Antwerp Nightlife

There are 2,500 taverns in Antwerp—one for every 200 inhabitants—and the city is the club-going capital of Belgium, which means that the centers of nightlife are abuzz until the wee hours of the morning. The narrow winding streets of the Grote Markt, around the cathedral in particular, are packed with cafés, bars, restaurants, and a few clubs; it's an area that's very popular with visitors

and locals looking for a traditional ale or a nice meal. For the hipper, more artsy crowd, Mechelseplein is an area just coming to life and finding its feet, with plenty of the hip cafés, bars, and theaters. Alternatively, head south to Leuvenstraat, especially around the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (MuHKA), which teems with bars and clubs. You might even be able to catch a cabaret performance.

Along the waterfront at Vlaamse Kaai and Waalse Kaai, there's a large parking square where you'll find some of Antwerp's biggest clubs as well as a group of smaller pubs. Be advised, though, that they share the area with Antwerp's red-light district.

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Bierhuis Kulminator

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It might not look like much, but this is regularly voted one of the world's best beer cafés for good reason. Bierhuis Kulminator pours...

Billie's Bier Kafetaria

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It's not often a new beer bar pushes aside Belgium's old stagers, but in the past couple of years this cozy, friendly corner bar has...

Café Beveren

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Beveren is boisterous and old-fashioned, and even has its own 80-year-old Decap organ—a rarity in the city (or anywhere), since most...

Café Hopper

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Café Hopper presents jazz performances every Sunday and Monday starting at 4 and 9 pm respectively in a rather formal environment. Check...

Café d'Anvers

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Slap-bang in the heart of the red-light district, this is the city's flagship deep house venue, luring tourists and locals alike to its...

Café de Kat

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This friendly "brown bar" is popular with residents and has a solid beer selection. It's a welcome escape from the gimmicky tourist pubs...

Cargo Club

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Formerly known as Red & Blue, the biggest gay disco in Benelux has changed its name and expanded its offerings. Relentless house...

Cocktails at Nine

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Owned by the people behind the excellent Linnen B&B, this pristine, stylish cocktail bar lies in the shadow of the Cathedral of our...

De Vagant

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Da Vagant is Antwerp's iconic late-night bar, restaurant, and distillery. Sample more than 200 kinds of jenever (20%–54% ABV), a Dutch...

Den Engel

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Facing the main square's fountain, Den Engel draws an eclectic and friendly clientele. It's a great place for people-watching and something...


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