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Antwerp Nightlife

Antwerp is a young and buzzing city with a student population of 15,000 that ensures the nightlife remains lively around the clock. The docklands are the current centre for clubs, but good bars and cafés can be found all over town, with many tucked in the historic centre.

Bars in Antwerp


Described as a “cozy wine bar” and “nice pub”, this bar is run by locals of Antwerp who will make you feel as though you’re home. Clodette also has the give-away sign of a good bar, as it is often full of locals, where many patrons are recognised and greeted happily, but where all are welcome. Friendly staff, nice décor, and a reasonably priced selection of drinks awaits all diners experience.


Address: , Paardenmarkt 42, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 479 77 61 72


For many years, this endearingly dishevelled bar just south of the city centre has been a place of pilgrimage for global beer lovers. Don’t be put off by the rather shabby-looking façade – the cosy interior is a place to try more than 800 different Belgian brews, many in aged versions you won’t find anywhere else.

Address: , Vleminckveld 32, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 232 4538

Oud Arsenaal

For a glimpse of what Antwerp used to be like, step into this atmospheric art deco pub near the Rubens House, which has remained unchanged since it opened in 1929. Most of the locals propping up the bar look like they’ve been here since day one too.

Address: , Maria Pijpelincxstraat 4, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 232 9754


Hidden down a narrow street close to the cathedral, this charming tavern is housed in an atmospheric brick-vaulted cellar that’s dimly lit by candlelight whether day or night. It’s the perfect place for romantic trysts and hushed conversations over fine local ale and good food.

Address: , Pelgrimsstraat 15, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 234 0809

Clubs in Antwerp

Café d'Anvers

Angels may look down in disgust at what goes on in this former church, where the new owners have adopted an “anything goes” policy. If the bouncers don’t like the cut of your jib, you might struggle to get in. But once you’ve crossed the threshold, you’ll be rewarded with a night of DJ fuelled hedonism that’s not for the fainthearted.

Address: , Verversrui 15, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 226 3870

IKON Antwerp

Previously the well-known NOXX nightclub, IKON opened on September 19th following the disappointment expressed when NOXX closed. Registered by the Quality Nights label and part of the new Inventus Group, an Antwerp event organiser, this club offers an experience that should not be missed.

Address: , Straatsburgdok Noordkaai 3, Antwerp, 2030
Telephone: +32 3 295 5465

Live music in Antwerp

Café Hopper

An Antwerp institution for over 20 years, Café Hopper is one of the city’s finest jazz venues. And rightly so: talented musicians from across the globe have graced the stage at this insouciant cafe, which hosts live jazz throughout the month in stylish surroundings.

Address: , Leopold de Waelstraat 2, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 248 4933

Jazzcafe De Muze

Even if you’re not a jazz cat, you’ll still want to stop for a drink in this beautifully decorated, multi-level café. If you can, grab a seat on the first floor before slinking back and savouring a beer from the incredible selection on offer. Jazz aficionados will love when bands perform live, which is almost every evening.

Address: , Melkmarkt 15, Antwerp, 2000
Telephone: +32 3 226 0126


Located in the Zuid district, this former warehouse is slightly out of the way but well worth the pilgrimage if you’re a fan of live music. Fun and funky, Superdiesel is a pop-up summer club that has widespread appeal thanks to the sheer diversity of acts and theme nights. Expect anything from rock and dubstep to 70s soul.

Address: , D'Herbouvillekaai 25, Antwerp, 2020
Telephone: +32 3 226 4963.

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Featured Hotels


Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel

Less characterful than some Antwerp hotels, though no less luxurious, the Astrid is a towering modern building that borrows elements from older styles. Boasting some 200 rooms of 5-star lavishness, it’s situated directly opposite Antwerp's Centraal station. Guests have full use of the leisure facilities, including a health centre.

Hotel Julien

A short walk from Groenplaats Square, this elegant and cosy Antwerp hotel is a beautiful mix of old and new. The rooms sport minimalist designer décor and all amenities blend seamlessly with original medieval features. Friendly staff preside over the space, and the roof terrace provides sweeping city views.

Leonardo Hotel

Located near Antwerp's Centraal Station, Leonardo Hotel has 96 spacious bedrooms, which are smart, clean and contemporary. The location is great for exploring the diamond district and for onward travel, but not so good for the historic Old Town, which is a fair walk away. But the price is right and the summer terrace is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast.

De Witte Lelie

This former 17th-century canal house is today one of the best boutique hotels in Antwerp. Period features and antiques have been sympathetically fused with contemporary designs to offer guests a comfortable and characterful stay in the city. The 10 gorgeous bedrooms give the hotel a cosy, personable feel, although rooms book up quickly.

Hilton Antwerp Old Town

Boasting the sky-high Cathedral of Our Lady as its next-door neighbour, this five-story fin-de-siècle building was originally the Grand Bazar department store. Spacious rooms are sumptuously decorated with one eye on history, though the flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi keep everything up to date. Drink in the surroundings by taking afternoon tea in the marble-floored lobby.

Hotel Rubens

Tucked away in a quiet side street behind the Grote Markt, this stylish 4-star hotel is the perfect base to explore the Old Town. A friendly concierge welcomes weary travellers with a refreshing port or sherry, while the hotel’s chic rooms are comfortable, quiet and well-appointed. You won’t go hungry either; their buffet breakfast will set you up for a day full of sightseeing.