Hamburg entertainment

Top Choice Jazz in St Pauli & Reeperbahn

Mojo Club

This legendary Hamburg jazz club inhabits the fab basement of the Tanzende Türme office towers. Stellar local and international acts take to the stage here and it's always worth checking what's on. Great atmosphere,…
Live Music in St Pauli & Reeperbahn


Around since the 1960s, Gruenspan has evolved since its time as a notorious drug den into one of St Pauli's best live music venues. Just about any musical genre can take to the stage here, but they seem to have a pa…
Classical Music in Speicherstadt & HafenCity


Attending a concert here is an essential part of visiting Hamburg's most exciting architectural icon. With a full program, a number of different performance spaces and world-leading acoustics, it's a terrific experi…
Opera in Neustadt


Among the world’s most respected opera houses, the Staatsoper has been directed by the likes of Gustav Mahler and Karl Böhm during its 325-year-plus history.
Stadium in Hamburg

Barclaycard Arena

Hamburg’s huge Barclaycard Arena (previously sponsored by O2) was extensively refurbished for the 2006 football World Cup, and is home to Bundesliga club Hamburger SV ( Take S-Bahn 21 or 3 to ‘Stellingen…
Live Music in St Pauli & Reeperbahn


The booking policy at this unhurried pocket-size club with plush decor skews towards lo-fi indie-folk-rock and usually features prestardom international artists along with DJ sets. Grab a vegan midnight snack if the…
Classical Music in Neustadt


Built in 1908, the Laeiszhalle was Hamburg's premier address for classical concerts and opera. That mantle has passed to the extraordinary new Elbphilharmonie, but this splendid neobaroque edifice still hosts a regu…
Theatre in St Pauli & Reeperbahn

Schmidt Tivoli

This plush theatre stages a cornucopia of saucy musical reviews, comedies, soap operas and variety shows. Midnight shows follow the main performance. The newly opened adjoining Schmidtchen showcases young talent in…
Live Music in Altstadt


One of the better live music venues outside of St Pauli, Cascadas offers up a nightly program that ranges across soul, jazz, Latin, funk, Caribbean and blues. Things usually get going around 8pm, but check the websi…
Cinema in Altona & Elbmeile

Zeise Kino

This excellent local arthouse cinema skips the mainstream films and shows them in their original version (ie with German subtitles) on Tuesdays. Otherwise, you'll need to speak German. You even get free popcorn.