pub crawls and VT meetings, Antwerp
I'm not a big fan of Irish pubs outside of Ireland but for a nightcap on the way back to our respective hotels Kelly's did the job. It was a fairly quiet Sunday evening, the staff were friendly (hence the pic) and they do serve Leffe - in BIG glasses ;-)
Kelly's would also come in useful if you want to catch the main sporting events and according to the website has regular live music.
A quaint little pub located in 'Graanmarkt' in the Latin Quarter of the city next to the sunday market.Perfect for that outdoor drink in the shade of the squares numerous trees.A small place inside quite dark and cosy and plenty of tables outside which is where most people sit.Quick service and a great choice of beers as well as other beverages and snacks.This long time favorite pub has been a favorite of many Belgium Actors.
Opening hours-8am till midnight
Dress Code: Casual.
Because many places were closed early due to the bad weather we went to Café Beveren. Not really a café for our pubcrawl, but it was bangelijk Antwerps. A crowd of real Antwerp people singing along with all kinds of folksongs. And then they have their own sort of jukebox. For 50 cents it plays a tune. You can here more of it at their website.
This Irish pub is situated on the Groenmarkt-square. It's a rather big caf? with plenty of seats, people and sorts of beer.
Inside it's looking like you are in a café in a city like Casablanca. Very unique atmosphere
In march 2004 there was an other VT pubcrawl. The weather was bad, there was a huge storm. But we all had to wear to a hat and we managed to keep that on and stay dry.
Keeping the hats on was the difficult task with winds up to 100 km an hour. It is pitty only a few VT-ers came and enjoyed...
The pubcrawl started (and ended) in den Engel, conveniently located at the Grote Markt.
A eetcaf? where you would dine with past and wanna-be stars.
A place for drinking and light meals.
K. Zeppos is a character of a TV series in the 60s. When you enter the room, you wouldn't miss his poster hanging on the wall. I learnt that when I said to Dannie that the poster reminded me of Tino Rossi (French crooner). No, it was K. Zeppos.
Plus the place is reported to be a joint for young things who would like to be actors...
Cheese croquette was not bad.
The soup seems yummy too according to my neighbour.
My experience there is limited to hot drinks though. Tea and warm chocolate.
It was our first joint (though some of us had drinks in a pub on Groenplaats while waiting for the start of the tour) during our VT meeting on Nov.30.
Dress Code: Casual and even Metrosexual given the residents' style.
i think you can also have something to eat here but i dont know for sure.
we wanted to meet at the rubens statue or if it was cold at the hilton. but at the hilton it was breakfast so. they we to karbonkel and saw us outside.
i had a tea.
it is a bit dark so the picture is not great.
Dress Code: we were casual.
The oldest pub in Antwerp or so it claimed (Since1565AD)!!! And we could take some pictures of us beertapping too!!! HAHAHA!!!
A mini VT meeting with Helga (helga67@VT), Rudy (diamonddog@VT), Danielle (irisbe@VT) and myself!!!
Picture courtesy: Danielle (irisbe@VT), Photo taken by the real bartender!!! HAHAHA!!!
Dress Code: Casual!!!
If you ever get the chance to join a pubcrawl , you have to do it!
It would be nice if you understood a bit of the Antwerp dialect or at least some dutch or flemmish.
A musician and his wife organises the entire evening. At the beginning everybody puts money in the kitty. As the musician leads the way to the next pub, his wife is taking orders and she enters the pub first. That way everybody gets his or her drink quickly and all is payed for instead of twenty or so seperate bills. Leaves more time for the great flemmish songs and more time to drink.
As we had two americans in our group the musician did two english songs for them, but that is all he knows.
Dress Code: Good walking shoes, as antwerp roads are not always as smooth as the ones at home.
The rest is up to you, what ever is comfortable.
Now it was time for another round of card writing and some people used their prospectus of Antwerp as a rememberance card and we all signed, one after the other!
From the front, then clockwise:
Procaccini (Giuseppe), Gonne, Tom (together they are Tompt), Rene_cardoen, Nicoleken.
We stayed there for at least 1,5 hour, time travels fast when you are with friends!
Most of us ordered a second drink (the glasses of jenever are really small but filled till the edge!)
From left to right:
Sargentjeff, Sapere and B_caro.
We all were put in the cellar and that was just great!
From left to the right:
the cheese of ATLC, Robin-linda, Rudy (Diamonddog), behind him standing up is Leo, next to him is Pip, eden_teuling (Bes), Jeff, Marieangela,B_Caro (Caroline)
After we ate our sandwich we walked over the Groenplaats, back to the Melkmarkt and then direction Conscience Plaats... but we took a turn into the Mondriaan straat.
Our drinks where served in the very oldest (and original) pub the Quinten Matsys.
Unfortunatly some had to leave soon while others, due to train troubles, just arrived.
The group visiting the Saint Paul's church left, the others went on a walk with Diamonddog.
Dress Code: everything is ok
One of Antwerp's main squares - surrounded by bars and cafes. This was the first port of call for us when we went out for the evening with Caro & Filip. I don't remember the exact cafe, but that's not too important - almost any of the bars around this square would be great.
Dress Code: Casual
As the weather was so bad we couldn't drink our brews on the street but had to hide in the subway.
Tom and Johnny made the best of it.