Nightlife

Top Choice Pub in Antwerp

Mombasa

Overlooking one of Antwerp's most underrated architectural glories (Borgerhout Town Hall) this superb beer bar stocks well over 100 choices (including excellent Saison Dupont on tap). It's doubly exciting for cyclin…
Top Choice Beer Garden in Leuven

Oude Markt

The 30 bars that cram together on Oude Markt form one huge mass of happy drinkers whose chatter and midnight whoops reverberate around the baroque gables. This extraordinary array of pubs collectively has the local …
Top Choice Bar in Antwerp

Bar Paniek

In a series of old warehouses transformed by an artists' collective, this magical hang-out has concrete floors, barely hanging together arrays of old windows and a supersized rickshaw on the big dock-front terrace. …
Top Choice Brown Cafe in Antwerp

Oud Arsenaal

Little has changed since 1924 at this congenial bruin café (traditional pub) that attracts grizzled elderly locals with its exceptionally reasonable beer prices, brews of the month and guest ales.
Top Choice Cafe in Mechelen

Peloton de Paris

At this cyclist's dream cafe, you can relax with a great coffee (from €2.30) or a specially bicycle-themed beer (from €2.90) microbrewed by Brouwerij Boelens, while a Belgian cycling aficionado looks over your bike …
Pub in Mechelen

De Gouden Vis

The bare boards of this youth favourite have a well-loved patina, the vine threatens to break chunks out of the verandah and the rear riverside terrace catches afternoon sunshine before the serious drinking gets goi…
Brewery in Antwerp

Brouwerij Cafe de Seefhoek

Antwerp's new kid on the beer block is reincarnated Seef. To taste their full range of offerings (beers €3 to €3.50) head directly to their fashionably dishevelled brewery cafe where you can sit amidst the Inox brew…
Brewery in Mechelen

Brouwerij Het Anker

Operational since 1471, Het Anker is one of Belgium's oldest and most celebrated breweries. Most days there's at least one brewery tour (€8, two beers and a soft drink included). Or just head straight to the brasser…
Wine Bar in Mechelen

Unwined

This congenial, unthreateningly inclusive wine bar makes oenology accessible to novices by listing its ever-changing by-the-glass menu as a short series of quality categories: Wednesday (fresh and simple), Surprise,…
Bar in Leuven

Bar Stan

Coffeeshop, bar, restaurant and hip community meeting place all combine in the lovable little triangle of creativity that is Bar Stan, around 15 minutes' walk south from Leuven's centre.