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Beatpol is second home for fans of rock music in Dresden. Live performances are held almost every day, so expect a huge list of shows from the past and for the future. They support new artistes as much as established groups, which makes Beatpol a great place to discover new sounds in rock music. Most gigs start at 9p and guests are allowed entrance one hour in advance. Tickets can be bought on-line, so check the website for a list of shows and bookings information.
A music club in the heart of Dresden tradition, the Kühlhaus, literally the "cool house," the city's old cold-storage facility, has since its original use been a multitude of different things. Since 2005, however, it has been the scene of quality concerts and parties that are accessible to a wide variety of different people. Playing music like Drum'n'Bass, Reggae, Dance, Hip Hop, and electronic, the Kühlhaus brings together people from all different backgrounds, reflecting the city itself.
Dance until you drop in the vast factory rooms at the Kühlhaus. Party nights here are not all that regular, but when they do happen they're big, spread over several floors with lots of decorations, laser shows and dancers. Local and guest DJs play house techno and goa records. Great if you never tire of techno, but not much real socialising goes on here, as the crowd can be a bit anonymous.
Almost every city has a Roxy, and this is one is just the same. At least it's one of the scarce party locations in southern Dresden; the music is somewhat predictable (dance, charts, hip hop) and drinks are affordable. That's probably why the place is frequented by young people from the adjacent districts and villages. Friday is a special night: girls with handcuffs get to ask boys to unlock them with a special key and if it works, which seldomly happens, the pair win a bottle of sparkling wine.
The Banana discotheque is aimed at people 21 and over and stages shows, music and variety acts. A crowd of mostly twenty- and thirty-somethings party here until the early hours in this colourful ambience. Wolle Foerster, who also owns Klax Bar in Dresden often holds beauty contests for both sexes in his club. It's usually full at weekends and the run-of-the-mill radio music seems to appeal to the crowd. There are telephones on the tables, and televisions, of course.
So small yet so multi faceted! The culture center riese efau offers events of all kinds: parties, live music, gay-disco, women-only night, cinema, gallery, workshops, and even childrens night. As performance spaces they offer a quaint cellar and comfortable attic, and on the first floor there is a bar. Cultural projects frequently take place here, including special film fests that celebrate the lost of the Super 8mm film.
There are many trendy nightspots on the clubbing scene of Dresden, the Kraftwerk Mitte being one of them. This cool club with its hip yet casual ambiance, puts you to ease in an instant. Everyone heads here to party till the wee hours in morning and groove to the funky beats. The line-up includes live music concerts, DJ sessions, club parties and similar other events. So get your gang of friends to the Kraftwerk Mitte club and you will surely have the time of your life.
One of Dresden's best-known night spots, Klax Bar attracts a colourful mixture of party people from all over the region. Run by Wolle Förster, owner of the Banana Club and a veteran of the local party scene, the club is hot, steamy and livened up by go-go dancers at the weekend. Clubbers should make sure they are well dressed, otherwise they may have problems getting past the doormen.
If you are looking so spend the night enjoying some good music and dance away like no one is watching, then you should be making reservations at Musikpark Dresden! This trendy nightclub has been taking young locals of the city by storm. The club has an extraordinary architecture and wonderful ambiance and sees an eclectic mix of crowd. They urge guests to follow a dress code, hence at Musikpark Dresden you have to ditch your sportswear and biked jackets and put on something classy! They host live performances by local as well as acclaimed bands and their DJs are known to give the crowd a much anticipated adrenaline rush. At Musikpark Dresden you are bound have a beautiful evening.
You have to climb 88 stairs to reach this trendy student nightclub. Club Mensa has a history dating back to the 1960s and always has successful weekends. It features three bars, a huge dance floor, cozy corners, LED lights and a good sound system. Dance to the music of the 1970s, 1980s, rock, electro, house, pop and more and take a sip of cocktail to refresh yourself. Its popularity is not only due to its low prices but also for its hit tunes and great drinks.
Blue Dance Club is full of uninhibited young people dancing to the sounds of hip-hop, techno and electronic music. It is not the best decorated of places, but the kicking atmosphere more than makes up for that. Admission and drinks are fairly cheap, especially on Fridays and Sundays when two drinks are available for the price of one. This place also hosts a wide variety of social parties and events, so hop in for a surprise on every occasion.
The Allegro Bar in the Taschenbergpalais has a decidedly American flair. Typical American dishes are served and as usual, burgers are a firm favourite. Guests can choose one of about 100 mixed drinks on the menu, but if nothing catches your eye, the barkeeper will be happy to create a special drink for you. It boasts splendidly luxurious surroundings with good live music. Because of its central location, it is a good tip for those who stay out late. It is also the favourite hang out of guests of the nearby Kempinski hotel.