An enthusiastic student population ensures a thriving, cosmopolitan drinking scene in main city Groningen: grand cafes with atmospheric pavement terraces on packed people-watching squares, beachside bars; craft-beer breweries; coffee shops using specialist koffie beans from local roasters; state-of-the-art cocktail and wine bars. Elsewhere in this rural region, there is no 'scene' , rather the odd traditional inn offering drinks between meals.