This bar on Riemannstraße 42 in Zentrum-Süd is a cool locals favourite catering mainly to a 20s and 30s clientele, though you might spot a few aging Lotharios in the mix. The music is great if you like older rock and disco (hence the few aging Lotharios). Prices are cheap in keeping with the youngish vibe. FP is open to 05:00 every night of the week. Look out for the nail hammering game and the truly weird memorabilia on the walls and ceiling. If you’ve come on a cheapie Ryanair from Stansted for a weekend of mayhem and mischief in Leipzig and didn’t go to FP, well, you missed out.
Hours: 19:00-05:00 daily
Tram: take the 10, 11 to Hohestraße stop
Contact: +49 341 9613441
Located on the hip Kolonnadenstraße (map) in Zentrum-West this is another locals favourite. Stoned is well famous for its late opening hours. Some weekends in the summer the bar basically never closes. Very popular with a mixed clientele though not touristy. The relatively small space can get crowded and smokey. There are other interesting eating and drinking options on same street and Gottschedstraße is literally around the corner. Good selection of tap beers and cheap prices. Live music most Saturdays. Friendly staff will talk to you if you’re alone!
Hours: 18:00-05:00 daily
Tram: take the 1, 2, 8 or 14 to Westplatz stop
Contact: +49 341 22360022
Noch Besser Leben
This very popular place on Karl-Heine straße in Plagwitz has an upstairs music/stage venue, hip décor in the downstairs bar area, and outside street seating. There’s a broad mix of clientele reflecting the chilled out, somewhat bohemian vibe of Plagwitz. The gigs upstairs run the gamut from comedy night (in English) to up and coming international bands – check out current listings. There’s a very good selection of booze and even better prices; only €2.60 for a large Ur-Krostitzer pilsner. NBL also offers serviced rooms for rent on the upper floors, accessed from a separate entrance on Merserberger straße.
Hours: 19:30-01:00 (varies)
Tram: take the 14 to K.-Heine / Merseburger Straße stop
Venue bookings: +49 (0) 341 97 57 330
Best of Nightlife Jamboree
Locals and a few ex-pats in the know frequent this great neighbourhood bar on the corner of Käthe Kollwitz Straße and Gottschedstraße. No faddish themes or weird music just a good mix of local characters in a nice setting. Friendly bar staff. There’s outside seating which takes good advantage of the perfect location for people watching. Best of Nightlife Jamboree is the sort of place for a few quiet drinks or to start a big night out. Being right in the middle of the Gottschedstraße strip means there’s cafes, restaurants and many other drinking spots nearby. Small draught beer is €2.00.
Hours: daily from 18:00 to “open end”
Tram: take the 1, 14 to the Gottschedstraße stop
Contact: +4934 11 24 89 57
This is the English name for the area known locally as Das Drallewatsch, which is Old Saxon for “slightly-tacky-over-priced-place-where-tourists-gather-under-patio-heaters”. You will undoubtedly end up here at some point during your time in Leipzig. There’s probably thirty(?) bars, cafes, restaurants and clubs and what-not packed into the alleyways of Fleischergasse, Barfußgässchen and Klostergasse just off Markt Square in the Zentrum. Spizz would be our recommendation if we were compelled to make one. They have a jazz bar in the cellar and their Hemingway Sour cocktail is addictive.
Hours: varies, some places stay open late especially in the summer
Contact: head for Markt Square
Barfly is right in the thick of the Südvorstadt action on the corner of trendy Karl-Liebknecht and Arndt straßes. This is a late night bar for a chilled slightly older crowd and is a popular hang out for staff from other bars and clubs. There’s a limited but good bar menu (try the spare ribs). We really like the welcoming bar area and outside seating in the summer. Arrive before 21:00 for 1 € happy hour cocktails from their extensive cocktail menu. After midnight some long drinks are still only 1 €. Open until 05:00 everyday except for Sunday when it closes early at 01:00 – hey give your liver a rest.
Hours: til 05:00, til 01:00 Sundays
Tram: take the 10, 11 to the Südplatz stop
Contact: (01 57) 77 39 13 27
Look no further, this is THE best Irish pub in Leipzig. You’ll find genuine GAA-shirt wearing Irish folk from the Emerald Isle, other anglophile ex-pats and colourful locals in this crowded but welcoming pub on the Zentrum-Süd / Südvorstadt border. The food is typical and there’s all your brews from the British Isles although prices are a bit steep at €4.20 for a pint. Killy’s would be the perfect choice to watch the big rugby game or Sunday’s Premiership match (most SKY and Setanta games are shown). Two lovely outside terraces in the warmer months tops off what’s probably overall my favourite bar in Leipzig. Come here if you fancy a creamy pint of Guinness or just crave speaking English with some random punter.
Hours: not too late
Tram: take the 10, 11 to the Südplatz stop
Contact: (341) 21 31 316
This place at Peterssteinweg 10 in Zentrum-Süd has become noticeably trendier recently. We’ve always liked the outside terrace at Café Waldi for breakfast or just a coffee especially in the summertime. There’s good eating and drinking at all times of day in the very comfortable downstairs and upstairs areas. Upstairs comes alive late at night with DJs on Friday and Saturday nights – house, indie, hip hop etc. Late night drinking at Café Waldi attracts a slightly more up-market and studenty crowd than the nearby Flower Power. As a bonus, the popular Münzgasse street is around the corner with lots of restaurants and small one-room bars.
Hours: 09:00 to late
Tram: take the 10, 11 to Hohestraße stop (or the 2, 8, 9 to Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz)
Contact: (0341) 46 25 667
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