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Famed for finance, sausage, and international trade fairs, Frankfurt is finally making waves with its nightlife scene. From traditional bars where 16-year-olds enjoy a stein with their parents to electro-clubs that thump till 6am, Frankfurt’s nightlife is as varied as its wurst selection.

Frankfurt Nightlife

Apfelwein Wagner Tavern

Long tables filled with raucous crowds welcome thirsty wanderers at this apple-wine tavern. The local brew, ebbelwoi, is quaffed copiously here, and foreigners are greeted warmly.

Schweizer Strasse 71, +49 69 612565,
Tags: budget | nightlife | bar


A young university crowd flocks to this alternative cultural center with several rooms of indie-guitar pop, but free entry for those over 30 tempts the older club-lovers.

Maybachstr. 24, 011-49-69-9521-8410, (German only)
Tags: nightlife | moderate | cover charge | nightclub

Bull & Bear

A power-lunch spot by day, Bull & Bear also serves as a late-night dance spot. Happy-hour drinks keep the single, after-work crowd buzzing until the live DJ comes on at 10pm.

Schillerstrasse 11, 011-49-69-133-887-3,
Tags: nightlife | moderate | trendy | cover charge | bar | bar menu

Cocoon Club

Arguably Frankfurt’s hottest dance spot, this chic techno club shares space with the restaurant Silk (dinner there gets you into the club for free, bypassing the line). On the weekends, the mostly young, beautiful crowd dances until 6am.

Carl-Benz-Strasse 21, 011-49-69-90-02-00,
Tags: nightlife | expensive | smart splurge | trendy | cover charge | nightclub | dj


A packed calendar of readings, lectures, and book signings (mostly in German) make this club a literary alternative to thumping house music. The refurbished library houses the LiteraturHaus as well as a bar/cafe with food and wine.

Schöne Aussicht 2, 011-49-69-75-61-840,
Tags: budget | nightlife | great value | culture | cover charge | bar | cafe

Yours Australian Bar

This popular theme restaurant features hip-hop on weekend nights and a legendary Sunday brunch buffet (all you can eat for 10 euros). Foster’s beer decor and lively crowds make you think you’re Down Under.

Rahmhofstr. 2-4, 011-49-69-282-100,
Tags: nightlife | moderate | cover charge | bar

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