6 Best Bars in Heidelberg and the Neckar Valley, Germany

Billy Blues (im Ziegler)

This restaurant and bar is popular with university students, and has live music most Thursdays. Specialty drinks include cocktails made with local apple cider. There also are a few small, efficiently decorated, budget-priced rooms upstairs.

Bergheimer Str. 1b, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, 69115, Germany
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Halle 02

The old railway freight terminal has been reborn as an art gallery and music club for concerts and dance parties. There's a beach atmosphere in summer on the outdoor patio. Concerts generally begin at 8 pm, dance parties at 11 pm or later.

Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof

This 19th-century train station has been transformed into a vibrant complex of music, theater, cabaret and cinema. Thanks in part to its central location, there's always something happening, although hours and ticket prices vary. Ticket prices start at €14.20.

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This trendy bar has moved into the former space of Die Kelter jazz club. There's no more live music, but there are inventive drinks and bar bites, and it's also open as a coffee shop at lunchtime.

Schmiedtorstr. 17, Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, 72070, Germany


In the same location since 1703, it was a favorite of the Burschenschaften, or dueling fraternities, for two centuries. These days it's popular with Heidelberg's university students, locals and visitors for its traditional ambience and well-priced food and beer that starts flowing at 7:30 am daily. The wood-panel walls are filled with historic photos and maps. There also are budget-price rooms upstairs.

Vetters Alt-Heidelberger Brauhaus

It's worth elbowing your way into this bar for the brewed-on-the-premises beer. Try the Dunkles Hefeweizen, or dark wheat beer, which is not produced as widely as the lighter version. As with most German brewpubs, there's a full menu, too, including a long list of wurst dishes.