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Lovely small bar

This place is just on the edge of the red light district. It is a small quirky bar with a good... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2018
Figarogir1
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Shoeburyness, United Kingdom
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A must visit

This bar has a nice location near the central station. It has a good beer menu, and also an... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2018
Aleksandar S
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Zeedijk 1, 1012 AN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 16 April 2013 via mobile

One of the oldest bars in amsterdam! I declared this place "my bar" during my stay here. I came here every night and had drinks and chilled with binky the cat and hans the bartender is really great! Such an exellent place with a sultry...More

3  Thank Leola L
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 27 July 2018

One of two remaining wood-fronted houses in Amsterdam, In’t Aepjen was built in 1550 as a sailors’ hostel, and is now a bar. The name means “In the monkeys”; when sailors couldn’t pay, they would barter – sometimes with pet monkeys. Best regards, Dr. Vorravee...More

2  Thank Man on the Move V
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Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

This place is just on the edge of the red light district. It is a small quirky bar with a good selection of good beer. Worth a visit if you are sight seeing in the area.

Thank Figarogir1
Reviewed 14 September 2018

This bar has a nice location near the central station. It has a good beer menu, and also an interesting design. Also, you should get yourself familiar with the monkey story before you go

Thank Aleksandar S
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

This bar is a small gem. It’s not far from Central Station and at the lower end of the Red Light District. Before you go read up on the history. It’s fun and interesting. It’s small and may be crowded but the beer is great...More

Thank brernick
Reviewed 27 August 2018

A nice little pub with interesting design, good atmosphere and music. Good selection of drinks and friendly service.

Thank Nostradamus67
Reviewed 27 July 2018

One of two remaining wood-fronted houses in Amsterdam, In’t Aepjen was built in 1550 as a sailors’ hostel, and is now a bar. The name means “In the monkeys”; when sailors couldn’t pay, they would barter – sometimes with pet monkeys. Best regards, Dr. Vorravee...More

2  Thank Man on the Move V
Reviewed 28 June 2018

The story around this bar is as interesting as the beer tastes. I'd suggest, If you don't know the story, read the history before you go. It will make a great beer taste even better.

Thank Col_101
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

It is very imperssionanto to drink a coctail with some monkey statues. The lights are soffused and create an effect of weirdness. Very cool

Thank Nikko D
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

We called in on a recent trip after reading about the history of this place and really enjoyed it. Their own ‘monkey beer’ is excellent, pilsner is good too, but the decor is just fascinating. Well worth a visit.

Thank Stu_1977
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

Another fabulous pub at the edge of the Red Light district. Try the Gerardo’s Dubbel or Aepjen Bier if you want a really great Dutch Beer. Built as an inn in the 1600’s, this SWEET bar is oozing with charm.

Thank Mah_Murrini
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

We stopped in for a quick beer just to see the place. It is one of the oldest remaining brown bars in Amsterdam. Be sure to read up on it beforehand, there isn’t anything there to explain its history. Interesting decor and delicious beer.

1  Thank MarthaFromAlabama
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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the
Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its
saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to
view some of the city’s most picturesque canals,
historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples
of traditional local architecture – not to mention
Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist
temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some
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