Doelen cafe: Nice place for a pre-gig drink
This lovely cafe/restaurant/bar is a great place to meet friends for tapas and a pre-gig drink or two! It's a very popular meeting place for locals and the staff are friendly and helpful and the food is really good. On Sundays between 2.30pm and 5pm there is live jazz too.
We paid 22E for drinks and tapas for three people.
Dress Code: Not scruffy.
- Women's Travel
Nighttown: Neckache at Nighttown
We came to Rotterdam to see Tom McRae here at the Nighttown venue. There's a nice bar attached where you might meet your heroes for a pre or post gig drink. The stage is VERY high - almost uncomfortably so - I guess so that people at the back have a good view, but if you are at the front you will inevitably leave with a sore neck! Still it was a great gig! The tickets for this gig were ordered through "TicketService" and cost 15E.
Dress Code: Anything
I didn't visit the Holland Casino, though it was close to my hotel and the hotel offers a free entrance ticket and the information what to expect.
Here it goes: the Holland Casino Rotterdam has several bars and a restaurant. There is live entertainment. Holland Casino Rotterdam offers around 630 slot machines, about 50 gaming tables like French Roulette, American Roulette, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud, Punto Banco, Big Wheel, Sic Bo.
As you see various chances to win your holidays trip back or to loose your next one.
Opening hours daily: from 12.30pm till 03.00am
Entrance fee: 3.50 euro.
The Rotterdam Schouwburg
The Rotterdam Schouwburg or Rotterdam Theatre is located at the Schouwburgplein. Rotterdam has become a vibrant cultural city with several theatres. At its four stages the Rotterdam Schouwburg offers a wide range of drama, dance, opera and all kind of theatrical performances.
I never visited a performance in this theatre, but I attended here an architectural symposium about creating new theatres in the Netherlands and could have a look myself at this peculiar Rotterdam Theatre at the same time. Most theatres have the entrance for the audience at one side and the expedition and tower for the stage at other side, but the Rotterdam Theatre has the entrance and the expedition at the same side of the building, because at the other side apartments were built. You can see it with your own eyes from the Schouwburgplein from where the trucks can be lifted to a higher level.
The design is made by architect Quist. The local people gave the theatre the nickname the 'kist (box) of Quist'. At the facade you can see a moving artwork of the American G. Rickey. At the roof is a light object of J van Munster, an unstable beam with neon light at a height of 36m.
- Theater Travel
De Doelen, concert and congress centre
The building of De Doelen was officially opened in 1966 after the conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra struck the first foundation pile in 1962. The concert and congress building De Doelen is situated at northside of the Schouwburg plein, the cultural heart of Rotterdam.
There are concerts of classical music, jazz and worldmusic and music festivals during the season. The congress complex of De Doelen is directly linked to the five-star Westin Hotel by a bridge. De Doelen facilitate every year more than 1200 professional and knowledge-based gatherings, varying from congresses to product presentations.
Recently I came to the Doelen for a conference and workshops in the urban renewal field, though there were musical intermezzo's as well. But I can remember very well the first time I came to De Doelen in the seventies for a concert of the Kinks.
Maasboulevard area: Walk during sunset
Rotterdam is also called 'Manhattan on the Maas'. It was a very special experience to walk along the Maas and in the area of Waterstad around the time of sunset.
Especially the changing of the colours at the Erasmus bridge and at the high buildings were spectacular. Also the reflections in the dark water were impressive. The striking combination of water and high buildings, intensified by the changes of colours, caused almost a surreal ambience. During the day I had never experienced such an atmosphere in this area like this.
- Hiking and Walking
Hoofdstuk II (Chapter II): Listening jazz amongst books
Hoofdstuk II is a jazz restaurant/cafe which is entirely decorated with books. It looks like an old-fashioned library. You can go to Hoofdstuk II just for taking a drink, to eat or to listen to music. On Sunday afternoons there is live jazz music.
- Arts and Culture
Oude Haven: Enjoying the harbour on a terrace
The place to be if you like cafes and terraces. Dozens of cafes are located here: Cambrinus, Villa Kakelbont and Pardoen are a just few examples. In the summer it is extremely crowded here. You have a breath taking view over the little harbour.
- Arts and Culture
Las Palmas: The spot for funky techno
Las Palmas is a trendy danceclub (clubhouse and funky techno) on a special location. The small room is opened at 20.00 hrs where you can take a drink first. The interior is completely different from the exterior. From outside it looks like a old warehouse while at the inside it is very trendy with bright colours. Las Palmas is famous because of its spectacular lightshow with its 1.200 lamps.
Nighttown: Oldest club of Rotterdam
Many clubs have come and gone in Rotterdam, there is only one club who came a long time ago and is still a popular place: Nighttown. Ronald Molendijk has been the resident DJ for years. Although it is not the trendy place at this moment (it used to be), if you like club music you should go there.
Baja Beach Club: The place to party in Rotterdam
See and to be seen. That is the key factor in this club. The bartenders have either silicon breasts or silicon muscles. This is a typical party disco where every effort is made to make people happy. Upbeat music, quickly changing from song to song, horns, throwing napkins, and so on. You will have a good time here if you are in the right mood.
Stadhuisplein: Many dancings and bars on one location
For many people in Rotterdam the place to be on Friday and Saturday night. Many dancings and cafes are located here. If you want to see the real (young) people from Rotterdam go to Ski Hut or Coconuts and you will be assured of a remarkable night! Inspite of what they offer, don?t eat here, it might be a disappointment.
Bar P: Funky drinking at a cultural location
At the Witte de Withstraat (near Westersingel) you will find Bar P(edro). The ideal place for a drink. It has been decorated quite tastely with metal walls and seats of old jeans. The big window offers you the opportunity to enjoy the cultural heart of Rotterdam.
Crazy Pianos: Wild pianos covering songs
Located right under the Erasmusbridge Crazy Pianos is the place to be if you like popular music played on pianos. This summer it is closed because of renovation, but in september again it will be a popular place on a Saturday night.
Oostplein: The place to be for students
The place to be if you are looking for students (if that is what you are looking for). Kralingen is the area where most students live (Erasmus University is very close as well). At Oostplein there are several cafes where the main audience is student: de Dijk, Locus Publicus and Struisenburg are only a few examples. If you walk a little further to the east (direction university) you will find Concordia, also a place with cheap meals for students and some pool tables.