Coctail bars and pubs, Antwerp
This is a new upcomming cafe, with great guest-djs like Timaxx from Club Geluk. Theme partys: Soho Soul, deep south summer music by Dj Danny V. You can hear there often fresh & new talent. That's why the place is called SOHO, refering to the hip SOHO neighbourhood in London.
Dress Code: Modern
New trendy bar with mixed public, and modern music, sometimes dj performances (see picture). Now and then it's very busy and people dance, the music is pop, lounge, jazzy house, housy jazz like Buscemi or US3
During daytime people come for breakfast, brunch or lunch, even the police from the other side of the street come here. Kitchen is open till 23h and in the weekend til 22 h.
You can drink fresh orangejuice or cocktails and enjoy the 'hotspot' with your laptop, it's free wireles internet. Antwerp people, but also American or Japanese tourists mail their holidayfoto's home at Berlin.
All the cocktail mixes you desire with a sexy name... for 6 euros!
And you get the show : the barman jungling with the bottles to prepare your drinks!!!!
Very nice and red warm atmosphere...and a DJ playing a king of lounge music that will become more energic later I guess...there was a dance foor free...
there are a lot of nars where you can go for a drink.also,there are a lot of students in antwerp so in some bars they organize their nights.and we noticed unusual way of picking up the glasses from the tables.check out the photo :-)
The Berlin has a bartender that 1) knows how to make cocktails. i asked for a simple gimlet which is usually gets a deer in headlights response but instead got "gin or vodka", vodka, and proceeded to make a couple excellent drinks. 2) upon serving the drinks, got asked "would you like to open a tab?" Another first for me in Antwerp. All good. The berlin is supposed to be opening a new section of the bar specifically for cocktails in the next few months. Considering I live only a couple blocks from the place, should be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. This bartender works on mon, wed, fri/sat.
Weekdays are occasionally busy (you never know when a one beer on a monday night can quickly turn into a dozen and leaving at 2-3am), and weekends are usually always busy, at least at night. There's no food served but it has a big screen for football and has live music every Friday/Saturday night. A good place to meet other expats but you won't meet many belgians. Expats include from around europe but mostly from the netherlands. Staff is friendly, prices are a little higher than many other pubs around.
The owner of this place had a dream.
He wanted a place where 'Antwerpenaars' of different
backgrounds and countries were welcome.
Since Antwerpenaars of different backgrounds
don't know each other that well.
And he managed to accomplish that dream.
'Café au lait' has it's own atmosphere and
The interior is warm , decorated with african
masks , there is a cuddle corner and a dj brings
you in the richt mood if you want to go out
afterwards. The coctails are of superb quality...
De Muze is a jazz bar in the Oude Stad. It has three levels and is usually filled with an eclectic group of people. This was the most friendly bar I came across, and I was able to have some pertinant and good conversations. The bar food was rather good also. I recommend this joint.
Dress Code: Anything goes.
This place was just packed! It was wall to wall people in a very non-descript room. I couldn't understand what the fuss was all about. The crowd was nice to look at and certainly was eye candy for all genders and sexual preferences, yet again, the people were not friendly and the smoke simply oppressive. I usually do not mind cigarette smoke, but the crowd at this bar must have been smoking stink weed! I left still looking for that cool, friendly, and warm Antwerp bar.
Dress Code: Antwerp is suppose to be fashion city, but most people dress for a hike in the Ardennes!
At first I really liked this place. It was intimate and played some really cool tunes. I sat there drinking at the bar, and no one looked at anyone else or talked with anyone. What's with that? A bar is only as good as the people who hang there. This place left me cold.
Dress Code: Casual and laided back.
This place left me hanging. The write ups made BERLIN sound like such a cool place. The decor was nothing special and the clientele was hardly hip. I had a couple of drinks and left. There was nothing. This place was very pedestrian.
Dress Code: No one seemed to care about anything.
The Noorderterras is also a great place to dream away by looking at the river Schelde. It was built in 1889 and was used as an harbour office. Nowadays its a restaurant, a party place and much more.
The Zuiderterras is designed by the famous architect Bob Van Reeth. The part of the building where you can see the river Schelde is totally made of glas. If you are eating or drinking and you sit there it feels like beeing on a boat on the river.
Well I can't find the address for this place, and I don't remember the street name as I had just arrived in Antwerp to get my connecting train to Brugge.
I had been up all night flying so jet lagged was an understatement..
However, when you come out of the train station (next to the zoo entrance) and turn left.. walk abit to a side street just off that main road.. there is a row of Pubs and Pub Breda should be one of them.
For even better directions, ask one of the locals! ;)
Nothing is easier than finding a pub in Antwerp. One is spoilt with choices, be it Irish pubs, traditional caf?s or trendier pubs.
After walking for hours under the sun, soaking it up, we considered sitting somewhere, sipping refreshing drinks.
Of course, we got our bottles of water but hey, we would like to have a good time, not only taking pictures.
We first headed to a pub Dannie knows. Unfortunately, it was not open that day. Then we went waterfront and decided to land at the next pub we found.
Luckily enough, the first we encountered was Hangar 41, a trendy one from seeing people there. It is located at the basement of a blue-grey building. Some seductive post-modern design.
The terrace seems the place to base yourself, to have a view on traffic on waterfront as well as views of the water. Of course, this adds to the sexy setting. Interior fits the post-modern style of waterfront area as well. (see my upcoming T-log of waterfront style)
Don't miss it, at least for people watching :-) Service was rather cold, waiter was polite though.
Dress Code: We had drinks there, landing there at 3 pm.
I saw on the menu that they served breakfast and some pub luncheon as well. I don't know about the quality of food.