Bremen for night owls
Where you can party into the early hours.
As Bremen's mascots, the donkey, cat, dog and rooster, bid each other goodnight, and the Roland statue closes his eyes to sleep,
the city on the Weser river comes to life once again. There are many things to experience in Bremen by night: going on a pub tour with friends in the 'Viertel' district, enjoying an evening out in a stylish bar, or dancing the night away at a trendy club on the 'disco mile':
The Viertel (‘quarter’)
The trendy districts of Ostertor and Steintor – which the locals simply call the 'Viertel' – are only a few minutes' walk from the city centre. In the quirky pubs, trendy bars and cosy cafés here, you can relax or get into the party spirit for the night ahead. Tips on pubs and bars can be found here. Two of the best places to go dancing are Lila Eule and Club Moments:
Opened in January 1965, this basement disco has a long tradition. It was a meeting place for the Bremen APO (extra-parliamentary opposition) and a starting point for the German student movement of 1968. Today it is a club and concert venue, open at weekends and occasionally during the week. It offers a wide spectrum of music that includes everything from electro swing and hip-hop to indie. Thursday is student night.
As colourful as the Viertel itself, Club Moments is a bar and disco and can be hired for events. It hosts salsa and Latin American dance parties weekly, GayCandy every month and regular concerts.
The disco mile
For those who want to let their hair down on the dance floor, the disco mile is the just the place. The disco mile venues are lined up one after another on 'Am Rembertiring', just a stone's throw from the main train station:
Stubu is an absolute classic. It is so called because it was originally used by the Bremen students association. On five floors offering different styles of music, people dance and party until the early hours.
La Viva is particularly popular with students. It plays the latest chart music, as well as house, hip-hip and RnB. This is certainly a place to get dolled up for!
Partygoers jam on the air guitar to the sounds of the Tower. Events here range from 'Tower rock' parties and poetry slams to concerts, often by alternative artists.
If you want to dance, flirt and have fun, Sinatra's is the place for you. Chart hits, classic tunes, hot beats and cool drinks make for a lively night out in this stylish disco for the over 25s.
Clubs away from the disco mile
This former cinema is located in the Neustadt district next to the university. It hosts parties, such as Freaky Friday, dance nights and 90s parties, as well as regular concerts and comedy gigs. On hot nights the roof can be opened to let fresh air in.
This former concrete ship has been converted into a club and is moored right on the Schlachte Embankment. The programme mainly features electronic music nights as well as occasional concerts.
The Adiamo Dance Club, located at the GOP Variety Theatre in Bremen's Überseestadt district, offers a very modern setting in which to enjoy fantastic cocktails and music by top DJs. The four bars, dance floor and terrace with river views will ensure any night out here is a memorable one – particularly if it is combined with a show at the theatre.
The Soho Club is also located in Bremen's Überseestadt district. This trendy hotspot is synonymous with stylish parties and offers views of Bremen's skyline. It plays a mix of club music, classic hits, funk, soul, RnB, disco, house and dance music.
The Aladin Music Hall in Bremen's Hemelingen district covers all the usual styles of rock music, while the former ballroom, the Tivoli, offers an eclectic mix of genres. It hosts concerts, themed parties and over-30s and over-40s nights. The Aladin can also be booked for a wide range of events.
Entertainment on the Schlachte Embankment
The Schlachte Embankment, right by the river and at the heart of the city, is also a great location for a night out. In summer, people soak up the atmosphere in the many cafés, bars and restaurants, enjoying views of the Weser and the maritime flair right up until midnight. The beer gardens, with seating for 2,000 people, are a must for any visitor to Bremen. In winter, it is cosy indoors with cocktails and mulled wine.
Insider tip: Neustadt district
Bremen's Neustadt district is a real insider tip. Here, on the western side of the Weser river, a new pub and entertainment quarter has emerged in recent years. Late-night revellers can enjoy cosy hang-outs with table football, quirky bars with live music and inviting restaurants with summer gardens. More tips on pubs and bars can be found here.
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