Rotterdam Nightlife

To get your bearings and find your way around the party scene, look out for glossy party fliers in cafés, record stores, and clothes shops selling clubbing gear. The best nights tend to be Thursday–Saturday, 11 pm–5 am. Most venues have a clubbing floor, with DJs working the crowd, and more ambient rooms for smoking or just plain relaxing. From hardcore techno—which has been 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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Club Vibes

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The long, narrow Club Vibes has a friendly staff who chat up night owls at the bar—you shouldn't arrive here before 1:30 am. Music...

Dizzy

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Dizzy is the jazz café if you appreciate live performances. A big terrace out back hosts both Dutch and international musicians every...

Rotown

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

Toffler

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

WATT

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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...

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