One of my fave hangouts is Rotown for either just a drink or a bite and as usual there are many concerts to check out.
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.
There’s also a collaboration with other venues in town or parties like Subbacultcha, 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 Theater Rotterdam.
They have turned the back area (a green house) into the new Backstage Café where besides getting some food, you can mingle with the artists. Check out their menu with vegetarian and vegan options. Got a ticket for a concert? Show it to the staff and get a burger or burrito for €10! Reservation is recommended during concerts.
Before the concert starts, you can also 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.