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. ...

De Schouw

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

Locus Publicus

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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...


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


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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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