Best Pub Crawl in Cologne: Unbiased Review

Updated on November 6, 2023  


As a father living near Cologne, I don't get many chances to experience the nightlife anymore between work and family life. But during a recent guy's night out, some friends and I decided to check out the popular Pub Crawl Cologne to tour top local bars and clubs.

After an incredible night visiting four lively spots and meeting fellow nightlife enthusiasts, I can say it was one of the best nights out I've had in awhile!

Pub Crawl Cologne Review

Getting the Night Started

I showed up a little before 10 PM at the meeting spot, a bar located right in the heart of Cologne's nightlife district. It didn't take long for a group of 20 other travelers to gather, and soon we were introduced to our pub crawl guide Paul.

He briefly explained how the night would work - we'd spend about an hour at each of four different bars, getting a free shot at each one. Our first stop was just across the street, so we headed over to kick the crawl off right!


Hitting the Party at Pub #1

The first bar had a lively atmosphere with music pumping through the speakers. After getting my free welcome shot from the bartender (this bar opted for tequila - nice!), I spent some time chatting with others who had signed up for the crawl.

It was a very international mix from Europe, Australia, and the Americas. The hour flew by as we got to know each other over beers, and soon Paul was gathering us to head to the next location.

Keeping the Party Going at Pub #2

For our second stop, we actually went right downstairs to a bar connected to the first one. The vibe here was more of a classic pub, with some big tables perfect for our large group to continue hanging out.

I played a couple rounds of foosball while I sipped on my drink. Before I knew it, it was time for another free shot (they gave us vodka here) and then we were on the move again.


Switching It Up at Pub #3

Paul led us a few blocks away to a larger dance club for our third stop. After getting the free shot (this time rum), I was ready to hit the dance floor! The DJ was spinning great mixes and the whole club had an electric energy.

We all spread out to dance, grab more drinks, and chat with other clubgoers. I ended up meeting a group of French students traveling through Germany as well. The hour passed in a blur of dancing and laughter - I was having a blast!

Keeping the Party Rocking at Pub #4

Our final stop of the night was at a bar with a hip, underground vibe. The decor was really unique and cool music was playing. I have to admit by this point my memories got a little fuzzy!

I do remember getting one last free shot from the bartender (whiskey this time). We all crammed into the small bar, laughing and swapping stories about our epic pub crawl through Cologne's nightlife scene.


Saying Goodbye - For Now

After an incredible four hours of bar hopping and meeting fellow travelers, it was time to call it a night. We said our goodbyes - but only till the next day, since many of us were staying at the same hos