Guest Blog: The best Bars in Hamburg
When you think of drinking in Hamburg, the first place that undoubtedly comes to mind is the Reeperbahn. The Reeperbahn is an eccentric, lively area in Hamburg’s St Pauli district full of a real mixture of clubs and bars. There are a numerous pubs and bars of all kinds, including traditional beer halls, techno clubs and cocktail bars. A personal favourite was Bierhaus Zillertal, the oldest tavern in the world. The beers here are, of course, served in ginormous letre glasses, so perhaps not the best place to go if you are heading out to a club after.
If you are after a slightly more up market cocktail and beautiful views you should wonder slightly further down towards the canal. In 20 UP, you can sip a delicious cocktail whilst looking out through the ceiling to floor windows at views of the entire city. Although definitely worth a visit, it is slightly on the pricey side. This is a great location for an early evening drink, whilst watching the city light up below and the sun go down. Our personal favourite was the River Elbe, a delicious mix of vodka, liquor 43, almond syrup and cranberry juice. However, I would recommend popping across the road. Whilst the views aren’t quite as breath taking, you get a beautiful view over the canal and the drinks are much more reasonably priced. This was a personal favourite of mine. A chilled and relaxed atmosphere meets a trendy and young crowd and it is the perfect spot to start a good night out.
The Reeperbahn, of course, has another side to it, insomuch as it is often described in Germany as ‘die sundigste meile’ (the most sinful mile). It is, therefore, littered with strip clubs and sex shows if that is what you’re after. We unfortunately did not have the privilege of walking down the ‘male only’ street at the heart of the area.
If you are looking to avoid the touristy (and often sleazy) aspects of the Reeperbahn, head to a great spot situated in the Schanzenviertel called Bar Rossi. This trendy spot is a popular location for locals and goes on to the early hours with a good range of djs. Definitely recommended if you are after a big night out, but not the best spot for a quiet drink as the music is pretty loud.
Hamburg also has beautiful places for a nice day time pint. Kajute (the floating restaurant) is a fantastic spot to look over the lake and have a drink on a bright crisp day. Alternatively, this is a beautiful spot to watch the sunset with a nice glass of red wine. Highly recommended as a break point when walking round the beautiful Alster Lake.
Another great spot is found at Landungsbrucken on the canal. Right next to the water, there are a number of outside bars to take your pick from. This location is perfect for an afternoon drink and snack, with the traditional bratwurst available from numerous stalls, at a good price.
Written by: Eleni Sideris