Top five bars in… Stuttgart, Germany

25th February, 2020 by James Lawrence

The German city of Stuttgart – home of major auto manufacturers – might appear straight-laced on the surface, but underneath the quiet façade lies a hedonistic side, brimming with top-notch drinking destinations.

Stuttgart’s ‘quiet little town’ veneer is highly deceptive: this modern German city hosts a large student population and several million tourists a year. True, Stuttgarters work hard – after all, this is the home of Porsche and Mercedes‐Benz – but most are just as passionate about letting their hair down in weinstuben (wine taverns), or a tree‐shaded biergärten (beer gardens).

Like any wealthy European city, Stuttgart plays to many tunes: bespoke mixology, upmarket hotel bars, clubs, live‐music venues and local, intransigent hangouts are all on offer. In the capital of Baden‐Württemberg, partying hard and ‘harte arbeit’ walk hand in hand, with no need to compromise. Diversity is all around you.

Yet what unites all Stuttgarters – be they students, suits or couples – is a love of beer. The city tunes into the zeitgeist with craft beer bars aplenty; traditional German pubs are scattered around in all areas, with a good concentration in the area of Steinstraße, near the market square. Sipping local brews in the Schloßgarten is obligatory in the summer, when Theodor‐Heuss‐Straße also heaves with revellers.

The concentration of clubs and bars is almost overwhelming, although more sophisticated options are thin on the ground. Nevertheless, Stuttgart has also raised the bar in the mixology department, with investors opening a growing number of imaginative and bold venues in recent years.

In addition to a well‐established jazz scene, Stuttgart now boasts an eclectic collection of cocktail bars, some appealing to well‐heeled couples, while others are a hipster’s paradise. This city may appear terminally buttoned‐up, but so much for the stereotypes – the real Stuttgart is more vibrant and diverse than you’ve been told.

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One Response to “Top five bars in… Stuttgart, Germany”

  1. Bergmann says:

    Here are a few other bars in Stuttgart, that I can recommend (in no specific order):

    Le petit Coq
    Piano Bar (Maritim Hotel)
    TinTin
    Wolfram Bar&Terrace (Jaz Hotel)

    and as already mentioned:
    Schwarz-Weiss Bar
    John Cranko Lounge

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