The 10 Best Bars In Hamburg, Germany

Photo of Maria Menegaki
9 February 2017

Jam-packed with every type of drinking venue, Hamburg’s streets offer something for every taste. From elegant lounge bars to casual music clubs, the exciting variety of the city’s nightlife makes the quest to find the best spots a rather hard one. Take a look at our guide to some of the best options around.


Bar, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, German, $$$
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Skyline Bar 20up
Skyline Bar 20up | © Leon Brocard / Flickr
The name already reveals its exclusive location. Housed on the 20th floor of the Empire Riverside Hotel, Skyline Bar 20up is the ideal place for an early evening drink accompanied by breathtaking, panoramic views of the harbor and the Elbe. Get there early or reserve a floor-to-ceiling window table and enjoy a delicious cocktail in a classy atmosphere.

Bar Hamburg

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, German, $$$
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Bar Hamburg
Bar Hamburg | © Pixabay
Here you’ll find an extensive list of both local and international spirits. Choose a comfortable leather sofa or a club seat and immerse yourself in the distinctive ambiance of Bar Hamburg, a stylish venue that has attracted a long list of celebrity patrons from Mick Jagger to Claudia Schiffer.


Restaurant, European, Vegetarian, Beer, German, Street Food, $$$
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From the moment you walk into StrandPauli, you’ll know you’re going to have a great time. If you want a brisk seaside feeling in the center of Hamburg, you have found the right place. Much more than a simple beach bar, StrandPauli is a casual tropical shelter offering incredible views of the River Elbe. Arrive when the sun goes down and warm lanterns come alight, dig your toes into the sand and grab a drink or two for an unforgettable night.

Cobra Bar

Bar, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, German, $$$
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Cobra Bar
Cobra Bar | © Pixabay
Exuding a peculiar charm, this bar is unmissable for every punk rock fan. If you’re not a fan of punk rock but still love a grungy atmosphere, Cobra Bar will be your favourite destination. Order one of their special drinks, listen to some great punk, ska, rock ‘n’ roll or metal tunes and join the dark side of Hamburg,


Art Nouveau and Tim Burton come to life in this popular alternative hangout. Hasenschaukel is not only distinguished for its imaginative decor but also for its regular acoustic shows. With their special shots and drinks, you will find yourself wishing you’d discovered this place earlier.

Address & telephone number: Silbersackstrasse 17, Hamburg, +49 40 180 127 21

Atlantic Bar

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Atlantic Bar
Atlantic Bar | © Pixabay
This is a great place to continue or conclude a long night. Enter Hotel Kempinski on the bank of the Alster Lake and take a seat at Atlantic Bar. Order a bar specialty, relax to the live piano music and, since the hotel is where celebrities stay, keep your ears and eyes open: you never know who you will encounter.


You can’t get a taste of the city’s nightlife without visiting at least one concert venue. Founded in 1968 in a former movie theater, this music club has become legendary for its rock concerts. “The Span,” as it is usually called, is popular for their progressive rock bands, hip-hop DJs and other alternative artists that will keep you entertained into the early hours.
Address & telephone number: Grosse Freiheit 58, Hamburg, +49 40 3179348

Embrace the 60’s at Auster Bar | © Pixabay

Although getting a seat may be a bit challenging, you will be rewarded with some funky vibes. Auster Bar is where you will escape from the crowds and travel back to the magical world of the ‘60s.

Address & telephone number: Henriettenweg 1, Hamburg, +49 40 18144352

Grosse Freiheit 36

Now a legend, this club has staged worldwide famous bands and musicians, such as Rory Gallagher, over the years. Attend a concert at Kaiserkeller in the basement where the Beatles used to perform in the 1960s, dance to some Latin or reggae tunes at Galerie 36 and enjoy the lively scene both inside and outside of Grosse Freiheit 36.

Address & telephone number: Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, +49 40 3177780

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