German beer drinker's pub, popular with football fans in their 30s and 40s. The place is popular with Eintracht Frankfurt fans, but non-Frankfurt fans are welcome as well. However, it is recommended not to show up with stuff from rival clubs or say anything against Eintracht Frankfurt to customers. You can expect that the place is full when Frankfurt is playing (and afterwards). Music is mostly classic rock and metal. The place is open to smokers, therefore no under 18s are allowed.
Next to a beer selection, they have Aebbelwoi (Apple Wine, German cider). To drink it old-style, you need to order a “Bembel” which is the classic stone jug for this drink. According to the size of your group, you can order smaller or larger Bembels and the respective number of glasses. As these jugs are a popular souvenir, you need to leave a deposit at the bar which you will get back once you return the Bembel.
No food menu here, however bar snacks (like peanuts) are available. If you want to order food at some other place, it is OK to eat it in Klapper 33 as well.
Dress Code: No scarfs from Offenbach, Kaiserslautern or Mainz. FSV Frankfurt is OK.
The Cocoon Club is a popular and stylish nightclub on the far eastern edge of Ostend. It caters to the affluent easy going clubbing crowd of Frankfurt, with DJs playing a seamless stream of sound that mixes in something for everyone. It's definitely not hardcore, and it's not absolutely the most hip place in Frankfurt, but it tries hard and it does have a unique selling point: the cocoons.
The cocoons are places within the club where people can lock themselves away with their friends and pipe in their own choice of music and get their own personal service straight to their table. It's only available in the VIP section, however.
The club is spacious and open, with comfy seats and cozy snugs. The floor design makes for complex, and possibly hazardous, landscape. With the dark lighting and unexpected step-ups and step-downs, it's easy for the drunk to make a fool of themselves.
We had the whole place to ourselves the night of our release party and it was a lot of fun. Their caterers put on some great food (there's a restaurant as well) although the portions were so small I had to keep queuing up for more while still eating. Seriously: the bowls were smaller than I'd feed a cat with, and were half full.
Dress Code: Smart casual. Not as strict as some in Frankfurt.
One for the summer, but this fantastic club is open all day long to make the most of the hot weather. The place is made up from 40 tons of sand transported from the sea shores, to the banks of the Main river hundreds of miles inland. The scene on a hot summer's evening looks like something from a tropical island adventure, although the murky waters of the Main put a dampener on that.
The place is split into two sections: the standard club and the VIP club. When my company booked out the place for a night of celebration I found out just how exclusive the place was. While we were drinking the owners came up to my boss and asked him if he'd mind a certain gentleman and his friends gatecrashing our party, as he loved the place so much. This person was none other than World Cup winner and former German national team manager Rudi Voller, one of the most famous people in the world.
Of course my boss said "sure" and we spent the rest of the evening feeling special about being in the presence of such a footballing great. He was even generous and patient enough to let people take their picture with him, despite how annoying that must get for him.
The place isn't all that expensive either, at only 5.00 euros to get in.
Dress Code: I don't know if there are any dress codes, as it is a pretty relaxed place, but you judging by the number of brand new BMWs and Mercedes in the parking lot, you'll probably want to dress up for the occasion.
Easily one of the places to while away an evening in the city, Bergerstrasse is a long, long street packed with a string of excellent bars and restaurants to suit every taste, everything from cheap drinking stalls to chic upmarket clubs. Typical of German cities, the bars are all relaxed and the street is very safe. There are no drunken brawls like in England.
Dress Code: Many of the bars and clubs have people who are extremely well dressed, enough to put us slackers to shame. That said, few, if any, have any dress restrictions. Bouncers aren't a common sight.
Update: I'll leave this tip as it is for historical reasons, but the sad fact of the matter is that the Künstlerkeller has been closed since March 1, 2007, because of insolvency. There is talk of re-opening under new management in the autumn of 2007, but it's all rather vague at the moment, so we are currently trying out other places to go after the opera. (Watch this space for further developments.)
This is where we all go after the opera. It's big and loud, but very pleasant, and often the singers and other people who work at the opera house come here, too.
It can get very full some nights, so I usually reserve a table if I know or think I am coming with a group. They are willing to reserve for up to 150 people, but I have never gone higher than twenty up to now.
They have beer, wine, apple wine, mineral water, all the usual stuff. And warm meals until 1:00 a.m. I used to think they closed at 3:00, but we were there until 4:15 recently and they didn't throw us out. Maybe they just like us, I don't know.
Second photo: This is the corner of Weißfrauenstraße and Seckbächer Gasse. You can miss it because there is a travel agency called Explorer on the corner. Cross the street here and turn right. Walk past the Klosterhof, and after just a few meters you will see ...
Third photo: ... this sign at the entrance to the Künstlerkeller. As the name implies, it's down in the basement. You have to walk through a yard and ...
Fourth photo: ... down some steps to get in. Unfortunately it does not have a proper entrance for people in wheelchairs.
