Cologne Nightlife

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    Peters Brauhaus: A place to get together

    by Chinggis_n_Borte Updated Dec 19, 2015

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    Peters Brauhaus

    Is a typical Pub bistro that serves the locally well known beer Peters Kolsch where it is served in small nice looking glasses. They also serve some real good lunch and dinner here. We came here with Horscheck one night after a dinner in a Czheck restaurant not far. This is a place nice to hang around bring mates and friends. The history of this brauhaus goes back as early in 1544.

    There are many Brauhaus in Koln and it is important to distinguish one from the other , like this one called Peter Brauhaus each Brauhaus serves their own beer. The waiters/ waitresses are friendly fast and efficient. The interior design is an old house that attracts everything about beer brewing.

    This place could get real crowded especially on Friday and Saturday nights and its hard to hear with one another when talking as the noise could get real loud with the music

    Dress Code: Casual clean smart

    Address: Peters Brauhaus Mühlengasse 1 50667 Köln

    Directions: A short walk from Rhine river on the West side. Approximately 100 meters away from The Great Saint Martin Church.

    Phone: 022-1257-39-50

    Website: http://www.peters-brauhaus.de/

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    Papa Joe's Jazzlokal: Live Jazz

    by croisbeauty Updated Jun 3, 2013

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    Papa Joe's is my favourite spot in whole of Cologne, it is the place where I've spend my two Colognese nights before going to sleep. The club is situated in Buttermarkt, which is a foot from my hotel. Unfortunately I couldn't take the picture inside the club, but trust the atmosphere is hot hot hot.
    What you'll find here is tons of beer and very good live classical jazz music performed by the local gropus. The place is overcrowded, the inside temperature must be over 30C degrees, you can't avoid elbow but who cares about. The inside atmosphere is extremely friendly, totally relaxed and everobody is enjoying being a part of an happy crowd. Do not miss it when in Cologne.

    Dress Code: No dress code!

    Address: Buttermarkt

    Directions: Right next to the Grosse St. Martin

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    Hard Rock Caffe: it's only a rock n' roll

    by croisbeauty Written Oct 29, 2011

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    Unfortunatelly I was here during a day only when strolling around, entering to take a juice. Have noticed mixed age attendants from juniors up to seniors of my age, but all lovers of real rock n' roll. The music was good, mostly oldies since it was early afternoon time. The ambient is nice, a kind which rock fans like alot. It is situated very close to the old core of the town but I didn't catch the name of the street.

    Directions: in the city centre

    Hard Rock Caffe

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    Pfaffen: Was Päffgen but now its Pfaffen

    by richiecdisc Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    As you walk around town this building stands out with its bright orange facade and ornate wooden entrance. Even it were not a pub it would get my attention. But it was once Altstadt Päffgen, the brewery's oldest old town pub and was still the case on my 1999 visit. In 2001 the pub owner who's name if Pfaffen had a fight with the brewery and decided to open his own brewery and hence the name change. It seems more a restaurant now though there are some stand up barrels in the back and the Kölsch is still served from wooden kegs. I had been looking for the Päffgen so was a bit disappointed though it led me to discovering that brewery's great off the beaten location 20 minutes north of the old down center. Pfaffen's beer was certainly drinkable and the interior of the pub is well worth going in for one just to see it.

    Dress Code: A homey pub and casual wear seems the norm.

    Address: Heumarkt 62

    Directions: Very central location and one of the nicest squares in the city.

    Phone: 257 77 65

    my first time when it was P��ffgen the scenic doorway of P��ffgen
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    Früh am Dom: Brewpub fun

    by Sjalen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Früh is one of the most touristy Kölsch brewpubs in Cologne because it is huge inside and because it is only a five minute walk from the Central station. But being huge means there is space for locals and tourists alike and the atmosphere is accordingly cheerful with stroppy waiters to go with it :))) A great start to any night out. Come early if you insist on seats as it fills up in no time. During carneval you can almost forget getting in...

