Central Germany drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Club in Weimar

Kasseturm

The circular Kasseturm took on a new identity in 1962, when students of the Bauhaus University converted this stout survivor of Weimar's 16th-century defences into a cultural venue. To this day it hosts an assortmen…
Top Choice Club in Jena

Rosenkeller

The network of historic wine cellars of this iconic club, resurrected by students in the 1960s, now echo to DJs, live acts, readings and other cultural events. it's kept vibrant by each new generation of Jena studen…
Wine Bar in Weimar

Weinbar Weimar

Stylish and welcoming, with a veritable cornucopia of Thuringian, German and international wines to keep adventurous oenophiles occupied, this is a lovely little spot for sitting back and chatting over a glass, espe…
Wine Bar in Erfurt

Weinatelier Rue

This classy, art-bedizened wine shop and bar offers a fantastic introduction to local drops, including some hard-to-get bottles from the nearby Saale-Unstrut region. As many as 50 wines by the glass (and from around…
Club in Erfurt

Engelsburg

Good times are pretty much guaranteed at this student-focused 'Kulturzentrum' (cultural centre), whether you hunker down for beer and a chat in the Steinhaus pub (also an eating option), dance to local DJs and touri…
Pub in Jena

Gaststätte Grünowski

Jena's students and bohos are naturally drawn to Grünowksi's uberchilled vibe and the soul-warming food that issues from its kitchen. Inside it's full of art, bentwood chairs and casual nooks and crannies to command…
Irish Pub in Kassel

Shamrock

This sprawling, low-ceilinged Irish bar, lined with 'authentic' Hibernian timber, leather and books, is popular with locals and travellers alike. It's a jovial haunt that brings together lovers of Guinness, Irish mu…
Bar in Marburg

Spock

This absinthe bar on the cusp of Marburg's Oberstadt serves much more than green fairies – while the wormwood-laced tipple is naturally there for the asking, it's really an all-round student and bohemian bar, laid-b…
Cafe in Marburg

Konditorei Vetter

The same family has been tending to tea-takers in this Konditorei (cake shop) and cafe for four generations. Enjoy the house-special chocolate-cream cake amid wicker-back chairs and classic 1970s lamps and with fine…
Club in Marburg

Trauma im G-Werk

This versatile, ubercool space, a self-proclaimed 'socio-cultural centre', hosts semi-regular parties, DJs, art shows, installations, live music, cinema and other cultural events. In keeping with its democratic, inc…