Summer or winter, Christiansen’s is the place to be in the Old Town. The pub-style venue has a huge menu of international cocktails, both in its bar and for clientele sitting outside. The list is pretty much endless and covers all of the classics, plus some more inventive concoctions. If you still can’t find something you fancy, the staff are more than happy to whip something up based on your preferences.
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs 8pm – 3am; Fri 8pm – 4am; Sat 8pm – 5am
Right across from the underground station, Knust is a former slaughterhouse turned live music venue that regularly features the latest in live and indie music. The concert space is large and offers notable acoustics, meaning that it attracts both famous bands, such as the The Decemberists and The National, and the not so famous. It’s a great place to discover new, up-and-comers and meet like-minded music fans.
Opening hours: Check venue’s site.
Absinth Bar does what its name suggests and serves up a healthy dose of absinthe, alongside a large selection of spirits. Interiors are dark and slightly gothic, and the background of jazz classics definitely adds an appropriately French vibe. The origins of the bar began when a couple of friends wanted to open an absinthe bar. They educated themselves on everything about the “Green Fairy”, and Absinthe is the result. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask the knowledgeable staff for a suggestion.
Opening hours: Tues – Thurs 8pm – 1am; Fri-Sat 8pm – 4am
This is what drinks with your eccentric uncle would be like, if he was also a staple of the Hamburg night life scene. 3-Zimmer-Wohnung means ‘three-room flat’ and the interiors are deliberately designed to feel homey and inviting. There’s a youthful vibe, with a foosball table, comfy sofas and different rooms to explore, but the underlying style is undeniably quirky-cool. With a gnome for a mascot, what do you expect?
Opening hours: Check with venue.