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Paradise

After standing in front of the blinking ‘paradise’ sign for half an hour, we decided to get in. We heard stories about this club at the Rooseveltplaats and were too curious to let this chance pass by. We walked through the entry hall into a room which could be best described as an arab neon strip club, but without the strippers.

The club was nearly empty. There were some shady characters lurking on their shisha in the back and to our biggest surprise, there was a live band playing. Distorted arab synth lines were dominating the club and the singer was giving the performance of her lifetime. Berber wedding auto tune at its best! According to the waitress they were a famous Moroccan band on tour in Belgium and this night exclusively in Antwerpen.

We ordered two beers and went to the top floor to enjoy the view below and take some pictures of the live performance.  A couple of moments later someone who was sitting at the back of the stage was throwing hand gestures at us. He definitely didn’t want to drink a coffee with us and shouted we had to come downstairs.

We went downstairs to check what they wanted to say. The security, Popeye on steroids, came to us and told us the boss wanted us to leave. This was not a request and a split second later the barlady gave us the check for the beers. Fifteen euros?! For two beer bottles… (they weren’t even cold). We didn’t want to get stabbed and end up in a white antwerp 60l garbage bag on monday morning so we just payed the bill and decided to leave. The security took us by our neck  and the moment we were out he locked the door. We were out and happy to go home. Good night!

 

Van Stralenstraat 6
2000 Antwerpen

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