If you want to go to a really cool place in karlsruhe you should check out the Lehner´s. They have a nice Biergarten, where you can sit out pretty long in summer and see many people coming and going. It is the central place in Karlsruhe concerning the Biergarten, pubs and bars.
But the best are the cocktails, every day from 22.30 to 1am all cocktails cost only half of the price. I would advice you to have a Long island Ice tea. It is half a liter and quiet strong. But be there in time the place is packed after 22.30.
They also have good beer and food.
Dress Code: Normally there is no control, maybe sometimes on the weekends they have to close it because it´´s too crowded.
Karlsruhe has its share of clubs that can satisfy fans of all music genres. There are hip-hop, heavy metal (!), pop, techno bars and clubs in Karlsruhe. Stadtmitte is situated in the heart of the city, right behind Badishes Theater and generally really close to all popular destinations of the city. The fun tends to start at around midnight in the club, most people arrive around 11pm to have a drink or two before losing all of their inhibitions and dancing like there's no tomorrow. :) The club has a nice bar (recommended drink: White Russian) and an outside cafe which is always nice when one wants to take a breath of fresh air after rocking on the dancefloor for a long time. Please note that smokers aren't allowed to light up inside, however everyone's free to do that once they're outside. Wednesdays are gay and lesbian dance nights.
Dress Code: No strict dress code
I practiced saying “Ein groß Bier bitte” (one large beer please) before I came here. I ordered one, then I noticed Kaspian had a much larger beer. A true 2 litre monster drink. I took his picture and showed it to the bartender. Then I got my big beer. I found our later from Sabsi that it's called a 'Mass'. Just in case save and print this tip and just show them the picture!
This is an alcohol limit tester on the side of the wall. You insert some Euro coins, blow into the machine and you see if you are safe to drive or not. That’s the way I always thought of them. Then a certain American of great influence said to me “DAO – lets all blow into it later and see who gets the highest score!” I will never look at one of these machines the same way again.
Before people get their knickers in a twist – no one, and I mean no one had a car.
Also, we spent all our Euros on beer.
Karlsruhe is a quiet town and they like to keep it that way. At 11pm anyone drinking outside must go inside and music has to stop. If you still want loud music you have to go into one of the underground discos. This means the neighbours don’t here loud drunks, VT and otherwise, and can get a good nights sleep.
A good spot to watch VTer's in action on the dance floor and around the bar of course...
If lucky you will meet some VT stars and could share a dance or a (many) drinks with them.
For your budget forecast:
- Entrance was EUR 5 for VT gentlemen and free for ladies.
- Cloakroom EUR 1.
- Beer around EUR 3.50, whisky coke around EUR 6 until open bar...
- Restroom tip EUR 0.50.
- Meeting VT stars was PRICELE$$!!!
Brand new VT flip flop required!
Camera prohibited for your own safety!
Gutenbergplatz is a pretty 19th century square in the Weststadt quarter. The adjacent pubs put their chairs and tables out in summer underneath the linden trees. Here is where the locals meet. If you want to get away from the city centre's noise and hassle, you'll find a refuge here.
Café Carré: Prettiest location in the Northeastern corner behind the fountain with afternoon and evening sun. Good beer (Alpirsbacher, from the Black Forest). Food average, wide choice of Italian and international. Premiere TV bar, so if you HAVE to watch Bundesliga or some other sports event, go inside.
Carpe Diem: in the shady Northwestern corner. Small choice of food but not bad. Good local beer (Wolf).
Gutenberg: further down the square next to the parking lot, so less pretty to sit, but they also have a cosy beer garden in their inner courtyard. German/Bavarian food.
Dress Code: None. Clothes required, though;-)
The triangular Ludwigsplatz is surrounded by six or seven pubs, restaurants and cafes. In summer they all set their tables out. The square becomes one single big pub, in fact. From students to the judges of the nearby Federal Court, everyone comes here for lunch, afternoon coffee, an after-work drink or chatting and drinking with friends till late in the evening.
