12 Best Bars and Clubs in Cologne, Germany

Updated on December 8, 2023  

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Cologne boasts one of the most exciting bars and clubs in all of Europe. It's a city that stands shoulder to shoulder with nightlife titans like Berlin and Amsterdam.

Narrowing down your options can be a challenging task, especially if you only have a few nights to spare. In this guide, we've compiled a list of the finest bars and clubs in the city, so that your night out in Cologne is nothing short of extraordinary!

Whether you're in the mood for punk rock, techno beats, or a classy cocktail lounge to wind down your evening, we've got you covered.

Best Bars & Pubs In Cologne

The Grid Bar

Finding the bar was a little mystery in itself. The entrance is discreet and unassuming, hidden behind some bamboo plants. Instead of stepping in like a normal bar, you'd have to ring a bell, like visiting a friend's home, quite unsure if you've found the right place.

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But once inside, The Grid reveals its true character. The gold interiors light up the eyes, and a gleaming display of whiskeys, gins, and other spirits greet you. But don't expect any classic cocktails here. The bar prides itself on creating creative cocktails with uncommon ingredients.

One of the drinks we absolutely love is the Bloody Maria which includes Patron 100% Agave tequila, along with Parmesan and vine-ripened tomatoes. The menu also features our favorite, the Sichuan Panda, a beverage made with baijiu, yuzu, carrot, and pandan (a fragrant leaf popular in South Asian cuisine) served in a striking red drink can.

Catering to cigar lovers, the bar's menu includes Davidoff Cigars. There's a sophisticated smoking lounge at the back, as well as a heated outdoor terrace.

Address: Friesenstraße 62, 50670 Köln, Germany

Seiberts

We had high expectations when we set out to visit Seibert's. It's inevitable to come across its name as one of Germany's best, and it didn't disappoint. This sultry bar exudes old-school elegance, and is the kind of place with drinks crafted at an extremely high-level of standard.

Seibert's policy is first-come, first-served, and it being a very small bar creates a sense of exclusivity. Some might gripe about having to queue up outside, but it allows every guest to feel equal. We arrived early and were rewarded with a seat at the bar, where we could witnes