3 Favorite Cocktail Bars in Ghent, Belgium

by Janis on July 30, 2015

 Old Fashioned, Ghent, BelgiumWhen we visited Belgium in late May, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the land known for beer, chocolate and waffles also is home to some delightful cocktail bars. After discovering two amazing cocktail bars in Antwerp, we thought we’d see how the cocktail scene in Ghent compared. All in the name of research, of course.

Ghent, BelgiumWith college students making up nearly 25 percent of its population, and its well-preserved medieval architecture along the picturesque Scheldt and Leie Rivers luring tourists, Ghent is a prime spot for cocktail bars. We discovered our three favorite cocktail bars all within walking distance of our Ghent Marriott hotel.

3 Favorite Cocktail Bars in Ghent, Belgium

De Alchemist, Ghent, BelgiumDe Alchemist, Ghent, Belgium1. The De Alchemist, a casual, clubby, neighborhood bar, reuses gin bottles as candle holders. The bar features several different trendy gins. I discovered Monkey 47 to be a favorite.

De Alchemist, Ghent, BelgiumDe Alchemist, Ghent, BelgiumThis gin and tonic made with Monkey 47 gin and Fentimans tonic water was spectacular. The glass arrived with ice, gin, lemon peels and juniper berries, along with the bottle of tonic for mixing to my taste.

De Alchemist, Ghent, BelgiumMr. Jones decided to start with a local beer.

De Alchemist, Ghent, Belgium

We loved this bar; it ruined us for a “regular” G & T. We stopped after one drink, as we had more bars to “research.”

Mosquito Coast, Ghent, Belgium2. The Mosquito Coast has globes and a mannequin wearing a “dress” of various foreign currencies in its window. This is a tip-off to what you find inside this eclectic bar, restaurant and gathering place for travelers.

Mosquito Coast, Ghent, BelgiumMosquito Coast, Ghent, BelgiumThere are several comfortable rooms furnished like living rooms for enjoying cocktails, along with a section of travel books if you need to get inspired. There is also a bar downstairs.

Mosquito Coast, Ghent, BelgiumUpstairs at the Mosquito Coast you will find an indoor and outdoor eating area, and the license plate collection from around the globe.

gin and tonic, Mosquito Coast, Ghent, BelgiumI tried the gin and tonic here with Monkey 47 gin and Fever-Tree tonic water. It’s my new favorite tonic, and I’m thrilled to find it back home at the Riverside Red -X.

Old Fashioned, Ghent, Belgium3. The Old Fashioned is a speak-easy cocktail bar, hidden in a basement. Inside you find the bartenders mixing potions like mad scientists.

Old Fashioned, Ghent, BelgiumOld Fashioned, Ghent, BelgiumThe cocktail menu is a series of cards. Being an Alaskan, Mr. Jones had to try the “Smoky Halibut” cocktail, which tastes like smoked fish.

Old Fashioned, Ghent, BelgiumOld Fashioned, Ghent, BelgiumThe drinks are unique and elegant.

Old Fashioned, Ghent, BelgiumSteve Okhuysen, the owner and chief cocktail chemist of the Old Fashioned, is a delightful personality.

Each of our three favorite cocktail bars in Ghent, Belgium has a distinctly different vibe, but found each of them uniquely enjoyable.

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entrance, National Aviation History Museum, Kansas CityTravelers often overlook exploring attractions in their backyard in favor of traveling to far-flung destinations. We are guilty.

Visiting the National Airline History Museum in Kansas City, MissouriWhenever our fellow travel-loving friend James comes to Kansas City to visit, we are inspired to explore locally. During his recent visit, we checked out the National Airline History Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

National Airline History Museum in Kansas City, MissouriLocated at Hangar 9 at the Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Missouri, the National Airline History Museum looks unimpressive from the outside. It’s worth the visit inside, where the museum dedicated to aviation history is staffed 100 percent by volunteers.

displays, National Airline History Museum, Kansas City, MissouriAfter paying the $8 admission fee ($5 for Seniors 65+ and Active Military; $4 for kids age 13-17 and free for kids ages 12 and under), we watched a short film about aviation history before seeing displays of early aviation memorabilia such as playing cards and first class menus.

uniform displays, National Airline History Museum, Kansas City, MissouriThe airline uniforms through the history of commercial aviation are interesting.

early air traffic equipment, National Airline History Museum, Kansas City, MissouriNext, our volunteer guide led us into the work area of Hangar 9 where the planes are restored and made available for close-up views. There are also displays of early air traffic equipment, as shown above.

Martin 404, National Airline History Museum, Kansas City, MissouriMuseum visitors get to climb through one of 103 Martin 404 aircraft ever built. The museum’s Martin 404 was built in 1952 and delivered to Eastern Airlines. It flew 40 passengers, all in first class, with two pilots and one flight attendant.

Douglas DC-3-G202A, National Airline History Museum, Kansas City, MissouriThis Douglas DC-3-G202A, the Museum’s latest restoration project, was built in Santa Monica, California, and delivered to Transcontinental and Western Airlines (TWA) at Kansas City, Missouri on March 4, 1941. While many DC-3 aircraft where used during WWII as transports, this plane did not and is one of the very few existing DC-3s with the rare 24-passenger, 8-window configuration.  TWA flew this airplane from 1941 until 1952.

inside the Connie, National Airline History Museum, Kansas City, MissouriInside the Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation (Connie), built in 1958, there were actually sleeping berths for some passengers. The plane accommodated 53-88 passengers, depending on the configuration.

The National Airline History Museum is open year round on Wednesday through Saturday between 10 a.m.—4 p.m. The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

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