The Reeperbahn, referred to as simply the “Kiez” by locals, is a red light area and an entertainment district rolled into one in Hamburg
. Here the city’s most popular bars, nightclubs, and discos live in friendly harmony with cabarets and erotic shows. Explore these 10 bars and pubs to experience the diversity of nightlife on Hamburg’s
“most sinful mile”.
Clouds Heaven’s Bar & Kitchen
Bar, Restaurant, European, French, $$$
Clouds Heaven's Bar & Kitchen | © east Hotel & Restaurant GmbH
A perfect place to start a night out on the Reeperbahn is Clouds
– Hamburg’s highest bar. Enjoy spectacular views across the city’s night skyline while sipping a cocktail or a glass of wine relaxing in one of the comfy tanned leather seats. And, if the weather is nice, stop by the Heaven’s Nest rooftop terrace – a truly unique party location. Keep in mind: this is one of the few places in the Kiez that has a dress code: dress smartly and leave your sports shoes at home.
Zwick St. Pauli
Bar, Gastropub, Pub Grub, German, North American, $$$
Back on firm ground and across the street from Clouds a completely different atmosphere awaits at Zwick St. Pauli
: Hamburg’s answer to Hard Rock Café. Displays filled with a large collection of rare guitars and posters of bands and concerts from around the world give the bar its special ambience. Here you can enjoy good pub food and drinks accompanied by rock music from the 80s and 90s and frequent live concerts.
Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Live music at the Lehmitz | © Lehmitz
The legendary Lehmitz
has been an inseparable part of the Reeperbahn nightlife since it first opened back in 1954. Its special ambience attracts a mixed crowd from all walks of life. The bar’s most renowned feature is its 40-metre-long U-shaped counter that doubles as a stage for live performances. This is the place to sing and dance on the tables, so hold on to your drinks and enjoy the music.
Glanz & Gloria
Cocktail Bar, Contemporary, $$$
Glanz & Gloria | © Oliver Fantitsch
For a stylish night with a touch of glamour visit the Glanz & Gloria
cocktail bar at the Schmidts TIVOLI theatre. Sip speciality cocktails at the sumptuous bar under the light of chandeliers and enjoy good music. On Thursday and Friday nights the resident DJs conjure a party mood playing an eclectic mix of soul, pop, house, funk, and disco tunes. In nice weather the party continues on the bar’s large summer terrace.
Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
The German love of Irish pubs is clearly evidenced at the lively Molly Malone
. Here you can find not only good beers and quality whiskeys but also live performances almost every night. The crowd is mixed and international, the beats are loud, and the pub fills up fast – so come early if you want to secure a place at the counter. While you’re here, pop over also to the Drafthouse
and The Academy