Fruh is the best-known and most widely available Kolsch and the bar near the cathedral, (Fruh am Dom), is one of the oldest brauhuses, having survived bombing during WW2. It's a traditional German pub serving good beer and wholesome German food, and a great place to start the day.
Am Hof 12-16, 50667 Köln Altstadt/Dom;
The Bäckerhof has a Thai restaurant downstairs and a bar upstairs. The building is unassuming from the outside but has a great space inside. The restaurant food is good and fairly inexpensive, with a small separate lounge area. Through the back there is a fussball table. Upstairs is a really huge bar with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Sofas, table service, cocktail waiters and a DJ make it a great place for a couple of pre-club drinks.
tel: 0911 801 3642;
If you are looking for something to eat after the game try the good, simple pub-style food the Hövels Haus Brauerei. The house beer is also very good, and they have a small biergarten which is nice if the weather is good.
Hoher Wall 57 (the city centre end);
tel: 0231 9145 470;
Barrock is the place to go before and after the games. It's only a 10 minute walk from the stadium and is one of the meeting points for Borussia Dortmund fans, so it's a good chance to mix. They also sell Brinkhofs, one of the best local beers.
Kreuzstraße 87 (on the corner of Lindermannstraße);
tel: 231 2063 221
The most bizarre drinking experience ever. Red wine in blood transfusion packs, electric shocks from tables, rotating bar stools, a tarantula in a glass case, a flasher at the entrance... and not too expensive either! Has to be seen to be believed.
Leibnitzstrasse 57 (50 metres from Ku'damm); U-Bahn: Adenauerplatz (U7);
tel: 030 32701466;
Microbrewery opposite Lille Flanders station. The food here's OK (pub grub - go for the Flammekuche pizza) but the real draw is the beer, brewed on site. Try the tasting menu: four house beers in little sampling glasses. Also sells beer to take home - a three-pack of 75cl bottles is about 10 euro.
22 place de la gare, 59000 Lille;
tel: 03 20 06 4625;
This loungy bar has one of the best views of the Thames.
The cocktails and drinks are fabulous, and very reasonable for London!
2a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 (between Southwark Bridge and Millennium Bridge);
tel: 0207 021 0085;
This place is wonderful - the staff can be snotty, and it's not cheap, but fascinating all the same. And it's just a couple of hundred yards up the hill from the Port Institute (also can be snotty) but cheap tasting of some great port wines.
Rua Dom Pedro V, 89;tel 21 342-47-29;Metro: Restauradores, then take the Elevador da Gloria and turn right;Open til 2am
This bar and tea room is great for just hanging for hours. You can play pool in the back room. The place is overstuffed with huge cases full of toys and old collectables. Great feeling of faded grandeur.
Rua Dom Pedro V 89, Bairro Alto;
tel: 21 342 4729
A very nice bar/pub with music (a mixture of funk and house) every night from different DJs. The cocktails are really tasty (happy hour: 19:00 - 21:00h), or you can drink the local beer "Kölsch". It´s also possible to order small snacks. Have a good time.
Brüsseler Str. 10, 50674 Köln-Belgisches Viertel;
Nearest station: Roonstraße: Bus 136 or 146; Moltkestraße: Tram 1 or 7;
www.cologne-in.de/kneipen/k_scheinbar.htm (in German)
This has been Luxembourg City's favourite bar for more than two decades. The Interview has outlived many trends and though the years may go by, it hasn't lost any of its attraction. Customers vary according to the moment you get there, from busy bankers in the morning having an espresso and a croissant before work, students hanging out after school to a cosier nocturnal crowd of artists, bonvivants and intellectuals. Excellent Italian coffee prepared for you by Yannis, the friendly Greek owner. Occasional art shows and live gigs. Access to the Upstairs Restaurant, which specialises in Asian and vegetarian cuisine (1st floor).
Rue Aldringen, next to the Central Post Office and the bus station
This restaurant/bar at the top of the Sheraton Hotel offers an excellent view of the city by night and the cocktails are fairly inexpensive (in comparison to other European capital cities).
Rua Latino Coelho, 1;
tel: 21 312 0000;
Posssibly one of the best spots in Europe for a night out. Take the elevator up the hill to the Bairro Alto and wander through the lanes of bars, fado houses and clubs - fantastic on a weekend night when hundreds of people congregate on the streets drinking mojitos and cheap beer out of plastic cups, listening to music from samba to African rhythms. Don't expect to get home before four, or sober!
Around the Rossio are the last few richly-decorated old hole-in-the-wall bars selling Ginjinha, a thick, sweet and lethally potent brew of cherries, sugar and brandy. You can have it with or without the 'fruta' (cherries) - if you have it 'com', eat the cherry afterwards. But be warned: it's quite a hit.
Rossio, Rua das Portas de S. Antão
A lively bar with free live music every day of the week. The bar shares a cellar with Ned Kellys, an Australian bar next door which will be the place to head when the Aussies kick off their World Cup campaign.
Tel. 089 24219899
A dizzying jewel-box of a bar, the walls lined with shelf after shelf of toys, models, statues, paintings, knick-knacks and junk. There's a warren of rooms, with pool played in the back. A good cocktail list to help you try and maintain focus. If you're into minimalism, give it a very wide berth.
Rua Dom Pedro V, 89;
tel 21 342-47-29;
Metro: Restauradores, then take the Elevador da Gloria and turn right;
Open til 2am
Visit during the day to see the splendour of the city unfold in front of you, or the drama of a spectacular sunset, and visit at night to see the city sparkle. This place has live TV, a summer bbq, post-match parties and an open-air terrace with panoramic views. It’s also within walking distance of many famous landmarks including the Fritz Walter Stadium.
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