Utrecht Province drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Brown Cafe in Utrecht


Located unpromisingly beside the ugly Hoog Catharijne building is this blessed beer heaven, an astonishingly slick yet super-characterful reworking of a large former church, complete with organ.
Top Choice Bar in Utrecht

Kafé België

A full-sized Madonna statue seems to be almost fainting with passion in welcoming beer-lovers into paradise. The merrily rough-edged bar's 20 Benelux brews on tap supplement uncountable scores of other brews by the …
Brown Cafe in Utrecht

’t Oude Pothuys

On a summer day you can drink or dine right at the canal-side facing the brick arched Smeebrug bridge. However, this cosy pub-restaurant's real draw is the free nightly live music in its whitewashed double-barrelled…
Coffee in Utrecht


If you're strolling the leafy Buiten Wittevrowen district, seek out super-relaxed Cornelis, serving some of Utrecht's best coffee accompanied by luscious cakes. It sits behind the classic facade of a century-old for…
Coffee in Utrecht


'Stay Weird' advises the dancing skeleton in advertising stickers for this rip-walled coffee mecca. The atmosphere combines happy hipster and bric-a-brac goth elements, with music as eccentric as the decor.
Pub in Utrecht

De Bastaard

This unpretentious, jazz-toned bar serves a full range of La Trappe Dutch Trappist beers (including three on tap, from €3.20) that you can sip while dining cheaply on takeaway – it has no kitchen so you're welcome t…
Pub in Utrecht

Cafe DeRat

This cosy, board-floored corner pub has a lot of soul and a remarkable ability to source rare beers from little-known brewers. This includes a whole menu of Lambics (sour, spontaneously fermented beers).
Microbrewery in Amersfoort

Drie Ringen Bierbrouwerij

Near the Koppelpoort, this much-heralded microbrewery takes its name from a 17th-century predecessor and serves seven of its 11 sturdy beer varieties on tap.
Pub in Utrecht

Cafe Averechts

Tucked away in a quiet, residential quarter, unpretentious Averechts has a convivial, community vibe with games to play and Gulpener Pils from just €2.20. The main draw is the decent live music on Thursday to Sunday…
Bar in Utrecht

Café Ledig Erf

This atmospheric place is one of a trio of great terrace bars overlooking a confluence of canals at the southern tip of town.