The Black Forest drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Baden-Baden


You can sure smell the coffee as you approach Kaffeesack, tucked away in Baden-Baden's backstreets. Born in Germany to Italian parents, Maurizio is the heart and soul of this intimate, nicely chilled cafe, decorated…
Cocktail Bar in Freiburg


What a find this mulberry-hued wine and cocktail bar is, with its cushion-strewn nooks and candlelit tables. It does a head-spinning range of wines and cocktails from gin basil smashes (gin, basil, sugar and lemon) …
Cafe in Titisee-Neustadt

Räuber Kaffee

In a town that's pretty swamped with touristy cafes, the Räuber ('Thief') is like a breath of fresh air, with a retro-cool interior full of mismatched furniture and tongue-in-cheek nods to Black Forest tradition. Go…
Pub in Freiburg


In historical digs and crammed with antiques and vintage theatre posters, this rocking, friendly boozer has made the magic happen for generations of students. The drinks – a good array of beers, gins, absinthes and …
Craft Beer in Karlsruhe


This vintage-cool craft beer bar in Karlsruhe's Oststadt hums with folk thirsty for unusual brews – and here there are 70 to try from all over the world. Phono also hosts events from tastings to DJ sets. Take the tr…
Microbrewery in Freiburg

Hausbrauerei Feierling

This stream-side microbrewery and beer garden is a relaxed spot to quaff a cold one under the chestnut trees in summer or next to the copper vats in winter. Pretzels and sausages (snacks €3 to €9.50) soak up the mal…
Wine Bar in Freiburg

Alte Wache

Right on the square, this 18th-century guardhouse serves local Müller-Thurgau and Pinot Noir wines at the tasting tables. See the website for details of the regular food and wine events.
Cafe in Villingen-Schwenningen


For an espresso or creamy gelati, head to this Italian-run cafe. By night, the pavement terrace facing the Riettor gate tower is a laid-back spot for a drink.
Beer Garden in Freiburg


All of Freiburg is at your feet from this chestnut-shaded beer garden atop Schlossberg. Perfect sunset spot.
Bar in Feldberg


DJs pump out the party tunes at Feldberg's hottest après-ski joint. Find this funky little shack at the base of the slopes.