During the summer months, the city of Antwerp gets a real summer look! Various summer bars give residents and tourists an urban holiday feeling. No sea, but lazy beach chairs on a real beach with a view of the Scheldt, summer activities, good food, live music, in short, plenty of enjoyment all summer long!
Holiday feeling in the summer bars
Summer immediately makes us think of holidays, getting away from everyday life and lazily enjoying the sun, a glass of wine, a chat with friends… In short, in summer we want to be outside and relax! In Antwerp you don’t have to travel far to experience that wonderful holiday feeling. After all, Antwerp has its summer bars, nice places that give you the feeling of getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Bar Noord (the former Cargo summer bar) is located in Park Spoor Noord, a green lung in Antwerp North, built on an abandoned railway site. Everyone is welcome in Bar Noord, this is a wonderful place for both adults and children. Children can play to their heart’s content in the playground and in warm weather the fountains provide water fun. While the children play, moms and dads can laze in a beach chair, with or without a large parasol. If you close your eyes and listen to the rushing of the fountains, you actually feel like you are at the sea, it is as if you hear the surf. So you can easily spend the whole day here, as if you were on holiday.
There are regular parties at the weekend and live performances are regularly organized. You can follow important football matches on a big screen. On such an evening, the summer bar is chock full of enthusiastic supporters, ambiance is guaranteed! Brunch is often offered on public holidays. You can choose from an extensive breakfast buffet, from bread and croissants to fruit salad, smoked salmon, bacon and eggs and so on. Nice to start your day!
Bocadero or ‘Saint Tropez on the Scheldt’: the comparison is clear, this is a hip place! This is not just a summer bar, Bocadero has much more to offer. This trendy hotspot is located on the Scheldt and has a real sandy beach where you can relax on sunbeds and enjoy the sun. You can stroll there as if you were walking on the sea wall. To spoil yourself culinary, there is a choice of no fewer than four restaurants, for an aperitif you can go to the trendy Summer Divin bar and there is even a Wellness Room to pamper yourself. There are three take-outs on the beach with a range of drinks, ice creams, burgers, wraps, pizzas and more goodies.
Salsa lovers are welcome here, every Tuesday evening there is a salsa night. Fancy a romantic evening? Sit down with your loved one (and with a delicious cocktail!) on the beach of Bocadero and admire the most beautiful sunset on the Scheldt!
Rijnkaai 1502000 Antwerp
Another nice bar on the waterfront: Bar Paniek! This summer bar is located in an empty hangar at the Kattendijkdok on Het Eilandje. A large space with a view of the water as an advantage. Bar Paniek was previously an ecological and artistic floating bar located on a crane pontoon at the Mas, but had to disappear there due to stability problems. The operators, the artist collective Time Circus, received permission from AG Vespa, the city’s real estate company, to move their summer bar to the abandoned hangar at the Kattendijkdok. The warehouse was transformed into a cozy, green place with a very relaxed atmosphere, everyone is welcome, everyone feels at home.
In Bar Paniek you can eat and drink at very reasonable prices, in contrast to the many chic ‘m’as tu vu’ bars on the Eilandje. Live performances take place regularly and activities are organized such as a Roller Disco , an afternoon of dancing on roller skates.
Kattendijkdok – Oostkaai 21B
Skybar was famous for its prime location. It was the highest gastrobar in Antwerp, on the roof of the Lindner hotel & City Lounge in the Kievitwijk near Central Station. In 2020, the Skybar is looking for a new location. It is not yet certain when the new location will be announced, but it will undoubtedly be a great event. You can consult the website to stay informed. The concept remains the same: a nice place where you can enjoy tasty snacks such as tapas, tacos and sushi and delicious cocktails. There are also vegetarian dishes or you can opt for the tasting menu. It is also possible to organize business or private events, such as receptions, family parties and walking dinners.
New location not yet known.
A . Cargo summer bar
B . Bocadero
C . Bar Panic
D . Skybar