Düsseldorf Nightlife

With hundreds of pubs crowding its streets, it’s no wonder Düsseldorf’s Altstadt has gained a reputation for being the ‘longest bar in the world’. The Old Town is a very lively place for a night out, but if you’re looking for more cultural events, the Düsseldorf tourist office can provide information on what's on. 

Bars in Düsseldorf

Bar & Lounge M168

Drink in some sweeping panoramic views over a cocktail or two at Germany’s highest lounge bar. This swanky saloon is located some 168m (551 ft) above the ground, on the observation deck of the Rheinturm tower. Thankfully the prices aren’t as breathtaking as the location. Different coloured stools, faux-bricked walls and an alluring menu of spirits and beers, should keep your head in the clouds for a few hours at least.

Stromstrasse 20, Unterbilk, Düsseldorf, 40221, Germany
Telephone: +49 211 863 2000.
Et Kabüffke Killepitschstube

Opposite the popular beer hall, Uerige, is Et Kabüffke, a bar that prides itself on being the smallest in town. Space is certainly at a premium, especially during peak times, but this diminutive drinking den is the only place to try Düsseldorf's best-known speciality liqueur, Killepitsch, which is made up of a secret mix of some 90 fruits, herbs and spices. Locals will tell you not leave town without having tried it.

Flinger Strasse 1, Alstadt, Düsseldorf, 40213, Germany
Telephone: +49 211 133 269.
Im Füchschen

Another of Düsseldorf’s central brewpubs, Im Füchschen has a sprawling interior and a large terrace. Both can get packed on a weekend evening. The kitchen turns out delicious but stomach-stretching portions of classic regional dishes, while the bar staff pour the house Altbier in an almost constant stream.

Ratinger Strasse 28, Altstadt, Düsseldorf, 40213, Germany
Telephone: +49 211 137 47 16.
Im Goldenen Ring

First opened way back in 1536, Im Goldenen Ring lays claim to being Düsseldorf's oldest brewery. Today the local beer, Altbier, flows as freely as ever in its airy beer hall and is best washed down with a hearty plate of food. The dishes served here are typical German and Düsseldorf fare, so you won’t leave empty stomached. In summer, try and get a table on the cobbles outside where shade from the trees keeps the beers cooler for longer.

Burgplatz 21, Altstadt, Düsseldorf, 40213, Germany
Telephone: +49 211 200 5145.
The View Skylounge & Bar

Located in the MedienHafen, this recently opened lounge bar enjoys stunning views. It’s on the 16th floor of the new Innside Düsseldorf Hafen hotel, and looks out over the river and the rooftops of the Altstadt. The bar mixes sharp modern design with classy old fashioned touches and is already making a name for itself as the place to head for an aperitif or a cocktail.

Speditionstrasse 9, Hafen, Düsseldorf, 40221, Germany
Telephone: +49 211 447 170.
Zum Schlüssel

Another of the city’s famed brew pubs, Zum Schlüssel has a reputation for developing some of the finest Altbier in town. Often busy and always noisy, the bar is best enjoyed when the authentic beer hall band strikes up. The food, like hearty Düsseldorf pork knuckle and other regional favourites, is also good, but come prepared, as service rarely comes with a smile.

Bolkerstrasse 41-47, Altstadt, Düsseldorf, 40213, Germany
Telephone: +49 211 828 9550.
Zum Uerige

A night out in the Altstadt means a visit to one of its many brauereigaststätten, venerable beer halls which brew their own beer and serve weighty portions of food. The largest and most famous is Zum Uerige with its arched ceilings, wooden benches and stain-glassed windows. Be warned: the waiters here have a reputation for not letting you leave until you’ve drunk your fill of Altbier, the local tipple.

Berger Strasse 1, Altstadt, Düsseldorf, 40213, Germany
Telephone: +49 211 866 990.

Clubs in Düsseldorf

Cubanito’s Bar

This popular lounge bar and club, in the heart of the Altstadt, serves up a range of exotic cocktails and knows how to put on a party. For those who like to dance as they drink, the resident DJ enjoys a reputation for playing some of the hottest tunes in town from Wednesday through until Sunday. Free shots have been known to make an appearance here too.

Kurzestrasse 14, Altstadt, Düsseldorf, 40213, Germany
Telephone: +49 172 517 1200.

Easy to find, because the music is so loud. The club plays a mix of Metal & Rock. Listen to the metal sounds and drink beer in this dark and alternative bar from around noon until early morning.

Bolkerstraße 33, Düsseldorf, 40213, Germany
Telephone: +49 86 29 751.
Salon des Amateurs

Located at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf exhibition hall, the Salon des Amateurs is open daily as a bar, and has DJs playing into the night at weekends. Known for its relaxed vibes, it’s a favourite among students and anyone else of an artistic persuasion, and holds occasional readings, lectures, and live concerts.

Grabbeplatz 4, Altstadt, Düsseldorf, 40213, Germany
Telephone: +49 211 171 2830.

Located in an industrial suburb, this wildly popular nightspot is also one of the largest dance clubs in town. Besides hosting regular DJs and themed music nights, there are also occasional live acts of various genres, from R & B to hardcore punk and even the occasional comedy acts (in German).

Ronsdorfer Strasse 134, Lierenfeld, Düsseldorf, 40233, Germany
Telephone: +49 211 730 350.

Live Music in Düsseldorf

Dä Spiegel Night Live

Still a little rough around the edges, Dä Spiegel Night Live has been one of the best venues for live music in central Düsseldorf since the late 1960s. It regularly hosts performances by local pop and rock bands. Most shows begin at around 2200 and entrance is usually free. Don’t expect an early finish though, chucking out happens around 0400.

Bolkerstrasse 22, Carlstadt, Düsseldorf, 40213, Germany
Telephone: +49 211 323 7490.

Classical Music in Düsseldorf


The main venue for classical music in Düsseldorf is the green-domed Tonhalle, just a few steps north of the Altstadt. This remarkable piece of landmark architecture, home of the Düsseldorf Symphoniker orchestra, seems to elevate the performances here. Aside from classical ensembles, the Tonhalle puts on shows by a wide range of national and international touring musicians.

Ehrenhof 1, Pempelfort, Düsseldorf, 40479, Germany
Telephone: +49 211 899 6123.

Music and Dance in Düsseldorf

Deutsche Oper am Rhein

Düsseldorf has a thriving performing arts scene and it’s no more evidential than at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein opera house, which has put on regular grand opera and operetta performances since 1956, often at very reasonable prices. The company also shares its home theatre with the Ballett am Rhein classical dance troupe.

Heinrich-Heine-Allee 16A, Stadtmitte, Düsseldorf, 40213, Germany
Telephone: +49 211 89 25 210.
Tanzhaus Nrw

Tanzhaus Nrw is the spiritual home of contemporary, multicultural music and dance in Düsseldorf. Widely acclaimed as a major regional centre for the arts, the national premieres of a great many cutting-edge productions get their debut here. Housed in a former tram station, Tanzhaus has two stages and puts on around 200 events annually.

Erkrather Strasse 30, Oberblik, Düsseldorf, 40233, Germany
Telephone: +49 211 172 700.
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