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Looking at a map of the Netherlands, Groningen seems a long way from anywhere – but this vibrant, youthful city is among the country's most progressive urban metropolises, with a 40,000-strong student population injecting bags of creative zest into its buzzing cafe culture, hedonistic nightlife and rampant cultural scene.


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A man pulls a pint behind the bar at Brouwerij Martinus. There are craft brews on tap and large silver stills tucked next to the bar © Sara van Geloven/Lonely Planet


Where to wet your whistle in Groningen: the 10 best bars and cafes

May 14, 2019 • 5 min read