As its name suggests this alternative arts centre is located inside a Cold War era bunker on the northern side of Vondelpark. The venue’s monthly calendar always include a wide array of cultural events including live gigs, theatrical productions and film screenings.
Like several other entries on this list OT301 started out as an illegal squat, but has since become a recognised cultural intuitive. The building now houses several multi-disciplinary projects including ateliers, a vegan restaurant and an alternative music venue. OT301 also hosts a popular table tennis evening every Tuesday as well as many other community orientated events.
📍OT310, Overtoom 301, Amsterdam, +31 20 412 2954
Even though Paradiso isn’t really an underground spot anymore (as it frequently books blowout, international performers) it is worth mentioning that this popular venue was originally established by a group of hippies in the 1960s and has played an important part within Amsterdam’s music scene for over 40 years. Aside from more mainstream acts, Paradiso also provides space for alternative musicians and regularly organises events geared towards Amsterdam’s youth culture.
📍Paradiso,Weteringschans 6-8, Amsterdam, +31 20 626 4521
Tolhuistuin is a multi-disciplinary venue in Amsterdam-Noord that serves as a hub for several cultural initiatives including Paradiso, Framer Framed and Musicians Without Borders. These groups regularly contribute to Tolhuistuin’s programming and organise events such as exhibitions, gigs or festivals.
📍Tolhuistuin, IJpromenade 2, Amsterdam, +31 20 763 0650
Sexyland opened in early 2017 and left its program completely open to the public, meaning that anyone could organise events inside the venue. Since then many of Amsterdam’s leading cultural initiatives have held parties, film screenings or workshops inside Sexyland and many more are expected to follow suit in the near future.
OCCII is another famous legalised squat in Amsterdam that serves as an independent cultural centre and contains several community driven projects including a café, library and bike repair shop. The programming at OCCII tends to lean towards heavier strains of alternative music like punk, metal or noise and the venue’s events are coordinated by several non-profit groups.
📍OCCII, Amstelveenseweg 134, Amsterdam, +31 20 671 7778
Pacific Parc is part of a large cultural complex built called Westergasfabriek that is housed inside a former electricity plant in Westerpark. There’s a French style bistro onsite as well as a large concert hall that hosts club nights, parties and gigs throughout the week.
📍Pacific Parc, Polonceaukade 23, Amsterdam, +31 020 488 7778
De School is a 24-hour licensed venue that’s located inside a former technical school. The complex houses several cultural projects including a night club, high-end restaurant, gym and exhibition space.
📍De School, Doctor Jan van Breemenstraat 1, Amsterdam, +31 20 737 3197
Shelter is the latest venue in Amsterdam to obtain a 24 hour license and occasionally hosts extended club nights over the weekend. The club is located underneath A’DAM Toren in Amsterdam-Noord and mainly gears its program around techno, house and experimental electronic music.