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De Unie

by Pieter Ruijsch van Dugteren
Club, Bar, Restaurant

Find gay club De Unie at the Mauritsweg, 500 meters from where the famous café De Unie was bombed in WWII. The building was designed by De Stijl architect J.J.P Oud. With its Mondriaan façade it stands out between the pre-war style surrounding neighborhood.

This fairly recent gay club was inspired by West Hollywood’s Abbey, one of the world’s best gay bars. Mortar bricks and stained glass windows with furniture that in the evening is reserved for bottle service clients. The back room can be used for large parties.

De Unie’s overall concept makes it an excellent place visit at any time of day. It has one of the nicest outdoor terraces in Rotterdam along the busy (and in summer, sunny) Westersingel. A large lunch menu and an ambitious wine menu make it a popular spot during the day. At night the venue transforms itself into a steamy night club with large dancefloor and a video wall behind the bar. The only place in Holland where the dancefloor has a shower with go-go dancers. The volume and the beats per minute go up as the night progresses.


The wonderful terrace of De Unie is quickly full at summer.

The crowd is mixed. Young and old, Hipster to Diva. Busy, especially on weekends.

De Unie is located at Mauritsweg 34-35. Five minutes from Rotterdam Central Station and close to gay bars De Regenboog and Bar Strano. Open Su/Mo/Tu 11AM to 11PM, We/Th 11AM to 1AM and Fr/Sa 11AM until the last customer. More info:

Photography: de Unie, Patrick Nijenhuis.
Translation: Dagmar Boer.

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Mauritsweg 34-35
3012 JT, Rotterdam
06 345 69 724

Monday: 11.00 - 23.00 HR
Tuesday: 11.00 - 23.00 HR
Wednesday: 11.00 - 01.00 HR
Thursday: 11.00 - 01.00 HR
Friday: 11.00 - 02.00 HR
Saturday: 11.00 - 06.00 HR
Sunday: 11.00 - 23.00 HR