Nightlife Frankfurt: cradle of techno music, the financial capital of Germany offers a good nightlife. from clubs with concerts and live music to temples of electronic music, discover the young and sparkling nightlife of Frankfurt!
Although it is best known for being the financial center of Germany, Frankfurt also surprises for an important nightlife : in this city, in fact, some famous nightclubs and some of the best world-famous German DJs were born.
If during the day the German city is interesting for its important attractions, including the Museum of Modern Art , the Main Tower or the Romerberg Square , even after sunset Frankfurt is able to entertain even the most festive spirits with a wide choice of trendy clubs, very well attended. Frankfurt's nightlife could hardly be described as opaque. Thanks to a prominent student population and a varied offer of nightlife spread throughout the city, backpackers looking for a great night out rarely leave Frankfurt unsatisfied.
Frankfurt was the cradle of techno music and hosted some of the most important clubs in the world, including the legendary Cocoon club , which had Sven Vath as resident DJ: it is precisely here that this musical genre was born and spread throughout the planet. Even today , Frankfurt nightclubs continuously host events of international importance that host the best DJs in the world.
vibrant and diverse nightlife mirrors its young population, made up mostly of students, expats, business people and the wealthy young banking elite. So, while the city center is unmistakably home to a number of trendy wine bars frequented by wealthy businessmen, the less central neighborhoods are more suited to the large student community, and have a more artistic vibe, with the presence of many cheap bars and pubs with a younger and more alternative atmosphere.
Frankfurt is home to over 40,000 students. And you can certainly feel their presence in the Bockenheim surrounding the university. Here, the streets are full of bars and cafes crowded with students most nights of the week. Closer to the center, the Salzhaus caters to a cocktail-loving crowd, while the Kaiserstrasse and the area surrounding the station (the Hauptbahnhof ), in particular, is known as Frankfurt's red light district .
One of the districts of Frankfurt with the liveliest nightlife is Sachsenhausen , located south of the river, where there are also many pubs serving ebbelwoi (the local cider), especially near Affentorplatz . Also between Dreieichstrasse and Bruckenstrasse there is a good concentration of bars.
Frankfurt loves jazz and in the city there is a high concentration of clubs with live jazz music: in particular, Kleine Bockenheimer Strasse is known as “Jazzgasse” for its concentration of jazz clubs. The most important jazz club in Frankfurt is the Jazzkeller , a historic venue that has hosted the likes of Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie.
Clubs and discos in Frankfurt
(Nordring 131, Frankfurt am Main) Located on the banks of the River Main, the Robert Johnson is one of the best techno clubs in the world and a true legend of Frankfurt nightlife . It is here that the house-techno genre of Frankfurt developed and the club is still loved and renowned by all fans and the best DJs in the world.
This club is all about the quality of the music rather than the aesthetics of the venue. The interior is in fact small (the capacity is about 300 people), minimalist and with a modest appearance. Even the lighting is reduced to a minimum, and to illuminate the interior there are only colored neon lights on the ceiling, while the dance floor is housed in a large bare room with a bar and a DJ booth. Above the DJ there is a row of old TVs broadcasting some surreal videos. Definitely a must for all techno music fans.
(Gutleutstraße 294, Frankfurt am Main) Housed in an old ink factory, Tanzhaus West is a very popular underground club with young people in Frankfurt. The vast musical selection ranges from techno music to drum'n'bass, to electronic music, cyberhouse, hip-hop and goa trance. During the summer, summer parties, with DJs and live concerts, take place in the outdoor garden.
(Gwinnerstraße 5, Frankfurt am Main) Opened in 1976, the Batschkapp is the right place for those who love rock and alternative music. This legendary live music club has been a hotspot for Frankfurt nightlife for over 40 years and continues to host some of the most acclaimed concerts in Germany and Europe.
The club is relatively small but the acoustics are great and you are really close to the stage - without a doubt, the best place to listen to live music concerts in Frankfurt. Numerous notable artists have played here: Eric Burdon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ginger Baker, Robert Cray, The Pogues and many more. Every Friday and Saturday night, the various DJs turn the place into a nightclub.
(Nordring 129, Frankfurt am Main) Hafen 2 is both a club and a cultural center, which, in addition to DJ sets and disco evenings, also organizes concerts and theatrical performances, literary evenings and film screenings.
(Ostparkstraße 25, Frankfurt am Main) Open from 0.00 to 8.00, Saturdays from 0.00 to 10.00.
The O25 is located in an old fire shelter used as a nightclub. The space is dark and smoky, with two main rooms with different styles of music every night. The place attracts a young crowd, including many students, and the music selection ranges from 80s music to pop to reggae and Goa techno.
(Am Salzhaus 4, Frankfurt am Main) Club with electronic, techno and House music with an incomparable atmosphere. The club, about 1000 square meters large, is located underground in what was once a pedestrian tunnel.
(Kleine Bockenheimer Str. 18a, Frankfurt am Main) Open since 1952 and known all over the world, the Jazzkeller is undoubtedly the most famous jazz club in Frankfurt . Located in a cellar in the heart of the city center, this club has hosted some of the greatest jazz artists of all time, such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Harris and Chet Baker. In addition to various concerts and events, the club organizes Jam Sessions on Wednesdays, while dancing on Friday evenings.
