Nightlife & Drinking

Many visitors to Leipzig keep to the main nightlife areas of the Zentrum, in particular the alleyways of Fleischergasse, Barfußgässchen and Klostergasse just off Markt Square in the Zentrum. This popular location, also known as bar street, has dozens of bars, cafes, restaurants, clubs and what-not packed into a small area. There are no fixed closing hours so many places stay open serving alcohol all night.

Barfußgässchen (Bar Street)
Barfußgässchen (Bar Street)

 

The other main nightlife and drinking areas of the city are the Karli, Gottschedstraße, Karl-Heine, and Münzgasse. Check out our Reviews of the top bars and clubs or our section on Live Music venues. For other nightlife listings check out Leipzig’s local ‘what’s on’ magazine Kreuzer Online.

Killiwilly's - The Karli
Killiwilly’s – the Karli

 

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Beer Gardens (Biergarten)

‘Biergarten’ doesn’t just mean beer, it means a cozy outdoor space to relax, drink or eat. Most of the popular ones put out heaters and stay open in the winter (reduced hours).

Scherbers is a chilled-out historical beer garden out in Zentrum-West. It has a good menu and is kid-friendly. In Clara-Zetkin park there’s the Glashaus am Clarapark with a very nice restaurant that has indoor and outdoor seating. The Hafenbar on the Karli is a more youthful and more beer-drinking oriented establishment. Out in Plagwitz the Kasierbad is a chilled place for a drink or have snacks next to the Karl-Heine canal. Gosenschenke in Gohlis is an historical guesthouse and beer garden with a unique range of Gose beer specialities.

Sommergarten im Westwerk - Karl-Heine str. by the canal
Kasierbad – Karl-Heine str. by the canal

 

The Gosebrauerei at the Bayerischer Bahnhof in Zentrum-Sudost gets our top recommendation as the best beer garden in Leipzig. You can try the their Gose beer, brewed on premises, and order traditional German cuisine (mostly meat oriented). The indoor area is very comfortable, light and airy so good for winter drinking.

Bayerischer Gosebrauerei
Bayerischer Gosebrauerei

 

Check out our reviews of Bars & Clubs and our section on Live Music. The map below shows all recommended spots for nightlife and drinking. Also don’t forget to check out recommended Hotels & Hostels for sleeping off the hangover!

Stoned

Kolonnadenstraße 15, 04109 Leipzig

Stoned is well famous for its crazy late opening hours. Mixed clientele though not touristy. Relatively small space can get crowded and smokey. Cheap prices and very friendly vibe. Live music most Saturdays


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Noels Ballroom

Kurt-Eisner-Straße 43

Irish themed pub with dark wood, low ceilings and young-ish fun vibe. Patio area, good beer selection and OK food. Sometimes live music and dancing. Tom from Birmingham has done the Tuesday night quiz (in English) for the last ten years


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Noch Besser Leben

Merseburger Str. 25

NBL was cool long before 'Hypezig'. Chilled out place for a drink plus stand-up comedy, live music, poetry readings, art exhibitions and decent food. Artsy boozer with good prices


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Metropolis

Große Fleischergasse 4, 04109 Leipzig

Pretty tame strip / table dance club in city centre. Gets busy and rowdy. Women friendly (really!). Separate bar upstairs


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Madrigal

Käthe-Kollwitz-Straße 10, 04109 Leipzig

Cozy cocktail bar offers a truly vast selection of innovative cocktails. Worth popping in if you're already on Gottschedstraße. Sometimes DJ sets at the weekends.


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La Playa

Eggebrechtstr 1, 04103 Leipzig

Now this is cool. May till September La Playa brings a beach bar to Leipzig. The huge sandy space is decked out with palm trees, hammocks, deck chairs, and pool. Cocktails at the bar. If that's not enough tropical kitsch, sign up for the beach volleyball tournament


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Killywilly

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 44

Anglo ex-pats and colourful locals mix in this welcoming pub on the Karli. Food is excellent. Ideal spot to watch the rugby or English Premiership match. Two lovely outside terraces as well


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Kildare City

Barfußgäßchen 5-7, 04109 Leipzig

'Irish' bar (not really) in the most touristy place in city centre. Outside seating under patio heaters. Great inside areas for colder months with excellent selection of tap beer. Bit pricey but good service and decent food. Solid choice to take a business client


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Jamboree

Käthe-Kollwitz-Straße 11, 04109 Leipzig

Great neighbourhood bar on trendy Gottschedstraße. No faddish themes or weird music just a good mix of local characters in a nice setting. Friendly bar staff. The place for a few quiet drinks or to start a big night out


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Goldhopfen

Kolonnadenstraße 11, 04109 Leipzig

Little gem of a place where you can drink fresh delicious beer. Basically, an outlet for the local Wiesse Elster brewery company. Simple seating, board games, separate smoking area


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Flower Power

Riemannstraße 42, 04107 Leipzig

Old school GDR-era boozer with total lack of pretentiousness. Pin ball, cheap drinks, cheesy music, and a friendly crowd. Open basically all night most nights. Top recommendation


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Club Twenty One

Gottschedstraße 2, 04109 Leipzig

Mainstream DJ dance club on two floors. Check out the different theme nights. Divides opinion; some absolutely rave about it others hate it. City centre location means plenty of drunk tourists


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Chocolate

Barfußgäßchen 12, 04109 Leipzig

The sort of upscale nightclub you'd find in any major city. Not that that's a bad thing. Upstairs cocktail bar and restaurant, downstairs DJ and dancing. Safe bet if you're on a business trip or party weekend in Leipzig


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Café Waldi

Peterssteinweg 10, 04107 Leipzig

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.


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Bayerischer Gosebrauerei

Bayrischer Pl. 1, 04103 Leipzig

With comfy indoor and outdoor spaces the Gosebrauerei is a great boozer any time of year. Local Gose beer brewed on premises (try it - very good). Hearty Saxon food served til late. Safe bet for a good all-round beer garden in Leipzig


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Barfly

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 79, 04275 Leipzig

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


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Absturz

Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 36, 04107 Leipzig

Absturz (or ‘Crash’) is a small hip club with lots of dancing. Quirky and cosmopolitan vibe. There's a brightly painted courtyard area, perfect for cooling off after dancing. Dub step, drum n bass, house, and indie music. Entry and drinks are well-priced


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4rooms

Täubchenweg 26, 04317 Leipzig

This small pub/bar/club/billiard room (hence the name ‘4 Rooms’) hosts live music, parties, and DJs. 4Rooms is where Leipzig’s alternative crowd head most nights, eclectic but young and fun


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[page content last updated May 2017]

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