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 ideal end to the day, but also a great start of the evening – with great potential to turn into a night of clubbing.
To help you on your way with picking the best location, we hereby share the 15 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 experience the real atmosphere of the Fenix Food Factory inside. This old harbor warehouse on Katendrecht is a beautiful place in Rotterdam where you can order food and drinks from different cafes. We recommend a special beer from the ‘Kaapse Brouwers’ together with the one and only Rotterzwam ball!
Nico Koomanskade 1025, 3072 LM Rotterdam
3. Mooie Boules
Really a unique place, because in this food hall you can play a game of bocce! Various restaurants serve dishes here and at the bar there is a wide range of wine, special and local beer. Really a cozy and attractive place and ideal for people who just want something more than just a drink!
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 beer garden is a popular choice of many people in Rotterdam to spend the summer afternoons. In the summer months it is packed with people enjoying a beer and each other’s company. Check the agenda for all the fun they are planning and get ready for a sunny Friday afternoon drink or a great start of your night out!
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 every Tuesday evening (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.
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
14. Frank Borrel
Once a month, half of Rotterdam is at the Frank Borrel. A drink that actually turns into a big party with DJs, cocktails and a lot of dancing in no time. With a beautiful view of the Rotterdam skyline, the Frank Borrel is the start of a nice carefree weekend.
Wilhelminakade 699, 3072 AP 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
You will undoubtedly have a good time at one of these 15 places to have a drink in Rotterdam! Of course we would also like to hear what your favorite place is to have a drink. Let us know in the comments!