When the bar was taken over by two women and remodeled into a sleek lounge with creative cocktails, there was hope for a (much needed) migration of gay ladies to...
This alternative, even occasionally hipster-leaning bar on Schaafenstrasse showcases rotating DJs on a usually less-crowded dance floor, with a younger crowd and...
At the corner of the Bermuda Dreieck (Bermuda Triangle) is Excorner, a cozy locale serving all the standards and playing them as well, with the occasional...
Exile on Main Street is a member of the Schaafenstraße trifecta, although any association with the Rolling Stones album ends at the name. With a paired-down but tidy
A legendary electro-club under the Bahnhof-West in the Belgisches Viertel, Gewölbe returned to the scene renovated and better than ever after a brief absence. With...
Schaafenstraße is Cologne's gay street, a compact but busy stretch between Am Rinkenpfuhl and Habsburgerring. Home to nightlife greats like Ex-corner, Exile, Iron...
The Red Cat Lounge is a dance house of neon, graffiti and dizzying techno tracks especially designed for those who don't want the weekend to end.
Host to the monthly Green-Kom, Nachtflug is a flashy techno-pit surrounded by tables perfect for dancing among beautiful queers like everyone is watching. Staff is
One of the few lesbian venues in Cologne, this "Tanzbar" (dance-bar) has been going strong for thirteen years and offers all kinds of parties and dance-nights for
Elle World is one of the few lesbian parties in Cologne. Held four times a year at the "Alter Wartesaal" (now "Wartesaal am Zollhafen"), admission is only eight...
Near Ebertplatz in the slightly out-of-center Eigelstein neighborhood, this small bar and café is certainly gemütlich, queer and a good option for those who prefer...
Schampanja draws an edgier kind of queer than the neighboring nightlife in Cologne's gay district. Culty, dimly lit, and blasting indie and punk, this local hangout
One of the largest and well-visited gay saunas in Cologne, the Badehaus Babylon is relatively chic and tasteful, with multiple levels and bathing options. Tickets...
A popular gathering spot in the Belgian Quarter for techno fans and their friends, the bar packs a crowd on weekends, so best come early to claim a place at the bar.
This small, stylish bar in a courtyard off of Friesenstraße attracts a mix of young queers who prefer their bars less high-strung and washed-out than what's up for...
In the basement of Cologne's smallest brewery, Peter Esser brews up micro-batches of his beloved Helios Kölsch. But don't stop there: the Ehrenfelder Alt,...
The renowned, prize-winning theater has an equally beloved bar and café, which has a primarily hipster clientele. It also hosts musical performances and curates
The basement club of the famed Salon Schmitz, Coco is a dimly lit and glitzy space made for sophisticated weekend parties and concerts.
This casual, friendly basement-disco between Birckendorf and Ehrenfeld rotates Ska, Punk, Techno and the like for a younger crowd, and the drinks are moderately
Over two-decades strong, the Green-Komm after-hours party starts at 6 am, filling the dance floor with fog and relentless, minimal beats. For the more hardcore...
Across the street from Sixpack, the Grünfeld is another important spot to hit up on any bar tour: a warm, laid-back atmosphere with foosball, WiFi and a lovely...
Political correctness be damned: an "oriental-party" for gays, lesbians and friends in Venue. Every fourth Saturday, dance the night away to Turkish Pop, "Oriental"...
Now firmly rooted as an institution in the Belgian Quarter, this incognito bottled-beer temple has an astonishing variety of labels from all over Europe, all stored...
Station 2b is the go-to cruise destination in Cologne. Set over 4,300 square-foot (400 m2), the club has a dance floor, bar and stage upstairs, but things get...
Classically Ehrenfeld, the graffiti-covered Underground is a chill-core bar with concerts and parties throughout the week tending towards metal and rock. All ages
This trendy weekend dance club hosts a slew of gay parties including Poptastic, Secret Loverz and a gay students night.
Two of the Zum Goldenen Schuß's main features are its giant screens for game viewing, where players appear near life-size. The bar has become something of a hip...