Café ‘t Mandje is a bar in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is located in Zeedijk street, and is considered to be the first gay bar in the Netherlands and one of the first in the world. It was opened in 1927 by Bet van Beeren, herself a lesbian. The Amsterdams Historisch Museum holds the replica of ‘t Mandje.

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.

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