Amsterdam, Netherlands Café 't Mandje

 

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Café 't Mandje at Zeedijk

from Wikipedia by FaceMePLS from The Hague, The Netherlands CC BY 2.0

Café 't Mandje is a bar in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is located in Zeedijk street and was opened in 1927 by Bet van Beeren, herself a lesbian. The Amsterdam Museum holds the replica of 't Mandje.
't Mandje is often presented as the first gay bar in the Netherlands, but that's not correct: in Amsterdam there were already some gay bars in the first decade of the 20th century. Also, 't Mandje was not specifically a bar for gay men, but more of a tolerant place where prostitutes, pimps, seamen and lesbian women came together.

History

Café 't Mandje, on Zeedijk 63 in the historic heart of Amsterdam was opened in 1927 by lesbian Bet van Beeren. After her death in 1967, her youngest sister Greet continued the business until it closed in 1982, but the bar and its entire interior was preserved by her ever since and could be visited upon request. Just before her death in August 2007, she took the initiative to have the bar reopened. The bar has been open under the management of her niece Diana since 29 April 2008.

Sources

Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap

Details

  • Website
  • 31206225375
  • 00-02; 22-24
  • Zeedijk 63, 1012 AS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • [email protected]

Café 't Mandje