St. Pauli and Reeperbahn, Hamburg
Wandering down the Reeperbahn into St Pauli is like entering a whole new world, its in such stark contrast with the rest of the city. Every second shop is an Adult shop of some sort, but there's actually a lot more to this pace than immediately meets the eye. there are various theaters here, as well as jazz clubs, cinemas & discotheques.
As i was travelling by myself, i thought it wiser to explore the area during the daytime, but i have been told its worth seeing at night. Next time maybe.
Dress Code: Whatever you got on at the time i guess. You'd think half the places on the streets would be more likely to have an "Undress" code...
Everyone knows or has heard of the Reeperbahn... every big city has one, particularly big port cities.... it's the red light district of Hamburg. Neon lights advertising sex shops selling sex toys and fetish gear, sex cinemas, "live" sex shows, clubs, lap dancing, strippers, etc etc etc.... if that's what you want, this is where you get it.
It's tacky and sleazy (of course) and, to be honest, it all seemed a bit sad and pathetic on a chilly night in April, there were just a few blokes hanging round door ways, more in the hope of getting warm than getting lucky.
Dress Code: Hahahahahahahhah!!
It´s a little bar right in the heart of the "Schanze", one of the best places to go out. I really liked the simple interior here and the fresh beer. There are some dishes on the daily menu as well, some arabic ones as I think the owner is from the middle eeast I think. Sounded nice, but I didn´t had anything.
Dress Code: None
It was lively & fun, especially at night, full of young people, eateries, jazz clubs, bars, all services a traveller might need (photo shops, launderettes, department store, etc.).
Although we heard, that this can be a quite unsafe area we never had any problems. Visit some of the numerous bars and clubs and have a great time till the break of dawn. After that (on a Sunday morning) you could go directly to the Fishmarket at the harbor (check my fishmarket tipp).
At the far end of the reeperbahn, just as we thought the road was coming to an end. We stumbled across this street. It was like walking into a road in Ibiza. Bar afetr Bar, all gaudilly lit with Neon, many offering adult entertainment. We settled for a bar that sold reasonably cheap beer, we could get a seat and they sold absinthe from a pipe! I think it was called The Dolls House Diner - not to be confused with The Dolls House, on the other side of the road!
Dress Code: No requirements
Jeez, if it's hobags and strip joints you are after the Reeperbahn and its surrounding arteries is the place to be.
Luckily our hotel was located right in the middle of this disgustingly fun area.
The streets were absoloutley thronging on weekend nights, a right mixture of people from couples, to groups, seemed to be quite a few stag nights and hen do's.
Littered in amongst some very dodgy establishments you will find an array of pubs and clubs catering for the non pervert.
Special notes go to the '99 cent Bar' on Grosse Freiheit, as the name suggests serving cheap booze to a mainly young crowd, aswell as belting out some good tunes. And to the China Lounge, a nightclub on the Reeperbahn, packed full of up for it clubbers intent on partying the night away till dawn.
As goes with the territory there are many touts trying to get you into their clubs, but they did'nt hassle us that much.
Seemed pretty safe though, there is a large police presence on the street, epecially at the weekend, and there is a Police Station located next to all the 'action', kinda bizarre.
Dress Code: Casual. Very.
If you want to discover Hamburg's night life you can't avoid St. Pauli and the Reeperbahn. No, we're not talking about stripshows or notorious establishments, but about truly trendy party venues.
The Kiez, Hamburg's entertainment district centred on the Reeperbahn, is definitely the place to be! From typical St. Pauli bars on Hans-Albers-Platz to chic upper-class clubs, night-owls will find simply everything they're looking for.
I got a few warnings about this area but I ended up being sent there by the Youth Hostel, which was full. It was lively & fun, especially at night, full of young people, eateries, jazz clubs, bars, all services a traveller might need (photo shops, launderettes, department store, etc.)
I met a guy who lives in St. Pauli. He gave me useful tips & assured me it was very safe. Turned out it was. He did mention one street that I should avoid but that street is actually hidden behind huge boards & they only let men in.
My car was parked around the corner for 3 days -- I never had a problem.
