Rotterdam cocktail bar reviews

Rotterdam is a fairly large and cosmopolitan city, so it has plenty of cocktail bars and much variation in style and quality.

This survey (from a few years ago) rates cocktail bars according to the bar's atmosphere, three key cocktails and random bonus points, with a maximum of ten points. This simple rating system is enough to pick out the best and worst places, with a perfect score being hard to achieve.

see also

Rotterdam cafes & restaurants

margherita, caipirinha, piña colada (Wikipedia)

Martini Bar HU'U Soho Bar P Opa

2010 reviews
locationatmospheremargaritacaipirinhapiña coladapros (for bonus points) & conspricepoints
Bar P
Eendrachtsweg 30
2 2 2 1 Cool interior and small Soho-style terrace. 7+
Toko 94
Witte de Withstr. 94b
2 1 2 1 Excellent but loud music. Funky decor. 6+
Pannekoekstraat 76
1 2 1 1 Respectable terrace on quiet street. Mint and chocolate are not an appropriate piña colada garnish. €7-8 5+
1 1 - Cocktail quality goes downhill when the star barman is not working; not enough crushed lime flavour in the caipirinha €8.00 - 8.50 2+
Wijnhaven 3
0 0 0 The cocktails are not good enough: they have so little alcohol it’s a con, and are too sweet €7.50 - 8.50 0+
2009 reviews
locationatmospheremargaritacaipirinhapiña coladapros (for bonus points) & conspricepoints
Hartmanstraat 16
2 1 1 2 Funky Hawaiian surfer bar theme with rock music for a change, because you can have too much lounge €6.50 - 7.50 6+
Martini Bar
Meent 71a
2 1 1 - 1 Decent and friendly cocktail barman, willing and able to go off-menu. Too much Cointreau in the Margarita. Expensive. €9 5
2006 reviews
locationatmospheremargaritacaipirinhapiña coladapros (for bonus points) & conspoints
Pannekoekstraat 76
1 2 2 2 2 Extensive menu and barman asked for feedback, but weird decor; excellent dinner 9
Pannekoekstraat 53a
2 2 1 2 1 Outrageously cool lounge-terrace and interior, but expensive and the caipirinha was too sweet 8
Witte de Withstr
2 - 2 - 2 Strong caipirinha and excellent value, but limited availability 6
Nieuwe Binnenweg
1 2 1 Magic ingredient - the home-made sugar syrup adds a little something to the caipirinha 4+
Oude haven
1 - 1 - 1 Barman asked for feedback, but cocktail menu is rubbish and some servings are tiny 3

the best

The good places are serious enough about cocktails to have a barman who will make anything you ask for, and who can make all of the classic cocktails - even one as uncool as a piña colada.

the worst

The bad places are more concerned with image than having any kind of genuine class, which can result in the arrogance to think that their own cocktail recpies are better than the the last hundred years' best cocktails. Worse, they mix cocktails that feature branded pre-mixed ingredients. If you cannot even make a decent margarita then you are not even trying.


0 point = not on the menu

0 point = awful

1 point = okay

2 point = excellent

to do: Quote, Rosso, Rotterdam Hilton, The Lighthouse, Buleria, Breakaway Cafe, Cinema.

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