In this post we will be breaking down drinking at the best bars in Cologne. Whether you are looking for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to buy cheaper liquor during drink specials, or just to sing some karaoke hopefully we can assist.
Our first section will cover the best wine and cocktail bars in Cologne. Up next we will get into breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool and throw some darts.
Then we will mention some of the best drink specials near you so you can hit up the right bars at the right times to do your drinking cheaper. After that we will discuss bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area.
Lastly we will talk about bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music. Towards the end there will even be a local bar map that pins all of the spots from our various lists on it.
And if you want to compare the scene here to others around Germany you can do so at that link.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
Some of the top cocktail and wine bars in Cologne are:
- Jameson Irish Pub at Friesenstr. 30-40
- Bar Little Link at Maastrichter St 20
- Ona More at Roonstr. 94
Jameson Irish Pub is a great beer bar in your area that serves sandwiches, burgers, salads, and Backes potatoes to name a few where smoking is permitted and they are open seven days a week.
Little Link is a mobile bar known for great cocktails that is open from 5pm until late at night Monday through Sunday where you can order homemade sandwiches, freshly brewed coffee, and ice-cold cocktails. They also have good alcoholic drink specials in Cologne from 5:30pm to 7pm.
One More is a cocktail bar that is open from 8pm to 12am Monday to Sunday and it serves cachaça, calvados, gin, pisco, rum, and tequila at hand besides they make your dream cocktail a reality with style in a pleasant atmosphere, exquisite ingredients, and precise craftsmanship.
Cologne Breweries & Sports Bars
Sample new suds and watch the big game with your friends at the best local breweries and sports bars:
- Jameson Irish Pub at Friesenstr. 30-40
- Joe Champs at Hohenzollernring 1-3
- The Corkonian Irish Pub at Alter Markt 51
- Meltdown Cologne at Kyffhauser Str. 39
The Jameson Irish Pub has been an international haven for the past 20 years with a large selection of international draught beers on tap as well as a diverse food menu that ranges from traditional Irish fare like cottage pie and Irish stew to delectable Jameson burgers and savory boat snacks. They host a variety of weekly events including local bar karaoke every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 9pm as well as pub quiz on Mondays and live music sessions on Thursdays.
Joe Champs serves traditional American fare and provides a wide range of sporting events from around the world on over 40 monitors, two screens, and a 15-square meter LED wall in their stadium 365 days a year. There’s something for everyone from the first German Bundesliga conference broadcast to some of the best NBA games, the Super Bowl, and all Formula 1 races.
The Corkonian Irish Pub is Cologne’s oldest Irish pub and is located on the Altenmarkt in Old Town and it’s a terrific location to watch sports, meet new people, or simply relax with a pint of Guinness.
Meltdown is a gaming bar that focuses on e-sports where you can go to drink, play, and watch the latest streams with people who share your interests.
Local Drink Specials
Visit these bars with drink specials near you to buy cheaper alcohol and your wallet will thank you:
- Mango Cafe & Bar at Zülpicher #1
- Shaka Zulu at Limburger #29
- Sausalitos at Hohenzollernring 50
- Kitti Chai at Krebsgasse 8-12
Mango Cafe & Bar is open seven days a week and it also has an outside seating area as well as some of the best drink specials in your area every Monday at 12pm. They serve soups, sandwiches, mango specials, and salads to name a few besides specials like a large pizza for $5.90 and a mixed salad for $7.90.
Shaka Zulu offers beef, fish, poultry, rice, and €5.50 cocktails but only people over 18 can visit it and smoking is allowed. They are open from Monday to Sunday but the local drink specials start at 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
Sausalitos offers fresh and delicious Californian-Mexican food where a burger with soft drinks costs €9.90 and only people over 18 are allowed in the bar area that is open from 12pm to 1am from Sunday through Friday. They also offer special deals on liquor every Sunday to ensure the perfect end to the week.
Kitti Chai is open until late at night seven days a week and features Asian food stalls and a good happy hour every day from 6pm to 8pm.
Trivia, Quiz & Game Nights
Joe Champs who we mentioned before is open throughout the week till late at night and they offer games like soccer, rugby, and local bar trivia nights on Sunday. The Jameson Irish Pub has quiz nights near you on Monday and we also linked you to them earlier.
Dance, Karaoke & Live Music
Anyone that wants to dance, listen to live music, and sing karaoke can head to:
- Mclaughlin at Hansaring 32
- Museum Karaoke at Zülpicher Pl. 9
- NJoy Karaoke Bar at Pipinstr. 9, Heumarkt 25
- Soul Bar at Zülpicher Str. 29
- Papa Joe’s Jazz Bar at am Buttermarkt 37
Mclaughlin is open from 5pm to late at night Tuesday through Sunday where smoking is allowed plus they have one of the funnest bar karaoke parties in Cologne every Friday night where you can sing along to your favorite songs and have a great time.
Museum Karaoke opens at 8pm from Tuesday through Saturday and the karaoke begins at 10pm Wednesday through Saturday. Burgers, sandwiches, and salads are available and smoking is permitted inside but they only allow people over the age of 18.
NJoy Karaoke Bar is open Monday through Saturday plus it has karaoke every weeknight at midnight while serving finger foods, soups, salads, and delicious Thai specialties to name a few.
The bartenders at Soul Bar mostly make drinks from their unique recipes and it is open seven days a week. They organize live music in their bar every evening and smoking is permitted but it is only open to those over the age of 21.
The Jameson Distillery Pub is another great spot for local bar karaoke and live music who we have mentioned a few times in this post already.
You might also want to read our posts on:
- Bars With Trivia & Quiz Nights In Dusseldorf
- Bars With Trivia & Quiz Nights In Frankfurt
- Bars With Trivia & Quiz Nights In Stuttgart
- Bars With Trivia & Quiz Nights In Hamburg
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Cologne
After reading all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available near you. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke in your area.
If you think we got anything incorrect or notice us listing any venues that are no longer open please tell us in the comments so we can keep this info as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Cologne.