Music dominates the city's entertainment programs, with plenty of festivals and venues on offer. Many live-music venues resist being confined to one genre, programming everything from jazz to rock, reggae to R&B. After parties during the world-famous North Sea Jazz Festival in July are held in venues across the city and are renowned for their impromptu performances.

Best Lists


  • Bird Jazz Club Where the city's jazz afficionados congregate.
  • De Doelen Classy surrounds and excellent acoustics.
  • Annabel Popular live venue with eclectic musical program.
  • Rotown Band venue with plenty of street cred.

Jazz Clubs

  • Bird Jazz Club Rotterdam's main jazz venue, with an impressive line-up of musicians.
  • Dizzy Decades-old jazz cafe with live music most nights.
  • Café LaBru Laid-back bar with live Wednesday-night gigs.

Live-Music Venues

  • Annabel Mid-size venue hosting musical acts in every genre.
  • Rotown Big-name and emerging bands take to the stage here.
  • De Doelen Prestigious venue hosting classical, jazz and world music concerts.
  • Worm Caters to fans of experimental and avant-garde music.