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Int Aepjen

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

What a great bar to meet people and have a good beer. This place is told to be the oldest bar in Europe. It had monkey statues around, as it is also told that back in the day they... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Emil P
West Palm Beach, Florida

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great bar to meet people and have a good beer. This place is told to be the oldest bar in Europe. It had monkey statues around, as it is also told that back in the day they used to sell monkeys here. The Beer was great, the bartender was great, and we met quite a few people there.... More 

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We went here after a local ex pay was telling us about it. The story goes hat sailors used to pays for their lodgings in monkeys after their travels. Great local craft beers, plenty of monkeys to look at and stories galore.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Awesome bar, nice selection of drinks, the barman was very great, very friendly and a relaxed atmosphere and the building itself is extremely old. Well decorated with rich history, I would say it's a quintessential Dutch pub!

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Hereford, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This place was great, I would go as far as saying the best bar I went to in Amsterdam. Although there is no canal view the bar its self was great, the guy behind the bar was fab, telling us about each and every beer and lager and the Ben recommended the local drink 'jenever' which really warmed us up.... More 

Thank mikeyrees
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This was my second visit here, last time in 2007. Small, old, and just exactly what you want in a bar in Amsterdam. Great beer selection at fabulous prices. My favorite beer was Texels Skuumkoppe. Lots of atmosphere and people watching. I will return again someday.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I was here a few years ago and wanted to go back. It wasn't as great as I remembered however, We were there extremely late and it was not as lively as last time. Lots of culture to see and soak in the atmosphere. Last time we were there the bartender told us all about the history of the bar... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Went wandering using the wonders of Google Maps and Found this Quaint Bar, serving excellent beer and a nice afternoon atmosphere. Ancient in terms of bars, felt humbled to think that in my spot at the bar there could have been sailors who headed off to New Amsterdam (New York) back in the 16th/17th Century. Small, would say bit of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I have been going to this pub for years and this is one of the best in this area.Very small (cosy) always a good atmosphere in here The pub is all wood with carved monkeys all over the place i think the sailors in the old days used to sell monkeys in here in exchange for alcohol hence the monkeys... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

If you want to feel what it's like to see a traditional old Dutch pub,inhabited by locals, this is one of the best examples you could go to. It's one of Amsterdam 's very oldest brown cafes (BRUIN KROEGS),in time's gone by,old time sailor's exchanged monkey's for alcohol if they had run out of money. For that reason alone, we... More 

Thank Neil K
Rome, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

In this cafe, a friend and I drank each one (expensive) beer. We have been there a for half an hour. There were few people. We sat at the bar in front of the bartender. When my friend went to the toilet, I paid the drinks. When we were almost exited I understood that my friend had paid already, some... More 

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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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