Room rental

There is seated space for about 25-30 people, by default usually 6 smaller tables.

Big table for your private gathering, dinner party, meeting, workshop, arts & crafts, about 12 people can sit together.

Modular setup: assembly meetings, birthday party, graduation, recitals, company socials.

In-house beamer and microphone: pub quiz, movie night, pub lecture, presentation.

All photos © by Markus Thomanek.


Private room upstairs (25m2) bookable with facilities: beamer, microphone, big table, two foldable standing tables, wifi, up to 30 seated spots, up to 50 people without seats. Flexible setup. Dinner party, (assembly) meetings, pubquiz, pub lecture, birthday/graduation, arts & crafts, recitals, company socials, movie nights. Personal touch, generally no rental fee. Friendly to small groups and students, queer friendly. Discount possible. Bring your own food, microwave oven, airfryer.

Check the online agenda for available dates.

More info? Read down below.

Or send an email right away!


Who? (25-30 seats; up to 50 persons without seats; small groups welcome)

– The upstairs room is very welcoming to smaller groups. If you are planning to have a modest private gathering, we are happy to see you. Regardless the group size, you can expect the personal ambiance to be extra profound, and your event will still feel vibrant and buzzy.

– If you want everyone to have a seat (comfortably) the recommended maximum amount of people is 25-30. If you don’t mind the seating too much: we have had events work out great with 50 people, this is very “gezellig”. It works because people will walk around, go home, come later, have a smoke, go downstairs and outside. 

– Please note, if you are experiencing limited mobility, that the toilets and the upstairs are accessible only via a narrow spiral staircase.

regular event? we can discuss a discount if you wish to become a recurring character. 

student/study association? for years we have been working with student organisations, offering a permanent 10% discount, sponsorship and use of the space. In return some events will be organised at our location. Let us know if this could be something for you.

– charity? NGO? we are happy to work with you and help you set up a fundraiser, event or otherwise further your goals. 🤗

What? (private modular room with facilities)

– The upstairs room is all yours! We can help out setting up in advance if you have specific wishes for the layout. Feel very free to redesign any way you want. Otherwise, we will just let our experience guide us based on the theme of the event and the amount of visitors.

– It’s a small bar with a small staff. Likely, there will be limited table service. You are encouraged to order at the bar and take your drinks there. Bringing empty glasses is also very much appreciated.

– By default the big table is not set up, since it takes up some space, but you could consider using it for your: arts & crafts, writing, assembly meetings, auction table, birthday presents, snacks, and so on. Under the table is also a great place to hide your coats and bags, and a good spot for a trash bag. About 12 people can sit around the table.

– There is an amplifier upstairs that you can use. We want you to have fun (but ask that you also consider the volume a little bit). You can connect with: jack 3,5 mm, USB-C, Bluetooth.

– In house, we have a beamer if you wish to use it. 🍿 You can connect wirelessly using Chromecast, or use our HDMI cable. An Apple adapter is not here. Apple and Chromecast seem to be at odds with each other now and then, please make sure you bring the right equipment. We always recommend bringing a device with an HDMI slot. Any device that has the Chrome browser should be able to connect without a cable. Android phones can cast a live copy their screen as well.

– Please note that using the beamer and the screen eats away some space, the recommended maximum amount of seats when using the beamer is about 25 people.

– We have a microphone ready to go, great if you want to organise a pub quiz. We can make 5-6 groups with 5-6 people each (max 25-30 people). With the beamer and screen, we recommend a maximum of 25 participants. Without the beamer, 30 people will work as well.

In house equipment:

  • 1x Shure SM58 microphone
  • 1x Mackie PROFX8v2 mixer
  • 2x the box MA100 (mounted) monitors
  • cables etc.
  • Salora 50BHD2000 beamer: Google Chromecast, HDMI + cable
  • Amplifier with outputs: 3.5 mm, usb-c, Bluetooth receiver 

Unfortunately we can no longer host live music due to restrictions by the municipality.

When? (online agenda; open at 16:(30)00, close round 02:30)

– You can always check the availability of the room on our public agenda.

– The bar usually opens around 4:30 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the bar will open around 4:00 PM. We are closed on Mondays. If you need to get in before opening (suppose you want to pick up some things the day after) that is usually no problem. Let us know.

– If you wish to have your event while we’re closed on Mondays, you can rent the cafe at € 20 per hour, with an additional 2 hours added for opening and closing. This covers the costs of hiring staff. Drinks are not included in this fee.

– It is always recommended to come at least half an hour before, so you can check if the space is to your liking and adjust the layout, or put up decorations, balloons and so on.

– Upstairs, we kindly ask you to lower the volume of the music and the party around 1:00 AM to consider the tenant sleeping above you. 

– There is no official closing time for bars in Groningen. Usually we aim to close the bar around 2:30 AM, but it can get later as well.

Where? (city centre; downstairs and terrace also open) 

– Our address is: Gedempte Kattendiep 11, 9711 PL, Groningen

– The street is not car friendly. But you can easily park your bike.

– Downstairs, there is a seated capacity for about 30 people.

– Outside: during the terrace season, we can seat about 30 people. During off season about 12 people. The terrace season runs from March 1 to October 31.

