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The 9 places to enjoy the Best Music in Rotterdam

Kasper Bout

What better way to take a break from studying than to go for a drink and enjoy some great music while you’re at it? If you’re looking for ideas, these are without a doubt the best 9 bars and clubs to enjoy good music in Rotterdam. Cool, classy, jazzy or loud: this is the definite guide to the music scene of Rotterdam.

#1: Bird

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One of my favorite places in Rotterdam. Beautifully located under the old ‘Hofbogen’, Bird is a great place to have a relaxed drink, a pleasant dinner or even a wild night out. Live music events are hosted frequently, ranging from improvisation jazz to poetry and film. Originally  focused on jazz, Bird has expanded its programming to soul, funk, hip-hop and electronica as well, so you’re sure to find something you enjoy!

Address: Raampoortstraat 26
Opening Hours: 17:30 – 01:00
Phone (for dinner reservations): 010-7371154
Getting there: Stadhuis (metro), Schiekade (tram)
Website: http://www.bird-rotterdam.nl/

#2: Rotown

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Quite possibly one of the most diverse locations in Rotterdam, Rotown is a concert venue, restaurant, bar and cultural platform in one. Located conveniently on the western border of the city center, the venue regularly promotes national and international upcoming acts. If you’re into music, Rotown is the place to be to discover new artists, or to simply go and enjoy a drink and the cool atmosphere.

Address: Nieuwe Binnenweg 19
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00 (restaurant/bar), venue varies depending on agenda
Getting there: Eendrachtsplein (metro & tram)
Website: http://www.rotown.nl/

#3: Dizzy

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If you’re looking for a classic jazz ambience, Dizzy is a no-brainer. A household name in the Dutch jazz scene known for its ‘arty’ atmosphere, the cafe features performances from both local and international artists, while also offering arguably one of the nicest places to go for dinner in the city. On the rare occasions that it is not raining, Dizzy’s famous garden is a wonderful place to enjoy a drink. Fun fact: Dizzy is also the last cafe where world renowned jazz trumpeter Chet Baker performed before he was tragically found dead outside of his Amsterdam hotel the next day.

Address: ‘S Gravendijkwal 127
Opening Hours: 16:00 – 24:00 Tue/Thu, 16:00 – 01:00 Fri/Sat, 16:00-23:00 Sun
Phone (for dinner reservations): 010-4773014
Public Transport: Dijkzigt (metro), ‘s Gravendijkwal (tram)
Getting there: http://www.dizzy.nl/home

#4: NRC Rotterdam

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Located on the famous Witte de Withstraat, the cafe is named after the NRC newspaper that formerly had its office in the same building. By regularly hosting DJs, live artists and themed-music nights, the venue has by no means lost its cultural significance. If you’re looking to grab a drink after strolling past the many art galleries and world famous museums in the area, make sure to pass by NRC.

Address: Witte de Withstraat 63
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 01:00 Mon/Thu, 10:00 – 02:00 Fri/Sat, 11:00 – 01:00 Sun
Phone (for dinner reservations): 010-4144188
Getting there: Eendrachtsplein (metro), Museumpark (tram)
Website: http://nieuwrotterdamscafe.nl/


#5: Paddy Murphy’s – Irish Pub

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Irish Pubs have a worldwide reputation for combining alcohol and live music, and in Rotterdam Paddy Murphy’s does its best to live up to the reputation. The bar features live music every night, providing a platform for local and international singer-songwriters to show off their talent. Alternatively, it is also one of the best places in the city to watch international sport events. Sit back, grab a Guinness, and enjoy timeless acoustic music all while cheering for your favorite teams!

Address: Rodezand 15
Opening Hours: 15:00 – 04:00 Mon/Thu, 14:00 – Late Fri, 12:00 – Late Sat/Sun
Getting there: Centraal Station (metro), Weena (tram)
Website: http://www.paddymurphys.nl/

#6: Bar Tender

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Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love shots? Many successful Rotterdam night-outs start at Bar Tender for a reason. Located exactly in the middle of the city center, this bar offers a wide variety of elaborately named shooters. One of the coolest things about the bar is the glass balcony with massive see-through turntables where DJs play the newest house and techno music. Combine the music, the alcohol, and the bar set on fire all into one and you’re in for an unforgettable night out! (Or the opposite, depending on how much you drink of course..)

Address: Coolsingel 83A
Opening Hours: 20:00 – 01:00 Tue/Thu, 20:00 – 02:00 Fri/Sat
Getting there: Stadhuis (metro & tram)
Website: http://www.bar-tender.nl/

#7: Toffler

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Toffler is the underground nightclub of Rotterdam. Literally. Located in an old pedestrian tunnel crossing under one of the busiest roads in the city center, Toffler is the place to go if you love electronic music. The club hosts a mix of the most famous DJs and local talent every weekend, and turns this into a truly great experience due to the unique shape of the club and the friendly audience. The club usually hold presales for most of its events, so in order not to be let down at the door make sure to keep up to date and buy a ticket in advance.

Address: Weena Zuid 33
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 06:00 Fri/Sat, occasionally 11:00 – 05:00 Thu
Getting there: Stadhuis (metro), Weena (tram)
Website: http://toffler.nl/   https://www.facebook.com/tofflerrotterdam

#8: Cultuurpodium Perron

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Another gem of Rotterdam nightlife, Perron started as a cultural initiative under an old post office as a temporary venue for all sorts of underground electronic music. Having hosted some of the most famous DJs worldwide for the past 4 years, the initiative is finally coming to an end in April this year. Reason enough for you to go out and visit the club now you still can! As with Toffler, it is highly advised you buy your tickets in advance, especially due to the popularity of the closing events. P.S. Don’t be too sad though, rumor has it the owners are opening a bigger music and arts venue closeby in the near future.. we’ll keep you posted.

Address: Schiestraat 42
Opening Hours: Fri/Sat, depending on agenda
Getting there: Centraal Station (metro), Weena (tram)
Website: http://www.perron.nl/

#9: Bonus: De Après Skihut

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Join for the quality, stay for the lack thereof. Dutch people love skiing, and Après Ski (terrible traditional party music, and a lot, lot of alcohol) holds a great significance in our culture. Located on Stadhuisplein, the traditional bar area in the city center, De Skihut is where most nights end for Dutch people. Drunk out of our minds, wearing full ski attire no matter what season, we jump around and throw beer at each other until its finally time to go home. If you’re not Dutch, you’re in for one hell of a ride, and that’s exactly why you should check out De Skihut at least once and experience it yourself!

Address: Stadhuisplein 29
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 04:00 Mon/Thu, 10:00 – 05:00 Fri/Sat, 10:00 – 04:00 Sun
Getting there: Stadhuis (metro), Weena (tram)
Website: http://www.deapresskihut.nl/

Of course, drink responsibly guys! However, if you do happen to find yourself drinking a glass too much, head back home and crash in your student appartment in Rotterdam.

 Editor’s note: no photographs used belong to Uniplaces. They are the property of each respective bar.

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