There is no visit to Antwerp that is complete without stopping by a bar and ordering a beer. You will live an experience of flavor, color and a sound that connects you with the locals.
You may not be very beers. If this is your case do not worry because I also thought of you. You will thank me.
Now that I have recommended you what to eat in Antwerp and what is, for me, the best value hotel , it’s time to go for drinks.
What is the best place to drink beer from Antwerp?
I will not make you wander through dozens of sites until you can discover the best place to drink beers in Antwerp.
As always, I did the work for you and I’m going to take you to a place that, I’m almost sure, you’ll love.
As you can see when traveling to Antwerp, there are many places to have a good beer, but there is a very special one.
I think the best place is undoubtedly a bar called Elfde Gebod and deserves the honor for many things, not just the variety in beers.
The first thing that will catch your attention is the way it is decorated. You will seem to be inside a church , but with music (rather classic rock) and drinks.
Belgium went through years ago some problems with differences and religious confrontations, so many of the sculptures that were in the churches went to the basements of houses or to hide in sheds.
Over the years this came to light and some bought them as art without religious symbolism.
One of those sites was the Elfde Gebod bar that was accumulating them, putting on its walls, shelves, stairs and so many places.
This bar, in addition, is very famous for being the oldest in Antwerp and being the one that has more positive opinions throughout its history.
But also, and more importantly, for having the biggest menu of Trappist beers … read on and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
The beer tour of Antwerp
I didn’t do it because I didn’t have time, but if you like beer and are willing or willing to taste beers with a gourmet touch, this is your tour .
This is an excursion that takes you through the city to try beers, eat some typical dishes and tell you in detail the most interesting secrets of this drink.
Which ones should I ask for?
Trappist, ask for Trappist. That is what a person who lived there many years ago told me before explaining why I should ask. I paid attention and liked it.
A Trappist beer is basically a monastery and town beer . That is to say, it is done following some craft rules that make it special.
The taste is brutally good so go for a Trappist, or try different and then make your own evaluation.
Another option is to ask for a Triple d’Anvers . It is a classic beer of the city, more industry but very good.
Be careful because alcohol levels may be slightly higher than normal. You can go from 9% alcohol to 15% .
Don’t ask for anything famous
This is a piece of advice that I am going to give you as a friend: Do not order any beer you know .
I know you can be excited to drink a Stella Artois, a Duvel or a Leffe in Belgium. But no, don’t do it. You can drink those at home and the taste is the same.
And if you don’t like beer …
Alright, we get to the interesting point. It must be recognized that beer has a bitter taste that not everyone convinces.
In Belgium they like beer so much that they have thought of those who want something, maybe sweeter.
If you don’t like beer very much or want a sweeter taste in your mouth, order a fruit beer .
They have so many fruit beers that it will cost you to decide. They are still beers but with a touch of fruit that make it sweeter.
I tried a couple of them and I must tell you that I would drink them again. They are delicious.
How to order a beer like a local
This is another tip that an inhabitant of Antwerp gave me and that will help you get good beers at a good price.
If in Spain you enter a site and ask for a cane in Antwerp you enter a bar and say “click” almost as if you were pronouncing “pinsh”.
But that’s not all, when asking you have to lift your little finger in case they don’t understand you well.
What you will give yourself is a “thrown” beer, one that does not come in a small bottle, but that is not bad at all.
How much they cost?
If you order a beer at the bar with your little finger high it can cost you less than 3 euros.
When you ask for a letter the price will vary greatly. You can pay from a basic € 3.50 for a regular beer , about € 4.50 for a fruit and about € 6 for a Trappist .
It is clear that these are average prices. Think that for a bottle of a good beer you will be paying between 5 and 9 euros Never more than that.