Claim #3: In ‘t Aepjen
License granted: 1990
No one seems to be able to find a license for In ‘t Aepjen (“In the Monkeys”) from before it re-opened in 1990, but the building dates back to 1519, or possibly 1475 (it’s one of only two wooden buildings left in the city center). And why was it called that? Because in the early days, you could literally PAY IN MONKEYS, which sailors coming back from, say, Indonesia often had more of than money.
But, sadly monkeys lead to both impish mischief and fleas, and sailors who stayed here were known to wake up itchy. So the Dutch expression was spawned: “to stay with the monkeys” -- which means: “to take what looks like a good deal... only to have it bite you in the ass”. The owners eventually gave the animals to a collector in the east of the city, whose animal garden later became Artis Zoo. The bar’s décor now is full of monkey-themed details, plus a staircase leading to nowhere.
Legitimacy rating: 9.5