The centre of Tilburg
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The centre of Tilburg mainly consists of one main shopping street (De Heuvelstraat), a town square (De Heuvel), two smaller squares and several area’s with restaurants, cafés and bars. If you’d like to go out, your age and music preferences will mainly determine which place you like most.
25 and younger, mainstream music:
Go to Het Piusplein (next to McDonalds). Here you can find bars like Bolle (http://www.cafe-bolle.nl/) and Brandpunt (http://www.cafebrandpunt.nl/) where many students come on Thursday and Friday night, and Drie Gezusters (http://www.driegezusters.nl/tilburg/home.html), a larger bar popular with a younger crowd.
18 to around 35/40, rock and metal music:
At the central town square (De Heuvel), go to Extase (http://www.cafe-extase.nl/). From the entrance this may seem a small place, but don’t be fooled by the bar with tables and chairs in the front. There’s a larger area in the back where there are no tables and chairs, just a bar, a disc jockey and a small stage. There are regular performances by local bands, Thursday nights are mainly dedicated to metal music. If you like to have a conversation, stick to the front end bar.
25 years old to around 40 years old, mainstream music:
Basically any place at a small street called De Korte Heuvel. My personal favorite is Polly Maggoo (http://www.
On occasions (Carnival and Tournament soccer matches with the Dutch team), Het Vaticaan (http://www.cafevaticaan.nl/) is a great place to hang out. On other days it’s a fairly calm place, very suitable for a quiet conversation and uncomplicated meal and drinks. Friday evening is always busy, then the staff of a nearby insurance company has drinks here.
A similar place is Clancy’s (http://www.clancystilburg.com/), an Irish Pub where you can eat, drink and hook up with quirky Scottish, British and Irish men who have been living in Tilburg for years and always hang out here after work.
30 and older, rock music:
Located at De Korte Heuvel a place called Cul de Sac (http://www.culdesac.nl/onze_visie.php ) is located, a laid-back place where on week days you can play board games, use a pool table (free on Mondays) and talk about art with other visitors. On the weekend the volume goes up with regular live performances and a disc jockey. The music that is played is mainly guitar rock, current and older.
40 and older, not too loud music:
At the Oude Markt (next to the church that’s in front of the town hall) you can find several places that serve an uncomplicated lunch and dinner, and where you can have drinks without having to yell at each other.
There’s a large movie theatre at the central town square (De Heuvel), called Pathé! Bioscoop (http://www.mustsee.nl/miface.asp?pnm=asp/cinema/tilburg_mustsee_belbios.asp?void=0&cinema=148&show=all). It plays all current Hollywood movies, spoken in their original English language. There are Dutch subtitles. There are at least two shows of about ten different movies every day, one in the afternoon and at least one in the evening. If you want to go to a popular movie that has just premiered (which happens on Thursday evenings), a reservation is advisable.
At the end of the street full of bars and cafés, De Korte Heuvel, you can find concert stage 013 (http://www.013.nl/english). They have live performances of small and bigger bands nearly every night of the week. Check the website or the schedule at the box office to see what’s coming.