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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
Phone Number: +31 20 626 8401 ‎

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Historic and good beer

One of the oldest bars and oldest wooden building. The decor is monkeys! Loved the vibe. Loved the location and the beer.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lindenhurst, New York
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Lindenhurst, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the oldest bars and oldest wooden building. The decor is monkeys! Loved the vibe. Loved the location and the beer.

Thank Kurlisue19
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I went out looking for a historic brown bar. We truly found it in In 't Aepjen. I could almost imagine the people who use to frequent the establishment sitting there with us. It was a true vision of the past in Amsterdam and a highlight of our journey.

Thank Susan M
Jonkoping, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Small, cozy and good location. Great stop for a beer or drink, interesting decor. Not a huge selection of beers but the one they have are good.

Thank Viktor B
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Good beer Great barman, fun crowd, worth a visit when the Red Light district is overcrowded, In the oldest part of town near the central station

Thank Robert B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

This is of course a very subjective affirmation. I am not sure if this drink was invented in Holland, but Jenever is as Dutch as Gouda cheese. While taking some friends for a walk in the red light district, we decided to go for a drink and we almost literally stumbled upon this jewel. We sat down and the owner... More 

Thank 42Travelbug42
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

One of the oldest bars in the city and one of only two existing wooden fronted buildings the Aepjen is definitely worth a visit. The bar has a good range of beers (try the Gulpener IPL) and lots of monkey memorabilia from the days when the sailors frequenting the bar used to leave monkeys in lieu of payment. (for Cockneys... More 

Thank AleksHuddersfield
Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016 via mobile

What a fabulous bar this was. Ben behind the bar was fabulous and explained everything we needed to know about the beers and the history of this tiny bar. I loved it and we spent a few hours just relaxing and taking in the great atmosphere. Fabulous Amsterdam bar!

Thank SarahCorell
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016 via mobile

This is one amazing pub in Amsterdam that is not only one of Amsterdam's oldest pub's but is only one of two wooden building's in this wonderful city still surviving. Dating from the 15 century the pub oozer's character,a former hostel /doss house for sailor's who brought their monkey's they had got from far off land's,hence were the pub got... More 

Thank Neil K
West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

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 

Thank Emil P
Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

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.

Thank amandamonkey

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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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