Northeastern Netherlands drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Groningen

Mr Mofongo

Drinking spaces don't get cooler than Mr Mofongo. Think student-hip cafe with buzzing pavement terrace on the ground floor, and cocktail bar with sensational 'wall' of 56 homemade spirits tapped by a robotic arm, cr…
Top Choice Bar in Groningen

Het Concerthuis

The hip go-to address at any time, the Concert House is a hybrid cafe, bar, and DJ and live-music space with pavement terrace overlooking one of the city's busiest people-watching squares. Saggy vintage sofas, patte…
Top Choice Cafe in Groningen

Café de Sigaar

With traditional, plum-painted facade overlooking the Hoge der A canal, this stylish cafe is the last word in canal-side chic. Its summertime terrace – one of the few to be truly on the water's edge – gets packed wh…
Top Choice Bar in Groningen

De Pintelier

Step back to the 1920s at this cosy Belgian bar where the selection of beer and jenever (Dutch gin) reads like an encyclopaedia. Its long wooden bar and thicket of candlelit tables are timeless. Catch a breeze in th…
Cafe in Groningen


Yet another trendy hang-out zone confirming Groningen's creative, innovative spirit: find this spacious and airy cafe-bar with St-Tropez-style summer terrace next to its sandy city beach in the increasingly happenin…
Craft Beer in Groningen

Café de Toeter

A student favourite that never seems to lose its appeal, this vintage bar is known for its fantastic choice of bottled beers (more than 160 types) and malt whisky (choose from a mind-boggling 350 varieties). But the…
Bar in Groningen

De Uurwerker

Student chill-out zone whatever the time of day, the Clockworker sports a spacious interior with funky art installations crafted from books. In warm weather, the laptop action moves outside into the peaceful courtya…
Pub in Groningen

Block & Barrels

Heaven for meat and beer lovers, this innovative pub has its very own butchery inside where excellent quality Dutch beef, local free-range pork, handmade sausages etc are prepared and cooked to rare (literally, depe…
Brown Cafe in Groningen

Cafe Wolthoorn

A highly atmospheric brown cafe with stained glass, red leather upholstery, brass taps and rather perverse art. It's been going since 1923 and the bow-tied tenders can tell you lots of stories about it.
Cafe in Groningen


Last of a line of boisterous terrace cafes on a busy square, the Stadlander is especially gezellig (cosy) with its interior dining area and generously sized pavement terrace clearly designed for hours of alfresco co…