Drinking and nightlife in Frankfurt am Main

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    Naïv

    At any one time this contemporary bar (and attached shop) has between 90 to 120 craft beers from around the world – everywhere from Hawaii to Norway – in addition to three house beers (bio, cellar, and honey lager) and sophisticated street-food-inspired fare. Even the slightest ray of sunshine sees the sprawling front terrace packed with locals.

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    Le Panther

    Noise levels aren't a problem at this spectacular club, which occupies an 1808 villa surrounded by manicured gardens with fountains, ponds and lounges. The ground-floor dance floor is overlooked by a wraparound upper-level balcony and candle-lit lounge. The cocktails feature fresh herbs from its vertical garden, and organic juices and mixers. Check the website for parties and events.

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    Sugar Mama

    Mismatched vintage furniture – '70s couches, rocking chairs, timber packing crates and cushioned cane armchairs – creates an outdoor lounge room on the pavement terrace fronting this hippie-chic cafe. Herbal teas range from lemon and ginger to lavender, rooibos, mint and peach; it also serves soy lattes, iced cappuccinos, and snacks such as quiches, cakes, brownies and cookies. Cash only.

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    Kaffeerösterei Wissmüller

    The aroma of freshly roasted coffee lures you through a covered alley and cobbled courtyard to this hidden spot. Kaffeerösterei Wissmüller has been roasting Stern ('star') coffee on the site since 1948, with beans sourced from 17 different countries including Brazil, Colombia, Kenya and Guatemala. Savour a cup at upturned barrels covered with hessian coffee sacks.

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    Mantis

    Mantis' ground floor houses a buzzing, curvilinear glass-fronted bar and grill, while the 1st-floor lounge bar opens to a garden with a retractable roof. There's a huge range of wines, champagnes and cocktails such as the house speciality, Mantis Mai Tai, made with 23-year-old Guatemala Zacapa rum and apricot brandy.

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    Südbahnhof

    This Musik-Lokal, inside the Südbahnhof S-Bahn station, is known for its ‘30-Plus’ parties (9pm to 3am Saturday), open to anyone who’s been around for at least three decades. It often hosts dances for seniors (4pm to 8pm Monday) and live music on Sunday afternoons.

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    Fichtekränzi

    Founded in 1849, Fichtekränzi is an authentic apple wine tavern with wood-panelled walls, smoke-stained murals, long tables, long benches, a beer garden and a high-spirited atmosphere. Classic dishes include Handkäse mit Musik, schnitzel and apple strudel. Cash only.

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    Bootshaus Dreyer

    Festooned with geranium-filled flower boxes, the top deck of this summertime boat bar is a sensational spot for an apple wine or beer on a balmy evening while watching the sun set over the dramatic skyline and the city lights reflecting on the river. Cash only.

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    Jimmy's Bar

    Wood panelling, leather armchairs, a live pianist from 10pm to 3am, and expertly mixed cocktails make this cigar bar in the basement of the Hotel Hessischer Hof a classy spot for night owls. Food is served until 3am.

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    Espresso Bar

    Vintage fittings including copper lights and baristas in long white laboratory coats make this hole-in-the-wall an atmospheric stop for an expertly brewed espresso. Inside it's standing room only but there are a couple of tables on the pavement.

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    Apfelwein Klaus

    Over a century old, this charming little stone vaulted cellar has communal benches where you can strike up a conversation with locals over a jug of apple wine and inexpensive home-cooked Frankfurt specialities. Enter via Zwingergasse.

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    Maincafé

    Hidden away between the embankment and the water’s edge, this cafe set in a grassy riverfront park with dazzling views of the city-centre skyline is an idyllic spot for a coffee, beer or glass of apple wine.

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    Cave

    At Frankfurt’s number-one rock club, DJs (who take requests) play alternative rock as well as punk and metal in two barrel-vaulted cellars. Things really get going around midnight. No dress code.

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    Bar Central

    Frankfurt's most popular gay bar, stylish Bar Central has regular themed nights including jazz on Sundays. Cash only.

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    Barhundert

    Cocktails at this elongated, neon-lit bar include combinations like Funky Monkey (green chartreuse, gin and ginger beer), Green Lantern (green tea-infused tequila with grapes) and How I Met Your Father (gin, sugar, yoghurt liqueur and fresh mango).

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    La Gata

    Opened in 1971, this intimate spot is Frankfurt’s sole women-only lesbian bar.