Live Music

The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of Frankfurt night clubs. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that Frankfurt does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like Batschkapp, or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like Sinkkasten, which is known for its Blues music. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the City Center area, know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout Frankfurt.


City Center

This is one of the hottest tickets in town. Each two-hour, cabaret-style show includes about eight different performances which range from acrobats and trapeze artists to dancers and animal acts. TigerPalast is actually comprised of four spaces: the theater, a fine restaurant, a bistro, and a bar. For the full experience, reserve a dinner-and-a-show package. Shows are family-friendly, and drinks and snacks are available.

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North Frankfurt

This legendary live music venue opened in 1976, and has been rocking Frankfurt ever since. Past performers are a varied group, including Einstürzende Neubauten, Ginger Baker, Uriah Heep, Robert Cray, The Pogues, U.K.Subs, Supergrass Korn, Hüsker Dü, the Housemartins, PJ Harvey, Billy Bragg and Die Toten Hosen. The club is relatively small but the acoustics are great. And a word to the wise: security is tight so don't bring anything that might be perceived as a weapon.

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Since it opened in 1988, Dreikonigskeller has been drawing raves from happy partiers. The club offers a different theme every night, and the crowd varies depending on the type of music. Some of the more popular nights feature jazz and blues, rare grooves from the 60s and 70s, R&B and soul, new wave and 80s, goth and indie – you name it, Dreikonigskeller has probably got a night devoted to it!

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City Center

A Frankfurt tradition since 1971, Sinkkasten has hosted a sparkling array of stars in the musical realm from Mingus to Guthrie and beyond. Patrons come for the music and stay for great drinks and and people-watching some of the city's most stylish residents. Call ahead or visit the website for event schedule and performance calendar.

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City Center

One of the best places in town to catch some live jazz and blues. The schedule is comprised of mostly regional musicians, who are, as a whole, a talented group of performers. A good selection of beer will quench your thirst, but should you need solid food, there is a bar menu of pasta and traditional German meat-and-potatoes dinners.

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In the heart of Frankfurt, in a basement grotto, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Harris, Chet Baker and a host of other jazz greats have played their music and left their marks, literally, on the walls of this uber-hip joint that draws crowds for live showcases throughout the year. Excellent local beer selection. Visit their website or call ahead for admission prices and performance calendar.

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