Tavernes and regular pubs, Antwerp

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    Bier Central: 300 Bottles and 20 Draft Beers!!

    by johngayton Written May 28, 2013

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    Despite it's faded appearance Bier Central is actually a relatively recent addition to the Antwerp pub scene and despite some negative reviews I kinda liked the place.

    This is a cavernous building which is obviously aimed to try and capture as wide a market as possible and offers something for everyone. Because of its proximity to my hotel I found myself dropping in at various times of the day and even continued my little VT meet with Kirsti (Kshezz) and Ad one evening. Sitting at the bar, service was always prompt, the beers dispensed in the correct glasses and price-wise, although slightly expensive, weren't too outrageous.

    The couple of times I popped in during the day my beers were always accompanied by a bowl of interesting nutty things which was refreshed with each subsequent beer and so made for an ideal stop-off for an afternoon snack.

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    Tavernes and regular pubs: The Irish Times pub

    by mickeyboy07 Written Sep 3, 2012

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    The Irish Times pub was established in on 26th July 1996.The idea behind it was to bring to Antwerp a traditional Irish Public House,in which it could offer its clients the best in sporting events and live music from Irish and International artists every friday and saturday night.There is always a loud and lively atmosphere here and the live bands play on till the late hours at weekends.Open from 2pm till late.food served daily.
    There are two other Irish Times pub's in Belgium,located in Charleroi and Hasselt.

    Dress Code: Casual.

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    't Waagstuk‎: Great beer tavern outside of the tourist zone

    by DSwede Written Sep 1, 2011

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    I walked and drove by this place many times, always thinking to myself that it looked like a good place. I called some of my local friends for a night out and suggested this place, each one replied that it was a great place and one of their favorites.

    The atmosphere is very relaxed, with plenty of tables and sitting area. If there was music, it was soft enough that we could not hear it over out regular voices. There is both indoor and outdoor seating. They do offer good food, but they are simple hearty local dishes.

    You come here for the ability to have conversations and try the beers. They have one of the best selections in the city. There are more than a dozen on tap and several dozen more to choose from in the bottle.

    Dress Code: The dress code is very casual.

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    Dansing Chocolat: Cosy moments!

    by Beekz Written Apr 13, 2005

    This bar has a nice interior design, full of old, nostalgic posters.
    You can pop in for a snack as well, though I never tried one.
    All kinds of people you find here. Just a great, quiet spot to have a chat!

    Dress Code: God! Please be yourself....

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    Het Zand: Guinness again

    by Nathalie_B Written Jan 17, 2005

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    Het Zand

    This pub is the Antwerp's best kept secret. Fortunately, Rudy (diamonddog) can't keep secrets and showed this bar to a few VTers that wanted to drink and didn't feel like walking around the city for the 10th time.
    Het Zand is a tiny pub that serves pretty good Guiness beer, it is locatef right across from the famous tunnel which takes you all the way accross the river. If you're lucky you may find an empty table at this bar, although usually it is really packed with people, especially late in the evening.

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    A taste of Ireland: Irish beer in Belgium

    by tompt Written Jan 15, 2005

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    With all the delicious beer Belgium produces there is still place for an irish pub. The taste of Ireland is located at ´t Zand. They serve the real irish beers like Guiness, Kilkenny and Murphys.
    It is always crowded in this pub, so it seems there is a market for this beer, and that is not surprising with the good taste.

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    Tavernes and regular pubs: Het Elfde Gebod

    by Pieter11 Written Dec 15, 2004

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    Drinking between Maria, Saint Gertrude and Sainte Helene, it is possible in the pub Het Elfde Gebod. At the left side, behind the big Cathedral you can find this pub full of Sacred statues. It is really worth a visit!

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    House Brewery `t Pakhuis: nen bangelijke

    by tompt Written Nov 24, 2004

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    a bunch of  Vters enjoying a bangelijke

    ' t Pakhuis, meaning the warehouse, is located in a building dating back to 1850. It was a warehouse near the port in the South of Antwerp, until this port was closed in the middle of the last century. In 1996 it was transformed into the House Brewery ' t Pakhuis, the first and the only house brewery in Antwerp.

    What to drink here ?

    Nen Bangelijke (A frightning one), the proud piece of the brewery is a lightly ambercoloured beer of 9,5% alc.vol.

