Old, brown, or historical pubs and taverns, Antwerp

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  • Old, brown, or historical pubs and taverns
    by acemj
  • Old, brown, or historical pubs and taverns
    by acemj
  • Het Elfde Gebod
    Het Elfde Gebod
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  • Muze: Avoid MUZE, Tourists Harassed

    by deegee17 Written Mar 30, 2008

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    Muze is situated in the heart of the tourist section of Antwerp but also attracts local clientele. While trying to find a seat for my girlfriend and myself I had to go to the bar on the top floor. Aside from a few locals the bar was empty. While asking these people to excuse us so that we may walk past them to take a seat, they ignored our request and pretended we weren't there. When we did attempt to get past them, we were accosted and abused. We were told they would let us pass them when and if they felt like it. They said tourists were not welcome here and they continued to berate and insult us.
    The bar staff just stood by watched and did nothing.
    We left totally shocked at the treatment

    Dress Code: No dress code

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  • Old "brown" or historical pubs/tavernes: Oude Arsenaal

    by andreakirkby Written Jun 1, 2007

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    Never mind nightlife - Oude Arsenaal is open all afternoon too. A nice friendly family run pub, serving excellent beers. Ask for advice if you're not sure which of the beers will suit you - be adventurous with the gueuze and lambic, or stay safe with some of the wheat beers. Oude Arsenaal isn't far from the Rubenshuis, so once you're sick of the art, come here to relax.

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    Old "brown" or historical pubs/tavernes: Kulminator for beer lovers

    by OlafS Updated May 9, 2007

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    Kulminator is a classic beer café, with a choice of hundreds of beers, often available from various different years. Anyone wishing to get to know Belgian beer will surely be satisfied here. And people who think they don't like beer will be proven wrong if only they're willing to be. I was surprised to see them have Westvleteren 12, probably the most exclusive beer in the world and hardly obtainable ever since an American website elected it best beer in the world. Of course this delicasy doesn't come cheap, but on the whole beers are very reasonably priced. Only; the older the more expensive.

    Since it's a little (and a little only) outside the touristic part of the city the place attracts locals and beerlovers only, no bands of British or Dutch drunkards looking for trouble. In the afternoon, which is when I visited, it was a quiet, cosy place, I don't know what it's like at nights. I wasn't too crazy about the classical music in the background, but at least it makes a conversation possible. Closed on Sundays and holidays.

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    Quinten Matsijs: The oldest bar in town

    by pieter_jan_v Written Oct 17, 2006

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    Quinten Matsijs - Antwerpen

    Quinten Matsijs is the oldest bar at Antwerpen. The history of the bar dates back to 1565.

    It's a coming and going of many tourist here, so have a "Bolleke" or any other drink and explore some more bars.

    Dress Code: As you are.

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    Old "brown" or historical pubs/tavernes: Celtic Ireland

    by NiteAngyl Written Sep 28, 2006

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    This Irish pub kinda sets the standard for its kind. It's one of my most favorite places to visit in Antwerp. If it isn't for a pint of Kilkenny, then it's for writing some stuff for my books. The interior and the very atmosphere it breathes, it very inspirational. There was even this time when I sat at a table with three other travellers, sharing our stories.
    And there's one thing very true: It's incredibly easy to make contact with people here. Must be the flair of the pub itself. :)

    Some of the servants speak English, others just Dutch. They are very polite and are more than welcome to help with with any questions about the city you have!

    There might be one minor thing, which I (in my own opinion) can find annoying sometimes. Being so close to the border of the Netherlands, there really are a lot of Dutch people going out in this city. No probs there. But they can get very loud and wild after a few drinks. More than in the Dutch cities...

    But, furthermore, it's a fantastic pub with an amazing atmosphere!

    Dress Code: There ain't no particular dress code for the Celtic Ireland. Just casual, nothing special.

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    Old "brown" or historical pubs/tavernes: Aalmoezenier

    by NiteAngyl Written Sep 28, 2006

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    This is an excellent, big café / discotheque for the louder kind of music. Like metal, drum 'n bass, that kind of stuff. Most of the time there are a lot of friendly and social people around there. I mean, like neo-gothic people, or punks, or downright your every-day headbangers. It's all there.

    They ask for a small fee at the entrance, and you pay your drinks with tickets, which can be bought at the same entrance.

    Dress Code: There's no particular dress code for this metal-bar. I mean, if you would go out in a fuzzy yellow sweater, you'll be quite the eye-catcher there. Oh, and beware, there are blacklights there (if you catch my drift). :)

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    Quinten Matsijs: Step Back in Time

    by PhillyJohn Updated Sep 11, 2006

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    We came across this interesting old pub accidentally while searching out the St. Charles church. The weather was cold & damp and we were getting hungry. My daughter spotted this place on the way back toward the market. When we entered, it was like coming upon a medieval eatery. Little did we know then that it is the oldest pub in Antwerp. We had some excellent soup, bread and cheese croquettes. The service was excellent and the price was right. It was a very picturesque & had a cozy atmosphere. I read on here that it is quite a lively place at night. Unfortunately, we were not able to verify that!

