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20 Great wine bars in Rotterdam

By Lisanne van Beurden
April 26, 2024

“Just one more glass of wine then, it’s (almost) weekend!” Whatever day it is, these wine bars in Rotterdam are definitely worth a visit! Whether you feel like catching up with your friend, having something to celebrate or simply craving a good wine.

The wine bars below are fun to visit for a high wine or for a drink. Cheers!

 

1. Proef bij Platenburg

Wijnkoperij Platenburg has been a household name in Rotterdam for years (130 years!). This wine shop offers the best wines, gifts and tastings. In 2023, they opened a wine bar next to the shop.

Wine bar Proef (near Platenburg) offers a versatile experience, from a relaxed glass of wine at the bar to a complete evening out. With a selection of fifty open wines and delicious Mediterranean-influenced dishes, it is the perfect place for wine lovers.

With a strong reputation in Rotterdam and a top five ranking in the “Winebar of the Year 2023/2024” election, Proef offers a range of wines and personal service for connoisseurs and novices alike. The tasting room connects the premises with a walk-in climate room full of top wines from around the world.

Address

Goudsesingel 334A, 3011 KK Rotterdam

 

2. Côte du Cool

Several years ago, entrepreneurs Rick van Laar and Joyce Cornelissen started importing wines from small wineries, with a preference for organic wines. In the past year, they have reached another milestone with the establishment of Côte du Cool, an atmospheric wine bar and wine shop located in Little C.

Côte du Cool is a nod to coastal France at Coolhaven in Rotterdam. Come here to enjoy a refined glass of wine accompanied by a well-stocked drinks board. Don’t expect a three-course menu, but bread from a real French baker, small bites and a new cheese board every week to match the wines of the week.

All the wines you taste here, you simply buy in the wine shop afterwards! They import about 90% of the wines themselves, so they really know the winemakers and know that they work with respect for nature.

Tip: they often organise tastings with special themes, great for an outing!

Address

Abraham Tuschinskistraat 53, 3015 GK Rotterdam

 

3. Bar Cult

Good news for (natural) wine lovers! Pink neon letters welcome you to Bar Cult, located on Oostkousdijk. You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur (exactly) to feel at home here, everyone is welcome!

Owner Rutger has gained a lot of knowledge about natural wine over the past decade and is happy to pour it for you from behind the bar. Cult has no set menu, so the choice is tailored to what you fancy. They serve 30-40 wines by the glass and, in addition, the wine cellar holds some 1,500 bottles from all sorts of countries.

The drinks menu has been kept simple, as natural wines take centre stage. But think bread from the baker with homemade butter, cheese from the cheese farm and sausage from the market.

Discover more natural wine tips in this article!

Address

Oostkousdijk 29, 3024 CL, Rotterdam

 

4. Wine Bar Walsjérôt

A new hotspot for wine lovers: Wine bar Walsjérôt in Blijdorp. Whether you are just a casual wine drinker or a real wine connoisseur, with a choice of more than 70 wines you are in the right place!

The unique concept of Walsjérôt works as follows: upon arrival you put an amount of your choice on a card. With this card you can then go to the tap wall. Yes, you heard that right: this bar has a wall where you can pour your own wine!

After you have chosen the wine, hold your card for the wine taps and choose from a sip, a whole glass or half a glass and tap the wine you want yourself! Tasting is encouraged at Walsjérôt.

Each wine is provided with a card with a description of the grape variety, origin and taste.

Address

Bentinckplein 5, 3039 KL Rotterdam

 

5. Wine Bar Het Eigendom

A wine bar that should not be missing from this list! Wine bar Het Eigendom is located in a historic building on an ideal location, namely in the cultural heart of Rotterdam: Witte de Withstraat.

It is a great place in Rotterdam to have a drink. The menu has an extensive selection of fine wines.

You can also enjoy a delicious dinner at Wijnbar Het Eigendom. They serve small dishes with French and Mediterranean influences. It is possible to order the dishes in courses, of course with a matching wine suggestion.

They also offer a 5, 6 or 7-course surprise menu, composed by the Chef. Wonderful to combine with a wine arrangement!

