Leipzig & Western Saxony drinking and nightlife

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One of eastern Germany's oldest techno clubs, Distillery has been going for over 20 years and remains among the best. With an unpretentious crowd, cool location, decent drinks prices and occasional star DJs (Ellen A…
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Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum

One of Europe's oldest coffeehouses, this cosy multifloor warren has been going since 1720. It's an atmospheric, if rather touristy, spot to try the famous local treat called Leipziger Lerche (lark) – a marzipan-fil…
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This legendary (sub)cultural centre in a warren of cellars of the old city fortifications keeps an all-ages crowd happy with parties (almost nightly), concerts, art and readings. It harbours stylish cocktail and win…
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Noch Besser Leben

Despite the address, the entrance this locally beloved bar can be found on Plagwitz's main drag, Karl-Heine-Strasse, and is a great, if smoky, spot to join a cool local crowd drinking an impressive selection of beer…
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Cafe Waldi

Despite its great-grandma's-living-room look – complete with big sofas, cuckoo clocks and mounted antlers – Waldi is an up-to-the-minute hang-out, where you can eat breakfast until 4pm, fuel up on coffee and a light…
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It’s party time any time at this dark, long-running psychedelic flashback to the '60s (cool pinball machines). Admission is always free and the music tends to be older than the international and up-for-it crowd. If …
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Kümmel Apotheke

Inside Mädlerpassage, this retro-styled cafe-cum-bar with red leather chairs and dark wood furniture is an inviting refuge from the commercial district's hustle and bustle. There are lots of coffee drinks on offer, …
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Conne Island

Run by a collective, this cult location has defined Leipzig nightlife for ages with concerts and club nights that feed the gamut of musical appetites – punk to indie, techno to hip-hop. It’s in the punkish-anarchist…
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Just off the Karli, this large but extremely cosy pub is popular with a studenty, alternative crowd, who come here to drink beer under the two enormous glass chandeliers and enjoy the odd live musical performance. F…
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Café Riquet

Two bronze elephants guard the entrance to this Viennese-style coffeehouse in a superb art nouveau building topped by an Asian-style turret. Good for a stylish coffee-and-cake break.