    Dress Code: Casual

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    HET ELFDE GEBOD

    by Helga67 Updated Dec 4, 2005

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    (The 11th Commandment)
    If you are in the neighbourhood of the cathedral and you want a drink, visit this pub. It has an extraordinary interior. It has an incredible collection of religious statues and icons of all sizes!

    Dress Code: Casual

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    Den boer van Tienen: Time stands still

    by belgianchocolate Updated Dec 21, 2004

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    'Den boer van Tienen'


    This is the second oldest pub in Antwerp.
    It has a large terrace that is very popular with
    the locals and a veranda with a huge tv where
    people gather together to watch footbal and
    other events.

    But it is especially the inside that is weird.
    Time really passes by. Probably the only new
    thing here is the expresso machine , they
    serve excellent coffee. :-). The local visitors
    that can be found here are also not really
    living in this century. Just the perfect place to
    watch people.

    Have a look at the old floor , the wooden
    panneling , the old chairs and tables...drink a
    beer tapped from the barrel or order some
    cheese as a snack....

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    Cafe zeezicht...: The largest terrace in the city...

    by belgianchocolate Updated Dec 19, 2004

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    zeezicht


    Dageraadplaats is the name of the
    square where this caf? is located. Here you
    are far from the busy 'grote markt'
    and 'groenplaats' where the busses with
    tourists are.

    ZEEZICHT means 'view on the sea' I don't
    know how they came up with this name..but
    there is absolutely no sea in the area. In
    summertime and even when the last
    glimpses of sunshine visit Antwerp you can
    see a sea of people enjoying the terrace- the
    largest in town I think.

    The audience is a nice mixture of colors ,
    ages and...a laid-back atmosphere.
    Inside sit on the old tables and wooden
    benches , wooden floors ....

    Try the beer of the month , drink a genever
    with passionfruit filled till the edge...

    O and if you see somebody with a large
    hippo , teddy , duck , ...it means the restaurant
    upstairs is full (again) and they are waiting to
    be picked up.

    Dress Code: Whatever fits

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    Café De Pelgrom: Medieval moments in 21st century Antwerp

    by AR76 Updated Apr 13, 2004

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    My all-time favourite in Antwerp!!

    Situated in a medieval cellar, this unique café makes you forget we're living in a modern world. When entering the place, you get a warm welcome: a real fireplace is the first thing that makes you feel at home here. Medieval music, candle-lit interior and appropriately dressed staff make the special atmosphere complete. Not only at night; even during the day, a stop at De Pelgrom is a nice break away from the bustle of the city.

    Besides drinks they also serve toasted sandwiches and several snacks, and in the adjoining Restaurant De Groote Gans you can have dinner in style.

    P.S.: Before you take the stairs down to the cellar, look left to see a beautiful trompe l'oeil wall painting!

    Dress Code: Normal. It's dark down there anyway...

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    Het 11de Gebod: In Nomine Patris...

    by Sinjoor Written Mar 5, 2004

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    Mini meeting with Imaniac (Roy) and Peter_P

    One of Antwerp's most peculiar places to have a drink or a meal is cafe "The 11th Commandement" (Thou shallt not pass by?...), in the shade of the city's cathedral, at the corner of Blauwmoezelstreet and Torfbrug. The cafe is adorned by numerous religious statuettes and murals, in all shapes and sizes. Upstairs is a space with several tables for quite dining , while downstairs the cafe is usually filled to capacity and sparkling with a congenial atmosphere.

    Dress Code: No special dress code is required.

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    Het Elfde Gebod: The Eleventh Commandment

    by Imaniac Written Mar 1, 2004

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    The Eleventh Commandment

    Het Elfde Gebod is Dutch for the eleventh commandment. If you go inside this pub you'll understand why they called it this way. There are religious statues and paintings everywhere. It's unique in Antwerp and probably also in Belgium. It's a great atmosphere for having a drink or two.

    By the way the 11th commandemant is: Don't walk out of this pub while being sober.

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    Paeters Vaetje: Old brown cafe

    by tompt Written Feb 15, 2004

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    Gonnie, Dannie and Luc in Paeters Vaetje

    During the VT meeting in february 2004 it was very cold outside. So we went into a pub as much as we could.
    The Paeters Vaetje is located next to the cathedral. You can have a bite to eat here or just a drink.
    The interior is somewhat special with an artdeco ornament behind the tap.

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    De Nieuwe Linde: Long nights @ Nieuwe Linde

    by Beekz Written Dec 27, 2003

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    A very cosy, brown pub in the Zuid Area. People of all ages and social classes gather up here to have a drink. This place is gaining popularity but still has its simple character.
    This bar is my favourite in Antwerp! During weekend, this place is open till 4-5AM and they never kick you out!
    Open daily from 5PM

    Dress Code: No dress code!

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