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Cafe 't Mandje

Closed Now: 5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
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Came across this little bar by accident. Doesn't matter if gay, or straight. Fabulous staff... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Heather M
Glasgow, United Kingdom
via mobile
Amsterdam's oldest gay bar

I was there on a Sunday night and the bar was busy but not too crowded or too noisy. there is a... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2018
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Cafe 't Mandje (meaning "little basket") was opened in 1927 by the legendary Bet van Beeren. Eldest daughter of a family of 14, born in 1902 in De Jordaan, lesbian Bet was a pioneer in human rights and she openly welcomed gays, lesbians etc. in...more
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Zeedijk 63, 1012 AS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Red Light District (De Wallen)
+31 20 622 5375
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came across this little bar by accident. Doesn't matter if gay, or straight. Fabulous staff, music and drink. You must go - didn't want to leave

Thank Heather M
Reviewed 13 August 2018

I was there on a Sunday night and the bar was busy but not too crowded or too noisy. there is a good selection of draft beer, a very friendly bartender, and loads of history. Definitely worth a stop in for a drink if you...More

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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

This is a tiny bar, but chock full of character and characters. I went two nights and both nights the bartenders would sing and dance along with the awesome music. Lots of disco and funk. The whole bar sang along to songs from “Grease.” Drinks...More

Thank maryq333
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Amsterdam's oldest gay cafe on the Zeedijk where everyone is welcome no matter what color, race, sexuality etc.They have a great variety in beers and other drinks and friendly people behind the bar and service with a smile.

Thank Andre_C_de_Jong
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We'd been told about this place on our guided tour the night before, but it had been so rammed, we couldn't get near the place. We opted to give it a go the next day. When you appreciate the history of the place, and the...More

1  Thank Paul1960_4
Reviewed 7 March 2017

I'd previously visited 't Mandje before and found it to be a lovely little gem with a great atmosphere and history, but a return visit was ruined by an absolutely rude bartender. When I arrived it was extremely noisy from loud music and large crowd,...More

3  Thank LageLandenLoper
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We went on Saturday in the day after long day of sightseeing. The lady behind the bar was an absolute legend! She kept us talking and laughing and then told us where we can go out later on, and even wrote the name down for...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Surprise find! The owner of this bar is quite simply superb at creating a fantastic atmosphere doubling as bar tender and D.J. at the same time. Tables are moved out of the way and everyone can dance to the great tunes. So worth a visit....More

Thank rh611
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Great interior and memorabilia and great music. The owner turns her hand to everything... bar woman, D.J. and top dancer! She knows how to get the bar talking and dancing together. Highly recommend it. We'll be back. Thanks for the music...

Thank Rosie H
Reviewed 14 December 2016

If you can ignore that the owner is a bit of a grumpy sod, then it's a cosy and comfortable little pub well worth a visit. Full of chirpy locals with an interior that is full of it's proud history. Definitely not suitable for large...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
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