To get your bearings in the Rotterdam party scene, look out for glossy fliers in cafés. The best nights tend to be Thursday–Saturday. Many venues including some bars have DJs working the crowd once food service has ended. There is a wide gamut of nighttime entertainment. West Kruiskade (also known as Chinatown) is the place to go if you want lively bars and music from around the world. Nieuwe Binnenweg and Witte de Withstraat have many busy late-night cafés and clubs. Oude Haven is particularly popular with students, and the Schouwburgplein is favored by visitors to the nearby theaters and cinemas. Stadshuisplein has a number of tacky discos and bars.

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  • 1. Brewpub Reijngoud

    Centrum | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    This modern brewpub, nestled in the arches beneath a disused railway viaduct, serves its own house ales alongside a fine selection of guest...Read More

  • 2. Club Vibes

    Museumpark | Live Music

    This long, narrow club has a friendly staff who chat up night owls at the bar—don't bother showing up before 1:30 am. Music is mostly 1970s...Read More

  • 3. De Schouw

    Witte de With | Cafés

    An erstwhile brown café and former journalists' haunt, De Schouw is now a trendy hangout frequented by a mix of artists and students. ...Read More

  • 4. Dizzy

    's-Gravendijkwal | Live Music

    In business since 1977, Dizzy is the jazz café if you appreciate live music. A big terrace out back hosts both Dutch and international acts...Read More

  • 5. Kaapse Brouwers

    Kop van Zuid | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Part of the Fenix Food Factory, a former warehouse just across the water from the Hotel New York, this brewpub is one of Rotterdam's best hangouts...Read More

  • 6. Locus Publicus

    Blaak | Cafés

    This one-room café a few minutes' walk east from Blaak station is a favorite among Belgian-beer enthusiasts, with a menu that tops 200 varieties...Read More

  • 7. Mad Mick’s Breakaway Cafe

    Centrum | Cafés

    This place is busy with a young international crowd; it's the nearest you'll get to a Dutch take on an American bar, with a 100-strong cocktail...Read More

  • 8. NRC

    Witte de With | Cafés

    The NRC, opposite De Schouw, is an altogether grander café in a building that formerly housed the editorial offices and print room of the eponymous...Read More

  • 9. Rotown

    Museumpark | Live Music

    Rotown, a high-style restaurant, has new-talent bands playing on Saturday night. ...Read More

  • 10. Toffler

    Centrum | Live Music

    In a former pedestrian tunnel, Toffler opens late and music really kicks off into the early hours with changing guest and house DJs every Friday...Read More

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