Nightlife in Innenstadt-Nord, Cologne (Self Guided)

Known as a city for students, Cologne is home to a large number of clubs. The colorful nightlife scene consists of different types of clubs, including nightclubs, lounges, and live concert clubs. Take this tour to experience the rhythm of Cologne's nightlife.
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Nightlife in Innenstadt-Nord Map

Guide Name: Nightlife in Innenstadt-Nord
Guide Location: Germany » Cologne (See other walking tours in Cologne)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Author: Xena
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Diamonds

1) Diamonds

Club Diamonds offers two levels of entertainment to its guests. On the lower level patrons will find a large dance floor, two bars, and a generous amount of lounge area to relax with a drink. The upper level includes the John Player lounge is a swanky VIP room offering first class amenities. This space is often rented out for special events and private parties.

The atmosphere of Diamonds is reminiscent of upscale, trendy clubs in Miami or Ibiza, featuring a décor consisting of mainly white design elements with elegant lighting effects for an overall minimalist appeal to the surroundings. Diamonds offers a range of themed nights and special events throughout the year, and includes a wide range of music from salsa and house to R and B and dance music.
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Nachtflug

2) Nachtflug

The winner of several awards in its longstanding reputation as a trendy Cologne nightclub, Nachtflug, or Night Flight, offers a diverse set of entertainment, including house, R and B, pop, funk, and soul. Open Fridays through Sundays, as well as Tuesday evenings, Night Flight houses a generous dance floor and plenty of comfortable couches to lounge on and socialize over a drink. Night Flight is also home to the world-renowned Green Komm, a trance and house festival boasting international DJs to spin. A hip club catering to a trendy crowd, Night Flight features state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment to augment its guests experience even more.

Operation Hours: Tuesday: 10 pm – 5 am; Friday: 10 pm – 5 am; Saturday: 11 pm – 5 am
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Goldfinger

3) Goldfinger

Located in the former red light district, specifically a table dance bar, Goldfinger has gone on to become one of Cologne’s hippest bars. Opened in 2001 as a cocktail bar, Goldfinger has gained a reputation for top-notch drinks and great service in a friendly and inviting atmosphere, making it one of the city’s top bars. Its popularity has made getting in to Goldfinger more difficult, and regulars often know to show up early in order to get in. A terrace with comfortable sofas is available which also hosts events during the spring and summer months. Goldfinger plays a variety of music and attracts a mixed crowd of guests generally in their twenties or thirties.

Operation Hours: Thursday: 8 pm – 3 am; Friday – Saturday: 8 pm – 5 am
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Arkadia

4) Arkadia

Reimagined and renovated, Arkadia has been in its present state as a retro-chic dance hall since 2011. Located on Friesenplatz, an easy trip on the train, Arkadia features elegant design elements including velvet pews to lounge in at the bar and a large chandelier reminiscent of a disco ball over the dance floor. The floral patterned wallpaper also adds a vintage touch to this hip club. Offering the sounds of hip hop, funk, soul, and electronic music, Arkadia enjoys a relaxed door policy and often attracts a large crowd to hear its DJs spin its eclectic program of music throughout the week.

Operation Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 9 pm – 5 am
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Einundfuenfzig (51)

5) Einundfuenfzig (51)

Open seven days a week, Einundfuenfzig, or simply 51, offers a glamorous ambience for club goers and features fine cuisine to its guests as well, including traditional and modern dishes as well as a wide assortment of great cocktails to choose from. Entertainment includes local DJs as well as national and internationally-renowned ones. Live music acts are offered at 51 also, offering such acts as La Famille, Cristobal, and more. Entertainment features hose, R and B, and more, and themed parties are also offered which include New York Night, as well as nights inspired by the sounds of the 70s and the 80s. In addition to state-of-the-art acoustics, 51 also offers advanced lighting equipment to enhance the experience of its guests.

Operation Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 7 pm – 5 am
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Klapsmühle

6) Klapsmühle

Offering two floors and over 800 square meters of space, Klapsmühle appeals to a young and vibrant crowd, and also offers quite an extensive menu of drinks for guests to choose from. Offering the sounds of pop music, including the hottest chart topping favorites, Klapsmühle has been entertaining its guests with a party atmosphere since 1993. The first level offers live DJs spinning a mix of pop and disco sounds while the basement offers a more mainstream selection. Themed event nights are featured several nights each month, such as ski night and singles nights, as well as a Mallorca party. Live musical performances can be found here as well.

Operation Hours: Monday: 9 pm – 2 am; Wednesday: 9 pm – 5 am; Friday – Saturday: 9 pm – 5 am
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Vanity

7) Vanity

Vanity is located inside a building that offers fine dining and an espresso bar on its upper level during the day, though opens its doors downstairs as a trendy nightclub in the evening. Featuring International acts including DJ Antoine, DJ Dirty Law, DJ Mosey, Timbaland, and more, Vanity has earned a reputation as one of Cologne hottest spots for live music. Playing a good mix of house, techno, and R and B utilizing modern sound equipment, this trendy club attracts a hip, fashionable, and sophisticated crowd and its low lighting and dark design elements only add to its posh and sumptuous atmosphere.

Operation Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11 pm – 5 am
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Triple A

8) Triple A

Situated on Rudolfplatz, Triple A is a basement club which is considered a mix of a dance club, lounge and sushi-bar. The club's low ceiling and leather couches form the comfortable design, creating an intimate atmosphere. This is why Triple A is considered to be a favorite club among tourists and locals.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Cologne for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Cologne has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Cologne, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.