Café Highlander

Bar, Eatery

Pieter van Hobokenstraat 2
Antwerpen, 2000

+32 3 226 91 80 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Advertised as a Scottish Pub, but strictly speaking, the Café Highlander is actually an Anglo-Scottish Bar, for whilst the Landlord may be Scottish, the Landlady is from England.
Opened in 1998 and close to the City Centre, this very beautiful corner brick building is really a conglomerate of 3 buildings, parts of which date from the 17th Century. The outside is always well presented, smart and festooned with well-cared for window boxes.
De Koninck is the best of the bunch of the 6, or so, draft beers. A small but slightly adventurous range of about 30 Bottled Belgium beers includes Orval, Rochefort 10, Duvel, both Westmalles and Kwak. English and Scottish Bottled Ales are also available, including several offerings from the excellent Broughton Brewery. The beer range, whilst only limited set amongst the high standards of Antwerp, is still unique with its Anglo-Scots flavors and well worth the effort. Overall, there are probably around 50 beers available at any one time.
Provides a nice change from the high end Antwerp BeerBars and is just a nice place to sit back, relax and drink some great beers in fantastic surroundings amidst friendly company. I usually plan on having just one, or two, beers here – but I always end up staying longer once I get talking to the locals. Provides a unique combination of Ales, but also a quite superb range of Malt Whiskies that is maybe not bettered in Antwerp, or possibly even Belgium.
The Whisky range is much better than the beer, and can top 100 at times, if (like me) you are partial to a drop of heavy stuff, finish your visit here with a Single Malt, or two. Great Beer and Single Malt Whisky do seem to go together so well. In fact, if you are interested, the Café regularly holds Whisky Tasting Nights in the downstairs portion of the Bar.
Food is limited to Snacks, Burgers, Pasta and Salads. But these are good value for money and if you are Hungry, they will fill a hole.

I really like this Café. Is it because I am English? I think not, it is its warm welcoming atmosphere, jovial locals and the varied range of Anglo-Scots-Belgium Beer and Malt Whiskies that I like.

Feb 24, 2003
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uturn from Florida

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Jan 05, 2014
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77black_ships from Belgium

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

This is a place for drinking whiskey & not beer. The whiskey list is wonderful by very far the best one in Antwerp by my knowledge. When I come here, I come here to drink whiskey. Service is friendly & prices are good. Beer list is small & not very interesting but that is not really what they do here. You can find similar beer lists in lots of bars in Belgium. The attraction is really the whiskey. This is a local hound of a lot of older locals, few younger people ever come here which is pretty funny because this place is right in the middle of the student district. I like the atmosphere, they are nice to you. Couple of times they mentioned having some whiskey’s which they didn’t add on the menu because they had little of them but offered & sold them to me for good prices. I have never eaten here but I saw a couple of times some homemade desert here. I think that this is a lovely place & will rate it as such. They deserve a nice score. Selection is 4.75 - 5 if we are talking about whiskey here.

If you are looking for beer & not whiskey there are other places in Antwerp where you should be.

Oct 30, 2013
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Beeel from England

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I visited Cafe Highlander on Friday 4th March and Saturday 5th March. My visit to Antwerp coincides with the annual Zythos Beer festival which is held in St Niklaas. This is the thiird year on the trot i've visited Cafe Highlander. It is a very friendly place and George and Elaine who run the Cafe are excellent hosts and always make people welcome. There are about eight draught beers and a range of bottled beers,about 120 malt whiskies. I certainly did not go thirsty!

There is a food menu offering cold snacks and hot food and I understand that Cafe Highlander offers homemade scones/jam and cream-tea/coffee on Saturday afternoon but do check what time in the afternoon.

Anyone wanting more information should visit

I'll certainly be returning to Cafe Highlander on my next visit to Antwerp.

Mar 10, 2011
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ministoat from England

3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Being english, we were wary of seeking out an anglo-scottish establishment since it seems not quite in the spirit of a belgium trip, but we were pleasantly surprised.

There was a fair selection of beers, and a huge list of whiskeys; we went for a John Martins Pale Ale which as always was great.

Service was prompt and friendly, and the place had a good vibe. It is quite strange seeing locals with pints of Guinness, but I suppose it makes a nice change for them!

This bar is also close to Afspanning 't Waagstuk if you're working with an agenda.

May 29, 2009
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The Highlander Pub has a wonderful Irish pub vibe and was not difficult to find, but may not be in the best area of Antwerpen. The pub's owner, Maria, advised us to beware of the Old Scary Dude who was lurking around and to not purchase him a drink.

The selection was good with 8 drafts, several bottles and all kinds of whiskys. An odd combination to have an Irish pub in Belgium ran by Australians. Maria took us to the basement where when the building was a bakery the bread was baked. All the equipment remains and they have turned it into a tasting room for all the whisky.

If Old Scary Dude had left and if it were not our last stop for the night we might have felt inclinded to stay longer. I'd certainly return!

Visited on September 12, 2006.

Oct 16, 2006
Café Highlander in Antwerpen, Belgium
Place rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 6 ratings