Rotterdam drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Centrum

Aloha

Sustainable, innovative and funky as anything, this bar-cafe in the former Tropicana baths has a large terrace boasting views across the Nieuwe Maas river. Operated by Blue City collective, a group of environmental …
Top Choice Brewery in Noord

Eurotrash United

This excellent brewery is the brainchild of Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam, the artists responsible for the enormous Cornucopia work on the inside of Markthal. Fictional characters Kaiser Kuttlipp and Snorella adorn th…
Top Choice Coffee in Noord

Man Met Bril

Rotterdam's first artisanal coffee roastery (there are now 12), Man Met Bril sources direct-trade, 90% organic beans from across the globe and then roasts them in this hip space under a railway viaduct north of Cent…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Centrum

Verward

Beer is a more common tipple than wine in Rotterdam, so many bars here have less-than-stellar selections of wine by the glass or bottle. That's not the case at this friendly wine bar, where sommelier Ward de Zeeuw p…
Top Choice Bar in Centrum

Bokaal

In a bokaal (trophy) location at the heart of the enclave around pedestrian Nieuwemarkt and Pannekoekstraat, Bokaal has an indoor bar and a huge all-day sun terrace that heaves with people on summer nights. Beer (cr…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Westen

Suicide Club

Situated on the top floor of the iconic and monolithic Groothandelsgebouw building, this rooftop bar is where the beau monde comes to mingle. Expect cushioned cabanas, cutting-edge DJs (Friday and Saturday) and can’…
Top Choice Beer Garden in Centrum

Biergarten

A sun-bleached labyrinth of wooden tables, brightly painted stairs, exotic foliage and low-slung festoon lighting, the Biergarten throngs with thirsty locals enjoying ice-cold pilsner, homemade lemonade and a tempti…
Cafe in Noord

COPPI

Rotterdammers love both coffee and cycling, and this clever business caters to both passions. As well as repairing bikes and running a cafe (breakfast dishes €3 to €7, lunch dishes €6 to €9), it also holds a cycling…
Cocktail Bar in Zuiden

nhow Bar

If Rotterdam had a ‘best view from a cocktail bar’ award, this bar on the 7th floor of the De Rotterdam building would be the clear winner. Action unfolds around the artfully illuminated bar or on the terrace with i…
Cocktail Bar in Centrum

Dr Rotterdam

Reminiscent of Prohibition-era speakeasies, Dr Rotterdam only opens its doors to those in the know. Located in the Scheepvaartkwartier quarter, drinkers must book an appointment by text or email to be sent the actua…