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  • 1. Breakaway

    Centrum | Cafes–Nightlife

    Breakaway is busy with a young international crowd; it's the nearest you'll get to a Dutch take on an American bar. ...Read More

  • 2. Club Vibes

    Museumpark | Music Clubs

    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 | Cafes–Nightlife

    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 | Music Clubs

    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 Rotterdam's best hangout for...Read More

  • 6. Locus Publicus

    Blaak | Cafes–Nightlife

    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. NRC

    Witte de With | Cafes–Nightlife

    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

  • 8. Rotown

    Museumpark | Music Clubs

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

  • 9. Toffler

    Centrum | Music Clubs

    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

  • 10. Cambrinus

    Blaak | Cafes–Nightlife

    Cambrinus is a cozy café opposite Blaak station, directly below the Stayokay hostel and with a terrace on the Oude Haven. This is a popular...Read More

  • 11. Gay Palace

    Centrum | Bars/Pubs

    Very much part of the late-night scene, Gay Palace attracts crowds of young gay and lesbian Rotterdammers to its large dance floor on Saturday...Read More

  • 12. WATT

    Centrum | Music Clubs

    Three floors and one of the best live music lineups make WATT the place to be in Rotterdam. If you can't get tickets for the big-band nights...Read More

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