"Speakeasies” first appeared in the New York of the 1920s. Alcohol was illegal so it was served in secret locations. To get to some of them you had to go through a hairdressing salon, for example, as they were in the back room. Our Nuremberg bars are not always so hard to find, but they are definitely real insider tips!
A very special bar is hidden away in the centre of Nuremberg's Castle Quarter: the Vintage Bar. Instead of a handle, there’s a bell at the door. We ring the bell. A polite young man opens the door. We enter a wonderfully elegant little 20s world, the bartender takes our coat and offers us a seat. We are given the drinks menu and some helpful advice with choosing drinks. There is a cocktail for every taste. But you'll search in vain for trendy classics like Aperol Spritz, Hugo or Margaritas. The Vintage Bar serves vintage drinks from the period between 1850 and 1940. The hallmark of the Vintage Bar is quality and atmosphere rather than crowds, so larger groups should book in advance. The small bar only seats a maximum of 40 people.
Mata Hari Bar
The Mata Hari is where the hardcore musician ignores the hipster and clinks glasses with the office rebel. This is where everyone gets together. The Mata Hari Bar, which opened in 1994, is a real bedrock of the Nuremberg bar and pub scene. On its homepage it describes itself as the smallest and best bar in Nuremberg. It has an impressive and varied drinks menu with liqueurs, absinthe and whisky from all over the world. The bar is very small, rustic and straightforward and the relaxed atmosphere makes it easy to start talking to people. And the music? None of the latest hits! Instead, lot of guitar solos, 60s beat, garage, punk, alternative, rockabilly, rock'n'roll and metal. Every now and then a small live band may play. So the little Mata Hari Bar is a big address.
The authentic Irish Pub is located in rustic vaulted cellars in the heart of Nuremberg. The smell of Guinness greets you at the door. A genuine Irishman asks us what we want to drink. He is just as much part of the furniture as the typical dishes on the menu. During the fair especially, you’ll find a lot of English speakers and people like you and it’s easy to get talking at the bar. The pub, which opened in 1995, really makes you feel at home. In summer, the beer garden on the banks of the river Pegnitz attracts a lot of guests.
Zeit und Raum
Right next to O'Sheas you’ll find Zeit und Raum. The cosy café describes itself as the living room of the old town. There are lots of little rooms, each with a different motto, and a small group can usually find a table. It feels like being at home in the dining room. A great place for a chat in pleasant surroundings. Speciality of the house: home-made tarte flambée and an extensive wine list. The home-made lemonades and breakfast buffet are also recommended.
The name - which means ‘untraceable’ in German - says it all. unauffindBAR is truly hidden away a bit in the middle of the historic old town. But if you do manage to find it, you will find a very lovingly furnished bar with cosy sofa corners and chandeliers. A wonderful mixture of old and new. The declared aim of the owner is to give her guests a wonderful time. The vaulted cellar at the back of the bar is the ideal place to end a day. A choice of cocktails, beer, wine and snacks is available at very reasonable prices.
The Wanderer has two separate establishments next door to each other. The Wanderer Café Bar and the Bieramt are located in a converted workshop right next to the city wall and near Albrecht Dürer’s House. What makes both locations special is that from May onwards you can enjoy your drinks outside in the middle of the old town. On warm summer evenings this is THE place to meet in the city. The bad news is that during the Spielwarenmesse Café Wanderer is closed for the winter.
As the name suggests, the Bierwerk - or beer factory - is all about beer. Nestling in the middle of half-timbered houses, the pub offers a constantly changing range of draught and bottled beers. A total of 150 types of beer are on the menu, some of which are brewed in the company's own craft beer brewery. Beer cocktails are a further highlight of the house: exotic with passion fruit syrup or sweet with caramel, there is something to suit every taste. And of course, there are also snacks to go with the beer. The evening menu includes bread, sausage and cheese from the region.
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