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Chocolate City can be found in Hammerbrook. The former Front used to be the cradle of Hamburg´s Techno and Acid boom. Today, there is mainly Black music and trendy R´n´B - Techno has disappeared to other clubs. The pretty and friendly barmaids contribute to good vibrations and raise the sales of beverages. On Friday nights they play HipHop and Ragga, and on Saturday nights it's Funk, Soul and Swingbeat. For a night in Chocolate City you'd better choose some decent clothes and leave the trainers at home.
The Tonwerk used to be called ZILLO, which is also the name of an independent music magazine. On its flyers, it refers to itself as a "meeting place" and this is certainly true at the weekend, when the place fills up with young party people. The music ranges from indie to golden oldies, and this was one of the first establishments in town to have Kurt Cobain memorial nights. They prove very popular, perhaps because it "smells like teen spirit".
Unlike countless other clubs, this place is not located in St. Pauli, but inside a former railway building under the S-Bahn (local railway) at Berliner Tor. It is not the only club in the area, but the concept seems to pay and business is good. Among the regular events at the Pleasure Dome are the early morning club starting at 5a every Sunday, where the trance and techno community gets together, and the 'Salvation Club' on every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, where Hamburg's gays enjoy changing theme nights and cheerful parties.
Phillys is considered to be one of the best clubs of old school R&B, soul and hip-hop music. It is a very stylish nightclub, and is only a three minute walk from the subway station.
Huhnerposten is a trendy nightclub which supports every genre of music and allows for various musical events to be organized here. From trance and ambient to metal and country, it's all here. Live music, comedy troupes, and other artistic interpretations also take place from time to time, and if you want your own shindig, rooms are available for rent. Check the website for event listings and more.
The Bistro is a pub for well off gays. A lot of people find their way to this side street off the Lange Reihe. The room is designed with straight lines and smooth surfaces, plain colours and shiny black, and lies some steps below street level on a street corner. The atmosphere is always quite animated. Seats are available at the bar, tables and also at some ordinary tables with comfortable leather benches. In line with the furniture, the waiters' uniform is black and white. Most guests drop in for a drink, although there is also a small menu with soups, salads and dishes that change weekly. The gateaux are usually home-made or prepared by a confectioner. Opens from Monday to Sunday at 3p.
Café Koppel is nicely tucked away behind a backyard off the Lange Reihe. Everything here is ecologically sound - down to the food and the Transfair tea and coffee. The clientele is made up of both social scientists and those for whom eco-friendly is 'in'. You can sit comfortably here, listening to classical music with candlelight. From October-March there is a live programme on the first Wednesday of every month.
TRAXX - the name alone seems to be enough to impress people. That´s where it´s at! Hamburg´s "high society" has found a new favourite place and if you wish to be part of it, you are welcome to join them. But leave your trainers at home - there is a strict dress-code to follow if you want access to this stylish disco. Among the regulars are music business celebrities like Dieter Bohlen and his girlfriend "Naddel". Frequent club nights attract a large crowd. It's Ladies´ night every Tuesday and once a month they have a hit night at the Traxx. It is definitely worth a visit.
Kouros is one of the most popular Greek restaurants in Hamburg amongst both locals and visitors. Inside this cozy restaurant the menu is filled with traditional Greek dishes including fresh seafood, gnocchi and soufflés. The meals are carefully prepared by highly trained chefs, so the results are a feast for both the eyes and the palate. There is also an large wine selection to go with your meal.
Villon is a charming pub in the heart of multicultural St.Georg. It is particularly distinguished by a very friendly atmosphere. But as a special feature, the wine bar, which also serves beer, gives young musicians the chance to get on stage here. And you never know what can happen after such a small pub appearance-Tim Fischer´s career started here, for example.
"The Kontor in Hamburg's city centre has a very stylish, slightly Indian decor, sofas and video-screens. In addition to the House, Techno and Trance tracks which used to rule here, they also have resident and international DJs play 2step and NuJazz. This is much appreciated by Hamburg's young in-scene, whom you can watch pouring in on weekends, also to see the frequent live acts here." Open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10p.
Located aboard a former abandoned steamer, Café Wien overlooks the Alster fountain and attracts a mixed crowd of regulars. Business people and casually-dressed locals are just as common a sight as are trendy young teens. Wien offers its space for business lunches, private get togethers and music bands to entertain and captivate the diners and coffee drinkers. Should you arrive early enough in the summer, you can claim a sunny seat on the floating pontoon and enjoy the brilliant views while seated in your comfortable wicker chair. Despite an average of 157 rainy days a year in Hamburg, there is no need to despair if you do head here- the cozy rooms provide the perfect shelter and refuge from a downpour, and what better to be served with delectable food and drinks while watching the raindrops fall outside your window?