– Downstairs and outside are not bookable and will be used by other customers. You are of course welcome to hang out here as well.

Why? (personal touches; affordable; impeccable ambiance)

– Why not have a great time with your co-workers, friends and family? 😊

– Why choose the Literair Café? After many years of building memories and expertise, we are one of the highest rated bars in Groningen. Our visitors especially love the freedom they get upstairs, the personal touches and the inclusive approach, the surprisingly elaborate drinks menu with a focus on quality, and of course the fact that we are quite affordable for a cafe in the city centre.

– The building itself is a city monument: the outside is protected for being culturally and historically relevant. The interior is treated with the same dignity and love. Immerse yourself in a beautiful space that invokes monumentality, in a setting full of books and art. 

Food 🍫 (bring your own food; modest selection; we happily warm it up)

– We have a very modest selection of snacks that you can purchase (may change):

Mars, Snickers, Kitkat Chunky, Bounty, Skittles, assorted nuts, salted corn, honey mustard corn, sunflower seeds, Popcorn Sweet or Salt, Pringles Original, Paprika, Hot & Spicy, Sour & Cream, sausage, cheese, bapao beef & chicken, vegetable noodles, Tuc.

Bring your own food. It is very much encouraged to bring your own food free of charge, or arrange for an external food delivery service directly to the cafe.

– We have a microwave / oven.

– We have some bowls, plates and cutlery you can use.

– We have limited fridge space, but we can probably fit in a birthday pie and small snacks.

Budget (<10 people: €10 per hour; >10 people: free of charge; one drink per hour)

– Under 10 people, we ask for a contribution of 10 euros per hour. You may consider allowing other guests in the room if you are under ten people, so there will be no fee charged.

– Over 10 people, the reservation will be free of charge. We will ask you to order one drink per person per hour on average.

– You decide how to settle the bill: you can let everyone pay individually, or you can give us a budget and we will let you know when you run out.

On offer: tokens

Ask about our custom tokens! They are a great gesture to new arrivals, and they make sure the budget is well distributed, and you know exactly how much you spend, on top of a nice discount.

The price of one coin is always lower than the normal price of a small beer. (price per Jan 1 2024= € 3,00)

  • All throughout the event, you can decide to purchase tokens at the bar.
    • These tokens can be bought per 10 each: 10, 20, 30, …, 100, … etc.  
    • All the coins have to be used up, there won’t be a refund. 
    • The safest strategy is to simply keep on buying the minimum amount as the need arises, which is 10, to make sure you don’t end up with leftover coins.
  • One coin will cost € 3,00. (January 1, 2024)
    • Best value is given for pils and house wine.
    • On average, we’ve found that using the coin system grants you a discount of about 10-15% across the board.
    • Items are excluded when the original value of the drink exceeds the value of the coins by more than € 1,- (see list below).
  • Other reasons to opt for using the tokens:
    • The budget is fully in your hands: no surprises at the end.
    • Because the cash register does not have to be operated with every order,  the staff can work a lot faster.
    • Tokens are always very well received by the visitors: it’s a lot of fun to be given one as you arrive at the party.
    • The budget is fairly distributed by yourself, everybody gets the same amount. 
  • Payments can be made before, during and after the event. We are also happy to send an invoice later.
  • This particular system is geared heavily towards pilsner and wines. You could also choose to let one token equal one drink, regardless of the relative cost, optionally with a limit on the value.
  • We are open for ideas and suggestions!

You can inspect the regular menu here.

Price list

1 coin: price = € 3,- (valid for all drinks originally priced up to € 4,-)

  • house wines (red, white, rose) 175 ml
  • Moretti pilsener 250 ml
  • hot drinks: coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte, macchiato, tea, hot chocolate, etc.
  • sodas and fruit juices
  • alcohol free beers
  • shots 20 ml

2 coins: price = € 6,- (valid for all drinks originally priced up to € 7,-)

  • Moretti pilsener 500 ml
  • bottled beers and special beers from tap
  • distilled and house whiskeys 40 ml

3 coins: price = € 9,- (valid for all drinks originally priced up to € 10,-)

  • single malt whiskeys
  • cocktails

5 coins: price = € 15,- (valid for all drinks originally priced up to € 16,-)

  • pitcher Moretti pilsener 1500 ml [=six beers]
  • carafe white/red wine 800 ml or bottle rose wine 750 ml

How? (easy booking by mail, person or phone)

– No hassle: we will not ask you for a contract or a deposit.

– Did you find a date? Or do you have a question about a date? You can reach us:

  • By phone: +31 50 280 0006 (during opening hours)
  • By mail:
    • kindly share when possible: the desired date, start and end times, number of visitors, type of event, desired layout, any other wishes
  • Of course we are happy to talk to you at the bar to make your event happen.

If there is anything you’d like to know, please don’t hesitate to ask. We´d love to meet you – come say hello and see for yourself! 😁

Impressions and suggestions.

All photos © by Markus Thomanek.

Pubquiz (±25 people with beamer, 30 people without beamer)

Pub lecture, presentation, movie (±25 people)

Celebration with ~30 seats, up to 50 possible (birthday, graduation, etc.)


Intimate presentations