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    Matterhorn: A touch of holiday

    by Sinjoor Updated Dec 22, 2003

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    Tavern Matterhorn

    This little Swiss style tavern is situated at the edge of the shopping area "De Wilde Zee" (The Wild Sea). Though very tiny with its eight tables and a few stools at the bar , like a genuin Swiss mountain cabin it is very cosy. The service is friendly enough. Due its situation it is a good place for a stop over when one is shopping in the nearby streets. The prices are democratic (three sorts of champagne, respectively of 40,50 and 65 ? are the most expensive) and the range of things to eat and drink is ample. The menu is adorned with several photos of the famous mountain and some explanations about its history. In the tavern itself a few photos adorn the walls.

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    Anywhere, anyplace, any weekend: The booming nightlife in Antwerpen

    by Pavlik_NL Updated Nov 2, 2003

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    Antwerpen at night, thrilling and hot

    Nightlife in Antwerpen is booming like nowhere else in Belgium. The town has an amazing amount of cafés, bars, discotheques and (night)clubs. The liberated (almost as tolerant as the Dutch) makes the atmosphere very loosened up and that becomes only better after drinking a few tasty Belgian beers (among it the best beers in the world). Sad that some Dutch spoil the fun by doing things that they don't dare to do at home and on behalve of them my appologises.

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    The Alibi: The Alibi

    by dlandt Updated Jul 2, 2003

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    This is a corner pub that I happened to wander into for a beer or ten. The clientele was local and very friendly. They didn't play billiards very well, but played good music. The English spoken here was no better than my Dutch so we ended up speaking kind of half and half. The billiards cost a euro, beers are like 1,40 or so, not expensive. The locals seemed to like to talk to new people. They don't serve food and its cash only.

    Dress Code: Anything goes.

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    Houten Clara: Nice Croque Monsieur

    by martin_nl Written May 6, 2003

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    Houten Clara

    This pub we made our home on the day after the VT-meeting. We had a big table in the middle of the pub/ restaurant. Everyone had another beer and many of us had something to eat aswell. I had a delicious croque monsier with ham, cheese and a slice of pineapple, yummy.....
    The atmosphere is good and the staff friendly. Although I didn't visit at night I think it will be just fine to hang out here at night.

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    Antwerp for beer lovers

    by Helga67 Updated Sep 28, 2002

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    Pubs on the Groenplaats

    The cafes are far too numerous to count and yet each has an atmosphere all of its own. They all offer an impressive list of beers to choose from, but if you want to try the only true Antwerp beer, order a 'bolleke' in customary cafe jargon.

    Antwerp Breweries
    De Koninck: Mechelsesteenweg 291, Antwerp - Check out their cook book
    Moortgat: Breendonkdorp 58, Breendonk -Producer of Duvel, Belgium's best-known beer - considered the champagne of Belgian beer. By appointment only.
    Beer festivals
    Stout, Porter and Ale Festival in October in Antwerp - 1 Day.
    24-Hour Beer Festival in Antwerp - 2 days in October or November
    Some pubs
    Kulminator: Vleminckveld 32 - Best and oldest beer specialist in Antwerp. 500 beers.
    Den Engel: Grote Markt 1 - Wonderful atmosphere.
    Afspanning 't Waagstuk: Waagstuk 20 Stadswaag - Nice courtyard - 80 beers, excellent list.

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    Kulminator: How Many Beers??

    by steventilly Updated Sep 20, 2002

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    A Faro With Caro

    Antwerp (and maybe Belgium)'s most famous beer cafe. It has about 400 different beers (varies from time to time) and they have a huge menu, affectionately known as "the beer bible". It can take some time to wade through this and find something you want to try. If you KNOW what you wnat to try, just ask for it - they'll know if they have it or not.
    Caro described this place as "not so cosy" and so I don't know quite what I was expecting - something like a rough and ready english pub, crammed to the rafters with people drinking gallons of beer I think. In fact, it was quite cosy, and quite empty too, which was a big surprise for me. I enjoyed 2 great beers here, this Faro and a EKU 28, which I haven't had for quite a while.

    Dress Code: Casual

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    It's very difficult to find a...

    by conny_bazen Written Sep 20, 2002

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    It's very difficult to find a place where you can drink something.......if you don't know the places you will walk for hours before you will find a place.........
    NO, THIS IS A JOKE.....
    Eating and drinking everywhere in Antwerp.....The only difficult part is to make the choice which place you will try first.....
    Almost everywhere you can try a 'bolleke'. It's beer and the name is 'De Koninck'. It's the best beer made in Antwerp.....

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