Rotterdam Nightlife

To get your bearings in the Rotterdam party scene, look out for glossy fliers in cafés, record stores, and clothing shops with club gear. The best nights tend to be Thursday–Saturday (11 pm–5 am). Most venues have a clubbing floor, with DJs working the crowd, as well as ambient rooms for smoking or just plain relaxing. From hard-core techno—popular here since the early ’90s—to early-hour

chill-out cafés, 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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Breakaway is busy with a young international crowd; it's the nearest you'll get to a Dutch take on an American bar. ...

Club Vibes

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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...

De Schouw

  • 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.


  • 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...

Kaapse Brouwers

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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...

Locus Publicus

  • 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...


  • 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...


  • Music Clubs

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


  • 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...


  • 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...


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