5 of the best places to enjoy alternative music Rotterdam

ANNABEL

Schiestraat 20
Centre West ➀
+31 (0)6 282 894 91
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www.annabel.nu

A major new music venue opened in 2015, just behind the ‘laboratory for urban development’ in the Schieblock building. Annabel can hold 1500 visitors and has hiphop, pop and rock concerts, and regular dance nights on the programme. There’s also a cafe and restaurant.

ANNABEL - © ANNABEL
ANNABEL - © ANNABEL

Rotown

Nieuwe Binnenweg
19
Centre West ➀
+31 (0)10 436 26 42
www.rotown.nl

Rotown has a variety of concerts, dance nights and other events scheduled on most days of the week, even on Monday nights. The venue’s history goes back to 1987, when this former Chinese restaurant was turned into a small concert hall, restaurant and bar. Rotown has since welcomed bands like Bright Eyes, Catpower, and Franz Ferdinand.

ROTOWN - © RUBEN HAMELINK
ROTOWN - © RUBEN HAMELINK

V11 (VESSEL 11)

Wijnhaven t/0 101
Centre East
+31 (0)10 840 47 30
www.vessel11.nl

You can enjoy an excellent lunch or meal in the cosy cabin of this flaming red light vessel from 1951, or enjoy a glass of their home-brewed ale on deck. V11 has its own concert programme, and also cooperates with Rotown. Concert and dance evenings are organised in the cargo hold.

V11 - © V11
V11 - © V11

GROUNDS

Pieter de Hoochweg
125
West
+31 (0)10 244 45 15
www.grounds.nu

The programme of this small music venue (capacity 200) is an eclectic mix of hiphop, world music and jazz. Grounds also has a cafe that’s open during the day. It serves breakfast and lunch and has a stage for intimate performances by local bands.

GROUNDS - © GROUNDS
GROUNDS - © GROUNDS

BAROEG

Spinozaweg 300
South
+31 (0)10 432 57 35
www.baroeg.nl

This is the place to go for those who like it loud. Metalheads, hard-rockers and punks from around the country know Baroeg for its wayward programming of ‘hard alternative music’. Baroeg’s history dates back to the early 1980s and it’s still a venue for national and international bands that aren’t invited to play elsewhere.

BAROEG - © BAROEG
BAROEG - © BAROEG

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