Berlin's wild, all-night clubs pumping to electro and techno; the towering tankards, Dirndl-clad waitresses and oompah bands of Bavaria's cavernous beer halls and chestnut-canopied gardens; the naughty nightlife of would-be drunken sailors in neon-lit Hamburg – Germany sure knows how to have a good time. Though quieter in rural parts, major towns and cities keep drinks and good vibes flowing at chic cocktail bars, rollicking pubs and skyline-gazing roof terraces.

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Drinking & Nightlife

  • Salon des Amateurs Slip away from the mainstream at this progressive Düsseldorf dance club.
  • Harry Klein Electro party palace in central Munich.
  • Zum Roten Ochsen Raise a glass as Mark Twain once did at Heidelberg’s most historical student pub.
  • Engelsburg Student-focused cultural centre in Erfurt, with everything from parties to poetry readings.
  • Altes Wettbüro Once a casino, now a Neustadt party place in Dresden.
  • Molotow Legendary Hamburg Reeperbahn nightclub.

Pubs & Beer Gardens

  • Chinesischer Turm Oompah bands fuel the fun at Munich's oldest beer garden.
  • Brauhaus Ernst August Huge Hanover brewpub with a party vibe.
  • Prater Garten Quaff a Pilsner beneath the chestnut trees at Berlin's oldest beer garden.
  • Louisengarten House brews pair with meaty snacks at this boho-flavoured Dresden beer garden.
  • Zum Uerige This Altbier brewpub in Düsseldorf froths over with good cheer.
  • Zum Silbersack This rowdy, rough-round-the-edges pub is a Reeperbahn institution.

Cocktails & Clubs

  • Berghain/Panorama Bar Minimal techno pumps out of this power plant turned legendary Berlin club.
  • Odonien Tune into Cologne's subculture on dance floors throbbing to techno and house.
  • Bukowski’s Mixology magic in industro-cool Hanover bar.
  • Modernes Movie theatre turned happening dance club in Bremen.
  • Moritzbastei Find the party at the cellars of the old city fortifications in Leipzig.
  • Le Lion Go for a gin basil smash at this exclusive Hamburg den of serious cocktails.