’t Ankertje aan de Dijle


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’t Ankertje aan de Dijle

’t Ankertje aan de Dijle is a convivial, brown ‘discussion café’ in an eighteenth-century, late-baroque building. The café serves all the Het Anker brewery’s beers, which it also sells in a beer shop. Curiosities relating to beer and Mechelen’s breweries adorn the walls. There is always a jazz, groove or blues band on the first Monday in the month.

Bars & Nightlife

Part of what makes Mechelen so convivial is its human scale. Rather than packing into large dance halls and nightclubs, in the evenings people tend to gather in the many atmospheric cafés and bars. Many of these provide live music, particularly in the summer months. The area best known for its nightlife is the Vismarkt or old fish market, which abounds in relaxed cafés for all age groups. The dynamism of the Vismarkt spills over into the surrounding Korenmarkt, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwestraat, Begijnenstraat and Melaan. Students tend to converge on the area around the station.