In October 2006 I've organized one of our office parties here. Very nice and trendy location. We had a so called "Flying Buffet". Food was fanstastic and service was great, very quick and friendly! - A perfect evening and lots of fun.
Returned yesterday, for some drinks with a friend. I was very surprised when they served me the apple wine in a normal wine glass and not in the special apple wine glass. I felt that this is a little posh but very good that had the traditional apple wine pitcher called "Bembel". Anyway it was a nice evening. And I still like the location!
In business continuously since 1952, the Jazzkeller oozes with tradition and atmosphere in its cozy basement hideaway. I came here on a Wednesday night jam session, and the place was bopping! Lots and lots of young people in the audience: it makes one wonder if the future of jazz is in Europe, not the USA. If you come for the jam, get here early for a good seat.
They have a full program of live music on just about every night of the week. Check out their website.
Centrally located just steps away from the old Frankfurt Oper, and near one of Frankfurt's toniest shopping streets, the Jazzkeller is still completely unpretentious.
Dress Code: casual
For years, we didn't know the real name of Kyalami, so we just called it the Afrika Bar. It sits in a good central location in Sachsenhausen perfect for ducking in to grab a quick apfelschnapps or a beer. Kyalami has a reputation for being a huge US Army hangout, but we've never had any trouble here.
The Anglo Irish was many times our first stop of the evening on the rare occasion we were lucky enough to spend a night in the city. It is a friendly bar with mostly English-speaking guests (as the name implies). Seems like every time I was there, there was football or rugby on TV and the place was pretty busy, often standing room only.
The menu includes German, Irish and British beers, German wines, mixed drinks, hard liquors, schnapps, and coffees.
The Spritzehaus has long been one of our favorite late night spots in Sachsenhausen. With its firehouse theme and live music ranging from 70s rock to heavy metal, you are sure to have a good time. Not so many tourists go here, but rather a good crowd of locals who seem to know each other. Drinks aren't overly expensive for the area and admission is free. The bar is open every night at 7pm and the bands usually start around 9pm. After midnight you will usually find lots of loud metal.
Go to Spritzehaus' website
Sachsenhausen is one of Frankfurt's top nightlife areas. It has a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs where you can spend an entire evening. Our favorite spots in Sachsenhausen were the Afrika Bar, the Irish Pub, the Latin Bar, and the Firehouse (for a little rock and metal). On a typical evening, we'd hit a few other places as well, but these were the old standby spots.
Sachsenhausen is located south of the Main River, just southeast of the Roemer-platz. From the Romer, cross the river on the pedestrian bridge (Eiserner Steg), and turn left. Walk along the river past the next bridge (Alte Brucke) -- this bridge crosses an island. Take the next right AFTER the Alte Brucke onto a street that angles off at a 45 degree angle. This is called Rittersgasse and leads right into Sachenhausen's bar district.
In recent years this areas has become home to Frankfurt's Turkish population, and boasts numerous tasty Doner Kebap stands and other non-German places. The hotel in Sachsenhausen where I stayed was owned by non-Germans as well.
My link below takes you to a Frankfurt map... just click on "Citymap", then zoom into the area labeled Sachsenhausen.
On the U-Bahn, you can take the U1, U2, or U3 to Schweizerplaz or Frankfurt Sud stations. From the S-Bahn, get off at Frankfurt Sud or Lokalbahnhof stations.
A taxi might be even easier!
This place is crazy! It's a village, maybe the size of monaco, with only bars, bars, bars, nightclubs, restaurants and mix of all. Its so cool, and lot of the bars are theme bars, wow, I've been there many times and its fun every time, and the drinks aren't over expensive. The people are a average of maybe 20 years old, and alot of big groups of people go there.
Dress Code: Basic going out clothes, like chic casual.
Hannibal is a great spot to hang out on warm summer evenings. It's bang in the centre of Bornheim, on a busy spot near the little clock tower at Bornheim-Mitte, and has a large seating area that stretches out into the square.
