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Met een top locatie, uitgebreid terras en grote bar, is de Gele Kanarie de go-to plek voor menig Rotterdammer

20x After work drinks in Rotterdam

By Mathilde Simon
January 24, 2024

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

Met een top locatie, uitgebreid terras en grote bar, is de Gele Kanarie de go-to plek voor menig Rotterdammer

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. Restaurant – café oKay

Restaurant – cafe oKay is located in the Entrepot building ‘De Vijf Werelddelen’, a special piece of Rotterdam that reminds of times gone by. The warehouses from 1897 were formerly used to store coffee, tea, sugar and spices. The facades, cast iron columns and old cranes in the Entrepothaven are lasting elements of Rotterdam’s history.

Nowadays this atmospheric warehouse is the setting of restaurant – café oKay and you can go there for delicious drinks, dinners or parties. With a view of the boats in the harbor, you can sit on the terrace in the summer or inside in the fall.

The menu offers a variety of soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and much more. Also for a cosy drink this is definitely the place to be, we can absolutely recommend the Borrelplank Okay, Mediterranean Plank or the Vegetarian Box full of delicious hot snacks!


Vijf Werelddelen 71, 3071 PS Rotterdam


4. Mooie Boules

Het is een tof concept, met een fijne sfeer, genoeg plek en lekker eten. Mooie Boule staat zeker op de lijst van leuke borrelplekken in Rotterdam!

Mooie Boules at the Hofbogen is is definitely a unique place to have a drink in Rotterdam, because in this foodhall you can not only have a drink and a bite to eat, but you can also play a game of bocce right away!

It’s also where several restaurants gather and serve delicious food. At the bar there is a wide range of wine, special and local beer. So for an interactive Friday afternoon drink in Rotterdam, this is the place to be!


Vijverhofstraat 45, 3032 SB 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


6. Biergarten

The always pleasant Biergarten is a favorite 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, music 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


8. Weena

De zon schijnt en gelukkig zijn er in Rotterdam genoeg plekken om ervan te genieten! Wij delen daarom de beste terrassen - m?t een goed uitzicht - in Rotterdam om een hapje te eten of een drankje te drinken.

Weena at (no surprise) the 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


10. Foodhallen

Het beste uit Rotterdam qua eten, heel veel eten, en drinken! Twaalf lokale restaurants uit Rotterdam hebben hun plek bij de Foodhallen geclaimd om het beste uit onze stad te serveren. Naast lokaal eten is er ook een centrale bar die Rotterdamse drankjes serveert, zoals Kaapse Brouwers en Bobby's Gin uit Schiedam. Ben je een beetje te vroeg voor sterke drank? Haal een bakkie pleur in de koffiecorner. Je kunt trouwens zelfs verblijven in het designhotel Room Mate Bruno, dat zich ook in het monumentale Pakhuismeesteren-gebouw bevindt.

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. Bar Simon

Photocredits: Hannah Rosalie Photography

Rotterdam West is getting more and more fun. One bar or restaurant after the other is popping up and in this area you will find even more rawness and local vibes than in the center. On the Middellandplein, you can have a good time at Bar Simon, a bar bistro with a nice terrace where you can enjoy people-watching.

This is a good place for a glass of bubbly, a nice glass of wine or a special beer. On the menu you will find appetizers such as oysters, cheeses and bitterballen and for lunch or dinner French-Dutch classics such as steak tartare, artichoke and bouillabaisse. Highly recommended for a nice drink in Rotterdam.


Middellandplein 16A, 3021 BT Rotterdam


12. Calaboose

De zon schijnt en gelukkig zijn er in Rotterdam genoeg plekken om ervan te genieten! Wij delen daarom de beste terrassen - m?t een goed uitzicht - in Rotterdam om een hapje te eten of een drankje te drinken.

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

Op de Goudsesingel vind je het kleine gezellige zaakje La Mozza. Ideaal om te borrelen met een wijntje en verschillende bites.

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


14. Gieterij ‘t Swaentje

Do you prefer cozy old brown pub atmosphere? Then Gieterij ‘t Swaentje is probably the best choice for you for drinks in Rotterdam. The building on the corner of Zwaanshals had been vacant for a while, but has been restored to its former glory by the new owners. The authentic details of the pub have been preserved, and reopened under the (self-styled) term Gieterij.

At ‘t Swaentje you can hang out at the bar with your favorite drink until the wee hours, and parties are organized regularly. Are you looking for us know us but in a city atmosphere? Then ‘t Swaentje is your new hangout!


Zwaanshals 260B, 3035 KM Rotterdam


15. Bokaal

De zon schijnt en gelukkig zijn er in Rotterdam genoeg plekken om ervan te genieten! Wij delen daarom de beste terrassen - m?t een goed uitzicht - in Rotterdam om een hapje te eten of een drankje te drinken.

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


17. Bar Blink

Having drinks with a view of the water and the skyline of Rotterdam, it doesn’t get any better does it? Bar Blink in the Wijnhaven is a great place to be both in summer on the terrace and in winter inside. With views of Red Apple Marina and the Willemsbrug, it is a true urban hotspot, where everyone is welcome for drinks, breakfast, lunch, dinner or to flex.

At Bar Blink, in addition to a good cup of coffee or tea and soft drinks, there are of course many specialty beers, wines, mixers and mocktails. The cuisine is Mediterranean-inspired, with occasional forays into the Middle East.


Wijnhaven 59, 3011 WJ Rotterdam


18. Hotel New York

De zon schijnt en gelukkig zijn er in Rotterdam genoeg plekken om ervan te genieten! Wij delen daarom de beste terrassen - m?t een goed uitzicht - in Rotterdam om een hapje te eten of een drankje te drinken.

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


20. Ayla

Heerlijke shared dining hapjes bij Ayla. Hier kan je gewoon plaatsnemen op het terras en genieten van heerlijk Mediterraanse gerechten en speciale cocktails.

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!

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