Bonn at Night in English

You are visiting Bonn for vacation, studies or work? And you are looking for a decent place to have a drink or two? Well, this short overview might help you to find your way. All recommendations are my personal view, since I have been living in Bonn for over 15 years now; this blog is my non-profit pub and bar guide for Bonn. So enjoy your stay in the most beautiful city along the Rhine (probably)!

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I strongly recommend: The Old Jacob!

Welcome to Bonn!

Within the past years, Bonn has become a more and more international city. The university, the UN-buildings, the unnumberal international institutes, Beethoven´s birthplace, the Rhine, the hills of the Siebengebirge: There are many reasons to come to Bonn. If you do so, the following guide might help you to find your perfect bar, pub or brewery in Bonn. Below, I list places, I consider to be good for a drink in Bonn, so you will find bars rather than restaurants – although many places do serve food, too. But please be aware, in Germany many places to not necessarily accept creditcards, so you better have some cash with you! Oh, and if you travel during the „fifth season“ (Carnival! To make it simple: One crazy weekend, normaly in february, check for dates here) any recommendation given is obsolet, most places are just upside down then, especially in Zentrum and Altstadt!

Need a Map? Looking for a Pub Crawl?

If you need any more help, you can find a map of bars and pubs in Bonn right here. Or maybe you prefer a real pub crawl? I offer a pub tour through the centre of Bonn for only few Euro. It is similar to a treasure hunt, all you need is a smartphone or tablet. Go for it right here!

There we go – what to do in Bonn at night? A short list of recommendations, tips and suggestions will guide you to the nighlife of Bonn. All links will redirect to Google-Maps:

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Zentrum

The city centre and historical old town is the area surrounding city hall and catholic minster. Though it is central, it is not the main nightlife area of Bonn, which is rather the so called Old Town (Altstadt, see below).

Bar, Lounge, Cocktails: The Old Jacob (I say: best bar in Bonn! Victorian Style, great cocktails, a real bar without any tex-mex) – The Oxford Bar (the sibbling of the Old Jacob, great cocktails, open till late, DJ on some weekends) –  Che Guevara (the Cuban way…)

Breweries (Brauhaus) and local Inns: Bönnsch (real brewery, the original Kölsch from Bonn, I strongly recommend this! Traditional cuisine. The beer-glasses have a special shape and are a great souvenir) – Em Höttche (one of the oldest breweries; already Beethoven had a drink here; unfortunately the place stopped brewing its own beer; nevertheless local Kölschbeer from Cologne is served, restaurant-feeling, traditional food) – Zum Gequetschten (traditional, too, but again no real brewery anymore, very cosy feeling inside, around carnival totally packed with people of all kind and costumes) – Im Stiefel (right next to the Beethoven-Museum, therefore rather convenient for tourists, again wooden-cosy-atmosphere inside, but no real brewery anymore)

Cozy Corner Pubs: Zebulon (still in the atmosphere of the wild 1960s, mix of silver-aged former students, real students and internationals from all over the world) – slightly offside centre behind the opera building you will the Billa Bonn (international pub, but not in the Irish/ English way, good for bigger groups, many seats, cosy atmosphere, a lot of students)

Real English/ Irish Pubs: The James Joyce (the way you expect a pub, located in an old wine mansion)

Student life: Café Blau (indeed a café, you can go there for breakfast already, prices for drinks and food are modest, turns to a bar in the evening, close to the university and packed with students, DJ on most weekends)

Winebar: Arco (wine and food, nice art-decor entrance)

Let´s Dance! If you are looking for a place to throw your legs around, you might go to the Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz, there are some clubs, but unfortunately rather thrashy ones.

Beer Garden/ Biergarten: Alter Zoll (great view, right next to the university and next to the river) – Schänzchen (somewhat of a mile north of centre, but worth going! Bavarian styled food and beer. Great view of the river!).

Altstadt

The nowadays so called old town is the real heart of Bonn´s nightlife, bars and pubs. You will find its narrow streets just north of the Stadthaus-Towers.

Bar, Lounge, Cocktails – Both of the following two bars are really great in lovely decoration details, relaxing atmosphere and well-selected drinksDéjá Vu (slighly offside old town, bar in art-nouveau-atmosphere with a very good cuisine and the widest Gin selection in Bonn, great cocktails, though not cheap) – Chimära (more stylish and hip than the Déja Vu and younger guests, too. Great food, great cocktails, good selection of Whiskey and Gin, but limited seats in the bar area).

Breweries (Brauhaus) and local Inns: Bierhaus Machold (serves its own beer, but not brewed here any more, nowadays western style, football on screen, nice beer garden!).

Cozy Corner Pubs: Pawlow (open 10am till late, a small place for everyone from students to former 60s-hippies, great atmosphere!) – Limes (dark and alternative in music and atmosphere – but nevertheless friendly and unique, a place different from any termes – biggest beer selection in Bonn from all over the world, Kazachstan to Australia) – Nyx (see below, dance & cosy pub) – Musiktruhe (simple place for a a beer or two, you can find seats in a rather big group, too, billard, dart, classic rock and blues, decorated with old music instruments all over).

