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Every good pub crawl stops at a range of bars from a cool place to chat with friends to a bar with a bumping dance floor. This list includes a mix of bars in Düsseldorf’s Altstadt that will please all pub crawl attendees and make for a great night. So, get out there and have fun!
PS: Another local fave is to grab some craft beers (or altbier) ahead of time and head down to the Altstadt to sit along the Rhinepromande steps and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere!
There’s no denying that you’ll need to take an Altbier tour and visit all the different Altbier Breweries in the Altstadt, but a pub crawl requires a little more variety, which I’m excited to share with you below!
Holy Craft Beer Bar is the only place in Düsseldorf that solely offers craft beer. This makes it the perfect place to start the pub crawl. The bar has a unique atmosphere and a variety of craft beers from across Europe and the world. I suggest getting a flight to try the range of beers they have on tap and to get a good idea of what the craft beer scene in Düsseldorf is all about.
No pub crawl is complete without a trip to the lively Ratinger Straße. The street is filled with different altbier pubs that each have their own flair. On the weekdays, everyone will be here for a beer with coworkers after a long day at work and on the weekends it turns into a hot spot for a relaxed night with friends. The beer comes in small glasses and is a little more than two euros, but be careful the waiters will bring you a new beer without asking! To stop this, just put a coaster over the top of your glass. Remember, with too many drinks you’re not going to make it to the end of the crawl!
3. The Irish Pubs
There are a ton of Irish pubs in the Düsseldorf Altstadt worth visiting, including O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, Fatty’s Irish Pub, Suttons Irish Pub, McLaughlin’s, and Tir Na Nog Irish Pub, all with awesome events and some great tasting beers. O’Reilly’s, for example, has typical German and Irish beers as well as cocktail options. Fridays and Saturdays are karaoke nights, Thursday nights are beer pong nights, and Mondays are trivia in both German and English. With all your friends together on your pub crawl, this is a great stop to grab a drink and sing your heart out to your favorite song at karaoke.
Listen to German Schlager galore and throwback 2000s hip hop for the ultimate dancing pit stop. The whole bar may not be dancing, but you can definitely make it start. Although I have never been able to get the name of the shot, just ask for the shot with powder. They will give you a packet of flavored, fizzy sugar and a shot. Put the entire packet of sugar in your mouth and then down the shot for the best tasting shot in all of Germany!
Kürzer is filled with students and after-work life. The bar offers cheap Altbier and always has a huge crowd both inside and out onto the street. This is the place to stand and chat with friends, as well as to meet new people. If you can push through the crowd, play a game at the foosball table in the back of the bar!
This bar is right next door to Kürzer so it’s only a few steps away. End the night listening to wonderful music in a packed bar with a dark interior. They serve amazing cocktails with a wide range of gin and tonic options. For a more relaxed vibe, head upstairs for a smaller bar that usually has fewer people and more seating depending on the night of the week.
Of course, there are plenty of other worthy stops around town, which is why we want you to tell us which bars we should add to the list and which bars you’ve tried! Let us know in the comments below. Have a blast on your next pub crawl! 🍺
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