiums located in Brussels and Waregem. A night out watching the dog races is a fantastic night out whether you want to place serious bets or just have a quick flutter with your friends. The language spoken in the stadiums is French.

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