One of my fave hangouts is Rotown. This place is not only nice for a meeting with friends for drinks and a quick snack during the day or for a dinner in the covered back garden, but also for their live concerts. The staff is great too.
I like this venue as it’s intimate, you might witness great concerts by (inter)national bands on the brink of breaking through. Concerts can be sold out or you can find yourself with just a few people in the audience. It’s all possible here.
They organise/plan other things too or act as a venue for festivals like Motel Mozaique, or you could join the Popquiz and of course dance the night away. There’s also a collaboration with other venues in town or parties like Subbacultcha, so this means they have booked an artist/band but (s)he/they will perform either in the Paradijs church next door, the Arminius church, at a former lightship Vessel11 or at the Schouwburg theater.
If you have dinner there before a concert, get a medium burrito or a burger with fries for just €10 if you show your ticket to the staff. Also new this year: On Sundays all you can eat breakfast served for € 8.50 from 10:00 – 13:00!
Before the concert starts, you can have a drink at the terrace or at next door neighbour Bar3.
Doors open at 20:00 when there’s a gig during the week so you won’t have to worry to miss the last train home if you’re not from Rotterdam.