On the square where this pic was taken, there's a large round kiosk selling the best sausages, french fries & all sorts of other goodies, very cheap. You can eat as you mix with the friendly crowd. Everyone seemed relaxed & happy. Overall, I had a great feeling being there.
VT member nepalgoods told me that the police station pictured here has been used countless times in movie sets. The whole square is so atmospheric, it's unreal.
Dress Code: outlandish
At daytime it is just a busy street here, part of the city center, but at night it changes to one of the famoust party miles of the world, a mixture of red light district and a lot of old tradiotional harbour pubs and several newer bistros and pubs and as well several discos.
One of the central places on the "Kiez" with various bars and pubs around. Several possibilities to sit outside. Different music from everywhere, on friday and saturday night always totally crowded, mostly with "tourist"-party people, but the locals are as well mixed up with them.
Dress Code: whatever
"I went to Hamburg for training so basically I was stuck in an office all day.... then 2 lovely people wanted to give me a good night out... it was amazing too many pubs too many discos too many people .. and everyone well geared up to party.. all in one big place... very big I can say compared to back home.. a very small island : ) ... thanks Fanny & Susheel ... will definetely remember that night out xx STFMLT010481" --- THIS IS NOT MY DESCRIPTION OF THE REEPERBAHN ... THIS WAS THE FIRST NOTE THAT I HAD LEFT ON VT BEFORE ACTUALLY BECOMING A MEMBER. IT WAS MY THANKYOU NOTE FOR TWO SPECIAL PERSONS WHO HAVE LEAD MY WAY THROUGH THE REEPERBAHN.....
Dress Code: Cloths are not an issue... there's so much to see for anyone to notice what you're wearing.
My suggestion is to be comfortable so you can enjoy the night ... and if not a local.. & it's winter ..make sure you wear loads of cloths.. as it's usually freezing.
THIS IS THE BEER FACTORY THAT MAKES ASTRA BEER. WHEN I WAS THERE, YOU COULD PURCHASE A LARGE CAN OF ASTRA FOR ABOUT 1.10 EUROS. THIS IS A LITTLE CHEAPER THAN BECKS OR ANY OF THE OTHER DOMESTIC BREWS.
GENERALLY WE WOULD HOP ONTO THE METRO AND HEAD DOWN TO THE REEPERBAHN/ ST. PAULI AREA. BECAUSE WE WERE LACKING SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF MONEY AT THE TIME, WE WOULD GO INTO A GROCERY STORE NEAR THE POLICE STATION, BUY BEER, FILL OUR BACKPACKS WITH IT, AND HANG OUT PEOPLE WATCHING.
WHEN WE TIRED OF THIS, WE WOULD GENERALLY FIND A CAFE OR BAR TO SIT IN AND DRINK MORE BEER. I DON'T REMEMBER THE NAME OF ONE BAR, BUT THEY WOULD HAVE WEEKLY RECORD AUCTIONS. I THOUGHT THIS WAS A PREETY COOL PLACE... IT WAS IN ST. PAULI ALSO.
ANYHOW... IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN INEXPENSIVE GOOD BEER... LOOK NO FARTHER.
Dress Code: DRESS IN WHATEVER YOU WANT... NO PROBLEM.
THE MEN AND WOMAN THAT TRY AND SUCKER YOU INTO SPENDING YOUR MONEY AT THE PEEP SHOWS COULD CARE LESS. THEY JUST WANT YOUR MONEY.
Everyone knows anything about the Reeperbahn and the nearby streets in the St.Pauli district. Going there by day it's an horrible street, but at night it's full of people walking up and down among sex-shops, night clubs, disco-bars and so on. You can find any place you like in this zone and there are surely many ways to enjoy your nightlife in here!
Sex is not a "tabu" at all here and if you want, you can really practice a lot! ;-)
The district of St. Pauli, especialy around the Reeperbahn Street, is the red-light district. Aside from this you find a lot of bars, pubs, theatres, discos and clubs.
Hans Albers sung about this place and also the Beatles began their career here.
One of various really old bars on the Kiez in the Reeperbahn quarter. A good place to have a cold blond one (beer) in the evening and to meet new people every day. I´m not absolutely sure, but I think Erna (the place is called: Zum Silbersack (bei Erna) is still working there, already an old lady.