Address

Witte de Withstraat 45-B, 3012 BM Rotterdam

 

6. Wine Bar De Avonden

De blauwe wand bij Wijnbar de Avonden, een fijne wijnbar in Rotterdam.

In the heart of the Kleiwegkwartier in Hillegersberg you can find Wijnbar De Avonden. In this cozy bar you can enjoy draft beer, (non-alcoholic) cocktails, good coffee and of course special wines.

Enjoy sustainably produced wines from Europe with a delicious snack platter. Cheese, olives, roasted nuts with a glass of red wine, there is enough to enjoy for a fun night with friends!

Address

Kleiweg 48b, 3051 GS Rotterdam

 

7. De Kunstfabriek | Unit699

Photography by Segraphy

De Kunstfabriek | Unit699 is a new innovative (natural) wine bar and art gallery, located in the heart of Rotterdam. Hidden in the courtyard of the Groot Handelsgebouw, a place has been created here where natural wine, art and creativity come together.

At the front, room has been made for the gallery. Different concepts, ideologies and thoughts are exhibited here. At the back is a hidden bar. Here Japanese tea is served during the day and everyone can always settle down for eccentric natural wines. An extraordinary new hotspot in Rotterdam!

Address

Groot Handelsgebouw – Stationsplein 45, 3013 AK Rotterdam

 

8. Le Nord

Wijnwinkel Le Nord. Foto door Vivianne Sanderse.

Another great place for wine is Bistrot and wine shop Le Nord on Proveniersstraat. At Le Nord they mainly focus on unique wines: from classic to natural wines and for every occasion.

At Le Nord you can so wine and dine. Choose something from the a la carte menu or go for the changing Menu du Chef. Expect tasty, uncomplicated food with respect for nature, prepared with sustainable, fresh ingredients.

TIP: Have a look in the Le Nord wine shop. Here they also let you taste and experience the wines before you buy it!

Address

Proveniersstraat 33A, 3033 CH Rotterdam

 

9. Louise Bar À Vins

Louise Bar À Vins is the little sister of Louse Petit Restaurant, a French bistro which you will find right next door. At Bar À Vins, the focus is on, how surprising, wine! In a romantic setting overlooking the Veerhaven harbour, this is a great place to enjoy a good glass of wine.

Besides wines, you can also go here for cocktails, sake and bites like oysters, cheeses and charcuterie. The perfect place for a date night or drinks with friends.

Adres

Veerhaven 13A, 3016 CJ Rotterdam

 

10. Wine Bar Mendoza

At Wine Bar Mendoza in Hillegersberg you can sit by the water. Here you can enjoy Argentinian wines with tasty picadas, South American dishes to share.

There is plenty to choose from on the extensive wine list! Not sure what to order? The staff can definitely recommend something good!

Address

Weissenbruchlaan 149, 3054 LM Rotterdam

 

11. Verward

At Wine Bar Verward on the Hoogstraat, you’ve come to the right place for a nice glass. Take a seat at the long wooden bar and let Ward or the team advise you.

At Verward, quality, knowledge and personal attention are paramount and they are happy to guide you in finding the wine that best suits your taste and mood.

Order a good cheese board, meat board or one of the tasty snacks to go with it and your evening is complete.

Address

Hoogstraat 69A, 3011 PH Rotterdam

 

12. Abrazo

Another great wine bar in Hillegersberg: Abrazo. The extensive wine list offers a lot of delicious options: from a Verdejo from Spain to a Malbec from Argentina.

Be sure to order some snacks, such as the Abrazo plank with a variation of their small dishes!

Address

Weissenbruchlaan 2, 3054 LN Rotterdam

 

13. ‘t Ouwe Bruggetje

De prachtige voorgevel van 'T Ouwe Bruggetje in Delfshaven!

This restaurant with a beautiful green facade can be found in Historisch Delfshaven. Restaurant ‘t Ouwe Bruggetje & Wijnwinkel has a lovely terrace on the water.

Here you can dine with a wine arrangement. Besides being a restaurant, they also have their own wine import: Domaine Z. They get the wines themselves from the winery and these are exclusive in the Netherlands. It is also possible to buy the wines to drink at home.

TIP: Do a wine tasting at ‘t Ouwe Bruggetje! Super fun to do with a group of friends.