(Färberstraße 71, Frankfurt am Main) Since it opened in 1988, the Dreikonigskeller organizing raves for avid revelers. The club offers a different themed night every day and the crowd varies according to the type of music. The musical genres offered range from jazz to blues, to music from the 60s and 70s, R&B and soul, New Wave and 80s music, and even gothic and indie music.
(Brönnerstraße 5-9, Frankfurt am Main) Zoom Club (formerly Sinkkasten)
A Frankfurt tradition since 1971, the Zoom Club (formerly Sinkkasten ) is one of the best places in town to dance, listen to live music and drink good beer .
(Sandweg 64, Frankfurt am Main) Open Sunday to Thursday from 18.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 18.00 to 2.00.
Established in 1972, Jazzlokal Mampf is another major Frankfurt jazz club. With over 150 concerts a year, this place is one of the hotspots for live jazz and blues music. The club also offers a good selection of beers, as well as a menu of German pasta, meat and potatoes.
(Kleine Hochstraße 5, Frankfurt am Main) Open every day from 18.00 to 1.00.
A haven for poets, musicians, activists and other liberal types, Club Voltaire offers daily readings and other events, as well as signature dishes and a good selection of beer and cider. Reasonable prices and a welcoming atmosphere ensure a loyal following of repeat customers. The music selection ranges from mainstream to jazz and blues.
The Cave Club
(Brönnerstraße 11, Frankfurt am Main) Open Wednesdays from 20.00 to 2.30, Friday and Saturday from 22.00 to 7.00.
This underground nightclub, located in an old cellar, is the antithesis of the typical Frankfurt club, as it offers a unique musical experience ranging from alternative music to heavy metal of the last 30 years, passing through punk and rock music. The club has a very relaxed and fun atmosphere and is also the cheapest nightclub in town. It doesn't fill up before midnight.
(Am Salzhaus 4, Frankfurt am Main) Open Tuesday to Saturday from 22.00 to 8.00.
Located underground, Cooky's is a less elegant and less snobbish club than many other clubs in Frankfurt . This club mostly offers hip-hop, House and R'n'B music, but also organizes great live concerts.
(Brönnerstraße 17, Frankfurt am Main) Open Thursday to Saturday from 11pm to 6am.
The Travolta is an elegant two-story club that impresses with its clear and minimalist design, with its large dance floor and with a first-class sound system. The music selection ranges from electronic music to jazz and hip-hop. The Travolta is certainly one of the trendiest clubs in Frankfurt.
(Hedderich Straße, Frankfurt am Main) The Südbahnhof is a nightclub frequented by people over 30. The music is very varied and there is live music on Sundays.
(Heiligkreuzgasse 22, Frankfurt am Main) Open Thursday to Sunday from 0.00 to 6.00.
The Silbergold is a large nightclub in Frankfurt, ideal for those who love music and crowds. DJs play a wide variety of dance music classics, with different guests at the console every weekend.
Elfer Music Club
(Klappergasse 5, Frankfurt am Main) Located next to the Batschkapp , the Elfer is a live music club that caters mainly to fans of rock, metal and indie music, but also offers dubstep nights.
Chango Latin Palace
(Münchener Str. 57, Frankfurt am Main) Open Friday to Saturday from 20.00 to 7.00.
Chango the largest nightclub in Frankfurt with Latin American music. Before the evening begins, there is a teacher who teaches you the basics of salsa and bachata. Women do not pay the entrance fee on Fridays and men pay 6 euros instead of 8, until midnight.
(Textorstraße 26, Frankfurt am Main) Open Monday from 22.00 to 4.00, from Thursday to Saturday from 23.00 to 6.00.
Club with indie and alternative music, open on weekends. Several times a month there are concerts, usually with German indie bands, but also occasionally with Scandinavian bands.
(Schmidtstraße 12, Frankfurt am Main) This club moved to another part of the city in 2009, but the party continues as before in the new location with concerts and parties. The Das Bett stays true to its promise to play non-standard music. Mainstream music is not played here, but the sounds of the alternative scene.
(Holzgraben 9, Frankfurt am Main) Open Tuesday to Thursday from 21.00 to 3.00, Friday and Saturday from 22.00 to 6.00.
Club dedicated to fans of gothic and metal music, and offering drinks at moderate prices.
(Weißfrauenstraße 12-16, Frankfurt am Main) Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 22.00 to 5.00.
The Velvet is an elegant club that has established itself more and more as one of the reference points for nightlife in Frankfurt . The party evenings include a musical selection that ranges from House to black music, up to classic Dance music. After-work parties have become particularly popular, so much so that revelers often make their way here directly from their offices.
(Bachmannstraße 2-4, Frankfurt am Main) Located in an old bakery, the Brotfabrik is a self-managed center of over 1500 square meters which houses two stages, a large event hall, two restaurants, a bar. Numerous concerts and themed parties are organized here.
(Klappergasse 16, Frankfurt am Main) Open Friday and Saturday from 23.00 to 5.00.
