With a population in excess of 500,000, Leipzig is Saxony, Germany’s largest city, and is currently the industrial hub of the Saxony region. However, it is also a major cultural center, affording both locals and international travelers alike many interesting sights, an extremely lively nightlife, and a wide array of shopping possibilities. Notable attractions include the Botanical Garden in Leipzig, the Christmas Market, and the famous Leipzig Zoo. However, for many locals and visitors, the club scene and nightlife are second to none anywhere in Europe.
The easiest way to describe the Leipzig nighttime scene is that there is something for every preference and taste, regardless of age or gender. The majority of the nightlife scene is concentrated in an area called the Altstadt and is classified into two categories of visitors. The area situated around the Markt features a huge assortment of bars, cafes, and other entertainment venues. It also serves as a great place to plan and then kick off your nighttime adventure.
The mellower, older crowd tends to sit and drink at the bars and cafes with outdoor venues, especially in the Barfussgaesschen, located just off the Markt in a well trafficked alleyway. The younger crowd who are always looking for something more adventurous head to the clubs and discos in order to burn off some calories on the dance floor. Regardless of which group you fall into, they both are flourishing rather well, so you will enjoy what each venue has to offer. Here are the three top-rated venues for you to consider when exploring the lively nightlife in Leipzig:
1. Leipzig’s Drallewatsch
From Anglo-Saxon, drallewatsch translates as “have a good time”, but today refers to Leipzig’s premier pub district. It covers Grosse (large) and Kleine (small) Burfussgässchen, Fleischergasse, and Klostergasse. The area features more than 30 bars and pubs, and is also the sight of the annual Honky Tonk – the biggest pub festival in all of Europe.
One of the most unique nighttime environments in the entire city and the most popular venue for college students. Here you will venture through a series of tunnels constructed in medieval times that the local students have transformed into several bars and highly used dance floors. For the “dance-aholic”, there are three different venues to explore.
A 3-story structure surrounding an extensive courtyard in the middle. You snake around a broken down elevator shaft drowned in red light as you enter the club. Expansive yet intimately social in every corner, Nachtcafe features a minimum of three music genres, lounging rooms, and several dance floors. You can almost picture yourself in the midst of Dracula’s favorite hangout – if he was a “club-goer.” However, there is no end to the entertainment or excitement that goes on here.
Panorama of Leipzig, Germany, at night by Smithers LE