Nightlife in Innenstadt-Sud, Cologne

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-Sud Map

Guide Name: Nightlife in Innenstadt-Sud
Guide Location: Germany » Cologne (See other walking tours in Cologne)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Author: Xena

1) Luxor

A well-known and longstanding part of Cologne’s nightlife, Luxor offers an assortment of sounds including rock and pop, as well as alternative, indie, and electronic music. Offering an assortment of diverse themes to keep things interesting, Luxor also keeps its drink prices reasonable and prides itself on its ability to attract an eclectic mix of tourists and locals for its club nights and for its live entertainment offerings as well. Plenty of new talent in the local rock and indie scene regularly provide fresh sounds to guests of Luxor, as well as established indie artists from around the world.
Blue Shell

2) Blue Shell

Following its thirtieth year open as a cult favorite of pubs in the city, the Blue Shell was refurbished into a club that has made its mark on Cologne’s nightlife scene. From Wednesday through Saturdays its DJs offer up a diverse blend of rock, punk, and indie sounds to its guests. Having a long history and well-known as a popular hangout for touring bands, the Blue Shell also attracts live music to its stage and fatures special events such as album release parties and post-show events with famous names including Blur and the Black Crowes. The Blue Shell attracts a hip and artsy crowd and also hosts special events such as poetry slams.

Operation Hours: Monday - Sunday: 9 pm — 5 am
Das Ding

3) Das Ding

The city’s oldest student club, Das Ding features regularly low prices on its drink and as well offers an assortment of great drink specials throughout the week such as free beer on Tuesdays. Although Student IDs are not required to get in, the crowd allowed inside tends to be in the college age range. A range of themed evenings are featured throughout the week at Das Ding, and the entertainment includes mainly pop and the hippest chart-topping music. Because of its extremely low price drinks and diverse themes, Das Ding attracts a large crowd from Tuesday through Saturday night and keeps the party going until 5 AM.

Operation Hours: Tuesday: 9 pm – 4 am; Thursday – Saturday: 10 pm – 5 am

4) Shepheard

Opening its doors in 2004, Shepheard is a colonial style bar situated on Rathenau Square. Shepheard offers fine dining and a range of elegant cocktails and has received several local awards and garnered international acclaim for them as well. Catering for a range of events and private parties is available at Shepheard. This intimate cocktail bar often attracts a sizeable crowd to sample its world famous cocktails, including classic ones as well as original recipes. Shepheard also allows smoking and many guests can be seen enjoying a cigar with their drink. The décor is casual, with dark wood elements and leather furnishings.

Operation Hours: Monday – Saturday: 8 pm – 3 am; Sunday: 8 pm – 1 am

5) Subway

Offering low lighting to produce a somewhat sinister atmosphere, Subway keeps a low profile compared to some of its more posh competitors on the Cologne nightlife scene. Featuring the sounds of techno, as well as a variety of other smooth sounds such as reggae and hip hop, this establishment once had a longstanding reputation as a great jazz club, famous for its feature in the television series “Jazz in the Subway.” With its small club coziness, reasonable drink prices, and laid back energy, Subway continues in its tradition as a cool jazz club though the entertainment has changed with the times.

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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.