OT301

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OT301 Formerly a film academy, the building that now houses OT301 was taken over by an enterprising group of artists who revamped it into a multimedia cultural center dedicated to parties, music, and food. Amsterdam Holland 52.3601488 4.8656703
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OT301 - Club | Culture | Restaurant in Amsterdam.
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Party Earth Review Formerly a film academy, the building that now houses OT301 was taken over by an enterprising group of artists who revamped it into a multimedia cultural center dedicated to parties, music, and food. Now home to a club... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 6pm–1am, F–Sa 6pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth OT301 Review

The Scene

Formerly a film academy, the building that now houses OT301 was taken over by an enterprising group of artists who revamped it into a multimedia cultural center dedicated to parties, music, and food.

Formerly a film academy, the building that now houses OT301 was taken over by an enterprising group of artists who revamped it into a multimedia cultural center dedicated to parties, music, and food.

Now home to a club, a film cinema, art studios, and the De Peper vegan café, OT301 has maintained its urban roots, which are still apparent in the minimal décor, the graffiti-covered walls, and the ever-changing displays of urban street art.

An alternative crowd frequents the unique and affordable events that happen daily, especially on the weekends when the 400-person main room hosts live bands, DJs, theme parties, and more that feature everything from techno to hip-hop to indie rock.

The equally popular weeknights are given over to ping-pong and beer nights, movie screenings, live bands, and dance performances.

By day, the venue offers art workshops, flea markets, health and yoga seminars, and even break dance and trapeze lessons that often extend into the evening, while on Sundays and Tuesdays the film room screens a variety of documentaries and cult classics.

One of the unusual aspects of OT301 is that staff members are all volunteers and the functions are all non-profit – all proceeds go toward maintaining the buildings and its events.

Such a place naturally attracts a liberal crowd of young activists, minorities, and students with underground or alternative lifestyles, who undoubtedly help create the laid-back, open-minded, and ultimately friendly atmosphere.

From punks and hippies to travelers and students, everyone is welcome at OT301’s center of free expression.

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Tip from Jonah:

Check out the Tuesday ping-pong nights – they’re round robin tournaments and anyone can play. The event is free and the beer is cheap, so if you get kicked out of the game, you can just hang out while watching the remaining matches.

  • Crowd

    A diverse blend of international and local students, 18 to late 20s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    On club nights, bands and DJs play everything from reggae and rock to dub, pop, 80s, 90s, and beyond. Ping-pong and beer parties happen every Tuesday night in the main room.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    De Peper features a menu of gourmet soups and internationally-inspired cuisine. Open only 7–9pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays; patrons must call between 4 and 6:30pm to reserve a meal.

  • Prices

    Club cover charge €5–€9, movie nights €4, workshops €10. Beer and wine €2. De Peper: Patrons pay on a sliding scale, generally €6–€10 for soup and an entrée.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    The club is full by midnight on Wednesday through Saturday nights. The cinema gets busy Sunday nights at 8:30pm, while De Peper is popular Thursdays and Fridays.

  • Close By

    Down the street, Marqt (Overtoom 22) is one of the city’s few fully organic produce stores with fresh pasta, wines, veggies, and more. Credit cards only.

OT301 User Reviews

Average rating:
OT301 used to be a place where you could hang out, buy cheap beer and have a nice time - enjoying the occasional good music. Now it's just a place where 30-somethings come to be seen by other 30-somethings.
Rose O. Mar 6, 2013
OT301 used to be a place where you could hang out, buy cheap beer and have a nice time - enjoying the occasional good music. Now it's just a place where 30-somethings come to be seen by other 30-somethings. The beers got pricier and the cute guys got less cute. In my opinion you shouldn't pay more than 2 euros for a beer in something squattish. But it is quite nice, the band-programming could be much worse, the toilets are cool and clean and the ping-pong nights are a blast. So my tip: don't go there on fridays & saturdays, but do go on weekdays! I always get W139 and OT301 mixed up, because of the letters and numbers in there name. Why do they do that?
Open stage, for better or worse luv!
Mokum G. Dec 10, 2012
The keyword for OT301 is "squat". As this place leaks out all things alternative and punk rock rough. The bands that play OT are usually always young ones you've never hear of. Unless you live here. The bands are usually always travelling from England or Europe. It's probably their first tour. They probably playing to a crowd unfamiliar mostly to them. Otherwise it's a Dutch or Belgian punk band sound like the modern day mold of The Clash. While I'm happy to know Brit punk has infiltrated Euro squat youth over our Yanks across the pond, I've heard some real shite bands here. That's why you gotta love it at OT. They have an open stage for anyone. And Mokum says that's cool.
For the open alternative crowd
Amster M. Dec 9, 2012
These guys are great at having constant variety on their plate. Lots planned during the day, but they host a mixed bag at night. My rommate keeps going there for their electronic nights, and he says that the acts that show up there are pretty well known throughout the UK, so it's amazing he can see them play in such a small space. I go for their ping pong Tuesdays because it's a great way to socialize, but the vibe is pretty "pick up" at times. Otherwise I'll catch a small show of a local band or some Euro rock band that's passing through.
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