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HLN’s best bars in Frankfurt

From a historic gin villa to an urban beer house and even an apple wine bus tour, here are the bars in Frankfurt that have a libation for every occasion.

Occhio d’Oro

Flemings Selection Hotel Frankfurt-City, Eschenheimer Tor 2, 60318 Frankfurt

Reaching the top of this elegant rooftop bar first means hopping onto the historical paternoster lift, which is an experience in itself. Once you’ve reached the top, a stylish cocktail bar opens up in front of you, complemented by the unbeatable Frankfurt skyline as its backdrop.

Gaze over at the Eschenheimer Tower at eye level as you sip swanky serves, looking down at city life ebbing and flowing beneath you. Don’t worry if cocktails aren’t quite your thing, either – there’s an extensive wine cellar just waiting to be sampled.

And, if you’re feeling peckish, there’s always the divine menu of Tuscany-inspired dishes (that are perfect for sharing) to tempt you.

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Logenhaus Bar

Finkenhofstraße 17, 60322 Frankfurt

Fans of gin flock to Logenhaus Bar from far and wide as part of the Frankfurt nightlife ritual. Why, we hear you ask? This historic villa is brimming with more than just charm and vintage antiquities – you’ll also find some 80 varieties of the spirit here, too.

Classic cocktails dominate the menu, along with the in-house mixologist’s monthly changing concoctions (always fun).

Drinking within the stylish interiors here is as curiosity-provoking as it is relaxing, especially if you head into the bar’s accompanying Night Saloon (a smoking lounge), which leads out onto a winding terrace with English teahouse-style furniture.

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Ebbelwei-Express

Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1, Frankfurt

You’d be forgiven for thinking beer is the name of the game in this German city, but it’s actually Apfelwein (apple wine) that Frankfurters go wild for – so it’s only fair you sample some while you’re in town.

And although this isn’t technically a ‘location’ recommendation, there are few better bars in Frankfurt to sip and savour this local delicacy from than on board the wacky Ebbelwei-Express. A bar crawl-come-city tour – set to a boisterous soundtrack of German drinking music – this vintage tram stops at 29 landmarks around the city in a round trip lasting around an hour.

Luckily, your ticket lasts all day, so you can get on and off as much as you’d like to take the tour at your own pace. A bottle of apple wine and a bag of pretzels is also included in your ticket price.

Tickets: €8.00pp

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Robert-Johnson Club

Nordring 131, 63067 Offenbach am Main, Frankfurt

Sure, Robert Johnson was a legendary blues musician back in his day, but while he lends his name to one of the most compact night clubs in Frankfurt, the familiarity ends there.

Instead of blues, you can expect to find techno and electronic music taking centre stage, with a sound system that is regarded as among the best in Europe by the international and local DJs that play here.

Things are pretty neat inside – there’s only space for around 100, with the DJ box on the same level of the dance floor – but that only adds to the kind of buzz Frankfurt nightlife is known for. Head out to the terrace if you need to take five, though: the views over the Main river are heavenly.

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Bockenheimer Weinkontor 

Schloßstraße 92, 60486 Frankfurt 

Once a blacksmith’s workshop, you’ll need to cross under an arched cast-iron gate and down some stairs to reach what promises to be one of the cosiest wine bars in Frankfurt.

But we promise the rewards will be great. Booth seating and bar stools with colourful pillows make the oenophiles that make this their watering hole of choice comfortable, as they make their way through some of the 50 European bottles of wine at the bar. And Flammkuchen (German pizza) and small plates of cheese, salami, and vegetables with houmous keeps hunger at bay.

In summer, you can also take your bottle out onto the cobblestone courtyard, which is bursting with fresh, green foliage. In winter, cosy up next to the log-fire hearth.

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Naïv

Fahrgasse 4, 60311 Frankfurt  

Come on, guys – it’s not as if we’re going to give you a rundown of the best bars in Frankfurt and not recommend a contemporary German beer house.

And they don’t get much better than Naïv. With around 100 craft beers from around the world, and everything from wheat and honey lagers to pale ales and stouts, it’s safe to say you have plenty of choice here – and if too much proves too tricky to choose from, Naïv’s own beer on tap is a great, safe bet, made with four different types of malt.

Décor-wise, Naïv is exactly the kind of quirky, urban drinking haunt you imagine when you think of the Frankfurt nightlife; 6,500 hand-laid wooden blocks make up the backdrop to the bar, while solid wood tables, red-brick walls and exposed concrete combine to rustic industrial perfection.

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