OT301 is generally an alternative cultural center: up-to-date underground music, alternative, experimental, on the edge. An independent movie and theater venue, and all kinds of activities: courses from self-defense to salsa, but all with the understated punk attitude. OT301 also houses Subbacultcha-events (check out: www.subbacultcha.nl)
You may call it avant garde but the focus of OT301 is to provide an alternative to the mainstream commercial culture, be it by being experimental, be it by being politically radical.
A fun thing to try out: take part in Tuesday’s ping-pong bar. In the bar and the concert hall 4 ping-pong tables wait for potential competitors. They play a fun system on the table in the bar room: as many as possible walk around the table, hit the ball when it’s their turn, and when they lose the ball they have to leave the table until only two competitors are left. Try it, it’s fun, and it’s free…
In-house restaurant “Pepper” is also worth a visit if you are food-conscious: It’s all vegan and organic and not very expensive. And a nice hang-out. It’s all quite low-key but in a way a must in the alternative culture in Amsterdam.