While Berlin undoubtedly holds the title of Germany’s electronic music mecca, Hamburg lays a strong claim for second place, ahead of Cologne, Stuttgart and Munich. The city’s bustling nightlife scene has a lot to offer to those seeking an unforgettable night dancing to electro, house and techno beats.
On a side street of Hamburg’s famous party mile lies one of the city’s longest-running party venues, the Prinzenbar. Chandeliers, mirrors, cherubs, stucco decorations and plush sofas adorn the baroque-style establishment known for its live music and DJ sets. While the club’s live programme is dominated by indie music and singer-songwriters, electro, house, and techno beats set the mood of the Prinzenbar’s legendary party nights.
Prinzenbar, Kastanienallee 20, Hamburg, Germany, +49 40 3178 8310
Another popular electronic music location around Hamburg’s ‘most sinful mile‘ is the Baalsaal. The small underground club is among the hottest locations for techno, house and electro music fans. The club’s turntables are played by up-and-coming DJs as well as established artists and international stars like Tiga. Baalsaal’s own label, Jeudi Records, takes over the dance floor every Thursday with a wide range of electronic music and brings in famous names like Doctor Dru and Davidé.
Baalsaal, Reeperbahn 25, Hamburg, Germany, +49 40 9479 3295
Another unmatched party location is the Uebel & Gefährlich, a club housed in a giant former Nazi bunker and counts among the best live clubs in Germany. In fact, it’s two clubs in one – the Ballsaal and the Turmzimmer often host different events on the same night. In addition to a vivid live music programme, the Uebel & Gefährlich is distinguished by its high-profile club nights with excellent national and international DJs spinning techno and house beats. Music is also occasionally played outside on the terrace, the city skyline offering the best backdrop in Hamburg.
Uebel & Gefährlich, Feldstrasse 66, Hamburg, Germany, +49 40 3179 3610
In Hamburg, great electronic music can also be found outside the typical party areas of St. Pauli and Sternschanze. The Club du Nord in the scenic Winterhude district hosts party nights on two floors with alternating international and local top DJs. The club’s forte is house and electro music, and it hosts the Schwarze Nacht (Black Night), the best Wednesday party in the country.
Club du Nord, Dorotheenstrasse 33, Hamburg, Germany, +49 40 2780 6225
Last, but definitely not least, the H1 Club in northeast Hamburg is one of the biggest and best that the city has to offer. A mixed party crowd flocks to the club’s regular events, like the exclusive Royal Wednesday and Saturday’s ‘H1 – Where the Magic Happens’ parties. H1 Club boasts performances by world-class DJs like Armin van Buuren, David Guetta and Tiësto. The electro beats are enhanced by modern technology composed of LED and LCD walls, animations and other effects.
H1 Club & Lounge, Conventstrasse 8–10, Hamburg, Germany, +49 40 8060 7692