    Dress Code: Relaxed

    Directions: In the little place across and behind the Domplatte. Everyone knows it.

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    Papa Joe's: Um Pa Pa at its finest

    by Philpinnage Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Papa Joe's is a great German bar. In here you will find an eclectic mix of germans and tourists. The music is traditional and kitch, behind the bar are anamatronic figures that get up and dance to the German Um Pa Pa Jazz music.
    There is music all the time - some live and when not then on speakers.
    The decor is twenties style and cramed with posters and artifacts of the age.
    Beer is standard excellent German fare and they also serve food but we didn't have any. The real draw is the atmosphere, we saw a bunch of bikers walk in and sit at a table with an old couple they had never met, and within minutes everyone was dancing together. A really friendly good humoured hang out.
    We sat next to the bar and the only draw back was that I dropped a playing card which went underneath the seating area, if anyone is there when they are refurbishing, and finds my 2 of diamonds let me know!

    Dress Code: None required

    Address: Alter Markt 50-52, Köln

    Directions: Close to Cathedral

    Phone: 0221/2582132

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    Lanxess Arena: Where To Catch the Big Name Concerts

    by johngayton Written Sep 20, 2010

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    Cologne's Lanxess Arena (formerly the Koelnarena) claims to be Europe's largest indoor concert and sporting venue. The Arena is located on the east side of the river, a short walk from the main railway bridge, and hosts big name concerts as well as indoor sporting events.

    Past performers include Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue and Eric Clapton and coming events (September 2010) include Sting, Peter Gabriel and Supertramp.

    Details of forthcoming concerts can be found on the website which also has an online booking facility.

    Address: Willy Brandt Platz 3

    Directions: On the main road from the railway bridge on the east side of the river.

    Website: http://www.koelnarena.de/

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    E Werk: It depends on the show

    by christine.j Written May 15, 2010

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    I titled this tip "it depends on the show", as the E Werk is just the location, what you see there depends on their schedule. But I'm going to write about my impression of this venue. We had booked our tickets a long time in advance and it said on them there are chairs in the hall. No assigned seats, but chairs. Entrance was at 7pm, and when we arrived at 6:30 there was already a long line.
    When the doors were opened, everybody went in, only to realize there were no chairs, but low benches without any backs. People kept coming and coming, there were announcements not to use up too much space, so that everybody could sit. It was very uncomfortable and quite a lot of people had to stand.
    I don't know how the management had estimated the number of people in a row. It looked like they had thought everybody is anorexic. Many people were complaining about this. You don't buy a ticket for a show and then have to stand for the whole three hours.

    The management should take into account the average age of the ticket holders, for some shows geared towards teenagers they could sell more tickets, but events which attract older people and senior citizens less tickets sold would lead to a much better impression.

    The show which we saw was fantastic and I loved every minute of it, but still it must have been very hard for those who had to stand.

    Address: Schanzenstrasse 37

    Website: http://s201495031.online.de/ewerk/cms/index.php?id=9&L=1

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    Reissdorf-Stübchen: Small pub on Domstrasse

    by BillNJ Updated May 30, 2008

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    On my first night in Cologne, I stopped for a Reissdorf Kölsch at the Reissdorf-Stübchen which was close to my hotel (Hotel Domstern) on Domstrasse. I sat at the bar in this small, local pub. Over a Kölsch, I had a disjointed conversation with a friendly German. Unfortunately, his grasp of English was not much better than my present grasp of German (which is minimal).

    This small pub is a nice local spot, but it is not someplace to which I would go out of my way to find. Decent place to relax over a Kölsch if you are in the neighborhood.

