Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina

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Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina For a taste of the underground Dutch music scene, patrons should head to Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina, a small but energetic venue set inside a dingy waterfront warehouse that focuses on rock and indie acts at affordable prices. Amsterdam Holland 52.3758148 4.9292
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Party Earth Review For a taste of the underground Dutch music scene, patrons should head to Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina, a small but energetic venue set inside a dingy waterfront warehouse that focuses on rock and indie acts at affordable prices... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 8pm–1am, F–Sa 8pm–3am (opening times vary by event)

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina Review

The Scene

For a taste of the underground Dutch music scene, patrons should head to Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina, a small but energetic venue set inside a dingy waterfront warehouse that focuses on rock and indie acts at affordable prices.

For a taste of the underground Dutch music scene, patrons should head to Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina, a small but energetic venue set inside a dingy waterfront warehouse that focuses on rock and indie acts at affordable prices.

Black walls, oriental rugs, and a disco ball constitute most of the décor in this low-ceilinged space, while the shimmery tinsel backdrop adds a slight retro touch. The focal point, however, is the stage, which is big enough to hold a solid rock band and features a killer sound system and professional concert lighting.

The outgoing clientele is hip, cool, and open to meeting new people from around the globe and clearly shows up for both the music and the socializing, creating a casual atmosphere where patrons are comfortable either chatting and nodding their heads to the music or dancing like rock divas in front of the stage.

There are even improv nights, art shows, and karaoke nights on the docket, so while trendy clubbers file in to the massive and chichi Panama Nightclub just down the street, in-the-know music lovers make tiny Pakhuis Wilhelmina a big destination on the Amsterdam nightlife scene.

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Tip from Emma:

This area’s amazing modern architecture and the view of the Ij River are beautiful and quite a change from the historic city center. If the weather is warm, grab a glass of wine and sit on a picnic bench to watch the sunset, or take a serene and relaxing stroll down to the docks.

  • Crowd

    Trendy young professionals and students, 20s and 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live local bands, mostly on the indie side, include everything from acoustic duos to Brit pop, garage, and retro rock bands. Foosball table.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Bar snacks include tostis, peanuts, and chips. No tap beer. Lockers available for coat storage.

  • Prices

    Bar snacks €1–€2. Beer €2+, wine €3, champagne €22.50/bottle, mixed drinks €6+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Hard Rock Karaoke nights provide cheap entertainment (check the website for dates), but Thursdays through Saturdays are also pleasantly packed. Sundays draw a crowd if there’s a good gig.

  • Close By

    Just down the dock path is Pakhuis De Zwijger (Piet Heinkade 181), a modern warehouse of social activity with a café and bar downstairs open from 9am until midnight. A modern art gallery and some small radio and television studios attract an artsy crowd.

Café Pakhuis Wilhelmina User Reviews

Average rating:
For local Dutch music that doesn't suck
Amster M. Dec 1, 2012
The last time I went to Pakhuis was to support a friend of mine's album release party. I biked all the way across town, literally from Nieuwe Anita, and it was freezing outside. I don't know what I was thinking, but I promised I'd go and I didn't want to let a friend down. I know what it's like when friends say they'll go to your gig and then they don't. So I went, caught their last song, and immediately caught a cold before I even left the venue. Stayed in bed for a few days afterwards, never even had a chance to tell my friend I made it until weeks later. So that's how much it's worth going to... at least I think it was worth it when I ponder back on a whim.
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