Fifth photo: On January 27, 2007 we had a VT meeting in the Künstlerkeller. Please feel free to click here to see more photos of the meeting.
After the closure of the "Turmpalast" the best chance to see english-language movies would be the Cinestar Metropolis. Though most movies are german-language, many are also shown in their original language. Check their homepage or the newspaper for "OV"-versions playing.
If you are an English speaker in Germany and feeling a bit homesick, this is the place to go to grab a bottle of dog, tuck into a big plate of bangers and mash, and chat with English speakers from all over the world, Americans, English, Swedish, Australians, and Irish of course.
There's even a TV, mostly for sporting events, that plays programmes from Britain and Ireland. They have great food, and along with cottage pie to die for, they also have an Indian chef who cooks up authentic curries.
You don't need to go anywhere else for that Anglo-Irish experience. They even close at 11pm - just like in England!
O'reilly's is the only place in Frankfurt that I will goto. Not only is it extremely easy to get to (literally across the street from tha main train station), but its ENGLISH SPEAKING, there are no lines to get in, and NO cover charge! As soon as you walk in the doors you will notice that its different that other places. The servers all speak english, the menus are in english.. even the coat check guy speaks english! Because of this its a very popular hang out for Frankfurt's english speaking community, and is a fantastic place to meet other travellers who speak the language.
I highly recommend going there on the weekends for Karaoke. It's a ton of fun and really rowdy. Things can get packed, so get there early is a table/chair is important to you.
Dress Code: casual.
This club is very obscure in a way. The design is inspired by movies as Barbarella and The Fifth Element but combined with a bit of rock and roll. Orange and purple ligths and lots of sort of modern looking items. Strange atmosphere but cozy. And a huge list of coctails are being served. I took a Flying, which was a champaign coctail which cost Euro 9,=.
Also a place where you can eat a bit. (Tapas for example).
Dress Code: No dress code. Spacesuit would be appropiate.
Some nights you just have had your share of cathedrals, castles, and pub crawls. Where can you go to wind down, and relax for a couple of hours. For all things, where can you even go to see a movie in English?
The answer - Turm Palast Cinema. This is right across the stree from Eschersheimer Turm (Tower)
To see the schedule, click the link below.
Dress Code: Wear whatever you would normaly wear if you were going to go to the movies at home.
The Birmingham Pub is a late evening/night gathering point for mostly gays but open to all kinds of other people too. Guests can be young, old, rich, poor, lonely, new to town, german, foreign etc. I find it sometimes a little "depressing" and morbid, since it could be anywhere, but my friends sometimes drag me there. That is because of the big barlady Baerbel who serves all clients well with warmth, charme, german beer or other drinks. (try the egg liquor, no british lager, sorry).
During the day it is a regular snackbar, rail station atmosphere...
Dress Code: anything goes
o' reilly's pub is located across the street from frankfurt's main train station. good selection of irish beers on tap. a good first stop when you leave the frankfurt train station. they offer a smoking area which today is rare in germany.
Dress Code: casual
Spending a night at the Frankfurt Opera is a great experience - especially if you are in the company of VT-local and Opera Educator Extraordinaire Nemorino. If you're planning a trip to Frankfurt, and if you're at all interested in opera, be sure to contact Don and try to persuade him to meet you for a cultural night at this leading music theater. (It probably won't require much persuasion to get Don to come out - he's one of the biggest opera buffs I've ever met, as well as being a great VT-er and a veritable fount of information about Frankfurt and its environs.)
Opera in Germany receives significant governmental subsidies, which means that the seasons are long and are also full of productions that would never be put on in the more cost-conscious opera houses of North America. You might be able to see one of those obscure 19th century pieces that you've never even heard of before! The first time I was here, Nemorino and I went to see "Macbeth" - but not Verdi's well-known version, instead Ernest Bloch's! Later, when I returned to Frankfurt in October 2007, Don met me here for a production of Verdi's "Don Carlos."
The theater is medium-sized, which means the acoustics are excellent, there's not really a bad-seat in the house, and the singers generally don't have to strain as much to be heard as they do in such enormous "barns" as the Met in New York or the Civic Opera House in Chicago. And ticket prices are quite reasonable for opera - again, thanks to the German taxpayer's subsidy of "high culture."
The company's website is excellent and very helpful, and buying tickets from abroad is simple and safe. You can even choose the exact seat that you wish to buy!
Dress Code: people tend to be respectable, but not really dressy
Huge pub located opposite of the Hauptbahnhof in the city center. Mostly frequented by expats. Live sports broadcasted in various areas, you may actually follow at least 6 different football matches at the same time.
Nice terrace during summertime.
Dress Code: Casual.
I've finally managed to go there, after passing by since more than one and a half years. I liked the interior very much.
Good value for money. Big portions. I had a cheeseburger and was very surprised that I also got a delicious salad with it!