Real English/ Irish Pubs: Flynn´s Inn (we say: probably the best pub in Bonn! The owner-runned house offers a wide range of Whiskey and Beer/ Craft Beer – go there!) – The Dubliner (this one is new in town, a cellar bar, many seats and some loving decoration deteils, sometimes live music, maybe slighly too close to a find-it-in-every-town style)

Student life: Pinte (we recommend this: great beer selection, Craft Beer available, always crowded, but rather small, German football on screen on weekends, European Cups during week)- Babel (rather dark inside, still you might like the atmosphere of young people enjoying their drinks) – Maya (see below, dance)

Winebar: – not really!

Let´s Dance! The Maya is a mix of student life, mexican styled cocktails and dancing (on weekends only) – if you prefer a certain music-style (80s, 90s, crossover, charts) have a look at the Nyx: cosy corner pub on weekdays, party on weekends

Beer Garden/ Biergarten: – not really! Though the Machold (see for brewerie) has a very nice little garden and the Schänzchen (great view!) is close.

Südstadt & Poppelsdorf

The city quarters south of the university used to be well-known for student bars and cafés. Due to its burlesque art nouveau architecture, it recently slightly lost this flair and became a residential area for those who can afford.

Bar, Lounge, Cocktails: BarRoon (mix of bar, restaurant and café)- Extro (somewhere between bar, café and bistro, nice interior, gives a good impression of Gründerzeit and Jugendstil in this city quarter).

Breweries (Brauhaus) and local Inns: – not really!

Cozy Corner Pubs: Mausefalle (this one`s classy! A few steps down to a cellar you can find a place unchanged since the 70s or 80s. Might sound strange, but we recommend to go there, as the atmosphere is unique) – Zartbitter (calls itself the oldest bar/ pub in this quarter, worth to go for its Belgian beers, little terrace is offering a nice view on Jugendstil-archticture).

Real English/ Irish Pubs: – not really!

Student life: Studikneipe (the name tells all about the place: you can find students here, some watching German Bundesliga, some just having a drink, small, but nice place) – Butcher´s Sportsbar (not far off the Studikneipe you can find this young and lively sportsbar).

Winebar: K/ 84 (modern, stylish – gives a goood idea of the new Südstadt).

Let´s Dance! – not really!

Beer Garden/ Biergarten: – not really, but the Alter Zoll next to the university with its brilliant view over the river is close.

Beuel

It might be worth to cross the river. The other bank is smaller, but has long sunny evenings, so I recommend an summer-evening in a beer garden in Beuel

Bar, Lounge, Cocktails: – not really!

Breweries (Brauhaus) and local Inns: – not really!

Cozy Corner Pubs & Student life: The place to be in Beuel is the Rheinlust, a mix of nearly everything: You can bump in for a coffee only, go for breakfast, lunch or dinner (quality is ok, prices are fair), play billard or watch football on screen. However, most people come for the very nice beer garden, offering a great view of the river.

Real English/ Irish Pubs: – not really!

Winebar: – not really!

Let´s Dance! – not really!

Beer Garden/ Biergarten: That´s why you come to Beuel, it is the side of endless evening sun! Visit the Blauer Affe (situated on a nice meadow next to the river, offering Barbecue and Bavarian beer – I recommend this!) or the Bahnhöfchen (more central, but rather crowded, located in an old train station). A way down south you will find nice places around the Hotel Kameha Grand, such as the Rheinalm. The whole area down there is worth going, but slightly far off (use tram 62 till Oberkassel to go).

Godesberg

Slightly offside in the very south of Bonn, the former independent city of Godesberg still presents some nice art nouveau architecture as well as nice places along the river. Unfortunately, the centre is a rather concrete jungle.

Bar, Lounge, Cocktails: Limao (Godesberg houses one of Bonn´s top-three cocktail-bars, a Brasilian styled bar with a good cuisine and very own cocktail creations!)

Breweries (Brauhaus) and local Inns: – not really!

Cozy Corner Pubs – Both of the following two places are for those loving an unique atmopshere in a rather individually designed place. Nothing posh though, but places with a certain character for a fine glas of beer, both located between wealthy mansions (Villenviertel – worth seeing!): Zwitscherstube Rien ne va Plus

Real English/ Irish Pubs: – not really!

Student life: – not really!

Winebar: KuK Weinhäuschen (a little southway down the river in the suburbian village of Mehlem – you better cycle, it`s too far to walk – the Austrian restaurant is well-known for its great wine sellection, nice outside area with a brilliant view on the Drachenfels, too)

Let´s Dance! – not really!

Beer Garden/ Biergarten: A lot of history, old charme and a great view combines the public beer garden under chestnuts next to the Hotel Dreesen. But you might as well come for the Bastei or the Schaumburger Hof. All of them offer a cuisine not to complain about and a great view of the river.

Something Special: If you are looking for a cosy combination of shop and café, you might want to go to the Early Bird Shop (a lot of drinks and other stuff from small manufacturers, not open in the evening, but open tastings on most friday nights from 7-9pm)


This page contains private views and opinions only. No responsibility taken for the correctness of any information, neither for any external link. If you prefer to see pictures, too: The German texts do offer pics, you find each place in the alphabetical list right here!