P&O Ferries can take you clubbing in Rotterdam

To paraphrase the great Bruce Springsteen: “Summer is here and the time is right/to go clubbing in Europe”. Punters have been taking budget flights to Berlin and Paris for years, but with P&O Ferries, you can step on the dancefloor less trodden – Matthias Scherer thinks Rotterdam is worth a boogie.


With the ash cloud putting thousands of revellers’ plans in jeopardy, taking a boat across the channel has seldomly seemed mor sensible. By hopping on one of P&O’s ferries to Rotterdam, you could find yourself immersed in the city’s joyous nightlife within hours.

For the more adventurours clubber, Off Corso is probably a got first stop. Located in an old cinema at Kruiskade 22 (a short bus or tram ride south-eastwards from the central station), it mixes arty decoration and leftfield sounds to create a refreshingly offbeat atmosphere. You’re unlikely to be aurally molested by the Black Eyed Peas et al, but you will hear the newest hip-hop and techno tracks and remixes, along with spaced-out jazz at their jazz parties. Check in advance what kind of party is on the night you’re planning to go, because they vary on a daily basis.

Even further off the beaten track is Maassilo. It’s south of the Meuse river, about 30 minutes from the city centre (although only about 15 mintues from P&O Ferries’ landing port, the Port of Rotterdam), but it is worth the brisk walk: renowned electro acts such as Soulwax and London producers Crookers have played there, and it was the venue for the positively banging Revolt party at the end of April (Simian Mobile Disco, Vitalic, Erol Alkan and many more played). Expect throbbing techno and house beats as well as a hip crowd getting merry in a former grain silo across six floors.

Now, because we realise clubbing isn’t for everyone, the final suggestion is as obvious as it is essential: De Witte Aap has widely been hailed as one of the world’s best bars, and rightly so. Cosy, friendly, with none of the snootiness that often comes with big city nightlife. It’s open till 4am, so it’s a great place to wind down or to just sit in for hours watching and talking to fellow punters. The upcoming weeks might be the best time to pay it a visit because of its fabulous summer terrace.

To start off your trip to Rotterdam and take in these great places, all you need to do is get a ferry from Hull to Rotterdam port. P&O Ferries offers a five-day trip for a car and two passengers, including en-suite cabin and all taxes, for only £119 each way.

One Response to “P&O Ferries can take you clubbing in Rotterdam”

  1. I have never thought about Rotterdam to go partying but it actually seems like a good idea ad quite cheap.

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