The Ponyhof hosts concerts of folk, rock and indie music, as well as evenings with songwriters.
(Große Rittergasse 41, Frankfurt am Main) Open Tuesday to Thursday from 20.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 20.00 to 2.00.
Located in the middle of the cider district, the Spritzehaus is an absolute must for live music fans. Daily concerts, great atmosphere focused on rock music and lots of people with jeans and long hair. The best rock club in town.
Bars and pubs in Frankfurt
(Neuer Wall 5-7, Frankfurt am Main) Open every day from 11.30 to 24.00.
Located in the Sachsenhausen , the Dauth-Schneider is a traditional tavern that has been open for over 150 years where you can taste the typical local apple cider. The place is frequented both by the inhabitants of the city and by many tourists, but it is still quiet. Under a cobbled street, in the cellar of this tavern, the apple wine ( Apfelwein ) is still pressed each fall and the fruity preparation is served in traditional style with plates of sausages, fried potatoes and sauerkraut. An excellent selection of regional and national beers is also available. Get ready to take a seat at one of the long tables to drink and sing along with the locals. In the summer, there is an outdoor garden for sipping under the stars.
(Stiftstraße 6, Frankfurt am Main) Open Monday to Thursday from 19.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 19.00 to 3.00.
Located in the center of Frankfurt, the Luna Bar is considered by many to be one of the best cocktail bars in Germany . Open until late at night, this bar looks like a tight, very elegant and retro-styled space, with a beautiful curved bar and deep red walls. Frequented by mixed people and business people who enjoy excellent cocktails or a glass of champagne. Music is guaranteed by live bands on Mondays or by DJs playing during the rest of the week. But Luna Bar's specialty is its incredible cocktail menu: try the Ernest Hemingway , a blend of white rum, grapefruit juice and maraschino.
22nd Lounge & Bar
(Neue Mainzer Str. 66, Frankfurt am Main) Open Monday to Thursday from 18.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 18.00 to 2.00.
Located on the 22nd floor of the Eurotower , the 22nd Lounge & Bar offers a relaxed atmosphere thanks to the soft lights and its black armchairs, on which you can sip a good cocktail and admire the splendid panoramic view through the large windows.
(Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 40, Frankfurt am Main) Open daily from 20.00 to 4.00.
Open since 1951 and located in the Hessischer Hof Hotel , Jimmy's Bar is a popular American-style piano bar popular with business executives for drinks and after-work socializing. Very busy on weekends and during trade shows and conventions. The drinks are expensive, but accompany the small range of hot and cold dishes.
O'Reilly Irish Pub
(Am Hauptbahnhof 4, Frankfurt am Main) Open Monday to Thursday from 12.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 11.00 to 4.00, Sunday from 11.00 to 24.00.
Pub that offers excellent homemade burgers, ideal to be accompanied by their Irish beers.
The Anglo Irish Pub
(Kleine Rittergasse 1, Frankfurt am Main) Open Monday to Friday from 18.00 to 2.00, Saturdays from 14.00 to 3.00, Sunday from 14.00 to 24.00.
The Anglo Irish Pub is a pub that offers excellent beers, accompanied by background music ranging from folk to jazz.
(Schaumainkai 5, Frankfurt am Main) Open Monday to Friday from 15.00 to 1.00, Saturdays from 11.00 to 1.00, Sunday from 11.00 to 24.00.
During the summer months, the patio of this riverside bar is one of the city's most favorite places to have a drink in the afternoon or evening. It's not just the fabulous view, it's the whole environment that makes Mainstrand such a welcoming destination. In addition, the bar offers a good selection of cocktails, beer and wine, as well as an appetizing tapas menu.
(Brönnerstraße 17, Frankfurt am Main) Open Monday to Friday from 17.00 to 1.00, Saturday and Sunday from 12.00 to 1.00.
The Naiv is a great contemporary bar offering a choice of around 50 craft beers from around the world (from Hawaii to Norway), as well as three house beers ( Bio , Cellar and Honey Lager ) and sophisticated street food.
The Fox and Hound
(Niedenau 2, Frankfurt am Main) Open Monday to Thursday from 10.00 to 1.00, Friday from 10.00 to 2.00, Saturday and Sunday from 15.30 to 1.00.
Located in the west of Frankfurt, the Fox and Hound is a sports bar with the atmosphere of an English pub and a large garden. On Monday there is Steak and Whiskey night, while on Friday there is Juke Box night with happy hour. Locals gather here to see their favorite teams on screen.
(Katharinenpforte 6, Frankfurt am Main) The Mantis is a roof terrace restaurant and a breathtaking club: three rooms that elegantly blend into one. There are several DJs from Thursday to Saturday and it is possible to dance until dawn.
Frankfurt Art Bar
(Ziegelhüttenweg 221, Frankfurt am Main) Open Tuesday to Saturday from 17.00 to 1.00, Sunday from 12.00 to 22.00.
Music bar offering delicious snacks and good beer. There is always some event scheduled from Tuesday to Saturday: concerts, cabaret, readings and shows every Wednesday, while on Fridays there is jazz "easy to listen".