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Coronaprices: Bars in Brussels throw parties and lower prices for last night

19:35 13/03/2020

If you are trying to decide whether to head out tonight for one last hurrah before the bars and restaurants close for three weeks, know that you’re going to find a lot of good deals on beer.

As of midnight tonight, all bars and restaurants must close until 3 April as part of a raft of measures announced yesterday evening to combat the spread of the coronavirus. So Brussels bars are offering special prices to use up their stock of beer on tap.

You might get lucky no matter where you go, but there are few bars already advertising their final-night options. Dynamo in Saint-Gilles (pictured), which opened four hours early today, is hosting Dynamo Killing the Kegs, with discounts on all beer on tap. And they’re even selling it outright to take away with you at midnight – when the lights go off.

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Other bars serving up cheaper drink are La Cave à Vin in the centre of town and Beergium Bar in Uccle, which is selling its beer on tap for the price of a Corona. Back downtown, Barbeton cocktail bar is throwing a Lockdown Party.

According to Bruzz, restaurants around town are trying to get people who made reservations for Saturday or next week to come tonight instead. Health minister Maggie De Block is reportedly not amused as it means more people coming together than would normally have been the case.

Antwerp University epidemiologist Pierre Van Damme also had harsh words for the bars and restaurants. “This is a promotion for spreading the virus,” he told Bruzz. “I get why they are doing it; the measures are a bloodbath for them. But customers should also take some responsibility here. If you go to one of these parties tonight, you can get infected and be sick next week. That show little sense of citizenship.”

Photo courtesy Dynamo/Facebook

Written by Lisa Bradshaw

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