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The Hamburg nightlife was always legendary. After all, this is the place where you could go out to a pub and watch a band called “The Beatles” play live, three times a night. Okay, that was over 55 years ago and a lot has changed since then, but the attraction for the “Hamburg Night Out” remains the same, likely due to the general openness and friendliness of the Hamburg locals towards visitors and especially towards visitors of the local nightlife. Plus, Hamburg and the classic nightlife spots are very safe, the atmosphere is relaxed and it is easy to get around.
You could see where the night takes you or plan it out in a few steps like this:
You should start out with aperitifs and a nice dinner – which will get you in the right mood and close to the centre’s epic nightlife. Just north of the Reeperbahn, in a cosy neighbourhood of the streets Paul-Roosen-Strasse / Clemens-Schultz-Strasse, you can find everything you need to get your night started.
Visit the beautiful Bar Standard for one or two great aperitifs. They serve all the classic pre-dinner cocktails and you will also be treated with “Stuzzichini”, delicious little treats to go along with your drink. This place is very popular so a reservation is highly recommended.
After that, have a top-notch dinner, right around the corner at the tiny Haebel. But you better hurry, this place will likely be awarded a Michelin Star very soon and then it might become impossible to get a table. Between the excellent Nordic & French cuisine, exceptional wines and alluring crowd, you’ll be in the mood for even more of what Hamburg has to offer.
While you are in the area, why not walk 100 meters to the next watering hole and get your first proper drink?
Don’t expect any signs outside of the speakeasy bar Clockers, but look for a little bell to ring. The bar downstairs turns into a crowded dance club, but if you want to have a conversation while you are having drinks, try the upstairs location. The go-to drink here is gin thanks to the owner who distils his own brand called The Clockers Gin – rich and tasty and goes perfectly with a high-quality tonic.
Time to move along, time to make your way towards the Reeperbahn. You should make the little street “Hamburger Berg” your favourite street. Here, you will find a dozen good bars with friendly party people, great tunes and plenty of drinks. Just take a peek inside and decide if this is a spot to spend 30 minutes in.
When heading cross the Reeperbahn you will notice a lot of bars on that street – they are mostly tourist traps. Instead, head right to the excellent bar Mad Hatter and join their little ever-lasting party. The drinks are high-quality and the spirits are always high, anyway.
There are two more excellent choices for unique bar experiences in the neighbourhood.
If you are just a little bit interested in Tequila or Mescal, you should definitely check out the wonderful Mexican themed dive bar Chug Club. Here you can have the best bottles or shots (or rather chugs) of those two alcohols. Or just have the awesome tasting menu.
This next place might be the most inventive. The welcoming, creative crowd at the DripBAR introduce you to the slow-drip process with a dripper mechanism that is normally used for cold brew coffee. They put high-quality, aged alcoholics in it and let it absorb unlikely ingredients like hazelnuts, jalapeños or salted peanuts. If the alcohol drips onto these nuts for hours and days, you know that the result will be amazing. This may very well be the highlight of our Hamburg cocktail experience.
There are two nice options to end the night on a high note and a dancefloor.
Located ideally along the river Elbe, The Golden Pudel Club is the classic Techno Club in Hamburg. It was badly damaged in a catastrophic fire in 2016 but reopened its doors in a small part of the building. They have a small outside area, a decent bar, a small dancefloor and world class DJ bookings. Here, the locals of all ages come together to have a good time – everybody is welcome. You can spend hours in the garden, sit on the famous stairs (with views of the Elbe) or just dance the night away.
Another, more mainstream dancefloor option is the newly opened Fitzgerald Club. Here, the décor is more intriguing than in the rather bleak Pudel. Colours are bright, the music is chill and it draws a sophisticated clientele. Be sure to walk downstairs to the basement where the second dancefloor (and a small movie theater!) is located. This is a safe and sound environment to dance the last hours of the night away.
And both clubs have one awesome detail in common: When the sun rises on an early Sunday morning, you can practically jump right onto the St. Pauli Fish market with all its early morning sensations – a perfect place to end your night out.