Café ’t Mandje – Bet van Beeren (since 19270) is only a small bar and our voice may be tiny, we still believe it tob e important for us to let the world know our views and position on matters conserning LGHBT matters. The history of café ’t Mandje and Bet van Beeren demand our statement. Come and have a drink and you will find out that “Boring” does not apply to Café ’t Mandje at the Zeedijk 63 in Amsterdam.. And.... Cafe ' tMandje is the only cafe that is recreated in the Amsterdam Museum and is permanently exhibited.
The oldest gay bar in Europe! The history of this place is absolutely fasinating. It was opened by a woman in the 20's who skirted the laws at the time to keep the place going. It was closed down for sometime but has been reopened by the original owners family. It's been reonvated but all the original decor remains. Cozy and historic!
Amsterdam's oldest surviving gay bar was opened way back in 1927 at the heart of the city on the famous Zeedijk by a hard-drinking, motorcycle-riding local lesbian named Bet van Beeren, and remained one of the city's most popular hangouts for gays and lesbians (and sailors and artists and lookie-loos) for half a century. In 2008 Bet's niece reopened the long dormant little pub, which with its oodles of memorabilia has a rather museum-y feel. Now attracting a mostly older crowd but welcoming of everyone, it's once again is one of the neighborhood's gay mainstays.
A small bar with a big history: Café ‘tMandje is thought to (possibly) be the oldest gay bar in the world, and definitely the first in the Netherlands. Opened during the 1920’s, it is a landmark for the gay community, and there is even a replica of this bar in the Amsterdam Historical Museum. Located two steps away from the Central Station, on the lively Zeedijk Street, the atmosphere of the bar is personable and welcoming to everyone.