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.
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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!

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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.

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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.