Address

Voorhaven 6A, 3024 RM Rotterdam

 

14. Wine Bar Janssen en van Dijk

Another beautiful wine bar! Wijnbar Janssen en van Dijk can be found on Westewagenstraat. Here you order delicious wines and tasty snacks to share with friends.

There is always a cozy atmosphere here. The interior has something classic, with lots of dark wood and large chandeliers.

Address

Westewagenstraat 58, 3011 AT Rotterdam

 

15. Vineum

One of the best wine bars in Rotterdam is Vineum on the Eendrachtsweg. In 2016, Vineum’s wine list was even named “Best Medium-Size Wine List” by the British World of Fine Wine.

In addition, you can dine at Vineum with seasonal dishes from the French and Mediterranean cuisine.

Vineum is the place for you for a nice wine and a delicious dinner. Also great: you can buy a number of Vineum wines to take home!

Address

Eendrachtsweg 23, 3012 LB Rotterdam

 

16. Harries Wine & Deli

At Harries Wine & Deli on the Hoogstraat, you will discover a world of more than 500 different wines and drinks, carefully selected by Harrie himself. From exclusive finds from small suppliers to surprising flavours you won’t easily find elsewhere in Rotterdam. In his tasting room, you can taste these unique products and then purchase them in his deli.

Besides an extensive range of wines, HARRIES also offers sake, sherry and brandies. As a master host with 35 years of experience, Harrie likes to share his knowledge and passion in his tasting room, which is all about experimenting with wine-food combinations. Discover new flavours and have a unique culinary experience at HARRIES.

Address

Hoogstraat 63A, 3011 PH Rotterdam

 

17. La Petite Soeur

At La Petite Soeur, the little sister of Bistrot du Bac, on Katendrecht, you will find a Rotterdam world spot in an intimate and exclusive French ambiance. A bit like Paris, but on the Cape. To meet up with friends or to have a moment to yourself.

At La Petite Soeur, step inside for a special glass of wine, a cocktail, a cold beer and small dishes. The menu features surprising Petits Plats, which you can order separately or combine for lunch or dinner.

Address

Atjehstraat 79-B, 3072 ZC  Rotterdam

 

18. Charlie´s koffie- en wijnbar

Charlie’s coffee & wine bar sits on the atmospheric Veerhaven in Rotterdam’s Scheepvaartkwartier. Here you can enjoy exclusive wines and local delicacies overlooking the harbour. The wine list is all about passion and taste, because at Charlie’s they believe there is always the right wine for every moment and every person.

Besides wines, you can also go there for a cocktail, coffee or good food, and they regularly organise fun events with DJs or live music.

Address

Westplein 107, 3016 BM Rotterdam

 

19. Café Prêt à Boire

Café Prêt à Boire is a natural wine bar located in the Afrikaander neighbourhood in Rotterdam Zuid. Here you can enjoy a wide selection of wines and a range of delectable beers, along with delicious dishes and appetisers.

Café Prêt à Boire works with Blije Wijnen for the natural wines and scours both home and abroad for unique gems to complement the wine list. The priority is that everything is delicious, accessible and fun, from music to wine, beer and the food.

And nice to know: for the second year in a row, Café Prêt à Boire has been included in the Gault Millau guide with 12/20 points!

Address

Bloemfonteinstraat 78C, 3072 HK Rotterdam

 

20. Barlou

You will find this gem on the Benthuizerstraat: Barlou. You can enjoy good food and drinks here from Thursday to Sunday. It is located in a beautiful building and there is a casual atmosphere. The perfect place to start your weekend. Or to celebrate its ending on a Sunday!

The wine list has many nice choices, such as a verdejo from Spain, a sauvignon blanc from France and a Nero di Troia from Italy. They also have champagne, specialty beer and cocktails on the drink menu.

Of course they have snacks as well, such as kimchi croquettes and cheese sticks. But be sure to visit Barlou for lunch (on weekends) or dinner. A small selection of the food menu: shakshuka, fried burrata, camembert with dates from the oven and a halloumi burger.

Address

Benthuizerstraat 94A, 3035 CR Rotterdam

 

That were 20 great wine bars in Rotterdam. Where will you be sipping on a glass of wine tonight?

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