Locals are equally enamoured of coffee and beer, and can often be convinced to enjoy an expertly made cocktail, too. There's no lack of cafes, cocktail bars, microbreweries and pubs – many with outdoor seating for summer – and these are scattered across a variety of neighbourhoods. Witte de Withstraat is the main bar street.

Best Lists

Drinking & Nightlife

  • Eurotrash United Favoured watering hole of the city's bohemian set.
  • Aloha Green-credentialed cafe/bar with a terrace overlooking the Maas.
  • Biergarten Popular, ultra-casual meeting spot.
  • Suicide Club The hippest watering hole in town.
  • Bokaal Light on pretension, heavy on fun.
  • Stirr Whether shaken or stirred, the cocktails here are always top-notch.


Cocktail Bars

  • Stirr Creative, individualised cocktails shaken and stirred by bewhiskered bartenders.
  • Ballroom The place to worship at the altar of the national cocktail – gin and tonic.
  • Dr Rotterdam Secret location, even-more-secret cocktail recipes.

Outdoor Drinking

  • Aloha Huge sun-drenched terrace overlooking the Nieuwe Maas, and a focus on sustainability.
  • Hotel NY Terrace Bar Watch the action on the water from this sunny spot on the point of Kop van Zuid.
  • Biergarten Beer, barbecue and a student vibe in a popular meeting spot.
  • Suicide Club Fashionable rooftop bar with views over the city rooftops.
  • Bokaal The terrace here spills out into Nieuwmark and heaves with drinkers on summer nights.
  • nhow Bar Sensational view from a balcony terrace in the iconic De Rotterdam building.


  • Man Met Bril Mecca for serious coffee drinkers; beans don't come any fresher.
  • Coppi Enjoy a coffee while having your bike repaired or enjoying a chat with fellow cycling enthusiasts.
  • Korenbeurs Browse books while enjoying a coffee at this cafe in a public library in Schiedam.

Neighbourhood bars

  • Café De Ouwehoer Bohemian bar in the heart of Rotterdam’s former harbour red-light district.
  • De Witte Aap The best bar on Witte de Withstraat, with great people-watching opportunities.
  • Verward The type of wine bar that every neighborhood needs; friendly staff, delicious wine.
  • De Oude Sluis A popular Delfshaven drinking den pouring beers since 1912.


  • Maassilo The city's largest club, with gritty surrounds and a powerful sound system.
  • Toffler Techno temple set in an old pedestrian tunnel.
  • Noah Tiki cocktails and funk, soul and R&B on the turntable.
  • Suicide Club Weekend-only dance floor attracting the bold and the beautiful.