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The Barricade

Inspired by raccoons and anarchism

The Barricade is a volunteer-run public library and cooking crew with a focus on anarchism, anti food waste and leftist politics. In our permanent collection, we have a variety of materials (books, journals, zines) on feminism, Marxism, decolonialism, environmentalism, veganism, squatting and DIY culture, including classic and contemporary texts in both English and Dutch. Membership…

  • Start:18:00
  • Donation based
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Opening hours

  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 20:00 – 00:00
  • Wed 19:00 – 23:00
  • Thu Check agenda
  • Fri 20:00 – 03:00
  • Sat 20:00 – 03:00
  • Sun 18:00 – 23:00
  • ACU = CASH PLEASE

    Hit the ATM in time, because we prefer cash payments.

    Next on the agenda

    This is not a place for food!

    What a waste! It’s a shame so much perfectly good food gets tossed in the bin.

    This is why we have guest groups volunteering at ACU to combat this problem and feed the people who are hungry.

    Will you look at those colours?

    ACU is not only a place to party, it’s a place of art!

    That is why, every month, we invite a new artist to exhibit their work in our bar.

    This month’s artist is:

    Luna van der Straaten

    Our story

    Long ago, ACU was an auto repair shop: Auto Centrale Utrecht. The building was squatted in 1976 and played an important role in the squat scene in Utrecht for years...
    Read the story of ACU