best bars in cologne

7 Of The Best Bars In Cologne

It’s no secret that Germany is home to some of Europe’s best nightlife. From Munich’s world-class beer gardens to Berlin’s artsy club-scene, there is something for everyone and Cologne is no exception. This charming Old-German city is thriving with great cocktail bars, classic pubs and more. Here are the seven best bars in Cologne.

Best Bars In Cologne

1. Soul Bar Cologne

If craft cocktails, soul-filled tunes and a hip atmosphere are what you’re after, look no further than Soul Bar. This bustling Cologne fave is famous for its bumping 70s music and unique cocktails. Start your night off right with their Mojito Razz and stay awhile.

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2. 1460

1460 is the epitome of a hidden gem. Tucked away under the arches of the centuries-old Klein St. Martin, you’ll need to head up a narrow staircase to find it. But trust us, it’s worth it. The no-frills atmosphere and delicious drinks make for a perfect weekend hideaway. Be sure to grab one of their martinis.

best bars in cologne

3. Engel & Weiss

Engel & Weiss comes with all the frilly charm you’d expect with a name that translates to ‘Angels & White.’ Take a seat in their swanky lounge and indulge in some cupcakes while you wait for a delicious drink. Not quite a bar, not quite a nightclub but somewhere in between, you’ll be set for the evening.

best bars in cologne

4. Bumann & Sohn

Bumann & Sohn is the place to be for summer drinks on the terrace and great live music. Their sprawling patio is perfect for afternoon beers to beat the heat or fruity cocktails after dark. Start off with a bartender recommended German beer and grab a seat at a picnic table.

best bars in cologne

5. Die Wohngemeinschaft

If you are looking for a unique and unforgettable experience, Die Wohngemeinschaft in the Belgian Quarter is your place. The creative bar consists of everything from ping pong tables, a classy lounge area and breezy terrace. Start with a craft beer such as the ‘Mülen Kölsch’ or ‘Dolden Sud IPA.’

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6. Frieda Bar

This Belgian Quarter classic is known for its excellent music and quirky vintage atmosphere. From stoner rock, classic punk and heavy metal, they play it all. But even more than that is their drinks. Start with a Kölsch on tap and polish it off with their famous ‘Mexikaner’ shot.

You’ll also love their adorable Rottweiler pup branded everywhere from shotglasses to the main door.

best bars in cologne

7. Im Schnörres

Head to south Cologne for one of the cities best watering holes. This bumping favourite is known for its signature drinks and delicious bar bites. Plan to stay all night to take in the atmosphere and chat it up with the friendly regulars. Don’t leave without trying their ‘Schnapskartell.’

best bars in cologne

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Melanie Hamilton
Melanie Hamilton

Melanie is an avid traveller with a passion for history and global foods. She is currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia where most of her time is occupied with qvevri wine and Soviet history. Having do-si-do'd her way across Europe and Latin America, she's enjoyed some of the world's most exciting places firsthand and can't wait to tell you about them.

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