Irish Times Pub
That's a irish pub, very big, many people, also many irish, english and scottish students. Real english and irish beer, drinks and food. Very comfortable. I think it's a very irish atmosphere. Sometimes there is Live Music and special events like watching football when England, Ireland or Scotland plays in the Champions Legue.
Dress Code: No special dresscode.
It's an old coalmine, but now it's a cultural center. In the Zeche Carl there are many events. Concerts, Disco, bars and more. For Gays and heteros. I love this place.
Dress Code: No special dresscode.
Better you wear not a jogging-blousson.
Actually I've never been inside... but I really like the Biergarten with the trees around. Lots of people from 18-40 and sometimes life music.
Dress Code: be yourself
It's a tiny film theatre with only 45 seats. The interior is very nice, the seats in red velvet, like a cinema should be. There's no such thing as an entrance desk, you just come in, sit down, see the commercials and then some employee of the cinema comes around and collects the fee.
'Galerie Cinema' shows Original Versions in the evenings (at about 9 p.m.), every Sunday they show Harold&Maude (OV with German subtitles) - they have been doing that for more than two decades now!!!
The films are mostly semi-new and sometimes independent (then often brandnew).
For example some films I've seen in the Galerie (in OV): Gattaca, The Van, The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill..., Mars Attacks, Austin Powers I, Trainspotting, Being John Malkovich, Shrek, Snatch, Billy Elliot...
P.S. There's a bath tub in the lavatory!
ELSEWHERE - is a selection of places I've heard of, but never been to, or been to, but not long enough to know a lot, or been to, and don't care enough to dedicate them a tip of their own.
Mudia Art Frohnhauser Str.75
Cinemaxx Circus Berliner Platz, Cinemaxx
Musikpalette Kettwiger Str.20
KKC Universitätsstr. 2
Zeche Carl Wilhelm-Nieswandt-Allee 100, www.zechecarl.de
Baikonur Altendorferstr. 131, www.baikonur.de
Pupasch Akazienalle 12, www.pupasch-essen.de
Pflaumenbaum Limbecker Platz 1, www.pflaumenbaum.de
Neue Liebe Im Gildehof-Center, www.neueliebe-essen.de
Mudia Art: Unique, oh yes, here's where only the lucky and beautiful get in, dressed in really pretty black stuff. Well, I've heard it so and so, some people say it's not THAT hard to get in, but then you really can't come up with jogging shoes and a bad hairstyle and expect to pass the bouncers. No no.This certainly has a reason - I've never been inside (I've never even TRIED, ok? ;ob), but I've heard of scarcely dressed gogo-girls dancing in glass boxes on the boys toilets, candlesticks everywhere, 5 areas with charts music, latin, techno and house, also some open air space and since the whole thing is placed inside an old warehouse, the architecture is somewhat different from a normal club. People come here from everywhere, the place is really famous and they don't even advertise it, no website, no nothing, there's no big sign yelling its message at you - the owners of this club really hit it big.
Cinemaxx Circus: A range of pubs, clubs and snack bars in the basement of the Cinemaxx building. Nice Irish pub, but way too crowded.
Musikpalette: Wanted to go dancing there once, but it was 'only' 11 p.m. and we were told we should maybe wait another couple of hours until the crowds come in... oh well. Apart from that, here seems to be where _not_ to look for techno, rather rock. Which could be nice for me, if only the party started earlier...
KKC: Student pub on the grounds of the university. Been there once to have a chat and a coke with some friends - pretty spacy, nice dancefloor, danceable music and a good cultural program as I've been told.
Zeche Carl: Only been there for a few concerts - the location is grand, another old mining building, but somehow, my favourite bands never seem to come there (not to speak of the sad rest of Essen's concert venues). Anyway, nice spot, probably good parties too - chilling out is possible in the pub and biergarten.
Baikonur: I don't know *???* the website is down for a while and all I know is that it's said to be one of the cooler clubs in Essen.
Pupasch: You won't meet me here...
Pflaumenbaum: Or here, for that matter Yet, I've been to the Pflaumenbaum more than one time, but only accompanying some friends - the whole style is just so not my piece of cake. The clubs are good for what they are tho, they're the meeting place for those who love Palma de Mallorca and Schlager and NDW-music. If you're one of them, go there, cause these people sure know how to party! It's just not my style *heeee*
Neue Liebe: Not so sure about this one, but probably not my style either. Supposedly charts music, dancefloor, NDW. Just a guess.
Rüttenscheider Straße, Rüttenscheider Stern and surroundings PARTY! PARTY! PARTY! *?*
If Essen has something like a concentrated nightlife at all, I would search it in Rüttenscheid. There you have several restaurants and pubs, the unique 'Galerie Cinema' where you can watch OVs every night (except on Mondays), you have the Girardet House, where a nice Irish Pub (Fritzpatrick's) is and you might get a real parking problem...
The Lichtburg (=Castle of Light) is Germany's biggest movie hall. 1302 people can find a seat there, it has a balcony, red seats and all in all it's rather a theatre than what is commonly understood as a cinema.It is BEAUTIFUL.It's old (1928).And it is under monumental protection.
Apart from that they have an additional little cinema in the cellar, the Atelier, which is nice, but pretty much worn out (lack of money...), they have this bar and they use the screen room for plays, concerts and cabaret from time to time.
Though it looks like a theatre, you don't have to dress up to enjoy the Lichtburg. Basically it's just your normal cinema - with a slightly special outfit.
The Grillo Theater is one of the oldest theatres in the Ruhr district. It hosts opera, ballet, the philharmonic as well as plays.