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
M–Th, Su 8pm–1am, F–Sa 8pm–3am (opening times vary by event)
East / East Docks, Amsterdam –
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.
Trendy young professionals and students, 20s and 30s.
Live local bands, mostly on the indie side, include everything from acoustic duos to Brit pop, garage, and retro rock bands. Foosball table.
Bar snacks include tostis, peanuts, and chips. No tap beer. Lockers available for coat storage.
Bar snacks €1–€2. Beer €2+, wine €3, champagne €22.50/bottle, mixed drinks €6+.
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.
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.