Café Sound Garden

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Café Sound Garden "Café Sound Garden rocks._x000D_ Amsterdam Holland 52.372897 4.8759558
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Café Sound Garden - Bar | Café | Live Music Venue in Amsterdam.
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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

  • Hours:

    M–Th 3pm–1am, F–Su 3pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Café Sound Garden Review

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"Café Sound Garden rocks._x000D_

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!

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Tip from Jonah:

This place has some of the cheapest drinks in town, and the crowd is chatty and outgoing. The best spot to kick back is outside on the terrace – the string lights reflecting on the canal and the wide wooden dock give off a smooth and mellow vibe.

  • Crowd

    Alternative locals, tattoo artists, international students, and young expats, 18 to late 20s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Just nuts.

  • Prices

    Nuts €1. Beer €2.10, wine €2.85, mixed drinks €6.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Grunge to casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays after midnight.

  • Close By

    Just down Marnixstraat is a park with a cement pool that’s been emptied out for skateboarding.

Café Sound Garden User Reviews

Average rating:
Best place to drink some beers and chat with your friends!
Fàtima L. Feb 20, 2013
Winter is cold in Amsterdam and everybody miss so much the nice weather from the summer and specially the nice terraces that the majority of the cafés in Amsterdam have... but specially one!: the terrace from the Café Sound Garden! ahhhhhhhh, is so nice to go there when you just finish work to just relax, drink some beers and chat for hours with your friends! specially because the prices aren't expensive!!!
West indie gem
Stéphanie T. Dec 13, 2012
Though I moved to the east of Amsterdam long time ago I still come back to Café Sound Garden. I love this kind of raw unpretentious places with friendly staff, cheap beer and amazing outside space. The terrace is definitely a plus, it gets very popular in the spring and summer because it is sunny almost all afternoon. You will find all sorts of people over there, pretty international but interesting crowd. A foosball table and a pool will help you and your friends sort out who will pay for the next round. Bands or DJ keep you entertained on most nights. You won’t get bored coming here!
Best in tha west!
Lalarumpelpumpel S. Dec 4, 2012
Soundgarten is my best friend and worse enemy, depending on the time of night and if my flatmate is working behind the bar! Ah but this place is really great no matter what! I usually stay too long, and usually dragged out by friends to go there, but it's always worth it! You have to go there, have a few biers, play a few kicker games, and if it's a sunny afternoon there is nothing better then the terrace! Chilling in the sun, watching boats come up and dock for a bier, and bring a big groupe of friends because you can really make your own party here.
Good Dam damn dive bar
Mokum G. Dec 3, 2012
Mokum Groupie is head over heel for Soundgarden ever since they let us fill the place up with local bands for Popronde and have a full on party packed with music lovers. For me it was the larger than life portrait of Henry Rollins that wooed me to long nights and whiskey shots (cough cough Baza!). But we love it here. Love the pool table. Love the kicker table. The terrace. The DJs who bring 7 inch vinyl to spin. The manager. The burnout locals who have seen it all. Word to the wise: When playing kicker with the locals, beware. If you lose bad enough, you might end up under the table with just your knickers on. It's the rules.
One of the best spots in town
Amster M. Dec 1, 2012
If Belgique is a favorite hangout, Soundgarden is a close second on the fun scale. I recently told an American who had just moved here to go to Soundgarden because he wanted to practice his German, and Spanish, and Dutch. It's an international crowd of rock n rollers, grungy joint smoking chillers, squatters, and everything in between. You can feel real comfortable here, as if every outcast or creative mind is welcome. They are constantly rewarded as having one of the best terraces, an it's tucked away from the center just far enough to avoid the real clueless visitors.
Cheap beer and sweet cat
Ula L. Sep 8, 2012
Bar in "red" and an English style with old locals and young foreigners. With a seperate smoking room and amazing garden (nice to be in spring, summer and early fall) it is a perfect place to jump for a beer (really cheap) before clubbing. Place you cannot be bored, with always busy pool and foosball and less mobbed, pinball machine is always filled with rock music, played from the computer by nice bartanders. Toilets downstairs seem to be a house" for young poets (in every language). Raw decorated bar with assembled furniture and rock stars, painted on the walls, is as well a house for the ginger haired, sweet cat.
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