Lonely Planet Writer

Famous Hamburg ‘Golden Pudel’ scene club rises from the ashes, 18 months after fire

In the early morning of 15 February 2016, Hamburg’s Golden Pudel was dramatically set ablaze. Miraculously there were no casualties despite the venue being packed with about 150 revellers when the flames first took hold. And, after months of extensive restoration, the eclectic venue made a triumphant and noisy return on Thursday 17 August.

Hamburg's Golden Pudel Club
Golden Pudel Club, Hamburg as it was in 2007. by: Wolfgang Horn/ullstein bild via Getty Images

The Pudel is a much celebrated, pint-sized underground club by the Hamburg Fischmarkt, founded in 1994. The grungy haunt consists of just one tiny room where patrons happily squeeze themselves in to experience obscure and impressive live DJs. On any given night there will usually be more people milling about outside, with the music almost as audible from quite a distance as it would be inside. Another draw alongside the unique atmosphere and chest-reverberating music is the spectacular views the location offers over the harbour.

The city of Hamburg donated €200,000 along with €100,000 from the district of Altona to get the Pudel back on its feet. A platform called ‘Pump the Poodle’ also garnered considerable funding from the club’s international cult following. The restoration sees the return of popular nights such as ‘Music For Our Children’ and will hopefully welcome back acts like Move D, DJ Stingray, Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir and Ben UFO in the near future!