Altstadt Nightlife, Munich (Self Guided)

Chic and glamorous party city as it is, Munich has a lively night scene ranging from beer gardens to bars to chic clubs to dance halls suiting every mood. When it comes to a thrilling night out, the Old Town (Altstadt) area is a definite hotspot. Among other places, it houses the highlight of Munich's club scene, operational since just after WWII - the famous P1 club! All the big name celebrities bless it with their presence. Should you wish to have a look what's inside or sneak a peek into other nearby nightlife joints, follow this guide and have a good time!
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Altstadt Nightlife Map

Guide Name: Altstadt Nightlife
Guide Location: Germany » Munich (See other walking tours in Munich)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: Xena
Harry Klein

1) Harry Klein

One of Munich’s premier clubs for electronic dance music, Harry Klein can be found in the Schwanthalerhöhe district inside a larger entertainment complex, Optimolwerke. A smallish nightclub for a more intimate connection between performer and audience, Harry Klein invites a bevy of national and international DJs spinning deep house and minimal music. This hot nightlife establishment is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and high-end lighting rigs for a truly memorable experience. Opening up shop late in the evening, guests to Harry Klein can dance to great music and dizzying light show until the break of dawn.

Operation Hours: Wednesday: 11 pm – 5 am; Thursday: 11 pm – 6 am; Friday - Saturday: 11 pm – 7 am

2) Pimpernel

One of Munich’s most long-standing gay nightlife establishments that reportedly entertained the legendary Freddie Mercury as a patron in its past, Pimpernel features an exciting evening of hot dancing and mingling with its friendly crowd. Its posh interior décor includes dark wood elements, red velvet, and mirrored walls. In addition to being equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system, Pimpernal puts on a dizzying light and visual display to accompany the frenetic club beats pounding all night long. Though receiving a predominantly gay crowd, Pimpernel’s great music and inviting atmosphere attracts a number of straight guests with an open mind as well.

Operation Hours: Daily: 10 pm – 6 am
Jennifer Parks

3) Jennifer Parks

A popular alternative nightlife establishment, Jennifer Parks can be found on Marienstrasse in Munich. Entertaining a predominantly gay male crowd, this hot club with an eclectic offering of DJ music and special events does however attract straight patrons with an open mind as well. The décor is fun and whimsical, the perfect setting for a funky mix of music that can include anything from dance and soul to funk, electro, pop favorites, and more depending on the evening. Thursday nights is host to a trivia competition where club guests compete against one another for a prize, while Friday evenings presents a hot dance party featuring funk, soul, house, and electro to keep the crowd dancing well into the night.

Operation Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 7 pm – 1 am; Friday – Saturday: 7 pm – 4 am
Ksar Club

4) Ksar Club

A laid-back but trendy nightclub great for hearing and dancing to underground beats, Ksar Club can be found in the lively Glockenbach neighborhood. Offering gests the experience of a happening bar, intimate lounge, and hot nightclub all in one, Ksar Club features an outstanding selection of signature cocktails that will surely please any taste. Its eclectic variety of music depends on the night and DJ in question, with more information available on its website. Music genres run the gamut here, including house, drum and bass, trance, lounge, R and B, hip hop, and more. The crowd is also quite mixed, including an assortment of twenty- and thirty-somethings from all walks of life just looking to get down to some good music with fabulous drinks in a casual atmosphere.

Operation Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8 pm - 3 am; Friday - Saturday: 8 pm - 4 am

5) Paradiso

A famous location due to its previous incarnation as the city’s hottest gay nightclub attracting scores of gay and straight guests, including legendary celebrities like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, and Mick Jagger, the space presently harbors Paradiso, an equally fabulous nightclub aiming to keep the raucous party atmosphere going into the future. It still retains the late-seventies charm of its predecessor, complete with shimmering disco balls, a light-up dance floor, and colorful light display straight out of Saturday Night Fever for an overall kitschy flavor to its décor. Entertainment includes retro eighties favorites, pop tunes from all over the world, and can frequently include a burlesque performance every now and then as well.

Operation Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 10 pm – 5.30 am
Cohibar City

6) Cohibar City

Found inside a basement space off Maximilianstrasse, Cohibar City is a hot Cuban bar where a fashionable set of guests go to show off their dance moves to vibrant Latin beats. Its interior décor includes dim lighting, scores of rum bottles lining shelves, and a portrait of Che Guevara to complete the thematic touch. Entertainment includes a variety of hot, danceable Latin beats, funky house selections, and other upbeat international music to get guests shaking on the dance floor. Cohibar City attracts a friendly and energetic crowd of international guests who aren’t afraid to show off their salsa or merengue steps.

Operation Hours: Wednesday – Thursday: 8 pm – 2 am; Friday – Saturday: 8 pm – 4 am
P1 club

7) P1 club

Ranked at the top of Munich’s list of posh nightclubs, P1 may charge no cover to get in but makes up for it with a strict door policy and pricey drinks. This is a place to see and be seen with the city’s social elite, where guests line up in the long queue for a chance to party in either of P1’s rooms. Each room is equipped with its own DJ, light production, and sound system for a unique experience wherever guests decide to dance. Entertainment usually includes a good mix of pop, hip hop, house, and dance music. When needing a break from the dance floor, guests can escape to the outdoor terrace and relax on their cozy sofas under the moonlight.

Operation Hours: Daily: 10 pm - 6 am

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