The dark days of winter are upon us and there is nothing we can do about it. On the upside, you no longer need an excuse to enjoy the wintery ambience in one of the many winter bars in Antwerp. Find a seat near the fireplace or huddle snugly together under a blanket while you sip heart-warming drinks and enjoy tasty snacks.
You might be forgiven for thinking you’ve just stepped into an après-ski bar in a posh ski resort when you walk in at Aspen Bocadero. But no, you’re still in Antwerp and this beautifully decorated winter bar by the Scheldt is the perfect remedy to the winter blues. Indulge in some great food in their lovely restaurant. Prefer a more active evening? Try your hand at curling or hit the dance floor during SalsaBocadero.
Moose Winter bar
MOOSE winter bar is located near the existing Aspen Bocadero. Soak up the cosy après-ski ambience while sipping jenever and toasting marshmallows over the fire. Enjoy the amazing winter setting and dance the night away to après-ski music and the latest hits.
Lazy Jack, winter edition
Trendy summer bar Lazy Jack in Antwerp’s Eilandje neighbourhood gave its interior and menu a winter make-over which you can’t afford to miss. They collaborated with The Butcher’s Store for the menu and also serve brunch on Sundays. Still looking for a last-minute Christmas gift? Head over to the FUTUR concept store, which sells Belgian brands and the products of small businesses.
- Thursday and Friday from midday until 11 p.m., Saturday from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
- Kattendijkdok Oostkaai 22a, Antwerp
Gå Nord in Park Spoor Noord ensures that the park continues to be just as lively in winter as it is in summer. The old carriage house, which dates from 1900, was beautifully renovated and draws on Scandi gastronomy for culinary inspiration. We’re sure you’ve never tried their home-made kombucha (fermented tea) or unique cocktails. The large sunny terrace has been revamped for the winter season, so you can enjoy the warming rays of the winter sun in a green setting.
- Saturday from midday until 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10.30 a.m. until 7 p.m.
- Hardenvoort 5, 2060 Antwerp
Winter chalet Middelheim
Head over to the winter chalet at the castle after your stroll through Middelheim Park to warm your hands over the fire. Make the last day of every winter week an unforgettable family day, with hot cocoa, glühwein, jenever and jazz.
Enjoy a drink and a snack amid opera sets, costumes and extraordinary props. That is the concept of the opera’s new pop-ûp bar Operaplein 1, which you can find to the left of the opera’s entrance.