Off the main square a 10 minute walk is the student area and in that student area is the will written about beer and ale pub of Waagstuk. The outside on in the square tables were full, so I went inside to the courtyard where there were some tables al fresco. The ceiling inside was lined with beer mugs. I ordered a flight of Rochefort Trappiste ales, the 6/8 and 10. Each had its own distinctive flavor but the "10" was damn good, smooth and rich. Not ready for a heavy meal I ordered an appetizer plate fried cheese balls, meat balls which were meat flavored goo, and egg rolls. I didn't come to eat great food and I can assure you the food was not close to getting any kind of Michelin stars. After three beers my direction and balance were slightly askew, but I carried on.
Imagine palm trees,sand,cool breeze,flaming torches and a great view of the river.This is Bocadero a seasonal beach type bar/nightclub in the dock area of Antwerp.Very busy so go early to get a seat on one of many sofa type seats or stools that line the tables in the middle.Friendly efficient bar staff will wait on you or just go to the bar yourself.It was a hot saturday night when we went here so the sand and palm trees made it feel like the the tropics.Smoking aloud and the bar stays open late.Food available during daytime.
Weekdays open 11am till late,Weekends open 10am till late.
Dress Code: Casual
Well, there is no shortage of fine establishments serving beer in Antwerp. If you only have a short time, I'm assuming that you'll be near the historic center and will want to stay near there where things are convenient. So to sample some of the fine beers Belgium has to offer, try these.
Near the historic center, I'd suggest the following (in no particular order) based on ambiance and size of the beer menus:
Het Elfde Gebod (Torfbrug 10) -- kathedraalcafe.be
Den Engel (Grote Markt 3) -- cafedenengel.be
Afspanning 't Waagstuk (Stadswaag 20)
Kulminator (Vleminckveld 32)
Dress Code: All of these are casual dress.
Zuiderpershuis is an Art Center which presents artists from all cultures over the world.
So, go there to learn about different cultures via different media. Many leaflets while entering the Foyer pub (cf. previous tip) would advise you about the events. Activities include plays, concerts, poetry evenings...
Countries that are featured are numerous. Fancy N'debele art? Chinese poetry? Curious about Mongolian music? In African Masks festival? Or doesn't all of that make sense to you buty you're still curious? You'd better check the program (sorry only in Dutch).
Besides, the Zuiderpershuis is a historical monument. It is located on the ancient quays... meaning this would have played a huge role in the area. In fact, it did...
The Zuiderpershuis was designed to produce energy, for the ever growing port. That was when mechanics gradually overcame human power (and horses') in energy supplying. Built in 1883, its hydraulic system is reported to have been inaugurated circa. 1878
To be honest, i only saw the facade but am quite impressed when i saw over the net some details (rather BIG details :)) on the use of the building. The monumental facade was the one that stroke me at first. Quite interesting.
The whole complex (power central?) used to comprehend lots of engines, installations... a guided tour, something that obviously I haven't done, would show how to turn a hydraulic power plant into a cultural "power plant". :) I guess it would be an off-beat path activity in Antwerp? More details
In the shade of the cathedral this relatively new and very cosely furnished establishment offers its costumers something quite out of the ordinary. Hot chocolate in all kinds of tastes and combinations, which are all equally delicious as well as snacks and icecreams. Apart from that some of the more standard beverages can also be obtained.
My personal favourite is the name bearer Quetzal, a delightful mix of four kinds of chocolates.
Orders are to be made and collected at the bar at the entrance and one is required to deliver ones tray there afterward. However patrons are received very friendly by a staff of kind and professional people. Combined with the realxing interior decoration and the delightful product they sell a visit to this establishment can only be a pleasant experience.
A savings card with a validity of one year from the date of purchase is available which will result in a 3€ deduction on your 11th order.
Dress Code: no particular dresscode is required
De Kulminator is world renowned for its selection of specialty & vintage beers. They have over 500 beers to choose from, and most are served in the appropriate brewery glass. It's a rather small place with a big reputation.
