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In case you didn’t know already: Antwerp loves to party. On New Year’s Eve, Antwerp parties even harder and this year is no different. No matter how great or disappointing your 2017 was, when that clock strikes midnight, it’s time for a new year and perhaps, a new you. So what could be better than a NYE party that fits your 2018 mood perfectly? We break down 20 New Year’s Eve parties in Antwerp city so you can choose exactly where to go and what to expect.

HUSH HUSH #JENIEUWJAARSFEESTJE - CONTRAIR

Music: R&B / Hip-Hop / Classics

Location: Het Eilandje / ‘The Little Island'

If you live in Antwerp, you already know about Hush Hush, no introduction necessary. If you’re new or visiting: hello, let’s party. This party series is the bee's knees and delivers good vibes, always. On top of the extra extra new year’s eve festiveness, this is also the last party ever at pop-up venue Contrair. So if the roof gets teared off the club, it’s okay, they won’t need it the next day anyway. Music is provided by Amsterdam’s very best, Vic Crezée and the Hush Hush homeboys Hush Hefner and Blackout Boy. They got you covered with that good good, so hop on over one last time to celebrate.

Contrair :: Montevideostraat 5 :: 2000 Antwerp

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NYE | A 16 HOUS ODYSSEY - CLUB IMPREZA

Music: House / Techno / Cult

Location: Borgerhout

Originally scheduled at Bar Venetië, now moved to the Polish Club Impreza down the street, this party is the underground nightlife collab of the night. Party masters NOORD, Primitive Motives and Mati Drome are collaborating to bring you over 16 (!) hours of non-stop dancing with a very full line-up consisting of Mati Drome, DTM Funk, Hillmen, SixSixSixties, Natasya Muravyova, Milo Spykers and Silas. We repeat, this party will last over 16 hours! So when you finally manage to escape whatever else (a boring dinner and drunk family members perhaps) you can still dance for hours here, even if you arrive at 10 AM.

Club Impreza :: Turnhoutsebaan 34 :: 2140 Borgerhout, Antwerp

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MEATPACK NYE - MEATPACK

Music: R&B / Hip-Hop / Urban

Location: Den Dam / ‘The Dam’

Recently opened and already the talk of the town, Meatpack is an event space that does all kinds of things really. That don’t matter right now though cause it turns into a poppin club at night which is, let’s face it, what you’re really looking for on NYE, right? If you go here, your new year is sure to start off fabulously with TIA-favorite Faisal, Jonas Lion and DJ-duo Catwar & Lilihell behind the decks. A guaranteed home-run. Kind of what we’re hoping our entire 2018 will look like.

Meatpack :: Samberstraat 40 :: 2060 Antwerp

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THE ELEVATOR • NEW YEARS EDITION - THE VIEW (NOORDERTERRAS)

Music: R&B / Hip-Hop / Urban

Location: De Kaaien / The river Scheldt

Current This Is Antwerp Magazine cover star Bibi Seck opens up the NYE night at The Elevator, a party concept hosted at club The View. Located on the top floor off the Noorderterras, this party is literally going to be lit. You will see the famous Antwerp new year’s eve fireworks going off just a few meters away across the river. After Bibi, the boys Hamizo, Kevin Kofii and Hvmza will take over for your groovy R&B pleasure. Find a shorty or a homie, enjoy the fireworks and bump and grind into the new year here.

The View - Noorderterras :: Jordaenskaai 27 :: 2000 Antwerp

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VAN HELDER NAAR VAAG - BAR HELDER & CLUB VAAG

Music: House / Techno / Disco / Funk / Dance

Location: Het Eilandje / ‘The Little Island’

The literal English translation of this party title is ‘from clear to vague’. A play on words because of the names of the venues but quite possibly also the true mantra of our new year’s eve night. We don’t know how drunk you plan on getting, but it’s a possibility. Two clubs next to each other, only one ticket to pay and a boatload of opportunities to get totally lost in the music with DJ’s Nico Morano, Goldfox, Nick Bril, Dimitri Delava, Timmerman, Konna, Cheap Charly Men and S.C.O. Hello instant NYE calorie burner, we’ve been expecting you.

Club Vaag & Bar Helder :: Rijnkaai 2 - 4 :: 2000 Antwerp

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AMPERE NYE WITH NINA KRAVIZ & FRIENDS - AMPERE

Music: Techno / House / Electronic

Location: Diamond District

The Ampere club, located underneath the Central Station railroads, might’ve pulled off the most impressive booking of the entire night. Internationally renowned techno goddess Nina Kraviz is visiting for an unforgettable celebratory set. Kraviz is going to be incredibly busy during new year’s eve with another booking in Rotterdam and another one in Berlin. So catch her while you can and otherwise you’ve got her friends Nikita Zabelin, Gabriella Vergilov and FBQ taking you deep into the night. Or early morning more like. Straight fire.

