Some of the best bars in Antwerp include local ‘brown bars’ for craft ales alongside incredible cocktail lounges.
Just like the city, the bars in Antwerp are full of character and style, with beautiful cocktails and the best Belgian beers. Since it’s a young town, you can expect a fun and lively night out but there’s also cosy hideaways if you want a quiet evening.
We’ve rounded up the best watering holes in this historic city for a night to remember…
Best bars in Antwerp
Recently voted Europe’s best cocktail bar, Dogma has been changing not only the cocktail scene in Belgium, but across the whole continent. They focus on super high-end ingredients and the stellar drinks are all the more enjoyable for the relaxed ambience.
This is one bar truly pushing boundaries and is sure to inspire countless others.
Vitrin is a laid-back cafe bar that’s popular for a post-work “spritz” on the terrace – the outdoor patio catches the sun perfectly. The cafe is right on Marnixplaats Square, so there’s great people watching opportunities while you sip your drink.
This cosy cocktail bar does artisan cocktails that change all the time, so you’ll find something new on each visit. It’s small but mighty, with a fun crowd and a brick tunnel-like interior. FYI, the owner is looking to close the bar from January 2020, so come for a drink before it’s too late.
Antwerp’s longstanding landmark for live jazz, De Muze is a chilled out spot that’s always busy – try the upstairs bar if there’s not a seat in sight downstairs. There’s live music on almost every night of the week from 10pm onwards and a great range of Belgian beers.
It’s been popular since 1964 and shows no sign of slowing down.
Billie’s Bier Kafétaria isn’t just a regular pub, but a true tasting room where real beer enthusiasm is lived and breathed by local and foreign guests. This is a spot where you can enjoy your beer and discover new varieties from over 100 beers that they stock. They’re also dog friendly, so your pooch can soak up the good vibes too.
This old school Belgian café bar is like stepping back in time – the mustard yellow walls and crackly leather banquettes add to its charm. It’s been around since in 1912 and has been passed down through three generations of women.
As for drinks? Sip on local Belgian beers on tap.
This fun summer bar in Park Spoor Noord, near Antwerp Dam, is the perfect place to be on a hot sunny day. Sit out with refreshing cocktails on the terrace and join in on a Silent Disco event in the evening. Splash around in the fountains if you need to cool off and just enjoy the pretty views of the park.