Belgian Coast drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Oostduinkerke

Estaminet de Peerdevisscher

Estaminet de Peerdevisscher is a wonderful old-time café with fishermen moonlighting as bar staff and a real seafaring vibe. It's 1.5km north of the beach in Oostduinkerke's second centre, Oostduinkerke-dorp, across…
Top Choice Gay in Ostend


Ostend has a compact gay scene. Of its handful of bars, Valentino – with its charming hosts, dance floor and cruisy back room – is a bit of a one-stop shop. It's the kind of place where people still dance like nobod…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Ostend

Mommy's Bastards

Ostend's new hipster-kid on the block is worth checking out just to see what a bar/restaurant called Mommy's Bastards is like. There's a tapas and a la carte menu, tempting cocktails and a cool Malmö-esque style. Li…
Bar in Ostend

’t Kroegske

There's a giant devil-fish's head on the roof of two old houses with facades covered with lurid cartoons. Inside it's cramped, filled with bric-a-brac and merrily tatty. Next door there's an art-packed smoking room.…
Bar in Ostend

Lafayette Music Bar

With the panelling of a traditional café but the backlit bottle racks of a fashion-conscious cocktail bar, Lafayette hits a fine balance between hip and friendly. The tubas and hanging hams add eccentricity, and con…
Pub in Ostend

Le Châtelet

This busy pub-café on Ostend's so-called 'Little Paris' corner was built in 1885. It's a local landmark and a thoroughly atmospheric place to down a beer, have a snack or a light meal, admire the crumbling castle-li…
Pub in Ostend

Café Botteltje

In a spacious café reminiscent of a British pub you'll find around 300 different beers, including a dozen on draught. Meals (noon to 2.30pm and 6pm to 10pm, mains €14 to €24) include a selection of beer-based recipe…
Pub in De Haan

Strand Hotel

If it's too cold to stay outside, get a drink from the modest Strand Hotel and watch the sun set into the sea from its glassed-in terrace. Beer from €2.50.