Hamburg's legendary nightlife is lively, noisy and fun; there is no excuse for an early night when you're in Hamburg. For a perfect night out, check out Grosse Freiheit 36. This club, now world-famous, is where the Beatles performed in their earliest days. Today, it's a free-for-all venue whose acts change almost nightly, and whose guests in the recent past have included Prince and Willie Nelson. Even the civic and municipal authorities of Hamburg view it as one of their preeminent cultural treasures.
Celebrity spotting is the thing at Bar Hamburg. This is one of the chicest bars in north Germany, attracting the likes of Bryan Adams and Mick Jagger, if they're in town, plus Hamburg's most beautiful models (of either sex), artists, media types, and interior designers. It lies between the elegant Kempinski Hotel Atlantic and the red-light district near the train station. Decorated with "chocolate-ice-cream-colored" leather sofas and plastic wood, it is said to have sparked "a power lounge revolution" among bars.
Check out Lunacy, a small but busy bar. Most locals will recognize the youth war-chant: "We're off for a pint at the Lunacy." Many people may wonder why this place is so popular when there are countless other similar establishments that are less busy -- but some things are simply inexplicable. The music is as mixed as the crowd. You can enjoy your beer at the long bar or boogie the night away on the large dance floor at the back. The fun in Hamburg doesn't stop when the sun goes down -- that's when it really starts.
Am St. Pauli Fischmarkt 27
Große Freiheit 12 12 22767 Hamburg
Alter Wandrahm 12
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