who are we

first Tiki Bar

According to ChatGPT:
"The Drifter is a renowned cocktail bar nestled in the heart of Ghent, a city known for its medieval architecture and vibrant cultural scene. Since its inception, the bar has become a staple for locals and tourists alike, offering an eclectic mix of classic cocktails and innovative concoctions. The interior of The Drifter exudes a retro ambience, drawing inspiration from the tiki and vintage eras, setting it apart from the typical bars of the region. What truly makes The Drifter stand out is its commitment to quality and creativity, with bartenders often using locally sourced ingredients and putting a Belgian twist on traditional drinks. Its intimate atmosphere, combined with its exceptional offerings, ensures that it remains one of Ghent's premier destinations for those seeking a unique drinking experience."


all juices, syrups, cordials, etc... are homemade.

premium booze

brands selected by us for their focus
on sustainability, quality and ethics  

what do we serve?

our main focus is that what runs through our veins: Tiki Cocktails.
we have a fixed menu, with an everchanging list of seasonal drinks...
But for those who are in the mood for something else, we've got a great selection of wines, Local beers and homemade lemonades to quench your thirst!
if you're in need of a small bite, we also offer some barfood...


Let's Talk about booze, BABY

tastings & events

oct. 14, 2023

Rum 101

Tom, Owner of this bar and author of "Rum, The complete guide" takes us on a voyage through vast sugarcane fields. Everything you ever wanted to know about rum...

oct. 21, 2023

there's more than just the caribbean!

People associate Rum with the islands in the mexican gulf. but there are a lot more regions that produce great rum, each with a unique style!

NOV. 4, 2023

the art of strong, weak, sour & sweet

what's the origin of tropical drinks? how did it evolve and what in heaven's name is Tiki culture?!!! get your answers here!


unfortunately, due to mishaps in the past, we do not accept reservations.
our new location can fit up to 95 guests, so we're pretty sure you'll find a spot!

any other questions?
9000 Gent
open from 17h 'till midnight
friday & saturday open 'till 1h
closed on tuesday