DRINK - Spots by locals
In Groningen a fresh cup of coffee or a foaming glass of beer are never far away.
Het Pakhuis (Peperstraat 8-2)
You’ll find this golden oldie night spot tucked away in an alley. It’s always a good time and you can dance until the early hours. On the first floor you can get dinner. Main dish: €15. Sun to Tue: 17:30 - 22:00. Wed to Sat: 17:30 - 00:00. Bar: Mon to Sat 21:30 - late.
Café Kult (Steentilstraat 36/1)
Café Kult has a warm and alternative atmosphere that gives you the feeling that anything is possible. Every first Tuesday of the month you can play Bingo, have a meal, enjoy a cocktail or smoke a cigarette or a doobie upstairs. Main dish: €12. Bingo ticket: €3 (Every first Tuesday of the month). Tue to Sun: 16:00 - 03:00.
Brouwerij Martinus (Kostersgang 32-34)
Martinus brewery is a family business where Mom and Pop manage the hospitality and a pair of brothers brew beer in this old warehouse. You can have a beer tasting, listen to live music and enjoy delicious food on Fridays and Saturdays. Tip: You can order every beer here in a large or small size. Main dish: €16. Tour: €10. Wed & Thu: 15:00 21:00. Fri & Sat: 14:00 - 23:00. Sun: 14:00 - 21:00.
De Drie Gezusters (Grote Markt 36/39)
This nightspot with many different bars, corridors and staircases is a maze of different bars all intertwined. This collection of bars combined makes the largest café of Europe and falls under the heading ‘De Drie’. Sun to Fri: 10:00 - late. Sat: 09:00 – late.
De Gym (Oosterstraat 13a)
Inside de Gym you’ll find the alternative club OOST and the coffee shop Bed. In OOST The DJs ensure a quality music experience in the styles of house, techno, disco and funk. Coffee shop Bed is the new hangout spot for studying and for hipsters who want to relax. OOST: Fri & Sat 23:00 - 06:00. Bed: Mon to Sun 11:00 - 18:00. On Fridays you can come and enjoy a meal for €3.50.
Vera (Oosterstraat 44)
Once a student Association, now an alternative venue that is admired by other Dutch venues and envied for their image, good programming and special band poster designs. U2 and Nirvana played here before they were famous!
Pacific (Oosterstraat 65)
This Aussie Pub is the international cafe in Groningen. Watch rugby matches on a big screen on Wednesdays and enjoy cheap cocktails and tasty food! Main dish: €17. Tue to Fri: 05:00 PM - 02:00 AM. Sat: 16:00 - 02:00.
Café De Oude Wacht (Gedempte Zuiderdiep 3-5)
Another golden oldie. This cafe was opened in 1955 by none other than Freddy Heineken, founder of Heineken beer. Ironically, the new owners have eight beers on tap that are unaffiliated with the brand. They also have 20 types of wine! Main dish: €11. Lunch: €6. Mon to Sat: 11:00 - 00:00. Sun: 11:00 - 23:00.
Barrel (Haddingestraat 27)
Groningen’s first wine bar. There are at least 15 wines available by the glass but if you’d like a whole bottle, you’ve got 400 varieties to choose from! Wine tasting: €18. Mon: 19:30 - 23:00.Thu to Sat: 17:00 - 00:00. Sun: 20:00.
Buckshot Café (Gedempte Zuiderdiep 58)
This cafe is proud of their collection of the newest soul, funk and any kind of jazz music you can imagine... Mon to Fri from: 16:00. Fri to Sun from:14:00.
Café De Wolthoorn & Co (Turftorenstraat 6)
This is not just some brown billiard cafe in a beautiful alley, it was selected in 2008 as the best pub in the Netherlands. It’s also the political café of Groningen, so meet the local politicians here Sun to Thu: 16:00 - 01:00.Fri & Sat: 15:00 - 02:00.
Belgian Café de Pintelier (Kleine Kromme Elleboog 9)
This cafe has the best Belgian beers and serves tasty typical Dutch snacks. Beer: €5. Sun to Wed: 3:00 PM - 02:00 AM. Thu to Sat: 15:00 PM - 03:00 AM.
De Uurwerker (Uurwerkersplein 1)
Mingle with local students for lunch, dinner or drinks. Also a good place to work or study; they don’t disturb you because you only can order drinks and food at the bar. Lunch: €7. Pizza: €9. Main dish: €13. Tue to Fri: 10:00. Mon, Sat & Sun: 12:00
Grand Café-Restaurant Mr. Mofongo (Oude Boteringestraat 26)
Behind the glass on the first floor are the giant tanks where Mr. Mofongo’s booze is distilled. The liquor cabinet of this cocktail bar is so high (7 meters!) that they have a robotic arm to get the drinks down. The menu of the ground floor (breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner) is just as extensive as the world travels Mr. Mofongo makes to provide its customers with the finest products Main dish: €17. Daily from: 11:00.
Café De Drie Uiltjes (Oude Ebbingestraat 47)
On Saturday evening the tables are pushed aside to transform a portion of the bar into a dance floor. On a sunny day you can hang out and enjoy their garden. Sun to Thu: 16:00 - 00:00. Fri & Sat: 14:00 - 00:00.
It’s especially common among students and a very popular activity while drinking beer: with a team of friends, compete against other teams by answering questions about music, sports, art, current affairs and topography. The one in de Toeter and is organized in Dutch and English, and you can also wrack your brain at de Doos, het Catshuys, de Pels and de Oude Schans.
www.cafedetoeter.nl/quiz / www.cafededoos.com / www.cafehetcatshuys.nl / www.deoudeschans.nl
Simplon (Boterdiep 69)
Whether you like rock, rap or dance, you’ll find your fix here. This venue has two rooms and a cozy little cafe where each month a new artist exhibits his or her work. Prices and opening hours vary per performance, concert or festival.
Noord Nederlands Toneel (NNT, Bloemstraat 38) & Noord Nederlands Orkest (NNO, Trompsingel 35)
Groningen takes pride in having two amazing cultural groups, The NNT and the NNO. The NNT is known for their socially critical pieces that can leave you with a feeling of hope as you walk out at the end of the show. The North Dutch Orchestra (NNO) is known for their surprising and original compositions and collaborations.
www.nnt.nl / www.nno.nu/concerten
Paradigm (Helsinkistraat 6)
This techno factory is the best underground club in the BeNeLux and has the atmosphere and allure of an obscure Berlin club. This vibe will in 2017 be brought forth at their new location at the old sugar plant area called the Suikerunieterrein. Helsinkistraat 6, Groningen.
Café de Minnaar (Kleine Rozenstraat 64)
Mingle, drink, play a game, have deep conversations or hold important discussions in this cozy cafe. You can do it all until the early hours in this neighborhood favorite. Daily: 16:00 - 02:00.