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
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
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
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
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.