Inside is a little more cramped, but the decor is very nice, and they play some nice chilled out tunes, so it's a good place to sit and have a cozy chat with friends.
Upstairs they have a highly rated, but expensive, restaurant, and downstairs they serve a range of typical German bar food. The food is a little expensive for what you get, but the beer is normal price.
The staff are very competent, and friendly. They work on a zonal system, so if you move tables it can confuse them, but somehow they manage to keep track of it all.
The bar tends to start getting a little quiet after 11pm, but it stays open until 2am.
Dress Code: Relaxed, but people are generally smartly dressed.
Towards the city from Bornheim Mitte on Bergerstrasse is the excellent cafe bar Flipper. It has great food, great service, and the portions are usually bigger than most people can manage. Although it serves food, I usually hang out here after hours to knock back a beer or two. It's a very relaxed place, and the staff extremely helpful.
On our first night there my friend didn't know where the nearest cigarette machine was, and couldn't understand enough German to get the directions, so the guy just went out and got him a packet. It took him ten minutes, and he came back, put it on a plate with a free box of matches and served it with his next beer. A nice little touch that shows the kind of place this is.
Open from about 9am until 2-3am.
Dress Code: No dress code, but most people here are usually dressed to impress. Scruffy people like me don't get looked down upon, however, like in some places around here :).
This is a big, bright, busy bar with wooden tables, fast, friendly service, and an older crowd than some of the other bars on Bergerstrasse. It's very difficult to find a seat on weekends, especially as they are still serving food well into the evening. The food itself is appetizing, and their flatbread pizzas come on a wooden platter. The whisky comes in fantastic tumblers too, although they claimed only to have five when my friend asked if he could buy one. This place is very popular with locals and expats alike.
Dress Code: Relaxed.
Set in the basement of the Dresdner bank, and jutting out into am Uhrturmchen with its diminutive clock tower, this tiny bar and cafe is very popular with the locals. During the day it has an extensive and varied menu of tasty dishes, which you can either eat inside the smoky bar, or outside on am Uhrturmchen if the weather allows. In the evening the interior turns darker and smokier, and you can enjoy a beer and listen to laid back tunes in a cozy environment. Some nights they somehow manage to squeeze a little band, usually jazz or similar, into one corner of the bar.
Dress Code: Relaxed.
In fact, the Robert Johnson is in Offenbach, but close to Frankfurt (10 minutes by car/cab). No public transport, as it is located in a wasted industrial area. The best nightspot if you are into electronical music, techno, hardhouse. Small, dark, stylish club. Entry about 8-12 Euro, beer is 3,50. Doors open 11pm, gets crowded as of 1-2pm. Relaxed door policy, rather go casual, they might refuse you if you are too dressep up.
Dress Code: Baggy jeans, stylish nike/adidas/etc-sneakers and a skater-t-shirt is fine.
One of the friendliest groups of people I have met anywhere. Just a nice simple pub with a great crowd. Carl might treat you extra kind if you tell him Tony the Australian guy sent you.
Dress Code: Nothing Special
An Sibin may be more for a bit older crowd. Im 23 and i was definitly the youngest person there when i went. However, if you like live music, they play quite the variety of music genres. I liked the place becuase the music was good, the singer put on a good show, the staff is very friendly and the place is small and cozy, although a little bit cave like.
Dress Code: i dont think that there is any sort of dress code. you probably have to be dressed and thats about it. very casual.
No, you're not in Magnum PI, but the name is the same: the King Kamehameha is probably one of the best club you'll ever ecounter.
Niched in an old-brewery, it offers breathtaking architecture, exclusive meals and elegant clubbing. A mix that can be found nowhere else.
If too many people are waiting in line to enter, have a drink at the next-door Platea, a unique restaurant.
Dress Code: Upscale trendy. Classy.