A semi-underground bar/cafe/venue/club with plenty going on from lunchtime until the early hours. It’s built from an old fortress on the south-east corner of the city centre. During Euro '96 the Leipzig Brits always watched the big screen TV there. Southgate broke our hearts...
Get the tram to Augustusplatz or Leuschnerplatz, or walk 10 mins south and then east from Marktplatz. Lots of steps - so access may be a problem;
tel: 341 702590;
This is one of the YHA's first Green Beacon eco-friendly hostels. It's a great place to go cycling across the North York Moors.
Upstairs bar with rooftop beer garden. Great atmosphere outside and in when it gets too chilly and everyone piles back in for the live music. Nice beers (pricey, but I'm sure you know that if you're in Norway) and friendly locals.
Gronland 18, not too far on foot from the central bus station;
tel: 22 17 16 00
If you like your beer with a bit of nature, head for the Stadtgarten. The venue is popular with students and has a bar, a beer garden complete with shady trees, concert hall, nightclub and a friendly clientele. It's a 15-minute walk from the city centre. It will be showing games for the 2006 World Cup.
Venloer Strasse 40, tel: 9529 9433; www.stadtgarten.de/Information.htm
A very nice beer garden, where you can drink the local 'Kölsch'. It also features a restaurant/cafe, concert hall and the very popular, slightly trendy club Studio 672.
Venloer Str. 40
You won't find much seclusion on this coast, but if you want easy access to restaurants, cafes and public transportation, join the crowds at the vast beaches of Caparica. They are popular and lively in the summer, even at night, when most bars stay open until late with music and dancing.
Buses depart from Lisbon's Praça de Espanha bus terminal to Caparica town, which is a five minute walk from the beach.
Yep, this fantastic bar serves over 300 types of beer. A bit daunting but the beer menu allows you to choose by region, brewing style etc ... and if you're still unsure the bar staff are happy to recommend one.
Given the bar's excellent reputation it can get busy so you may find yourself squeezing onto a table or into a small standing space. Make the squeeze though, the beer and the atmosphere (a great place to chat, gossip, discuss and put the world to rights - in a friendly way - all fuelled by the marvellous beer) is well worth it!
We were enticed into De Kuppe for two rather prosaic and one rather fantastic reason! The first two being that it was very near to the hotel (Aragon) we were staying in and the window advertised over 100 beers. The latter reason being that as they walked past they were playing “Ain’t Nothing Gonna Break My Stride” by Matthew Wilder, which demanded to be danced to!
Oh and with Leffe and Hoegaarden on tap add another two motives!
The bar itself is a long rectangular room with the bar down one side and tables and chairs on the other. Decor is – well to be honest it’s just bar-like! A plain-ish wall, wooden furniture - like a lot of good places to drink it’s the beer that’s the thing and the clientele that make the atmosphere (a mixture of different ages).
The 100 or so beers are listed on a menu card – just make your pick and the barman will take your order. At 6.00pm in the evening (we returned to the bar on our second trip to Bruges) the bar was sparsely populated (there are also tables and chairs outside for those balmy summer evenings) at 10.30pm with the music playing it was much busier.
Located near the Markt this is one of the – many – fine bars you can find in Bruges. Cheers!
Open: from about 5.00pm
+32 (0) 50 33 39 20
Ericeira is a fishing village 50km northeast of Lisbon. It has the most beautiful beach, which is not as busy than those of cliched Estoril or Cascais. The hospitality of its people, the harmony of the old village with its narrow cobblestone streets, the characteristic housing, the sea, the fishing, the cuisine and the bold Atlantic views all interlace here in a grand way to welcome its visitors.
Buses run from Lisbon's Campo Grande terminal. Journey time: 1 hr 30 mins;
Let's put things straight: Castiglioncello is not a place for nightlife. It's quite calm and very relaxed, but you can really enjoy the sea and the sun here. The beach has been awarded a blue flag for cleanliness. I used to spend my summer holidays here with my family when I was a kid and I still think it's a beautiful place. And if you have a car, try to find accommodation a little away from the sea. This way you'll be able to explore the countryside, which is lovely in this area.
Castiglioncello is 35 miles from Pisa, and accessible by train, bus or car;
On Rechtsrheinisch, which is on right side of the river, is a beach bar called Shark Island. There's also a beach by the Rheinterrasse called KM689, and a new one in Cologne's central shopping area. The Sky Beach is on the top floor of the Kaufhof carpark: sand, cocktails and a great view!
This stylish, airport-themed cafe/bar near the Hauptbahnhof is located in a former Lufthansa city terminal, and is one of Stuttgart's best lounge bars. Coffee, lunches, cocktails, wine, spirits and boutique beers are served. DJs play several nights a week, mainly jazz, lounge, and soul. Take a seat at the long bar and observe passers-by, or make yourself comfortable in one of the lounge areas.
Huge, rightly famous, beer hall. People packed together on benches at tressle tables to drink excellent beer in vast quantities, served and kept in order by formidable, efficient hospital matron style waitresses.
Hofbräuhaus am Platzl
Platzl 9 (behind Marienplatz);
tel: 089 290136 10;
For a post-lunch digestive drink or late-night cocktails, the Gusto bar is the place to be, preferably BEFORE closing time of the regular pubs (1am weekdays, 2am weekends), when it can become very crowded.
At weekends, personal knowledge of the doorman may be required after hours so make sure you arrive early if you want a really late night and some of the most attentive waiting staff I've experienced in Kaiserslautern.
Nights out are pretty cheap, cheerful and can be very late if so required. My personal favourite for studenty atmosphere is the Benderhof in Richard-Wagner-Strasse, they also serve a mean and affordable breakfast buffet on Saturdays and Sundays.
My family emigrated to Frankfurt 8 years ago and I have been a regular visitor ever since. I can tell you for a fact that, for the best night out in the city, you need to head to Sachsenhausen, and specifically the Irish bar O'Dwyers and the Cuban bar round the corner.
Prepare yourself for extremely reasonably priced drinks, friendly people and a good time!
U-bahn stop Lokalbahnhof
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