The theater in Regensburg does all branches: opera, play, ballet, musical and operette. Their main house is located in Bismarckplatz in the West of the old town. Besides, they use a couple of other stages (Velodrom, Theater am Haidplatz, Turmtheater).
The main theater in Bismarckplatz is a 19th century theater hall with three balconies, a huge red curtain, big chandelier and lots of gilded ornaments - it reminded me of a miniature version of Dresden's Semper opera. The foyers, however, are entirely modern and quite a contrast.
The theatre seats, according to the website, an audience of exactly 519. Prebooking tickets is advisable. This can be done through the website or by phone. Tickets go on sale exactly one month in advance.
However, Regensburg is a city of just 150.000 inhabitants. This is, in terms of theater people, "Provinz". Don't expect too much.
I watched a play by Friedrich Schiller, "Die Räuber", and I have to admit that I wasn't too enthusiastic about it. Some ideas in the stage setting were interesting, others just weird. Often the actors spoke too fast to understand them and follow the text (says a native speaker of German who is used to dealing with 18th century language, eh). Some actors did their parts okay to quite well while some others were outright lousy. They knew why they didn't do individual 'curtains' in the end, methinks.
No idea how good the opera ensemble is! There was Aida the following night but I did not dare going. My neighbour said they are good but she was a young student and I cannot tell how much experience she has to compare.
Dress Code: No real dress code but wear something better than torn jeans, t-shirt and trainers. Jacket, shirt and tie for men and a nice dress, blouse/skirt combi or pantsuit for ladies would be appropriate for a theater visit, though.
Catch 1. Bundesliga action here on the big screen. This place is packed on Saturdays during football season.
Since this bar has the Premiere sports packages, fans of American sports can catch NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL action (although you might have to tell the bartender to turn it on). They kept the bar open late (until 5.00) a couple of years ago for a Super Bowl party (I assume they still do this).
If there are no big sporting events, this place is usually empty except for a few teenagers.
They also have a a bunch of board games in the front corner of the bar for anyone to play.
They don't serve much for food (some small things), but you can go get a Doner Kebab down the street and eat it in the bar if you want.
Downstairs dance club. I can only speak for Wedsnesdays when they play a lot of bad pop/dance music from the disco era and beyond. However, shots of Tequilla are only 1 euro (only on Wed.), there is no cover before 23.00, they're open to 3.00, and the place is usually full by 1.00. You can get drunk easily and have a lot of fun. If you are not drinking - skip it.
This is my favorite bar in Regensburg, mostly due to the music played there - metal and alternative rock, but also due to the beer: they offer my favorite, Weltenburg Dunkles. The music is loud and they play videos on the big screen TV. The walls and ceilings have some cool decorations. The only drawback is that the bar gets pretty smokey for those non-smokers.
Dress Code: do not dress up or you'll feel out of place
Suzi Wong is the best place to go in Regensburg if you are young or feel young. Especially during the school time it is very crowded even in middays. Prices are not too much, enterance was 5€ and beer was 3€ when I was there. In the summer time, it is still crowded and fun. Music is not special at all, just some remix of the current pop and r&b hits. It is also a good place to meet with some other people :) You should not go there before 11.30. People start to leave around 3 o'clock in the morning.
Dress Code: Just do not wear like you are going to a beach!
Murphy's Law was my hangout in my time in Regensburg, (about two months), since I don't do discos. I like a place that is not very boisterous, and it is usually quiet. It's not fancy, but they have darts and video games. They have local beers on tap (vom fass); Bischopshoffer, and others I don't recall, and Guiness and yes, Murphy's. They also carry my favorite Irish whiskey, Bushmill's! I'm sure they also have Jameson's. I believe they also had some pub food, for sure pretzels. (Bretzeln).
Not a bad place to go if one just wants to have a drink and relax in a relaxed atmosphere.
Dress Code: Nothing Special, of course one should wear reasonable clothing. (Shoes, shirt)
The night life in Regensburg takes mostly place in the old town. Finding a Bar should not be hard, there are so many....
At the Moment the most popular Clubs are:
Thue: Students Day
Sa: Party (mostly Dancehall, HipHop)
(watch out for DISCO EXPLOSSION parties!!!)
-> Suzie Wong
Thue&Fri : Students free entry
(Student Club, ruff and tuff :-)
For location of the clubs ask some natives, which you can easy find on the street running around drunk at night....
There are several clubs in downtown Regensburg Not many open before 10 pm but worth the wait If you go to the bar called Peaches tell the bartender Iwant my Zippo lighter back and for him to tell me how I got home that night without paying 1 Mark
This beautiful pub with live music every day is one of the finiest locations you shouldn't miss at night.
Dress Code: come as you are