Review written by Sophie Couard, February 29, 2016.
You can find the Grand Casino Brussels Viage in a very nice and particularly prestigious area. It is located in the historic north of the city, behind the restored façade of the old Galerie Anspach, and the establishment is surely the most famous casino in Belgium. It is surrounded by many office buildings, many of which are part of the European Union parliaments. It is located just ten minutes walk from the Gare du Nord and about fifteen minutes from the famous Plaza Hotel on the Rue Adolphe Max. It could have not been built in a more appropriate and attractive location! After this short introduction I would like to immediately start my review about the establishment, that was opened on April 9, 2010, by focusing on what it has to offer.
A sizeable casino of more than 5.000 m²
It is obviously the games room that draws the visitors to the casino, and I will start the review with more details about this part of the establishment. The casino is designed in bright and rich colours, and it is open Sunday to Thursday from 12 pm to 4 am, and on Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 5 am. As it is always the case in Belgium, you have to be at least 21 years old to enter this place. It is required to present an identity card or a passport.
However, keep in mind that foreigners are charged €10 admission. They will then receive an admission card, €5 worth of chips and a drink. Although my beer was not delicious, I do not see anything particularly scandalous with this practice.
The slot machines
The slot machine selection includes more than 350 devices accepting bets from 1 cent to €1. Many different games are available, among them are :
- traditional slot machines with mechanical reels,
- modern video slot machines,
- video poker,
- an electronic roulette with stakes from 50 cents.
Players wishing to bet higher amounts can also visit the Oak Room, a private lounge with a dozen devices that accept higher denominations.
The table games
The room with the traditional table games is designed in a modern decor. You can find more than 30 tables in total, offering the following games:
- English roulette,
- punto banco,
- ultimate texas hold'em,
- wheel of fortune,
- mah jong.
The poker room is located on the second floor of the casino and you can find a dozen tables with Texas Hold'em and Omaha poker. From cash games to tournaments, this room offers everything needed in a great atmosphere. Registrations for the games start from noon at the casino lobby.
Other services aside from gambling
There are also other things to do at the Grand Casino Brussels Viage in addition to playing money games. The complex spans over an area of 14,500 m² and features several other facilities. You can visit a bar, a restaurant and a theatre.
The Cinna Bar
The Cinna Bar opens every day of the year at noon and is located at the entrance of the complex. It is the ideal place to meet people in a relaxed atmosphere. You can enjoy an aperitif before you start playing or you when you are finished playing, or you can just have a break with a coffee.
The bar offers a nice selection of different cocktails, among them all the classics and some original creations. There are also club sandwiches and a snack menu available in case you get hungry.
The Saffron restaurant is open Sunday to Thursday from 6 pm to 2.30 am and until 3.30 am on Fridays and Saturdays. It is located in the centre of the Grand Casino Brussels Viage and offers a unique dining experience in a bright and modern atmosphere in the centre of the action in the games room.
The menu is regularly updated and offers a variety of classic and contemporary dishes. You can choose from hot Asian dishes, amazing burgers, and also a range of Belgian and Italian specialties.
The Viage theatre
The establishment also has a huge auditorium (the Viage Theatre) with a capacity of 850 seats. It can be booked to accommodate all types of events, and it also hosts shows with great artists from all over the world. Prince, Paul Anka, Kool & The Gang, Vaya Con Dios, The Gibson Brothers, Hooverphonic and many others have already performed on this prestigious stage.
So, what can we conclude about the Grand Casino Brussels Viage?
Firstly, it is perfectly located in a beautiful and very prestigious area. It is also in close proximity to the train station and many hotels. This is very convenient.
Secondly, the services are very nice too. The establishment is well maintained, clean and pleasant. The staff welcomes all customers in a friendly manner, which is unfortunately not always the case in other establishments. The bar and the restaurant are very good and offer good value for money.
And the casino? Well, it is the largest in Belgium. The game selection is huge and varied. You can even play Mah Jong! The design of the games room is also very nice.
In short, it is a very pleasant casino. Even though I had to pay admission, I really enjoyed playing there, and I think I will return.