Things To Do In Utrecht At Night

things to do in utrecht at night
Stephanie Anais
Stephanie Anais 
| 4 min read

No need to stay in after exploring the city of Utrecht by daylight. When the night falls, Utrecht is very much alive and kicking! Just stroll around the pretty city center, crossing the canals to find charming cafés and restaurants. Don’t miss out on the live music too! This article is all about what to do in Utrecht at night. Check it out and go see for yourself!

1. Drink Belgian beers at Kafe België

Tripels @ Kafé België
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There’s no better way to start the evening (or even better, late afternoon, if the sun is out) than with some delicious Belgian beers and maybe some dinner too if you haven’t eaten yet. Kafe België is a real charming, old brown café located next to the canal in the heart of Utrecht. A busy place with a great collection of special Belgian beers, nice music, friendly staff and an all round great vibe. If you’re hungry, try the Daghap, their daily meal with a vegetarian option as well, it is always delicious!

Kafe België

Address: Oudegracht 196, 3511 NR Utrecht, Netherlands

Facebook: Kafe België

2. Explore the city by night with Trajectum Lumen

Trajectum Lumen
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This nightly journey through the city of Utrecht is truly enchanting! The town by itself is already beautiful but with Trajectum Lumen, the city becomes a real magical place with colorful lights in the strangest places. You can go on a city walking tour to get the full experience. Think bridges, canals, and churches beautifully illuminated all around the city center and the best news is, you can do it every evening, all year round.

Trajectum Lumen

Address: Croesestraat 105, 3522 AD Utrecht, Netherlands

Website: Trajectum Lumen

3. See a live concert at Tivoli

Orgel Vreten
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There is always something going on at Tivoli after the sun sets. If not an amazing live concert, there will be some cool party starting in the late evening hours. Tivoli Vredenburg is a contemporary music center with 5 concert halls, featuring a diverse agenda to suit all kinds of audiences. Tivoli de Helling is a more alternative music hub, to see live gigs or go dancing all night long.

Tivoli Vredenburg

Address: Vredenburgkade 11, 3511 WC Utrecht, Netherlands

Website: Tivoli Vredenburg (in Dutch)

Tivoli de Helling

Address: Helling 7, 3523 CB Utrecht, Netherlands

Website: Tivoli de Helling (in Dutch)

4. See what's on at Springhaver Theater

Café Theater Festival 2010
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Springhaver is a cozy bar and restaurant, hidden away in a quiet corner of central Utrecht. It makes a great hangout hub for food, coffee, and beers. Springhaver also features two cinema rooms where you can see interesting movies. Every Sunday evening there is the Cinesneak, surprising the audience with what movie is screening on that particular Sunday.

Springhaver Theater

Address: Springweg 50, 3511 VS Utrecht, Netherlands

Website: Springhaver Theater (in Dutch)

5. Cheese fondue, drinks and live music at 't Oude Pothuys

Het oude Pothuys
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Tucked in an old Dutch corner house at the Oude Gracht in the center of Utrecht, sits the really charming bar and restaurant called ’t Oude Pothuys. A great place to go for a real Dutch Cheese Fondue meal, followed by a wonderful evening of delicious beers, a glass of wine and live music. t’ Oude Pothuys has been a live music venue since 1976 and it really exudes a soulfulness that reminds one of a hidden underground Jazz Club. There is live music every night, be sure to check it out!

't Oude Pothuys

Address: Oudegracht 279, 3511 PA Utrecht, Netherlands

Website: 't Oude Pothuys (in Dutch)

6. Romantic dinner at Tafel aan de Gracht

Romantic Dinner
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Located right by the main canal in Utrecht, this fine dining restaurant makes a great place to go for a romantic dinner with your loved one. The restaurant is chic and stylish, tucked in a historical building. In the summer, you can sit outside on the terrace, taking in the lovely views while dining. Don’t miss out on this culinary highlight of Utrecht.

Tafel aan de Gracht

Address: Oudegracht aan de Werf 109, 3511 AL Utrecht, Netherlands

Website: Tafel aan de Gracht (in Dutch)

7. Spend one evening at Holland Casino

Royal Flush at Casino
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Take a chance and enjoy a fun night out at the stylish Holland Casino in Utrecht. Dress up a bit if you like and take a seat at a poker or roulette table if you dare. You don’t have to spend lots of money, you can put in a little and see if you can double it. If not, go for a nice drink at the bar and enjoy the ambiance and live music.

Holland Casino Utrecht

Address: Overste Den Oudenlaan 2, 3527 KW Utrecht, Netherlands

Website: Holland Casino

8. Friends and fun at Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven Utrecht
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Stairway to Heaven is a bar and restaurant located close to the central station of Utrecht. You can actually spend the whole evening here. Start with a nice and affordable meal, made with local produce from around Utrecht. Yummy! Then, enjoy a couple of drinks and wait for the restaurant to transform into Club Stairway and start dancing until closing time. Good food, good people, good music and great fun!

Stairway to Heaven

Address: Mariaplaats 11, 3511 LJ Utrecht, Netherlands

Website: Stairway to Heaven (in Dutch)

9. Check out Pop Stage Ekko

The Mysterons
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Ekko is a leading alternative pop stage of The Netherlands, located in the center of Utrecht. This cozy music venue can hold up to 300 people and it has got a little café as well. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, you can enjoy a meal at Ekko Café before the live gig starts and on weekends, there are usually some great parties happening. Go check it out!


Address: Bemuurde Weerd Westzijde 3, 3513 BH Utrecht, Netherlands

Website: Ekko (in Dutch)

10. Escape Room

Escape Room players
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On a rainy evening, it will be great fun to go on an Escape Room adventure in the heart of Utrecht at the Oude Gracht. At Mysterium, you will be transported back in time to the Medieval period. You need to stick together, use creativity, hints, and clues to get out of this medieval wharf cellar. Good luck!

Mysterium Escape Room

Address: Oudegracht-Tolsteegzijde 300, 3511 NX Utrecht, Netherlands

Website: Mysterium

Everyone loves Utrecht!

As you now know, there are lots of things to see, do and experience in Utrecht, day and night. You might want to extend you stay a bit or make a careful selection of things not-to-miss-out-on. Surely you will enjoy staying in this lively historical city in the heart of Holland!

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