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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 Barwill 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.
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.
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.
Can a small retro bar provide the cozy atmosphere of a living room? The answer is yes for Imoto, well-known for its frequent, legendary events. Dance to the sound of electronic beats and party like there’s no tomorrow.