If you go to Rotterdam for a weekend, then do something with the 'nightlife' in Rotterdam.
Let me tell you about were I was on a Friday evening and night in Rotterdam.
Fish restaurant Las Palmas is at the Kop van Zuid in Rotterdam. Here we had booked for dinner. The day before departure we got a phone call if our reservation was correct. Yes, we would be present at 7 hours. We were then told that we really had to be present on time, because they had other people booked for later on because it was awful busy. Probably more people wanted to try this new seafood restaurant, but I thought the phone call was a bit pushy and I was not going to rush with my dinner.
Well, we could park the car in a large parking lot near the restaurant. It is paid parking.
Then walk to the restaurant. Only newly constructed. Besides the restaurant they are still working. The sidewalk was still full of sand. You enter a sort of hall. A little market hall atmosphere. The owner wanted his restaurant to look like a fish market in Marseille. Well I've never been in Marseille, but it did look right. Right of the hall is a stall where you can buy oysters. You walk by and you are nicely helped by a lady who takes you to a table.
Well we sit and we get the menu of a waiter who obviously enjoyed his work. Of course I go for the soup bouillabaisse. The main course was sardines. We wait for the food and look around us. The room is large and spacious. The kitchen is open and is white. Sterile white marble as a kind of buffet. In the kitchen work a number of chefs.
Then it's dinner time. The bouillabaisse was in a huge bowl but the soup was cold! That's not funny. The main course ... Small portions and a garnish of diced potato with some vegetables. Really not happy since it was expensive and expected a bit more! No, the beginning of the evening was a letdown. Anyway, we are in Rotterdam and we move on.
Hotel New York
Dissatisfied as we were we went to the terrace at Hotel New York. It was a nice summer evening. You can sit outside overlooking the water. It's pleasantly busy. A very different atmosphere suddenly. A glass of wine and gradually disappears our discontent and our disappointment. We begin to like Rotterdam again. We ask people at the table next to us, what to do in Rotterdam. They invite us to go to an awesome place downtown. They are open until 02.00 pm tonight. Because it's Friday. Because this was near our hotel was, we went along.
Mad Mick's Breakaway Cafe
It is a pool and a cocktail bar in the Charles Doormanstraat in Rotterdam. We heard that this is a place to be on Friday after work many Dutch going there. It is about 3 minutes from the station. The location is a bit American, along with the walls of coca cola and red bull commercial advertising. You even look at Harley Davidson as decoration and in the showcases baseball attributes. When we arrived it was pretty crowded. But wait we found a spot at the bar. Experienced bartenders make the best cocktails and they made some good cocktails here. We went for a Choc it to me Baby for 7 euro’s and Mad Mick midori Sour for also 7 euro’s and they taste delicious. On the first floor is the ability to play pool. We have not done this. And since we had already eaten, we have not used the restaurant. Here you can get everything from wraps to salads to entire dinners. In the bar you really get in touch with the people around you. To finish the evening was a relief for us, after the disappointment in Las Palmas. About 2 hours at night we went to bed. We had seen enough of the nightlife of Rotterdam.
Nightlife in Rotterdam is easy. There is much to do and there are so many entertainment options. I have only seen a little bit of Rotterdam. Just around the Central station are more eateries and cafes in my own city in totality. So if you get bored in Rotterdam, it is because of you. Nightlife in Rotterdam is really good!