Ampere :: Simonsstraat 21 :: 2018 Antwerp

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NYE 2018 | IN WITH A KISS KISS BANG BANG - PEKFABRIK

Music: Electronic / Italo / House / Techno / Funk

Location: Borgerhout

Pekfabrik is one of Antwerp’s cosiest and craziest locations at the same time. It may sound weird to call a formerly abandoned warehouse kinda cute but this one actually is. You enter through big doors, walk a couple of meters in an alley and another set of doors welcome you into the rustic club. DJ’s Moodchngr,  KKKKRRRRTTTTCCCCHHHHVVVV and Altijd Brijs are bringing their favorite and craziest records so you can boogie woogie into 2018, genre-defying. Insider tip: wear shoes that can take some damage. It get’s real here!

Pekfabrik :: Kattenberg 93 :: 2140 Antwerp

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HAPPY END / THE LAST SUPPER - PLEIN PUBLIEK

Music: Disco / House / Funk / Hip-Hop

Location: Quartier National / South

Many locals favorite pop-up venue, Plein Publiek, is closing down early January but not without going into the new year with a bang. You can enjoy the finest food here at a fancy NYE dinner before DJ’s Hey Mikey & Miami Nice take over and turn the place into a giant dance floor until you just can’t dance no more. Light show on the buildings surrounding included, as always.

Plein Publiek :: Van Craesbeeckstraat 33 :: 2000 Antwerp

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WOODPOP NEW YEAR’S EVE EDITION - CARGO CLUB (RED & BLUE)

Music: Pop / Dance / Classics

Location: Red Light District

Cargo Club (formerly known as Red & Blue) has been Antwerps premiere gay venue for over two decades. Fresh from a recent makeover and not limited to strictly LGBTQ events now, Cargo Club is happy to welcome you to Woodpop for your 2018 pleasure. Their tagline is “gay pop music” and with names such as Justin Spears, Sunlit and Ilse Liebens on the marquee, we don’t think that’s going to be a problem. One for the boys and the gurls. Yes, that’s girls with a ‘u’.

Cargo Club (Red & Blue) :: Lange Schipperskapelstraat 11-13 :: 2000 Antwerp

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MASK OFF 2018 - LA GARE 27

Music: Hip-Hop / R&B / Dancehall / Classics

Location: Den Dam / ‘The Dam’

La Gare 27 is kicking off 2018 with fifty shades of hey, not grey, by opting for an obligatory mask dresscode. No mask = no entry. The dresscode might be bougie but the music will be all goodies, all night. DJ’s Mad-D, Dieux Pere, Twelve Pile Air, Black Frank and Uneak will be taking you from island vibes to both west and east coast Hip-Hop and urban tunes. This is the place to run into a high-heeled sister and boys with either chains or fancy ties. How you doing?

La Gare 27 :: Damplein 27 :: 2060 Antwerp

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NYE AT CAFE D’ANVERS - CAFE D’ANVERS

Music: House / Techno / Electronic

Location: Red Light District

Perhaps just as famous as Antwerp’s Red Light District itself, Café D’Anvers is an Antwerp nightlife legend. They are pulling out all the stops with Belgian house monument DJ Smos and DJ’s Joyhauser & Raw District on new year’s eve. Cafe D’Anvers is equipped with huge fans hanging over the dance floor so temperature control is on lock as things are sure to heat up all night, CDA style.

Café D’Anvers :: Verversrui 15 :: 2000 Antwerp

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NEW YEAR’S EVE 2018 - CAFE LOCAL

Music: EDM

Location: South

Cafe Local is an Antwerp nightlife staple and they are doing right by their reputation for this calendar switch. They’ve invited Laurent Wery and DJ Vinny to fist-pump your way into the new year. If you love EDM festivals like Tomorrowland, this is your one stop shop. It’s also close to The Scheldt River so perhaps you can watch the annual fireworks, then dive into the night here. Turn up!

Café Local :: Waalsekaai 25 :: 2000 Antwerpen

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AFROSHOT NEW YEAR’S EVE - KAVKA

Music: Afrobeats / Afro-Disco / Dancehall

Location: City Centre

DJ Abena, DTM Funk, Rotes and Deejay Backstabber are bringing you the funkiest NYE tunes all night at Kavka, located right in the city centre. It’s right across Antwerp’s main police station so while the location might be safe, the music and dance floor probably won’t be. Get ready to be set on fire and cool down between stunting on the floor with a beer. Another insider tip: leave your best designer shoes at home, this is where your footwear takes some not unwelcome damage.

