Last updated on November 3rd, 2020
Hey there, if you are looking for info on the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in Antwerp we will fill you in on it all. This LGBT nightlife guide will discuss numerous topics like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows, and plenty more!
We will also tell you all about the best options for LGBT online dating in Belgium, the sites we will focus on are more about fast hook ups then serious dating. On top of all of that we will get into all of the best LGBT pride events and meet ups we know about in this city.
Not everybody likes to go out to a lesbian or gay bar or nightclub to try and meet people, so we will try to cover the full gambit. Some of you may be interested in the gay nightlife in Brussels which we covered at that link.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In Antwerp
Let’s start this off with a list of the best mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs in Antwerp:
- Que Pasa at Lange Koepoortstraat 1
- Café Den Draak at Draakplaats 1
- Café Strange at Dambruggestraat 161
- Café Twilight at Nieuwstad 4
- The Boots at 22, Van Aerdtstraat
- Santos Café at Van Schoonbekeplein 19
- Velvet Cafe at Ellermanstraat 58
- Café DeLux at Melkmarkt 18
- Cafe Hessenhuis at Falconrui 59
- The Bonaparte at Grote Markt 21
- Club Random at Geulincxstraat 28
- Kinky’s at Lange Beeldekensstraat 10
- Cargo Club at Lange Schipperskapelstraat 11-13
- Atthis at Geuzenstraat 27
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
We know that lots of you reading this are here to find out about gay bars in Antwerp for men to meet men. In our lifetimes we have done a great job of making the world a far more inclusive place. These days most gay bars in Belgium are actually mixed, and gay hook ups should be possible at just about all of the above spots.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in Antwerp
That is also true when trying to find a full on lesbian bar in Antwerp. You can probably have success at most of the bars or clubs from the mixed list and if there are not other lesbian women looking to meet women inside then try another place until you find the right one.
With that said the monthly Cafe De Love at Cargo Club would be a good place for you to search and Atthis Cafe is also a solid option.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
While these are not exactly trans bars in Antwerp you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at:
- Drag at Que Pasa on Tuesdays & Thursdays
- Locura at Que Pasa on Fridays & Sundays
- Drag Show at The Bonaparte
- Drag Shows at Velvet Cafe
- RuPaul’s Drag Race at Stadsschouwburg
- Extravaganza Party
We know the queer scene in Belgium pretty well, but not as well as the local experts. Our goal is to keep our lists as up to date as possible but we need your help to do so.
If anything on here is old news or if we left some place off that we shouldn’t have please tell us in the comments. Also, if you think any venues should be listed as solely places for men to meet men or women to meet women let us know.
Many of these gay or lesbian bars and clubs can be found downtown as there really isn’t a distinct queer area or gayborhood here. We have also written about the LGBT scene in some nearby cities outside of Belgium like:
Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
Here are some of the best LGBT events that occur on a weekly or monthly basis:
- Latin Beats at Que Pasa on Saturdays
- We Love Thursdays at Cargo Club
- Abnormal? Therapy at Cafe Hessenhuis on first Fridays
- Pannekoek monthly gay Sunday T-Dances at Bonaparte
- A Dance Night at Atthis on the First Fridays
- Party at H.I.M
And these are the best pride events plus other LGBT event throughout the year:
Best LGBT Dating Sites
Let’s face it, going out to an LGBT bar or club isn’t for everyone. Sure, there is a chance you will find a hook up, but you have to deal with being around a bunch of drunk strangers which can be fun at times but also gets old quick.
Plus not everyone is fully ‘out’ yet and may not feel comfortable in that type of setting at the moment. Whatever your motivations are LGBT dating sites are a great way to meet people near you without having to get all dressed up and head to a gay or lesbian bar.
We have a few options to tell you about, and the first ones are mostly geared towards casual sex, not full on serious dating. Adult Friend Finder is the biggest site for getting laid on the planet and has been for damn near twenty years. Their top site for finding gay men near you to hook up with is Men Nation and you might just be shocked at how many users it has in Belgium.
It combines all of the users on their numerous sites which are not only straight and LGBT but also include swingers and numerous types of kinks and fetishes. So if you want m4m hook ups in Belgium use Men Nation, and for f4f hook ups use Lesbian Personals.
We also want to tell you about the world’s top transgender dating site, MyTransgenderDate. Trans dating in Antwerp is only gets easier and more possible by the day as more Belgium ts feel confident enough to be the person they really want to be.
At this point we have covered the Antwerp LGBT nightlife to the best of our abilities. You have been filled in on the best mixed, gay, or lesbian bars and clubs plus drag shows to party with trans and all sorts of LGBT dating sites in Belgium. Now choose the best option for you and enjoy yourself.