Explore Reeperbahn Nightlife District
The famous street in the heart of St. Pauli offers everything from theatres & galleries to trendy nightclubs & smoky sailor bars.
Reeperbahn Nightlife District
Located conveniently along the Elbe river, the historical ropemakers’ area became a popular destination for seamen and others looking for amusement. In the 1960s, the red light district turned into somewhat of a hothouse for pop culture: The Beatles, The Jets and Rory Storm and the Hurricanes were among the budding artists that performed in the plentiful dive bars and later rose to international stardom.
Today, the Reeperbahn area is still packed with nightclubs, bars and restaurants as well as art galleries, cabarets and theatres. Must-sees include the Panoptikum wax figure museum, the Beatles monument, the Große Freiheit street and Hans-Albers-Platz square. The Spielbudenplatz square at the centre of the Reeperbahn is the setting for markets, fairs and outdoor concerts. The district’s red light days aren’t over completely: the Herbertstraße street just off the Reeperbahn is off-limits to minors and female visitors because of … well ─ you’ll figure it out.
Whether it’s live music acts or international DJs you’re after, the clubs along the Reeperbahn offer the right tunes for everybody. Venues like Mojo Club and Große Freiheit 36 acquired legendary status over the years. Molotow, Gun Club, Komet and Prinzenbar are all worth a visit as well. For a cosy atmosphere and affordable drinks, head to any of the small bars along side streets like Hamburger Berg and Talstraße. In late September, the Reeperbahn Festival attracts around 25,000 each year, as the district’s music venues offer top notch concerts, art exhibitions and a music industry convention ─ all wrapped up into one big event.
To prepare for your visit, take a look at this interactive map of the Reeperbahn.