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The Beatles played their debut gig here in 1960 and Hamburg’s live music scene and decadent nightlife have been thriving ever since. St. Pauli is the most popular place to hit the town, with everything from Euro-trash nightclubs and uber-hip cocktail lounges to dark and dirty dives where live music rules.

Hamburg Nightlife

20up Bar at the Empire Riverside Hotel

20up is one of St. Pauli’s hottest watering holes for scenesters. Located on the top floor of the Empire Riverside Hotel, the lounge’s floor to ceiling windows allow panoramic city views. Cocktails, not surprisingly, come at a premium.

Bernhard-Nocht-Strasse 97, Germany, +49 40 3111970470,
Tags: nightlife | views | trendy | lounge

Golden Pudel Club

DJs spin electronic music from vinyl for urban hipsters in dark jeans and designer sneakers at this alternative club near the river. It’s Hamburg’s creative, music-loving scene at its most down to earth.

St. Pauli Fischhmarkt 27, 011-49-40-31-97-993-0,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | dancing | nightclub | dj | electronica | alternative


Independent partiers descend on this 1980 industrial-chic building where indie rock, gothic, new wave, and pop music blast into the wee weekend hours.

Barnerstrasse 16, 011-49-40-87-97-623-0,
Tags: nightlife | dancing | open late | nightclub | dj

Meanie Bar

One of the few hangouts along the Reeperbahn frequented by locals, this retro live music bar has hosted the likes of the White Stripes and the Hives.

Spielbudenplatz 5, 011-49-40-31-08-45,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | bar

Yakshi's Bar

Bar stools that look more like sculptural art and glowing white lights dimmed low create a sexy scene at this bar inside the super-stylish East Hotel. A hard-working crowd converges after office hours and parties late into the night.

Simon-von-Utrecht-Strasse 31, 011-49-40-30-993-3,
Tags: nightlife | smart splurge | trendy | lounge | open late | bar | cocktails

Zoe 2

Nicknamed the ‘Sofa Bar’ due to the abundance of cushy vintage couches, Zoe 2 is a hip hangout for both herbal tea and martini sipping crowds. This is a great spot to kick off the night, with the music low enough to allow for conversation.

Neuer Pferdemarkt 17,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | bar | coffee shop

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