Situated at the corner of the Meent and the Binnenrotte, Café van Zanten is the perfect place to begin or end your night out in Rotterdam.
The waiters and waitresses have good knowledge of all the drinks they serve and are more than willing to assist with choosing your beer or wine. I usually go on a Friday evening where I will meet my friends and colleagues. There are a lot of other people and you can mingle with them easily.
If you are hungry go for the snacks, especially the van Dobben bitterballs. They seem to taste best on a Friday night out.
On the opposite side of the Binnenrotte there is Cafe Pol which is not competing with Cafe Van Zanten at all. During the evening most people will switch between both bars. Pretty funny to see and do it yourself.
Tip: try some of the beers on draught or special wines, it will surprise you!