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Top bar recommendations from locals

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“The café of Arts Centre Vooruit Large cultural chit-chat café and eatery with an Art Deco interior; originally the heart of Ghent’s socialist movement. Cultural temple for theatre, concerts, dance and parties. Many organic and/or fair-trade products and a veggie daily special. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Vooruit is bringing Triomf, one of its old beers, back to life. You can taste this 100% organic, highly fermented 6% vol. beer at Vooruit Café or the Vooruit shop. Cheers! ”
  • 85 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“The epicentre of the Ghent nightlife scene; the place to dance the night away during the weekend; often free performances.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Travel cafe/eatery near the Town Hall that makes you dream of distant, adventurous and exotic destinations. Colourful cocktails as well as local beers, finger food and world cuisine, a nice mixture from far and near. Weather permitting, you can also sit in the backyard or the terrace.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Speakeasy with a quirky touch. Timeless cocktailbar. A weekly changing drinksmenu. Ask for your favourite classic or allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised with a mix of homemade products.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“Jazz performances are often held here. Highly recommended if you like jazz. In this small bar you are really close to the artists.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
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“Not your ordinary big movie theatre. Art cinema and very cosy cinema rooms. Can get quite busy.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bistro
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“Beautiful venue of a renovated old packing house. Great selection of Belgian kitchen perfectly prepared.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Beer Bar
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“Belgians are very proud of their beer. Taste and enjoy the best that Belgium has to offer. Choose from more than 300 types.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
“Really nice place. Great food, lovely wine, nice interior. Would go their if you are a foodlover or if you have something to celebrate!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Pub
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“My personal favorite one! This is a real local thing. Families from here go there, older people, artists...A great mixture. You can go and eat something, or drink something or go and read a paper or work on the laptop. Very open for everyone and everything. Not a lot of choice of the menu but really nice honest food. They also have a lovely veggy dish every day. Simple place but with a big heart.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Pub
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“Just a very cool place to hang around. Great atmosphere, nice food to share and nice drinks. Always a late night when I go there.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“This nice little bar is quite popular with locals, and with good reason. A very good selection of wines, served by bartenders who know what they’re talking about. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bookstore
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“Books and coffee... retreat in your pages of your favourite new book and sip a coffee... ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Café
“490m from our appartment.nice bar. They also serve some good comfort food. .”
  • 18 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Just a great place for lunch or a coffee. They also have vegan stuff. Highly recommended ! (Plants all over the place, lovely interior!)”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“From an eyeglass-wearing fox to an imposing mounted deer, De Alchemist is another gentlemanly option in the heart of Ghent. Black Hendrick’s bottles serving as candle holders on small wooden tables hint at several fine gin-and-tonic combinations on the menu. The atmosphere at this intimate place swings from genial to buoyant depending on the night.”
  • 16 locals recommend