Party Earth Review Westergasfabriek is a former gas plant outside the city center whose old towers, warehouses, storage buildings, and grounds now house a collection of bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, and a vibrant cultural park... ... read full review
Park 24/7; Hours vary by venue
Oude West / Westerpark, Amsterdam –
Westergasfabriek is a former gas plant outside the city center whose old towers, warehouses, storage buildings, and grounds now house a collection of bars, clubs, restaurants, shops, and a vibrant cultural park.
During the day, the lovely terrain – known as Westerpark – offers plenty of green space for Frisbee throwing, football, kite flying, picnics, and barbecues, and the surrounding stores, galleries, bars, cafés, and restaurants provide plenty of things to see and do.
At night, a movie theater attracts an early evening crowd, while various clubs offer late-night party options.
From Thursday to Saturday, FlexBar – a small club shrouded in darkness and disco lights – presents solid electronic music for a hipster crowd. Another popular option is Pacific Parc, which is a large indoor/outdoor restaurant by day whose modern jungle décor turns into the perfect setting for a laid-back bar/club scene at night.
And on the west edge of the park is Westerunie with its grand covered terrace for daytime dining and upscale modern club featuring international DJs and all-night parties.
Overall, the crowd at Westergasfabriek is a melting pot of people, and the scene in this park setting is much more relaxed than city clubbing.
All types of all ages during the day, late teens and up at night.
Events are held year round in the various halls and centers, from reggae festivals and concerts to urban art events.
FlexBar offers a trippier atmosphere with music from acid house and drum and bass to afro beats and reggae-influenced dub music.
Pacific Parc plays popular disco from the 70s to the present. Westerunie is a mixed bag of music, from Latin nights to raw rhythm to hard electro.
Coffeehouses and a bakery serve sweets and hot drinks, while the larger cafés and restaurants offer a wider variety.
Pacific Parc offers garlic shrimp with fries and marinated meats and veggies from the grill.
Westerunie serves dishes like ratatouille with tomato and basil sauce and lemon-parsley risotto with fennel and asparagus.
Prices are similar in all cafés. Appetizers €3.50–€6, entrées €4.50–€16. Beer €2+, wine €2.70, mixed drinks €6.
Thursday through Saturday nights are the best bet as clubs host a number of events and parties both inside and out (depending on the season).