Re: Beer bars in Antwerp
Posted by John White on 04/21/2004 10:46:53 AM
For me, De Koninck's brewery tap, the Pelgrim should not be missed, or two of their major outlets in the city itself, Den Engel and Quinten Matsijs. And if beer and food at the same time is required, then De Groote Witte Arend or De Herk or the wonderful Den Artist, opposite the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten (Royal Museum of Fine Arts).
The latter is a classic Art Nouveau place. On each table there is a leaflet for Aerts 1900 (8%), a beer once brewed by the former Aerts brewery in Brussels, but now brewed by Palm, in Steenhuffel. Seasoned Beer Hunters will be familiar with the beer’s publicity posters and bottle label, which feature an elegant couple dressed in fin de siècle (end of the [19th] century) style. Opening the leaflet reveals a photograph of the couple at a bar, the tiles below their feet having the name of this place patterned into it. The photograph was clearly taken in this bar. There is more wine than beer in the place, but don't miss this place, which is sort of en route to the Pakhuis, as is the don't miss Entrepôt de congo for a beer and good food and atmosphere.
I have had recommendation after recommendatio to eat in the Waagstuk, but good as it is for beer, I have had dishes there which are quite frankly inedible, for example the Lasagne on the Babblefest there.
But where is Lowieke to read all these postings and comment on them?
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