Belgium’s second biggest city has a wide range of cultural activities to keep visitors entertained during the evening and nighttime. The variety of activities is only going to keep growing as Antwerp becomes trendier, and attracts a chic crowd from around the world. It has a truly vibrant nightlife which extends far beyond typical nightclubs and bars. This list shows some of the variety on offer, and highlights the best things to do when the sun has set in Antwerp.
1. Have an old fashioned night at The Oud Arsenaal
This is an old fashioned pub in Downtown Antwerp, with a long established history. It’s the ideal place to go if you want to taste some authentic Belgian beers, without paying the tourist price. It tends to attract a lot of locals and expats, who are a pretty friendly crowd, so it’s a nice place to go and strike up a conversation with a stranger.
Address: Maria Pijpelincxstraat 4, Antwerp, Belgium 2000
Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm
Contact: +32 486717912
Website: Oud Arsenaal
2. Enjoy some Jazz at Cafe Hopper
A cafe during the day, but a live music venue in the evenings, Cafe Hopper promises an interesting night. This jazz venue is pretty popular with locals in the city too, especially on Sunday evenings when they have live performances. If you’ve never thought to visit a jazz bar before, then why not start in Antwerp?
Address: Leopold De Waelstraat 2, Antwerp, Belgium 2000
Opening Hours: 10am - 2am
Contact: +32 32484933
Website: Cafe Hopper (in Dutch)
3. de Filharmonie
If you are a fan of classical music then Antwerp is a great city to visit. If you want to have a more cultured evening then definitely head to a classic music concert at the Filharmonie. Be sure to check their calendar to see what is on when you are in the city, and even if you are not a classical music buff, it could be worth checking out for the experience.
Address: Koningin Astridplein 26, 2018 Antwerpen, Belgium 2000
Opening Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2pm - 5pm
Contact: +32 032135420
Website: de Filharmonie (in Dutch)
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4. Chill out at Jazzcafe De Muze
This venue oozes coolness, and hosts all manner of musicians, from beginners to established professionals. Most concerts typically start from 10pm and can get very crowded, as it’s one of the most popular jazz venues in the city, so try to head there early. If you decide to pay a visit to Jazzcafe De Muze, have the complete experience by ordering a Belgium beer, and then savor it whilst enjoying the live music.
Jazzcafe De Muze
Address: Melkmarkt 15, Antwerp, Belgium 2000
Opening Hours: 11am - 3am
Contact: +32 32260126
Website: Jazzcafe De Muze
5. Chill at the hip Chatleroi
This cafe/bar has a vintage vibe, decorated with second hand furniture which all add to the overall cosy ambience. If you are looking for an atmospheric bar to enjoy some delicious beer in, then this is the place for you, and it’s no wonder that it attracts a lot of locals. It’s also really centrally located, near the Museum of Fine Arts, so you don’t have to go out of your way to find it.
Address: Graaf van Hoornsestraat 2, Antwerp, Belgium 2000
6. Have a mellow night at Cafe Cabron
Cafe Cabron is a cafe/pub with live music events in the evenings. It’s the perfect intimate space for listening to some great music, and enjoying an alcoholic beverage. The venue isn’t just limited to live music, they also host other events such as stand up comedy, so it’s definitely worth checking out their page to see what is coming up.
Address: Kaasrui 1, Antwerp, Belgium 2000
Opening Hours: 2pm - 3am
Contact: +32 472273616
7. Go to the Theatre - Bourla Theatre
Antwerp is well known for its amazing theatre scene, so you have to check out a theatre production whilst visiting the city. The Bourla Theatre is set in a beautiful neoclassical building, and the interior is just as stunning as the outside, creating the perfect atmosphere for a performance.
Address: Komedieplaats 19, Antwerpen, Belgium 2000
Contact: +32 32335517
Website: Bourla Theatre
8. Check out the variety at De Roma
This venue is a cinema which also hosts dancing and various concerts, so there is sure to be something for everyone. It also offers film screenings too and is a great solution if you are craving some culture, in a great setting, during your trip to Antwerp.
Address: Turnhoutsebaan 286, Borgerhout, Belgium 2140
Contact: +32 36001660
Website: De Roma (in Dutch)
9. Sip glorious cocktails at Paters Vaetje
This final option is a cool cocktail bar. This trendy cocktail bar is close to many of the main attractions in Antwerp, yet despite that, it is reasonably priced and has character inside. They pride themselves on having an authentic atmosphere, and a variety of different beers on tap. A lovely place to go during the evening after visiting the main sights in Antwerp, such as the nearby Cathedral, if you need to rest and relax.
Address: Blauwmoezelstraat 1, Antwerpen, Belgium 2000
Contact: +32 32318476
Website: Paters Vaetje
Antwerp is diverse
Antwerp is a city rich with history, and it also has much to offer visitors looking for things to do in the evening. There is so much variety, you could spend every night of your trip doing something different, yet unforgettable.
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