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Love the history...love the beer

The story around this bar is as interesting as the beer tastes. I'd suggest, If you don't know... read more

Reviewed 28 June 2018

It is very imperssionanto to drink a coctail with some monkey statues. The lights are soffused and... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2018
Nikko D
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Zeedijk 1, 1012 AN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Red Light District (De Wallen)
+31 20 626 8401
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 25 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 28 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
Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

One of the few remaining timber buildings in the city, lovely spot to step into and take time out with a drink in beautiful quirky surroundings as the world passes by outside.

Thank Kites1974
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

The famous monkey bar has a beautiful decor. From the inside and out it reeks history. Our beer and coffees were just what we needed after a brisk walk of the neighborhood. I especially enjoyed my sweet cookie that was served with our coffees. The...More

Thank wonderlust_9
Reviewed 27 March 2018

This is a lovely, small bar with a lot of history. When we visited, there were a few visitors but it was easy to get a seat and the bar staff were really friendly. The beer was excellent quality and it was a lovely place...More

Thank Traveller101London
Reviewed 13 March 2018

I love int Aepjen. I loved it when I first set foot in this historical bruin "brown" cafe in 1998 and I loved it even more almost 20 years later. Amazing beer and friendly staff located a 5 minute walk from the main train station.

Thank jermid22
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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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