Polish Club’s Guide to… Antwerp, Belgium

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Sydney based, two-piece rockers Polish Club are mid-way through their AUS/NZ tour, of their brand new debut record, Alright Already. The legends managed to take the time out to give us their Guide to Antwerp, Belgium. Give Beeping a spin, book some tix to Belgium, and kick yourself if you missed out on tix to their intenso show.

Where to Eat?

One touristy but worthwhile thing to do is go somewhere with mosselen (mussels). It’s served in a giant black pot with a side of chips and your choice of soupy sauce. Don’t fuck around, get the white wine ones (witte wijn).

Also get some stoofvlees (beef stew) at Cafe Shilling with a big serve of chips. 

Oh and ask around and find a broodje. It’s just a sandwich in a fresh bread roll but they have amazing fillings like prepare/americain (raw meat mince and onion).

Where to Drink?

I mean anywhere. The beer is obviously awesome. There are some nice, albeit touristy, bars in Groenplaats and Grote Markt, where the cathedral is.

De Vagant is a classic genever bar in the city. They serve a shitload of different types of genever.

Where to AirBNB?

Anywhere near the Meir would be convenient.

Where to Party?

There is a godawful karaoke bar on Grote Markt, I believe it’s called Park Avenue. It’s the worst bar in the world and I absolutely love it.

Where to eat at 2am?

Frituur No.1 (Frituur Nummer Een). A frituur is the name of a place that basically exclusively sells fried goods. No.1 is the one on Hoogstraat near the cathedral. It’s basically the reason why you wanna go to Antwerp. Get yourself some bitterballen (fried, crumbed balls of mystery meat) and curryworst/frikandel (sausage covered in mayo and onion).

Where to find your new favourite band?

Some other country.

Where to escape the tourists?

It’s not a super touristy place, so that’s not too much of a worry.

Where to spend your hungover days?

There are a few museums and galleries that are great. The MAS is awesome. The building itself is reason enough to go.

What to complain about with other locals?

French people. French-speaking Belgians. Dutch people. Etc.

Where to find true love?

Well, I mean France is just a couple hours south. And the Netherlands is just an hour north. There’s also that karaoke joint I mentioned earlier.

Where to avoid?

The zoo is pretty gross and depressing. And zoos are generally awful.

Which Antwerp bands to listen to whilst here?

Soulwax are the best Belgian band in forever. They’re from Gent but Belgium is so small, it’s all the same. dEUS are a classic Antwerp rock band from the 90s.

The ultimate Antwerp must have?

Fried foods. Food in general. And booze.

*****ALRIGHT ALREADY DATES*****

MAY 4 THU – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – SOLD OUT
MAY 5 FRI – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – SOLD OUT
MAY 11 THU – Small Ballroom, Newcastle – SOLD OUT
MAY 12 FRI – Rad Bar, Wollongong – SOLD OUT
MAY 13 SAT – Republic Bar, Hobart
MAY 19 FRI – Rocket Bar, Adelaide – SOLD OUT
MAY 20 SAT – Amplifier, Perth – SOLD OUT

MAY 25 THU -The Foundry, Brisbane – SOLD OUT
MAY 26 FRI – Elsewhere, Gold Coast – LTD TIX ON THE DOOR
MAY 27 SAT – Big Pineapple Music Festival – SOLD OUT
JUN 1 THU – Transit Bar, Canberra – TICKETS
JUN 2 FRI – Workers Club, Geelong – TICKETS
JUN 3 SAT – Corner Hotel, Melbourne – SOLD OUT
JUN 4 SUN – Corner Hotel, Melbourne – TICKETS

NEW ZEALAND
JUN 30 FRI – Whammy Bar, Auckland
JUL 1 SAT – Meow, Wellington

Bobby Rein

Bobby is one of Bear Family's earliest family members. He has a sweet beard and likes to take photos, sing songs and brew the occasional beer. If you see him at a show, give him a cuddle.
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