    Address: Domstr. 21, 50668 Köln

    Directions: Near the Breslauer Platz exit of the Hauptbahnhof

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    Rhein-Hotel St. Martin: Pre-dinner Kölsch stop for May 24, 2008 VT Meeting

    by BillNJ Written May 27, 2008

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    Before dinner at Peters Brauhaus, our group met over Kölsch under an umbrella at the Rhein-Hotel St. Martin. The umbrella came in handy as it rained on and off during our stay. Our waiter was a young kid who tried to be funny, but really wasn't. Nevertheless, our VT group had a great time drinking Kölsch by the Rhine River.

    Address: Frankenwerft 31-33

    Directions: Next to the Rhine River

    Website: http://www.koeln-altstadt.de/rheinhotel/

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    The Corkonian Irish Pub: Kölsch, Irish-style

    by BillNJ Written May 27, 2008

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    During my second night in Cologne, I enjoyed a nice chat with two young German women and an Irish bartender in The Corkonian Irish Pub in the Alter Markt. I ordered a Kölsch, and it was served in a large glass (not a traditional 200ml Kölsch Stange).

    The Corkonian is a friendly Irish pub in a great location. Experience Kölsch, Irish-style.

    Dress Code: No special dress requirements

    Address: Alter Markt 51

    Directions: Alter Markt

    Website: http://www.the-corkonian-irish-pub.sportkneipe.de/

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    Pfaffen Brauerei Max Päffgen: Final stop of May 24, 2008 VT Meeting

    by BillNJ Written May 27, 2008

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    The final stop of the May 24, 2008 VT meeting in Cologne was the Pfaffen Brauerei Max Päffgen. Our group sat outside and enjoyed good conversation over some Pfaffen Kölsch. To celebrate my last night in Germany, I also had a shot of Jägermeister.

    Dress Code: No special dress requirements

    Address: Heumarkt 62

    Directions: Altstadt

    Phone: 0221 - 257 7765

    Website: http://www.max-paeffgen.de/paeffgen-englisch/paeffgen-englisch.html

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    Prime Club: Music venue

    by bonio Written Oct 20, 2007

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    Tickets to see the excellent Waterboys for us. Prime Club is a fairly small venue and packed to the rafters for this gig, so hot, crowded and a great atmosphere, plus a wonderful performance by Mike and the boys.
    This club attracts many top names, check out their wesite for upcoming event.

    Address: Luxemburgerstr

    Directions: Nearest public transport - Barbarossaplatz - a short walk away.

    Website: http://www.primeclub.de/

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    Any Old Town Pub: on the Kölsch hunt

    by richiecdisc Updated Jun 14, 2007

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    One thing even the non-beer tourist will notice about Cologne is it's preponderance of pubs. You can't walk more than 100 feet without going by one. There are also a lot of different varieties of Kölsch. In the late 1980s there were 20 breweries in Cologne, more than any city in the world but the number has now dwindled to 12 with many of the bigger ones taking over the smaller. There are still quite a few varieties of Kölsch to try and Reissdorf is one of the more ubiquitous. I found the beer quite fruity on my first trip and didn't get to see how the beer has changed on my recent stopover. Hey. there's only so much beer....er, I mean time in a day. ;)

    another pub, another K��lsch
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    Brrauhaus Sion: lots of different varieties of Kölsch

    by richiecdisc Updated Jun 14, 2007

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    Brauhaus Sion is another typical Kölsch brewpub and very conveniently located in scenic part of the old town down by the river. Two things that make these places so great is you can go in and stand at the bar (unlike most places in Germany) and Kölsch comes in small glasses (only .20 liters) so you can try many of them in one day! Sion's version was one of the drier ones and it had a great loud atmosphere as its patrons obviously enjoyed the products of the brewery.

    Dress Code: One of Cologne's more down to earth pubs so I felt fine in jeans.

    Address: Unter Taschenmarcher 5

    Directions: on a nice street between the cathedral and market square.

    Phone: 257 85 40

    Website: http://www.brauhaus-sion.de

    watching the K��lsch pouring up close at the bar on my first trip to Cologne
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