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Lubeck, just an Autobahn away from Hamburg and Denmark, is the perfect destination for a day trip. With its Gothic architecture and picturesque old town, this UNESCO World Heritage site has plenty to offer for both those passing through and the more long-term tourist. If sleek city bars are what you are looking for then Lubeck is not for you. this is a city with a deep-rooted pub culture. So if you like ice-cold pints and idyllic beer gardens read on to discover the 10 best bars in this historic medieval city.
Since 1697, Buthmanns Bierstube has been pulling pints for Lubeck’s parched punters. Little has changed since its founding, so if you think your ales are best enjoyed chilled with a side order of long-established history, then Buthmanns Bierstube is the perfect spot for you.
Contact: Glockenießerstraße 3-5, 0451-7 67 88
This quaint little pub has been around since 1589. With its communal tables and live music evenings, Im Alten Zolln will transport you back centuries. For a cozy atmosphere, friendly staff and clientele, and plenty of beer on tap, Im Alten Zolten is a great place to pop into after a long day exploring Lubeck.
Contact: Muehlenstrasse 93-95, +49 (0) 451 72395
If you have satisfied your desire for nostalgic drinking, step back into modern day with a trip to Blauer Engel. The bar sees a full house most nights and is a great spot for casual drinks with a youthful crowd. The prices are fair and the drinks are delicious. Blauer Engel is the perfect place to spend a fun evening.
Contact: Clemensstr. 8, +49 451 8832560
Cole Street is a complete departure from the numerous historic pubs that are scattered over Lubeck. With a city feel, frequent art exhibitions and living room vibe, this hip bar hosts an international and eclectic crowd.
Contact: Beckergrube 18, 0451 3891231
Situated in the heart of Lubeck, Bei Ulla is a local favorite and a great spot to grab some traditional German food and great beer. The staff are warm and attentive and will ensure that you are always met with a smile. For a no-fuss German pub experience, Bei Ulla should be at the top of your list.
Contact: Mühlenstraße 19 +49 451 76441
Built in the cellar of the historic town hall, Ratskellar is another traditional beer pub to add to your list. With original features, beautiful decor, and multiple dining rooms, Ratskellar is delight to drink and dine in.
Contact: Markttwiete 13, +49 451 72044
With an emphasis on sustainability and local produce, Tonfink has a wide selection of organic wines and fairtrade beverages that are difficult to come by elsewhere. This eco café transforms into a hip bar at night where you can experience live music and a great crowd. If you like to enjoy your drink knowing that you have contributed to local businesses and small producers, Tonfink is the perfect bar for you.
Contact: Große Burgstraße 46, +49 451 54690036
40 years hardly seems a long time in a city with bars dating back as far at the 16th century, but in just four short decades Chapeau Claque has established itself as a Lubeck favorite. Make sure to stop by for their fully-stocked bar, extensive cocktail menu, and friendly staff.
Contact: Hartengrube 25, +49 451 77371
Head to La Havana to swing, salsa, or cha-cha to your hearts content. La Havana’s distinct Caribbean flavor will transport you away from the Medieval city of Lubeck to an island paradise where everyone can’t stop dancing.
Contact: Engelsgrube 56, 0451 70747554
If La Havana didn’t tickle your fancy but you are still in search of that vacation vibe, head over to Strandsalon. Located on the Media Docks, Strandsalon brings the beach to the city. Here you can enjoy long cocktails on lounge chairs, take a dip in the pool, and snack while sunbathing on this man-made beach paradise.
Contact: Willy-Brandt-Allee 25a, +49 (0) 451-39 70 888