After-work parties, sometimes with live music or at least a DJ, take place on Wednesdays after 6 p.m. during the summer months.
Dress Code: None - wear whatever you like, but wear something...
Disco with nice ambiente and style. Prices are average, during the week you meet there a mixture of some dance locos germans and some latinos, but it´s not very crowded.
Partydays are tuesday and thursday and of course the weekends.
Only thing I didn´t like, they played too much Salsa, only few Bachate or Merengue.
another place in Karlsruhe shall be the Havanna Club, unfortunately couldn´t go, Monday is Salsa Party there.
EDIT: dates are meanwhile 4 years old, probably not that current anymore.... but the place still exists with new name.... and, hehe, I must say that nowadays I wouldn´t complain anymore about too much salsa :-)
and: ..sorry for bad photo quality, that was taken with my mobile cam 4 years ago...:-D
Badisch Brauhaus is located in Karlsruhe centre, but a little out of the way. Nevertheless, it is always filled with peole, which is quite remarkable given its size. The Brauhaus is on 4 floors, housing hundreds of visitors.
The Brauhaus serves delicious freshly brewed beers, of which the best way to drink is in 1litre masskrug's, or a selection of other beers and drinks from its menu. Additionally typical German and Alsacien food is available in different parts of the building.
The Brauhaus is open from 11.30 until 01.00 every day, and from 11.00 on Sunday for brunch.
Dress Code: Casual
The Rote Taube has existed on the corner of Huebsch-Strasse and Kreigstrasse for as long as anyone I have spoken to can remember, and is well known by almost everybody in Karlsruhe. The Kneipe is a popular place for students and locals to attend, and has a pleasant, lively atmosphere.
The Rote Taube offers some standard German foods at good prices, and regularly changing specials. It also offers a good selection of drinks, including Hoepfner ales from the local brewery.
As well as food and drink, the place also houses pool tables, and some other games, and regularly has live music. Outside there is a small biergarten where you can enjoy a beer on warm summer evenings, or a gluehwein on cold winter evenings.
This kneipe is open 17.00 until 01.00 every evening. Food is served only until 23.30
Dress Code: Casual, very casual.
If you want to be seen in Karlsruhe, then you have to sit in one of the outside cafes on Ludwigsplatz during summertime.
This little square is a real meeting place and it's the location for the yearly Ludwigsplatzfest, a festival held on a summerweekend since 1976.
Dress Code: Casual
Here you can hang beofre you go to a disco or just spend the whole night there. They have TV?s showing sports all the time, you can play pool, snooker or table soccer. On Saturdays they show the German Bundesliga live.
Excellent food and good drinks to reasonable prices
Here is the menu
Every Monday they have Pizza Abend, each Pizza and one drink less then 5 Euros.
They also have an internet cafe included, price 3.75 Euro per hour
Dress Code: no dressing code
This is the place where you can hang out and have the beer you like. They have many different kinds of beer, from Pils, Weizen, Export, Kölsch, Starkbier, etc.
If you wanna get drunk try out the Aventinus Weizen, with 8 % alc. it is a pretty strong beer, when you manage to drink more then 5-6 beers of that you are an alcoholic...
This one kicks you out of the ball game
They also play most times rock music. The place is not the cleanest, that´s why you shouldn´t wear your best stuff. But what do u expect Rock and beer!!!
If you are hungry a kebap is right next door or you can try the Schinkenbaguette with Cocktail Sauce
Dress Code: No
Open from Wednesday to Sunday, best days to go is Thursday and Saturday, sometimes Wednesday there is the students day. On Thurday and Saturday they have a happy hour from 9pm-11pm. Beer just one Euro.
They play every kind of music, but not too hard, most times pop, hiphop and R´n`B.
Dress Code: Normally there is no dressing code, it is a club so nobody goes there with a suit and a tie, but sometimes they don´t wanna have people with sneakers in.
But bring your passport with you, they control everybody, even when you are older then 18.
So if some ladies would like to beguessed under 18 go to the door of the Unterhaus.
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