Rotterdam, Oude Haven

The city of Rotterdam has several nightlife areas including Witte de Withstraat, Wilhelminakade, Oude Haven and Stadhuisplein. The Oude Haven meaning “Old Harbor” area is also part of the Rottedam nightlife located nearby the Blaak metro station, Maas boulevard and Willemsbrug. The Oude Haven has a long lasting history, the first cafe was established over 25 years ago. It grew in popularity when restaurants, cafe’s and lounge bars were added to the scene. The busiest night being Friday and Saturday night.

Although the Oude Haven is officially a nightlife area you must take in account it’s different than your typical Rotterdam nightlife area. It’s an alternative scenery without buzzing dance clubs or discotheques. The area offers many different style of nightlife establishment from old fashioned cafe’s to modern and luxury lounge bars where you can relax, drink and enjoy the laid back ambiance. There’s no loud music, packed dance floors or long lines at the toilets. The average price for a glass of beer comes down to €2,40 as of January 2010.

It’s one of the few nightlife areas which is also active during daytime when lunch and dinners are served on the outside terraces which offer spectacular views on the old harbor and the Willemsbrug. Local and international cuisine are present at almost any of the bars. During the summer months, festivals are being held such as the Harbor Jazz Seasons when travelers as well local citizens enjoy a drink hearing live jazz music played by international artists.

In the Oude Haven area are the following nightlife establishments; Popocatepetl, Cafe ‘t Bolwerk, Villa Kakelbont, Stockholm, MOOII, Kade 4, Pardoen, RIVA and Weimar. Each establishment has their own opening times, most of them are opened 7 days a week. Latest reported opening times during regular week days is 3:30 AM while during weekends its 4:30 AM.

Oude Haven
Spaanse Kade
3011 ML Rotterdam

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