Where to Drink in Cologne, Germany

Overlooked by the gothic showstopper that is Cologne Cathedral, the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia dances to its own – progressive – beat, energised by a diverse, young population of movers and shakers intent on making the world a better place

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An orange cocktail at Bar Botanik


Bar Botanik

Few addresses in Cologne can compete with the Wasserturm Hotel's 360-degree cocktail bar when it comes to views - or glitz. Celebrated mixologist Ehsan Kasem shakes up daily specials featuring home-infused spirits, then pairs them with seasonal tapas spreads.


Kaygasse 2, 50676

Three people sat outside a bar


Zum Scheuen Reh

This street-art-splattered former train station is the watering hole of choice for creatives who like their cocktails strong and surroundings edgy. Go early and you'll find an after-work crowd; stay a little later and you'll be dancing till dawn to some of the city's best techno music.


Hans-Böckler-Platz 2, 50672

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