If you’re looking for somewhere cool to have a drink, the best gay bars are concentrated in the centre of Rotterdam. If you draw a line from Churchillplein to Westblaak, and from Westblaak to Mauritsweg, you have Rotterdam’s ‘pink triangle’. Start on Van Oldenbarneveltstraat at wine bar Nostra, then cross the street to experience the exhilarating vibe at Strano, where a young and mixed clientele party. Next door, you will find the Regenboog party café. Loge ’90 is a fixture in Rotterdam’s gay nightlife and has the feel of a neighbourhood pub where everyone knows each other.
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Keerweer: time and time again, a vibrant place
This cozy pub, small in size but colorful in character, has an impressive reputation as a popular gay bar on the street that bears the same name in het city center. The doors open in the afternoon and only close again at dawn. It’s no wonder that many people come here for a nightcap after a night on the dance floor. The annual spectacular Keerweer Parade is famous: Dutch artists and flamboyant drag queens perform. It doesn’t matter how early or late you arrive at Keerweer, the fun is always present, and that’s why so many people keep coming back. Every time: elke Keer Weer in Dutch.
FERRY: party without borders
Dancing without barriers is what FERRY stands for and strives for, with diversity as its greatest asset. Originally started as a magazine in 2011, FERRY has grown into the meeting place for the LGBTQIA+ community in Rotterdam. Step into a welcoming environment where you can be yourself while enjoying the music and the delicious menu. On Fridays and Saturdays, a DJ provide an mix of contemporary hits and classics. The entrance is as free as you feel!
Café Bonaparte: Embrace your fabulous self
Café Bonaparte is the vibrant gay and drag café in the heart of Rotterdam. This colorful and lively establishment is a true oasis of diversity and acceptance. The atmosphere is filled with joy and creativity. This café is the place where gay and drag artists come together to shine and showcase their talents. In addition, Café Bonaparte’s menu is as diverse as its visitors, so you will always find something to your taste.