Guide to the Hippest Summer Bars of Antwerp

Spending summer in the city? Then Antwerp should be your urban destination! Whether you’re traveling for business or exploring Europe, getting out and about through this vibrant city will make you forget all the business you want to escape from. For a convenient and comfortable place to stay, the newly opened Park Inn by Radisson Berchem is a great option, with easy access to the airport, you can be in and out of the city in no time! But which summer bar should you head to? This is the ultimate local guide to Antwerp’s most summery hot-spots.


Starting with summer bar Bocadero, all your main summer cravings: sun, water, sand and lots of good food and drinks can be found here. The groovy music and one of the best atmospheres will sweep you off your feet and into a beach chair. You can hang out for the day or relax after work, the mesmerizing view of the river bank never gets boring.  Visiting on a Tuesday? Then you’re welcome to join the weekly salsa party where you can practice your dance moves all night long. You might even get surprised by a tango initiation or vintage market in the weekends.

Bocadero beach club exterior

© Bocadero Photos / bocadero.be

Park Spoor Noord

Another hip and happening place to be is ‘Park Spoor Noord’. A northern green area in the city that has its own cargo summer bar. Described as one of the green lungs of the city, it is a place where locals come to enjoy their green park and meet with their friends. This place breaths community: refresh by the fountains, enjoy a Sunday brunch, attend a concert or live DJ set, indulge in healthy pizza or join a BBQ event! There is room for you here, whether you want to mingle with your friends or join the locals in their summer experience!

BBQ in the Park - Antwerp

Theatre Rivierenhof

Did you just have a long day? If all you’re up to listen to some hip music and welcome the evening with ease? Catch a free Friday night concert at Theatre Rivierenhof, or any of its other regular programs. Here you can find everything from rock, jazz, pop and folk concerts throughout the summer months. The great thing about this is that the concert are held in an amphitheater right in the lush green Rivierenhof park.

Theater Rivierenhof open air concert in Antwerp

© Sigrid Spinnox / visitantwerpen.be

Black Smoke

The Black Smoke restaurant and rooftop bar has a unique location close to the Antwerp City Brewery and draws you in with its unique BBQ flavors and of course the best local beers! The Low and Slow Cooked BBQ, top notch cocktails and delicious brunches are what make this a summer favorite. The 6 storey building is divided into sections – the bar on the first floor, the BBQ restaurant on the third and the rooftop bar (with an amazing view) on the 6th floor. This is one summer spot in Antwerp where good weather, tasty craft beer and great company make the perfect day! Don’t expect fancy seats, the theme is trailer Park with an urban vibe, so change that suit into some shorts and a T-shirt and relax in this unique setting.

When it comes to summer nights, Antwerp truly has it all. During your trip to the city, you have more than one options for places to stay. If you’re looking to stay centrally, Park Inn by Radisson Antwerp is located right in the heart of the city and next to the beautiful Antwerp Central Station. You will have easy access to all these summer hot spots, and what’s best is that you can spend an afternoon by the pool and sauna for a lazy afternoon. Or if you’re in the city for a quick trip in-and-out, you will find comfortable accommodation at the Park Inn by Radisson Berchem, located conveniently just 10 minutes from the airport. So you can fly in and out of the city and still enjoy the summer treats of Antwerp!

Park inn Antwerp by Radisson - Junior suite 4