The center of all entertainment in Hamburg is the legendary Reeperbahn, which I will tell you in detail. Another central area for nightlife in Hamburg is the bohemian Schanzenviertel district, with good bars and pubs concentrated on Lang Reich Street and Grossneumarkt Square. For all the things to do in Hamburg, grab a free copy of the monthly English-language Hamburg Guide, available at all hotels and shopping malls. It will be a great addition to the guide in this article.
Bars in Hamburg
The Amphora Bar offers superb views of the Elbe River and the harbour. On its open evening terrace, you can have a couple of glasses of beer while admiring the beauties of Hamburg. Tired of sightseeing in Hamburg, tourists and locals enjoy the twinkling lights of the river here in an absolutely friendly atmosphere.
Almost next to the Reeperbahn, the famous red-light district, is Bar Hamburg, one of the chicest in northern Germany. Not only is it a top destination for wealthy city dwellers, but it is also the preferred haunt of international celebrities from Claudia Schiffer to Robert De Niro. The bar offers its guests more than 90 cocktails, the dance floor is always full, and the favorite DJs of Hamburg launch lounge and house music to the masses, maintaining high spirits.
Germany is famous all over the world for its beer, which flows in Hamburg like the waters of the Elbe. Among the famous beer bars stands out Groninger Privatbrauerei in the heart of the Old Town, founded back in 1750. This is a simplified version of a traditional brewery, with a loyal clientele of young locals, old fishermen and beer connoisseurs from all over the world. In the basement of the red-tiled building are large wort kettles where sweet but still strong beer is brewed. Here you can order a glass, a mug, or even a barrel of beer!
Clubs in Hamburg
Situated in the heart of the Schanzenwirt district, Bar Rossi is known for its bohemian vibe and chic indie crowds. This fun club/bar is a magnet for beautiful people who know the scene. Decorated in the style of the decadent 1970s, the club invites only top DJs in the style of techno and drum and bass. A motley crowd of stylish guests comfortably sip their cocktails in subdued lighting before rocking out on the dance floor.
As a libertarian city, Hamburg takes its nightlife very seriously. This is proven by the quality, abundance and variety of its nightclubs. Blankenese Kiez, commonly known as BKI, is located on the Reeperbahn. Nightclubbers come here for one main reason — it’s a crowded dance floor, but at the same time there are enough rooms for privacy and relaxation. The abundance of musical styles and genres is beyond description, but techno nights are especially popular.
For a closer look at the entertainment in Hamburg, visit the Golden Club Pudel. This is a small but well-equipped establishment. In recent years, the Golden Club has begun to attract more and more local connoisseurs of hip-hop and alternative styles. The name alone probably scares off most visitors, because the local audience is more likely to have fun here. Pudel is located near the famous Fischmarkt Fish Market. It has its own unique vibe, especially when the city’s students crammed in here like sardines in a can.
Live music in Hamburg
Another legendary entertainment venue in the Hamburg music scene, the Cotton Club is the oldest and most respected jazz club in the city. Its regular program includes the best jazz performers from all over the world. Concerts start at 20:30, attracting fans of traditional jazz with a cozy atmosphere and old-fashioned style.
Live music concerts are very often held in Hamburg, able to satisfy fans of any genre. Standing apart is the world famous club Grosse Freiheit 36 (easy to find because the name matches the address), which is the epicenter of this culture. This club is a living part of the history of Hamburg over four decades, where the Hamburg spirit always reigns. It was here that the Beatles performed their concerts in the earliest days of their history. For most German music lovers, the Grosse Freiheit 36 is simply a national treasure.
As soon as you find yourself on the other side of a rather dirty door leading to a gallery with a small bar and a vaulted ceiling, you will immediately appreciate its atmosphere. The Prinzenbar Club is a unique space in Hamburg to enjoy a live concert. The locals are always delighted to watch the performances, regardless of who is playing on the small stage.
Classical music in Hamburg
Easily recognizable due to its beautiful Neo-Baroque façade, the Laeiszhalle (Hamburg Concert Hall) is one of the most charming concert halls in Germany. Built in the early 1900s, it is home to the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the State Opera, who jointly stage a series of philharmonic concerts here every year. It also hosts the famous Hamburg Music Festival, and in addition to the classical repertoire, the concert hall has also hosted a wide variety of musicians, from Bob Marley to Freddie Mercury.
Theater in Hamburg
The Deutsches Schauspielhaus theater is located in the St. Georg quarter and can accommodate an audience of 1,192 people. This capacity officially makes it the largest theater in Germany. Fortunately, the quality of the theater and its performances are well proportioned. It hosts a vibrant variety of both classical and contemporary performances, acclaimed by international critics around the world.
Culture in Hamburg
Amazing cultural site Fabrik was once an engineering factory, hence the name. Today it is a unique location, both aesthetically and acoustically. Capable of hosting over 1,000 guests, this beautiful venue has its own atmosphere and program, from musical theater productions to ethnic music concerts.