I don't know much about beer, but am willing to try just about anything. For this reason, I allowed somebody else in our group order the beers - but here's what he chose:
1987 Hoegaarden Grand Cru
1996 Still Nacht
1999 Rodenbach Grand Cru
1997 Chimay Grand Reserve
Besides these beers, my wife had two 'Lambics'; a Jules de Kriek black cherry, and a Lindemans Cassis.
We ended up spending twice as long as anticipated at this place, and ended up back in Amsterdam after 3am.
Dress Code: Didn't notice any.
A famous city centre bar with adjoining shop and restaurant, renowned for only serving liqueurs and jenever - Belgian gin. But what a choice: there are more than 200 gin selections in the bar and over 400 in the shop - plus a choice of 1,000 miniature bottles to buy or try - just in case you get thirsty.
At the end of a night on the town, me and my friends have the habit of passing by the Vagant before going home for one or some jenevers ... they'll help you sleep for sure!!
This is an excellent watering hole, situated on a very nice historical square. Getting to know the Waagstuk I must give my kudos to the wonderful local VTers whom I met here. The pub even offers beer seminars where you can learn more about the hopsy stuff. Very reasonable prices, this also goes for the pub grub. Try one of their trappistes from the tap. Mmmmmmmmh! And of course you must order a "bolleke" -- a half pint of the local beer "De Koninck". Highly recommended also to try some of the Lambic, Geuze and fruit beer specialties.
Dress Code: no special dress code in operation
When you are a movie-lover I advise you to visit Metropolis, great moviecomplex with24 movie rooms!!! Not only Hollywood productions, but also alternative movies.
A great tip before going out in Antwerp! Inside also lots of snacks, popcorn, drinks,... There is even a restaurant next to the complex.
During summertime, Monday night is an excellent night to go to the old city center. Starting at 20.00 there is a 'beiaard' concert; a concert played in the cathedral which can be listened to in the surrounding streets. Café's are very busy during these nights. Have a look...
Dress Code: Take a jacket, it might be chilly when you stay out late...
The place to be if you want to know everything about gay life in Belgium and especialy in Antwerp. Its a nice place with a nice atmosphere. To get there take tram 11 in the direction of Eksterlaar.
This street used to be full of gay bars... and is
still more known by the 'Antwerpenaars' as
the rue Vaseline.
By gays it was know as the 'going out' spot in
Belgium , but also for its hard social habbits.
Nowadays the street has a sad
appearance with lots of empty houses , a sex-
shop and the last remains from what used to
be a vibrant street.
Gay night life has spread all over the city ,
became more divers.... Antwerp is a very
popular going out spot in Belgium.
Dress Code: whatever - a bit extravagant maybe?
Kladaradatsch! is the name of the 'alternative'
movie theater with the better movies in Antwerp...
But it is not that spot I want to promote.
Under the cinema is a nice kafee where
people meet up to go to the movies , go out
for dinner or just have a nice relaxed drink...
The part most far away from the river schelde
is the nicest part I think. An old projector is
the decoration and the ceiling is an old arch
way something.. :-)
In the picture you can also see the
impressive facade of a house around the
corner of the café on the suikerrui
Dress Code: Polish yourself a bit up..
.but don't if you don't want to.
On the first floor is a great restaurant..
one the ground floor this special café.
It used to be a bakkery not to long ago.
It still has a corner with bread and sweets.
People still come hear to have breakfast. We
ended up here for the nice interior with the
classical music in the evening and to eat a
piece of the ricotta cake. auch.
Try the hot chocolate if your cold...
Dress Code: pffft , whatever. A bit classy...alternative
It is a grand Café and one of the newer spots
in Antwerp. The public in the evening are
people who want to be seen. It is also a
popular spot for actors...
Major advantage is that you can also eat
at the café. They even got biological bread on
the menu and some fresh teas..also
healthdrinks like Kefir.
Kitchen is open till 23h and in the weekend til 22 h.
Dress Code: Trendy , ...whatever.
Hey , your in the trendy 'Kammenstraat'
and near the fashion district.
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