Kavka :: Oudaan 9 :: 2000 Antwerp

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ONE MORE TIME + NEW YEAR - DE SERRE

Music: Classics / Dance

Location: City Centre

De Serre is one of Antwerp’s prettiest party locations right in the middle of the city. New party concept One More Time is throwing their very first edition on December 31st and immediately sold out upon announcement. A second edition in February has already been planned. DJ’s du jour are Böky Bros, DJ Deedz and Jeroen Delodder. We suspect a lot of Daft Punk throwbacks here, including, what else, the classic ‘One More Time’. We see what you did there guys. Limited tickets are expected to become available at the door during the night, check the event’s Facebook page for updates.

De Serre :: Lange Gasthuisstraat 29-31 :: 2000 Antwerp

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JAMAICAN NEW YEAR’S EVE - ZAPPA

Music: Afrobeats / Dancehall

Location: Kiel / South

Twerk your way into 2018 at the massive Zappa venue with DJ’s Tommy Milfnikka, Linky, Young Gun Superior and Blazin Fire Sound Belgium. You think you can dance? Many dance crews are also dropping by throughout the night, so this is your ultimate dance-off opportunity. Have your booty shorts and sneakers ready.

Zappa :: August Leyweg 6 :: 2020 Antwerp

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CAFE AU LAIT NY PARTY - FELIX PAKHUIS

Music: Funk / Disco / Afrobeats / Classics

Location: North / Red Light District

This party describes itself as “groove is the heart, funk is in the bones” so we’re sure DJ’s Fonkee Monk, Kobalt, Tommy Milfnikka, Bubba, Notoir, Hary Shanthi, Mylan and Alexandro Tachyani are ready to bless your ears and get those feet going. Location is the historic Felix Pakhuis, located right between Antwerp’s Red Light District and North District.

Felix Pakhuis :: Godefriduskaai 30 :: 2000 Antwerpen

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MERCADO NEW YEAR’S EVE - MERCADO

Music: Dance / Funk / Lounge / House / Afrobeat / D&B / Latin / Jazz

Location: City Centre

Celebrating your new year’s eve at Mercado will give you the loveliest food coma before you hit the dance floor to an all-nighter set by legendary DJ Buscemi. They’ve got an 8-course culinary menu with Chinese, Malaysian, Lebanese, Japanese, Mexican and Moroccan influences and complimentary drinks. Did we mention it’s located in the historic former Antwerp main post office? And that there will be live saxophones? We suggest a very light breakfast and lunch beforehand.

Mercado :: Groenplaats 43 :: 2000 Antwerp

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POP IT LIKE IT’S HOT - DEN DRAAK

Music: Pop / Classics / EDM

Location: Zurenborg

Den Draak is an infamous gay bar in Antwerp’s Zurenborg neighbourhood where the cocktails are fresh but the fun is old school. DJ Dokter T. is taking care of the tunes all night so you can totally let go in this cosy setting. Antwerp city bikes are located right in front of the venue so if you’re not too drunk, this is perfect to avoid any NYE traffic.

Den Draak :: Draakplaats 1 :: 2018 Antwerp

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NEW YEAR AT YOUR UNCLE’S - NONKEL WANNES

Music: Throwback

Location: South

‘Uncle Wannes’ is a cheerful homely café run by, you guessed it, your imaginary uncle Wannes. On new year’s eve the café will have a couple of DIY DJ’s and the drinks will flow even more fluently than other weekends. One for the lovers of a jolly good time. No fancy insta filters necessary, this is where you let your guard down and join in on some major fun.

Nonkel Wannes :: Montignystraat 21 :: 2018 Antwerp

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LA GOZADERA DE ANO NUEVO - BAR 11

Music: Latin

Location: City Centre

Bar 11 is a cocktailbar located right in the historic city centre that specialises in Latin drinks and Latin music. They’re having over Chilean DJ Arturo for your latin dancing pleasure all night long. 2017 was THE year where Latin music dominated the mainstream charts and radio, so how about some authentic Latin fun to top it off? No despacito.mp3 but perhaps un poquito despacito on the dance floor with a latin lover and a piña colada. Vamonos 2018!

Bar 11 :: Pelgrimstraat 11 :: 2000 Antwerp

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KEEP IT SAFE

Even if pre-sale tickets are sold out, most events do offer tickets at the door on new year’s eve. Inform beforehand by clicking the individual event links provided. Remember to keep it safe throughout the night! Use either a designated driver or make use of the many taxi services available all over the city. Police will be present heavily to make sure everything goes down safely on this celebratory night. Don’t go into the new year with a big fine for drunk driving, even if you go by bike. Keep it cute, keep it safe and enjoy! On behalf of the entire This Is Antwerp team, we wish you a happy new year! See you in Antwerp.

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Text by Laurent James

Pics by This is Antwerp & Visit Antwerp

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