Gay Friendly Rotterdam

Gay Friendly Rotterdam

The time that one could fire a canon down Rotterdam at night has definitely passed. Also gay Rotterdam offers a varied and vibrant nightlife, however, one should know where to be at what moment of the day.

Bars and café’s

The bars and café’s in ‘pink’ Rotterdam are globally located in the ‘gay triangle’ of the city. Within the area of Churchillplein, Westblaak, Mauritsweg, van Oldebarneveldtstraat, en KeerWeer you will find localities like Strano (for the younger public), Loge ’90 (for the somewhat older public), De Regenboog (for lovers of entertaining music), and De Keerweer (for the night owls). Also Nostra, and the clubs FERRY and De Unie you can visit for a drink. Just out of the triangle you will find Café Praag (at the gay society COC) and Bonaparte (night bar).


Once Rotterdam was famous/notorious for the renown GayPalace on de Schiedamsesingel. That time has gone, but for the real party animal there is still more than enough to experience. FERRY on de Westblaak every week offers various nice parties. These parties are mainly frequented by young(er) people. In De Unie at de Mauritsweg every Friday and Saturday night the roof is blown off with attractive parties. De Unie is particularly renown by the target audience for the attractive gentlemen under the shower and the Dutch celebrities performing during De Unie’s XXL-parties. Large parties like WTF (in Club Thalia), House of Boys (FERRY) and This=Us (women only) are regularly organised in the city. And, twice a year the gay life in Rotterdam explodes when the King’s Parade (on Kingsday) and the KeerWeer Parade (during Rotterdam Pride) take place. Famous Dutch names like Karin Bloemen, Anita Meyer and Ruth Jacott did perform here in the near past. This year amongst others Gordon, Luv and Andre Hazes Jr. will show up.


Rotterdam knows numerous lunchrooms/restaurants with a gay friendly (or was it rather a straight friendly?) character. The best known undoubtedly is Nostra at the van Oldebarneveldtstraat, but also consider to try BOMM at de Oudedijk in the district Kralingen. Both FERRY and De Unie also  present a modest and price worthy menu card. Restaurants with a ‘pink’ edge exist in all tastes and price ranges. Gusto and Rodin are affordable eateries frequented by our target audience. Allure on ‘de Kop van Zuid’ (Wilhelminapier) is recommendable if you would like to spend somewhat more than average.


Every first Tuesday of the month a gay movie night takes place in LantarenVenster. On this gay movie night modern as well as classical movies with an LGBT character are screened. During summer months Lantaren is the decor of the Gay & Lesbian Summer Film Festival. Film lovers from the city and its surroundings visit the festival for an (international) offer of LGBT movies.

Wishing to be up-to-date?

Consult the ‘nightlife’ section of GayRotterdam.

The informative website was launched in January 2016. It is the first LGBT city portal in the Netherlands. The platform offers a low threshold entrance to everything having to do with gay life in Rotterdam: living, working, partying, art and culture, sports, backgrounds,interviews, columns, events etc. The site also has an English mirror.

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