foreign or exotic clubs, Antwerp
Multicultural pub, great warm interior design.
Every Tuesday Salsa
Every Thursday World Vibes
Every Friday and Saturday Tropical Night with Afro, Latino and Reggea music.
Try the banana beer (Lambic beer) or the real African beer!
You can have African meals but you will have to order them in advance.
Dress Code: Whatever you like!
They said it's a theater, a cultural center. I saw there some leaflets about perf to come or the current ones. That was it about function.
Now, the ambience. It's great. A simple hub, simple setting, like a loft with an American kitchen. In fact, it is a hub with a long bar counter. Some bars on upper part with a wallpainting at the back.
The counter stroke my attention. I found it beautiful, interesting with those shades of green at the back. The greenish reflects of the glassware on the shelves. And the final touch that would have saved the whole set from a unattractive coldness: a vase on the counter with fresh white flowers... I liked it! A simple detail would have changed a lot.
You can go there for a drink, have something to eat. All is good, it seems. I had some sandwich for 2.80 euros. Delicious with its Morrocan bread, some tomato slices and chicken meat.
On the wall, some carpets that remind you of its multi-cultural dimension (probably N'debele art but no sure, would ask next time). Some artworks (paintings, photos) made by South-African artist(s).
Dress Code: The people.. diverse! From small groups of four to lonegoers who appreciate reading in this area. I envied the guy who sat near us, alone with his book. Not that I didn't have fun with my friend... I *did* have fun with them... but I love reading in public places too.. And there are few public places where I fancy doing that. Zuiderpershuis is one of them...
So far, this is my favourite amongst Antwerp pubs I've seen.
Next time, I would try the *cultural dimension*, not only the socializing one
Antwerp, like my hometown Brussels, is packed with cool joints for every age, budget and taste.
You have the typical stamcaf?s, the trendy ones, some institutions, other more foreigner like latino, Irish ones. There is even a Viennese caf? there, Le foyer. Well, Viennese in the setting but really Antwerpian at La Bourla.
Then you have soup bars, wok bars, tapas bars. But then, they are already eetcaf?s, no?
Going Irish? Why not? It's possible there... I, as a local in Belgium, appreciate Irish pubs for the noise, the match evenings. Yes, go in Irish pubs when UK soccer, rugby clubs are playing and you will find it. Strangely enough, "agoraphobic" me loves the noise, the crowd there. Indeed, what is more exciting than seeing those "males" going crazy then in ecstasy seeing other men in short running after a ball?
Let's put it this way: I don't like soccer at all. I don't know anything about rugby. Yet, I love the scrum... What do the guys have in mind when they are gathering in a circle, trying to catch one ball then inevitably, some falling on the ground, pulling the others with them... What are they thinking when they get in close contact, nearly massaging, bashing others' body parts.. in the purpose of catching a ball? Well, seeing other people excited while watching rugby match is just really fun for me! Plus, you hear rude words, insults from yelling, boosting supporters... Wow! For that, I like Irish pubs.. For that, I can be tagged as voyeur. Yes, it's fun, pleasant to see others in extasy, in anger, blushing.
But you, would you like Irish pubs, esp. if you are from Ireland? hehe
For originality, some may surprise you: with a collection of ties, another one pours sand in spring and summer on its terrasse. There are many and more than that...
Dress Code: Check the tips (mine and other VTers)
Don't miss to check what there is going on at the Zuiderpershuis.
It has a concert hall, a very nice pub (on the picture) and a very nice innercourt where you can have some drinks when the weather permits.
When they invite people from all over the world, they will try to give them the same accomodation as they have at home, they will make it as much as possible to let them feel at home.
Even if this means they have to put sand on the floor and put tents up inside!
Dress Code: anything goes
There is a nice restaurant upstairs and in the pub you can enjoy snacks and small meals.
Pity about the huge amount of tobacco smoke inside.
Sometimes (if announced) life music.
Dress Code: Anything goes
Nice Irish Pub (are there others ?!) at the square called het Zand.
In Summertime they put real white sand on the terras outdoors! Like you are sitting at the beach.
As long as there is Guinness !
Antwerp never sleeps.
So if you don't want to spend your nights in noisy dancings you can try to spend it in smokey noisy pubs '-)
Dress Code: anything goes.
Not a nightlife spot in a proper sense of the word, but indeed a special place. Open 24 hours a day it gathers a colourful mass of people from locals and backpackers to sailors. There was never a boring moment for me there. Quite the opposite. It's especially appealing in summer when its floor and terrace are covered in sand. There are lots of funny walks after people have had a few Duvels or Bollekes...:-)
The city centre is filled with good pubs. And Belgian beer is the best, my favourite brand is Jupiler. Irish pubs (there are 7 for them, just look for Guinness-signs) often have live music. If you're in Antwerp around St. Patrick's day or Haloween, they are a must. Portugese pubs are located around St. Jans-plein.
For those who like worldmusic, I can advice you 'Het Zuiderpershuis', on the Vlaamse kaai.Nice place lots of live shows.