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Cologne Nightlife, Germany

Cologne is famous for its varied and active nightlife. The attraction of Cologne nightlife is such that people from neighborhood cities like Bonn and Dusseldorf often drop in here, especially during weekends, to be a part of the nightlife.

As already said, Cologne nightlife offers you a great variety of entertainment – there are great many bars, clubs as well as live music venues in the city and it is entirely up to you as to the way you would like to spend your nights in Cologne. The friendly and fun-loving locals will surely add to your pleasures.

Cologne Nightlife – Neighborhood Bars And Cafes

Cologne’s Kolsch is famous the world-over and although you do not travel to Cologne only to taste Kolsch, you should make it a point to have your fill of this famed beer-variety when in the city. And if you are looking for just Kolsch, the best spot to be in is the Alter Markt area in Cologne’s ‘Old Town’.

Of course, there are hosts of hip bars scattered in different parts of the city. If it is just drinking-time for you, you can visit the likes of Café Waschsalon (at Ehernstrasse 77, Innenstadt), Heising und Adelmann (at Freisenstrasse 58-60, Freisenviertel), Keimaks (at Kurfürstenstrasse 27, Südstadt), Otto's (at Ottostrasse 72, Ehrenfeld) or Poco Loco (at Hohenzollernring 22-24). If you like some kind of music while enjoying your drink, you can go to places like Deutzer Bahnhof (at Ottoplatz 7, Deutz) or Päff (at Friesenwall 130, Friesenviertel). The city also two theme bars – Latin-bar Juanita's Cantina (at Hans-Böckler-Platz 1-3) and ‘scientific bar’ Museum (at Zülpicher Platz 9).

Apart from their beer selection, these bars/cafes also have great cocktails on offer.

Cologne Nightlife – Neighborhood Clubs

Speaking of the Cologne club-scene, it goes beyond saying that the clubs (and their dance floors) are great places for showcasing your moves and shakes. There’s everything right from disco, funk, hip-hop to salsa and you will have a great time dancing your night away. Apart from dance-floors and music, the clubs also allow you on-site dining and drinking.

Cologne’s popular clubs include names like Arkadia (at Friesenstrasse 52, Friesenviertel), Club Ex (at Ab der Hahnepooz 8, Innenstadt), Das Ding (at Hohenstaufenring 30-32), E-Werk (Schanzenstrasse 37, Mülheim), Fame (at

Auenweg 173, Mülheim) and One World (at Hohenzollernring 90).

Cologne Nightlife – Live Music Venues

If dancing and partying are things that do not interest you, Cologne nightlife pledges you the lures of live music venues like Kantine (at Kempenorstrasse 135), Papa Joe's Klimperkasten (at Alter Markt 50-52, Altstadt), Prime Club (atLuxemburgerstrasse 40, Uni-Viertel), Sonic Ballroom (at Oskar-Jäger-Strasse 190, Ehrenfeld), Stadtgarten (at Venloer Strasse 40), Tunnels (at Karthäuserwall 18, Sudstadt) and Underground (at Vogelsanger Strasse 200, Ehrenfeld). Most of these venues have local as well as touring bands performing at jazz, R&B, rock concerts held throughout the year; just check out and buy tickets for shows that suit your taste and you will have a great time.

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    Cologne is one crazy large and fun town that may be worth a visit when in Germany. Its closely located near Düsseldorf as well, so there are plenty of places you can visit. Cologne is nicely set by the Rhine River so there is plenty to do during the summer months. Furthermore, the city...
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