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Nightlife Enschede

Whether you would like to lounge at one of the terraces at the Oude Markt or you would like to party until early morning, Enschede has it all. Looking for a cultural night? Spend the evening in the theatre at one of the cabaret shows or join a concert at Metropool! Going out in Enschede is fun and diverse. With all these options one thing is for sure: you will never be bored!

Bars & clubs in Enschede

Thursday night is known as student night in Enschede when you want to go partying. Many students will find their way to Aspen Valley, ‘t Gat in de Markt, Friends, Fellini, Paddy’s, Shooters, De Wigwam or any of the other bars and clubs in Enschede! ‘T Bolke is one of the biggest clubs in the Netherlands and at Rico Latino you are guaranteed for a night of salsa dancing. Looking for some beer tasting? Visit De Beiaard, Stanislaus Brewskovitch or Proeflokaal Belgie to try some specialties! In summer, you will find the best wines at BRUUT’s rooftop terrace, with a beautiful afternoon sun on your face.

Performances, (theatre)shows and movies

Enschede is a city full of culture and creativity. At Wilminktheater and Concordia, an all year round programme is offered full of cabaret and theatre shows. Did you know that Vestzaktheater, part of Concordia, is the smallest theatre of Enschede? With only 65 seats in a very intimate and historic setting, it is absolutely worth visiting a show, as they have a special Language No Problem programme! Looking for a good music concert? Join one of the shows or concerts at Muziekcentrum Enschede or Metropool. Finally, Vrijhof Cultuurcentrum, the culture centre at the University of Twente, is opened for all students in Enschede.

To catch a movie, visit Kinepolis. With two locations, in the city centre and at Go Planet Parc, you will always find something you like. Are you more interested in cultural movies? Take a look at the movie programme of Concordia. Concordia offers a full programme of cultural movies, including Expat Cinema, where international movies are subtitled in English.

Don’t forget: you may enter the museums for free with the Study in Enschede discount card!


One of the student hotspots in Enschede is Bar Update. This bar will soon be your second living room. It is a cosy student café with many boardgames to play. From 30 Seconds to Monopoly, it’s all there. The café is opened early in the evening and everyone is welcome! Don’t forget to visit Café LP. This is a place to have drink, laugh, play boardgames and sing along as loud as you can with the music. At Moeke, every Wednesday night and Sunday night is game night. The first floor will be transformed into a game room and you are free to join!

Still not done playing games? Enschede has a real arcade game hall: The Game Box. At Poolcafe the Bridge, Snooker & Poolcentrum Enschede or Starballs, you will be able to play a good game of pool, bowling, billiard or darts. If you are just up for a game of bowling, Bowling Enschede is the place to be. Zero 55, located at Go Planet Parc, offers different games in one location: E-karting, lasertag, escape rooms and virtual reality racing rooms. All of them are in a futuristic, unique setting!

Finally, there are several options to do minigolf in Enschede. Sensazia, at Go Planet Parc, offers two minigolf courses. At Glowgolf Enschede, you can experience the real glow-in-the-dark minigolf setting.

Are you a big fan of a pubquiz? Well, we are! Join them at one of the many cafes: Café Rocks, Proeflokaal Belgie, Café Stonewall, De Pimpelaar, Molly Malone or Eetcafé Bij Flip. Something else to definitely try is an escape room. At Let's Escape, The Hour Escapes, Escape Room Rutbeek, Escape Mission Enschede, Room Escape Enschede or Zero55, you will have to try to escape the room within an hour by cracking codes and solving all kinds of puzzles. Every room has its own theme.