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The Old Sailor

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Address: A Oudezijds Achterburgwal 39, 1012 DA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number:
+31 20 624 7739
11:00 am - 3:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 am

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In a very touristy area but did not seem touristy at all, even though it was packed with Brits. Good atmosphere.

Reviewed February 10, 2017
Riga, Latvia
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Riga, Latvia
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2017

In a very touristy area but did not seem touristy at all, even though it was packed with Brits. Good atmosphere.

Thank Vladeks
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2017

There is no better bar location in the famous red light area. It sits on the main canal by a brdige and on a lyncrion of a street - almost traffic free except for people. I've visited many times and early in the day I prefer before it gets really busy. As a pub its good - with great bar... More 

Thank Stephen_Lloyd
Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed February 3, 2017 via mobile

Right in the heart of The Red Light District- this is a great pub with a local feel but always full of Tourists. You can people watch and take in the lifestyle of this part of Amsterdam. They serve Strongbow on draught! - this was hard to find so we loved it here. Surrounded by red lit windows and sex... More 

Thank haylsandcj
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2017 via mobile

Lovely pint of Amstel. Worth a visit in the red light district. Shows sports. Lots of windows to enjoy area

Thank The-assasin
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 20, 2017 via mobile

Great spot always busy my partner complains about how they have (ships old wheel) I think😊 in the middle of the pub and that the mans loo is a hole in the ground but I think it's awesome

Thank Shellsuit14
Atherton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2016

great atmosphere,good beer,and loud rock music.......what more do you want in the red light area so plenty stag parties etc

Thank leyther1959
Piraeus Region, Greece
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed December 27, 2016

In the red district of Amsterdam this bar has big beers,nice music and it was full all the time.Especially in the evening there was overcroweded and crazy fun

Thank haroula2014
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2016

been to this pub many times now its real small inside and always packed out onto the bridge outside but amazing atmosphere and cheap ale that's all you need :D

Thank TheHenchboy
Szczecin, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed December 12, 2016

The very nice place to relax and enjoy good beer situated near famous Red Light District. When you enter you can fell a real sea climate, due to amazing interior design. Only you must be warned that this place can become very busy.

Thank Marek S
Chessington, United Kingdom
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580 reviews
221 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
Reviewed December 6, 2016

This pub has a good atmosphere and gets very busy inside. Nice to sit outside and enjoy the window shopping! A good pub to visit in the red light district

Thank Richard H

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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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