Utrecht 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).
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.
Bar in Utrecht


A political reference point in Utrecht, ACU combines bar, music venue, lecture hall and more. Argue about whether Trotsky was too conservative while chomping organic vegan food by the inimitable Kitchen Punx (6pm to…