The stage at Paddy Murphy's Irish Bar.
The stage at Paddy Murphy’s Irish Bar.

ROTTERDAM~ Paddy Murphy’s Irish Pub

We were finally able to leave Witte de withstraat and it’s many bars for the Irish bar on Rodezand. Our crew included a New Zealander, a guy from Ireland and a girl from our hostel we had just met on her gap year from Australia. On arriving at Paddy Murphys, we downed some jager bombs (The drinks at the bar were surprisingly affordable at least more affordable than bars we party-trailed in Amsterdam) and hit the dance floor hard. There was a live band playing hit songs from the 80’s and 90’s and the receptionist from the hostel was not kidding when she said “Paddy Murphy’s is where all the locals go to party on Mondays”.  We were surprised with how packed it was for a Monday and how engaged the crowd was with the band playing.  Another surprising aspect to this bar was the fact that some people in the pub were playing bingo while singing along with the live band.  (The band itself was pretty awesome!!!). We hadn’t settled in for too long when someone from our group spotted two exceedingly attractive Dutch ladies, one of our hostel mates summoned up the courage to go talk to them and headed over nervously to talk to the two.  We sat back and anticipated a rejection from the ladies only for us to see the trio smiling while they were making small talk.  He brought them over and we would all end up dancing to the country music now playing and downing more jager bombs in between.  Our hostel mate and one of the Dutch girls would soon disappear, we would later on find them locking lips outside the bar. 

The sight of them locking lips confirmed any prior doubts we had about whether or not an Irish bar in Rotterdam is the place where one should look for an “authentic Dutch experience”.

He got lucky that night and was carted away on the back of the Dutch girl’s bicycle for an after-party. The remaining members of our group drank more lagers from the bar, mingled with some other locals and after a fun night decided to head back to our hostel on Witte de Withstraat.

Once back at Witte de Withstraat, we stepped into one of the kebab shops on the street and ordered some food.  This was around 6 am in the morning, (one great thing you will find about Witte de Withstraat is that there are lots of post-game eateries where you can stop by for food to help your anticipated hang over).

Before we continue with our experiences in Rotterdam, please find a list of bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs in the Witte de Withstraat area that are noteworthy.

  • NRCafe
  • Witte de Withstraat 63
    3012 BN Rotterdam
    +31 010-4144188

  • Restaurant Bazar
  • Witte de Withstraat 16
    3012 BP
    +31 010 2065151

  • Ter Marsch & Co.
  • Witte de Withstraat 70
    3012 BS Rotterdam,

  • Wunderbar at Worm
  • Boomgaardsstraat 71,
    3012XA Rotterdam,

  • Nieuw Rotterdams Cafe
  • Witte de Withstraat 63, 3012 BN

  • Satebar
  • Witte de Withstraat 51
    3012 BM Rotterdam,

  • Hamburg
  • Witte de Withstraat 94B,

    As you can see most of the bars here are listed on the same street (Witte de Withstraat), there are still many more entertainment establishments you can simply check out by taking a curious stroll through the street.  Happy discovering…

    In our final entry Partying in the Netherlands (X), we relay our experiences in Rotterdam for the remainder of the week so please stay tuned….

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