After a long day of work, we love to go into town with colleagues or friends and have a drink. It is not only the perfect end to the day, but also a great start of the evening.
To help you on your way with picking the best location, we hereby share the 20 nicest places to have a drink in Rotterdam!
1. Gele Kanarie
With a great location, beautiful terrace and large bar, this is the go to hotspot for many people in Rotterdam.
On the menu you will find all kinds of drinks such as wine, soft drinks, gin & tonics and of course the ‘Gele Kanarie’ (yellow canary) beer. It’s easy to sit her for hours, chatting, eating en drinking!
Goudsesingel 284, 3011 KH Rotterdam
2. Fenix Food Factory
In the summer you can sit outside and enjoy the view, while in the winter you can experience the real atmosphere of the Fenix Food Factory inside.
This old harbor warehouse on Katendrecht is a nice spot in Rotterdam where you can order something from various shops.
We recommend a special beer at the Kaapse Brouwers with a tasty snack from one of the shops inside. Enjoy!
Nico Koomanskade 1025, 3072 LM Rotterdam
3. Mooie Boules
A truly unique place, as it’s (normally) a place for a game of jeu de boules!
It is also the place where various restaurants gather and serve delicious dishes. At the bar there is a wide range of wine, specialty and local beer.
Vijverhofstraat 45, 3032 SB Rotterdam
FOK wine bar is a real gem. Here you can enjoy carefully selected wines, fantastic coffee made with the beans from Man Met Bril Koffie and various bites. For example, choose the cheese platter (big or small) with a selection of local cheeses or order the vegan platter with all kinds of fresh products.
Because of its cozy interior (many plants, two cosy armchairs and a beautiful rug), FOK has a homely atmosphere. This makes it a really a wine bar where you and your friends can chat for hours. In the summer you can drink your wine outside on their terrace!
Willem Buytewechstraat 143H, 3024 XD Rotterdam
5. Proeflokaal Reijngoud
They call themselves a no-nonsense beer café and offer a nice terrace for both good and bad weather. With countless types of beers and snacks, Proeflokaal Reijngoud cannot be missed from this list.
Schiedamse Vest 148, 3011 BG Rotterdam
The always pleasant biergarten is a favourite choice for many Rotterdammers to spend the summer afternoons. In the summer months it is packed here on Fridays and Saturdays with people enjoying a beer and each other’s company.
Schiestraat 18, 3013 BR Rotterdam
On the Meent you will find the well-known THOMS. It is both a restaurant and underground bar and a wonderful place to end the day with a glass of wine.
The terrace is packed, especially on sunny days, but luckily you can also sit here when the weather is a bit disappointing, as it offers lots seating under big umbrellas.
129, Meent 131, 3011 JH Rotterdam
Weena is ideal for an after work drink, thanks to the perfect location in the middle of the city and their beautiful large terrace.
Extra great about this place is that they organize a pub quiz here (also read our article about 3 best places for a pub quiz in Rotterdam). A nice spot to visit with your colleagues!
Weena 202, 3012 NJ Rotterdam
9. De Huismeester
A glass of wine, beer or tasty sangria together with some pintxos or tapas; sounds like the perfect place right? Located on the Meent, in a beautiful historic building, you will find De Huismeester. With a cozy terrace, it’s a great spot in the summer and with their atmospheric interior and board games, it’s just as great in winter.
Looking for more inspiration for great terraces? Read our article about the sunniest terraces in Rotterdam here.
Meent 115, 3011 JH Rotterdam
Various cafes and restaurants have a location in the Foodhallen, making it a good option for people who cannot agree on where they want to go. With the spacious tables in the middle of the hall, you and your colleagues or friends can spend hours drinking, eating and talking!
Wilhelminakade 58, 3072 AR Rotterdam
11. Aloha bar
This old tropical swimming paradise is now a restaurant, bar, terrace, city park and coffee roaster. With a beautiful view over De Maas river you can watch the sun go down while you have a great evening with your friends. A unique place in our city!
Maasboulevard 100, 3063 NS Rotterdam
Ideal for all people from Kralingen who want to have a drink at the end of the day. Especially on beautiful sunny days it’s a top choice, because of the spacious terrace where there’s enough seating for large groups.
In addition to a cocktail, try one of the Indonesian dishes from the menu, such as the saté or gado gado. You will be guaranteed a great evening!
Oudedijk 273, 3061 AK Rotterdam
13. La Mozza
On the Goudsesingel you will find the small cozy La Mozza restaurant. Ideal for a drink with a delicious wine and of course one of their mozzarella snacks!
Goudsesingel 73, 3031 EE Rotterdam
On the outskirts of the city you will find a beautiful urban farm. A creative, utopian free state: Weelde.
Enjoy delicious snacks from the Zure Bom canteen after work, sip refreshing cocktails, beer or wine and show your skate tricks in the Poolcafé. Be sure to admire the splendor of their green, lush grounds. A real holiday feeling!
Marconistraat 39, 3029 AG Rotterdam
If you feel like having a drink at the Maho Kwartier, Bokaal is the perfect place. It is one of the larger terraces in Rotterdam, so there is often more chance to find seating. Together with friends you can go here for beer, wine and something to eat.
Nieuwemarkt 11, 3011 HP Rotterdam
16. De Maaskantine
Enjoying a drink with a view on the Maas? Then you have to be at De Maaskantine! Here you can enjoy tasty BBQ dishes and refreshing drinks.
The menu features dishes with Cajun/Creole influences, such as the Cajun twister fries, loaded fries, corn on the cob and the O.G. vega burger, to name a few.
But of course just having a drink is no problem either. In collaboration with The Rumah, the cocktail list is filled with their delicious mixes, such as the Soupe du Jour and I’m a Flamingo.
Plantagelaan 2, 3063 NG Rotterdam
Fontein is, as you might guess, named after the Hofplein fountain that is right in front of the building. A good view is therefore guaranteed.
In addition, Fontein has no fewer than two terraces: one on street level and one on the tenth floor, with a beautiful view over Rotterdam.
A nice tip if you want to enjoy a beer and snacks with a Mediterranean touch in the sun after work.
Hofplein 19, 3032 AC Rotterdam
18. Hotel New York
There are also plenty of nice places to have a drink in the bustling Kop van Zuid. The terrace of Hotel New York is the perfect location for a snack, a drink and a fantastic view of the Rotterdam skyline.
Koninginnenhoofd 1, 3072 AD Rotterdam
19. Belgisch Biercafé Boudewijn
On the Nieuwe Binnenweg you will find the Belgian Biercafé Boudewijn. Crazy about (special) beer? Then you should definitely choose Boudewijn as they have 24 types on tap and over 200 bottled beers here.
You can also enjoy a tasty snack with your drink, for example a warm bitter garnish, warm bread from the oven or fries.
Nieuwe Binnenweg 53a-b, 3014 GD Rotterdam
Ayla might be the perfect location for a drink if you work in the city center. Located next to the central station, with the chaos of the trams and cyclists in front of the door, it is a place where you can relax from all the hustle and bustle.
Ayla’s cocktails are delicious, but there are also wines, beers and even sangria on the menu. Order some tasty tapas with it and your day can’t go wrong.
Kruisplein 153, 3014 DD Rotterdam
You will undoubtedly have a good time at one of these places to have a drink in Rotterdam! Of course we would also like to hear what your favourite place is to have a drink. Let us know in the comments!