The new wine wave also hit Rotterdam a couple of years ago resulting in a significant increase of the number of wine bars in the city. As a wine adept I’m anything but unhappy with this development of course. Since late 2011 Het Eigendom occupies the edifice which once was the headquarters of Vereniging Eigen Huis (association of house owners; hence the name of the bar). For me it fills a bit of a gap in the range of bars in the Witte de With street: It’s always lively, but never as packed as some of the other places, which makes it a very comfortable spot the catch up with friends amidst chit-chatting wine lovers. The high seating area on the terrace is my favourite spot. On weekend nights a DJ adds some vibes for the ultimate lounge atmosphere.
On the menu they have almost 150 wines of which 35 are by the glass and they also serve petit diner. I like the fact that this bar seems to attract people of all ages and social classes. Even non-wine drinkers seem to find the place.
Small note from an architect’s point of view: the building is designed by architect Leendert van der Vlugt, responsible for a number of Rotterdam icons including the Van Nelle Factory and Feyenoord stadium De Kuip and the Sonneveld house, located nearby next to Het Nieuwe Instituut. Yet another piece of evidence that wine and architecture can make a perfect match!