Fancy a mid-week pub crawl? Or a Friday night borrel? Don’t bike all the way to the city centre, check out some of the bars on campus.
The /Pub is located in the basement of the EWI building and is run by members of the various academic student societies. “The pub is probably as old as the building. Before EWI became a joined faculty, the pub was called the E-Cafe,” says Leon Loopik, one of the volunteer bartenders. “We sell about 150 litres of beer on a good night, but there’ve been nights when we’ve gone up to 250ltrs,” said Jonas Carpay, another volunteer. Though the pub is officially open only until 19:00, legend has it that it was once open until the first class the next morning.
Where: Basement, EWI
When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Friday 16:00 – 19:00
Housed in a small building near the architecture faculty, Bouwpub was once home to the building’s caretaker. “It’s the only pub which is not managed by a student society. We have a special bar committee and welcome volunteers to help out behind the bar,” says Vincent Rutenfrans, a member of the bar committee. The pub hosts events throughout the year, from Oktoberfest to a special wine night called Beaujolais.
Where: Faculty of Architecture
When: Tuesdays 17:00 – 20:00 and Thursdays 16:00 – 20:00
One of few campus bars to be open until 1:00, Atmosfeer is managed by students of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. “A bar committee, which is formed by members of the student society, is set up to look into the management. We also have student volunteers for regular nights,” says Jef Michielssen, president of the student society. You can also order dinner until 18:00.
Where: Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
When: Wednesdays 17:00 – 1:00 and Fridays 17:00 – 20:00
A small, cosy pub in the department of Chemical Engineering, here they also serve snacks such as fries and bitterballen. On November 14, they have a special night where students are invited to bring along their friends and family.
Where: Department of Chemical Engineering
When: Thursdays 16:00 – 20:00
This one is a must visit. One of the busiest pubs, the i.d-Kafee is said to host the biggest parties on campus. Recently, they hosted an Oktoberfest event, attended by 450 students. “We sold around 1,400 litres of beer in four hours on that day,” says Jan Koenders, chairman of the faculty student association responsible for the pub. While the pub itself is relatively small, the area outside is usually full of students. Koenders says that they also have the distinction of being the largest buyer of Grolsch in Delft.
Where: Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering
When: Wednesdays 17:00 – 21:00
One of the youngest pubs on campus, they host a variety of theme nights. An open bar with a funky chandelier, they also serve pasta and pizza, as long it’s ordered before 18:00.
Where: Faculty of Technology Policy and Management
When: Thursdays 16:00 – 21:30
This bar began in the 1970s with an old refrigerator. “Sometime in the 1990s the number of people visiting increased so the space became bigger,” says Ileen van den Berg, secretary of the faculty’s student society. 30-40 people are here each week, from students to members of staff. They also host special events such a Christmas party, Belgian drinks nights. They have a beer of the month, special beers, spirits and even fresh coffee should you need it.
Where: Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
When: Thursdays 15:30 – 19:30
First published in TU Delta on November 18, 2013. Read the magazine online here.