Party Earth Review Legend has it that In ’t Aepjen – the first bar built on the first established street in Amsterdam – was a favorite party place in the 1500s among sailors who paid their tabs not with coins, but with “exotic treasure... ... read full review
Su–Th 3pm–1am, F–Sa 3pm–3am
Red Light District, Amsterdam –
Legend has it that In ’t Aepjen – the first bar built on the first established street in Amsterdam – was a favorite party place in the 1500s among sailors who paid their tabs not with coins, but with “exotic treasure” – in other words, monkeys.
What started as a joke between a barman and a sailor grew into a rumor, so much so that the bar actually did house a number of apes offered by sailors in exchange for drinks – hence the name In ’t Aepjen (In the little Apes).
The bar is one of only two wooden-front houses left in Amsterdam, and the interior décor is just as historic.
Authentic beer barrels, large Rembrandt prints, dusty liquor jugs, antique portraits and posters, and a small, low bar with a brass rail create a genuine feel that takes patrons back to the sixteenth century.
After a few drinks, in fact, it’s quite easy to imagine the space, with its collection of primate figurines, full of sailors and monkeys enjoying the same informal and convivial environment that lively customers still appreciate today, centuries later.
The clientele varies depending on the time of day, but guests can expect to find a cheerful and somewhat male-dominated crowd of all ages.
From young professionals to retirees, In ’t Aepjen welcomes anyone up for a night of easygoing monkeying around.
Zeedijk is a small street with many authentic brown bars within a short distance from each other. There’s no room for terraces, so in warm weather this is a popular place to spend the night outside mingling with the mix of bar crowds. On Thursday evening and throughout the weekend, the area can reach block-party levels.
Diverse and lively crowd of young professionals, travelers, and older regulars, mid-20s to 60s.
Playlist of folk and classic rock.
Beer €2.25, wine €3, mixed drinks €5.50.
Thursdays and Fridays after 8pm.