Party Earth Review Café Sound Garden rocks. Seriously, this raw and gritty tavern is a rock bar to its core, catering to a fun-loving and sociable crowd with nightly live music and DJs that perform rock, rock, and more rock. Save for the... ... read full review
M–Th 3pm–1am, F–Su 3pm–3am
Oude West / Westerpark, Amsterdam –
Café Sound Garden rocks.
Seriously, this raw and gritty tavern is a rock bar to its core, catering to a fun-loving and sociable crowd with nightly live music and DJs that perform rock, rock, and more rock.
Save for the peeling gig fliers and old chairs and sofas, there’s not much inside in the way of décor, but no one seems to care – after all, there’s pool, foosball, pinball machines, a long bar, and plenty of alternative music blasting from the speakers in-between sets to keep the young clientele occupied.
Performers often set up on a small stage inside or, if the weather permits, out on the profoundly popular outdoor terrace that overlooks the canal.
The biggest selling point, however, is arguably the dirt-cheap drinks, served with a smile by attentive and heavily tattooed bartenders.
From late teens trying to party like rock stars to old rock stars trying to party like teens, the crowd is energetic, friendly, and clearly big supporters of Café Sound Garden’s motto:
If it doesn't rock, it's dead, if it doesn't roll, it should be!
Alternative locals, tattoo artists, international students, and young expats, 18 to late 20s.
Music varies from ska and rockabilly to alternative rock, indie, and pop funk. Pool table, vintage pinball, and foosball table. Chess, backgammon, and other board games also available.
Nuts €1. Beer €2.10, wine €2.85, mixed drinks €6.
Grunge to casual.
Fridays and Saturdays after midnight.
Just down Marnixstraat is a park with a cement pool that’s been emptied out for skateboarding.