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Int Aepjen

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Address: Zeedijk 1, 1012 AN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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+31 20 626 8401

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A very small gem of a bar hidden in the red light district, very historical and nice friendly atmosphere. Great range of beers and top service, would recommend highly and would... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sean H
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53 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A very small gem of a bar hidden in the red light district, very historical and nice friendly atmosphere. Great range of beers and top service, would recommend highly and would definitely return.

Thank Sean H
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Giving this place only average rating might to some seem tight, but at the end of the day it is one of many small bars in and around Amsterdam, yes it has history, some other do not, yes it has old historical items in the bar, but so do others, the beer is of their own brewing and it is... More 

Thank kelandchez
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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234 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This bar struck us as very authentic and intreguing. The decor is full of curious items, the drinks included a lot of local specialties not found in every tourist trap, and the vibe in general was very cheerful. The bartender was very serious and not very communicative (and yet not rude), but even that added to the interesting atmosphere rather... More 

Thank Toni M
Trondheim, Norway
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141 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great little place, obviously very old, but in a charming and dignified sort of way. Friendly and helpful service, beer options should please everyone. Once you enter it feels like a completely different world from the outside. Relaxing, good for a conversation or people-watching while enjoying your drink. Monkeys.

Thank plmhns
London, United Kingdom
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235 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came across this place on a list of obscure attractions; its claim to fame is its namesake - apparently sailors would come here and occasionally pay in apes (Aepjen) when they ran out of money. A friendly bartender and seemed to be a place for locals and tourists alike in the typical "brown bar" style near the Amsterdam Central train... More 

Thank Dave S
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This bar is a quirky, dark, atmospheric old bar with a great history! It is apparently where sailors came to drink and look for work in the 16th or 17th century. It has lots of quirky wooden decoration and objects to look at, preserving its old character, the bar staff are very friendly, as are the locals that drink there... More 

Thank Emma E
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I visit family and friend in Amsterdam frequently and this is quite simply my most favourite bar in the whole of the city and perhaps anywhere!! It is so relaxing and choc full of history and tradition. A fine example of a true hostelry.

Thank shawzy2016
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52 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This characterful brown café is housed in one of the oldest buildings in the city, one of the only two remaining wooden buildings in the whole of Amsterdam. It dates all the way back to 1475, and there’s been a tavern on the site since the 17th century. The name translates to "in the monkey" in English, and the place... More 

Thank Hencapel
London, United Kingdom
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308 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

It is small, cosy, I have been in bigger meetings rooms, but it's my favourite bar in a city full of very good ones. With it's proximity to the central station it's always my last port of call when leaving the city. It is a true bar, with a mature crowd who know how to enjoy a true beer house.... More 

Thank Stephen_Lloyd
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Myself and my husband enjoyed this traditional bar on a Saturday afternoon.the barman was friendly and we loved chatting to him. Sending our love from Scotland xx

Thank heatherburns2015

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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 less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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