My friends and I found this cafe/bar acidentally. The Irish pub was closed (who closes bar at 3pm?!?!?!) and we really wanted to have some beer, so we decided to walk into the first bar we see. Cafe De Stadsgenoot appeared to be a very nice place with a good service, the bartender kept answering me in English although I spoke Dutch with him, but it's ok, he's not the only Dutch that does it. Acutally 99.9% of them do this ;-)
The place doesn't offer a very big selection of beers but they have quite a few. I was happy with our choice of place, they served Duvel and Palm, what else do I need?
Kafe Belgie one hell of a gezellige bar! It's in a wondrous location - looking out on to the Oude Gracht. It has one of the best stocks of Belgie flesbieren (Belgian bottled beers) anywhere - see my pic of the menu. If you're there with your mates, it's joyous. If you are alone, fret not; within five minutes you will have got chatting to someone. Whether you're starting or finishing an Utrecht night out, Belgie is a must.
Dress Code: N/A
Nice venue in Utrecht where we saw Tom McRae and Joe Purdy on an autumnal Wednesday evening in October. I have no idea what other kinds of events they hold here but it seemed to be very popular with locals. Oh the downside was that there were a few kids here - I mean under 18's - which is unusual at this kind of gig.
Dress Code: Anything
In Tivoli there is always something going on. There are concerts, dance-parties, back to the .. parties, .. anything. The people who come here are usually not your main-stream. But anything goes, depending on the evening. World music, drum n bass, trash, 80's, less known bands..
Dress Code: As far as i know.. anything goes. From very excentric to gothic, to old jeans, to dressed-up. Probably depends a bit on the evening but likely it doesn't matter much
The webside has the calendar of all events.
My reason for being in Utrecht was to see a gig by Fish (see my homepage for a link to his site). It gives you some measure of the man that I travel internationally to watch him!.
Anyway, to the venue - the Tivoli in Utrecht. I had never been there before, and thought it was a good midsize venue. The acoustics were good (I know the band were happy with them), the toilets not horrendous as they can be in some venues, the bar well enough staffed that you didn't have to wait an age for a beer and the security not too thuggish. All in all a decent place to go if your favourite band happen to be playing.
By the way, the photo was taken on a very damp "morning after." The wheelie bins probably don't show the place to best advantage!
Dress Code: Depends on the gig, I suppose, but there didn't seem to be any.
If Oude Gracht is Utrecht's yellow brick road, then Ledig Erf is most definetely its pot of gold. Whether on a warm, sunny day or in the deep mid winter, this oozes geselligheid. Like it's 'neighbour', it's got a great range of flesbieren. But its for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere that I always return.
This palce is a kind of Dutch "Hard Rock Cafè" and it serves both as a restaurant and a club at night. Big place, frequent live music. Dancefloor with rock on fridays and a mix on saturdays. Most visitors around 20 or so, out-of-town folk
Many local bands also perform live here, mainly rock music of course!
Dress Code: Casual
It is a large Irish sports pub with TV screens for soccer fanatics.The first time I was here it was during a theme party were everyone was disguised either by devil or by angel, I was in a devil's costume of course!
The place is full of Dutch and foreign students and it is located close to the Law university area, in the center of Utrecht. Very international mix, with a lot of foreign residents hanging out. Obligatory pool tables and dartboard present, of course.
Dress Code: Informal
This big building is mainly a restaurant a nd a Cafèduring day time and in the evening but after 23.00 it turns into a Club with DJs and people can dance
They also organize parties and birthdays there on request
Dress Code: Informal, casual
The Beatrix Theater was designed by architect Arno Meijs, opened in 1999 and owned by Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties.
The main hall seats 1533 people. There are 8 more rooms with a capacity of up to 250 people.
The theater is the stage for long running popular musical shows, pop concerts, family shows and live TV events.
In 2003 the theater was renovated and turned into a modern thaeter, Nowadays the building is converted into an eco-friendly construction.
This is a great little pub with a dance floor. The music it plays is varied: typical charts stuff, dance, old favourites, etc. Drinks are reasonably priced. But we warned: I did say LITTLE. For such a small venue, they believe in packing them in. This either creates a better atmosphere, or turns the place into a cattle market; depending on your perspective! And as is typical for Nederland; don't go before 2300 as its dead!
Dress Code: Anything goes
This bar in a former Maria Minor church is stunningly beautiful with high arched ceilings and the original organ. The bar serves Belgian beer and food. There was no table service, so we ordered rounds at the bar. Fantastic place for drinks.
Not a 'real' nightlife tip, but a great spot to have a drink. Along the canals of Utrecht, you can take the stairs to a lower level, away from the traffic and the city. Here, along the waterside are plenty of places where you sit and enjoy a drink. A great spot to be on a beautiful summers day.
Mmmmm, doesn't it look inviting to sit here? I just love sitting and relax on a terrace on one of the many squares in The Netherlands, or in this case, along the canal..... one beer please! :-))
Tivoli functions a concert hall, after concerts you can dance till the early morning. The type of music is variable, check out the programm to be sure there's something you like!
Dress Code: There's no specific dress code