With a liberal amount of wood panelling and marble, it's fair to say that Elephant is channelling a 1960s vibe. The neon sign and G Plan-esque barstools are a nice touch too. Take a seat at the bar and order a gin cocktail – they have a huge variety of those. Then enjoy the kick-ass atmosphere that's helped along by the DJ, who could be playing hip hop, electro, soul or jazz at any given time. Plus, footie fans will be pleased to hear that Elephant Bar also has a bunch of projectors and big screens to show matches on.
We all know German beer culture is among the best in the world, but Düsseldorf and the Rhine region are a world apart. Have you heard of Altbier? It’s brewed in Westphalia and is synonymous with Düsseldorf. You can’t visit and not drink Altbier at the 'world’s longest bar' in the altstadt (old town), just like you can’t go to Paris and not eat a baguette. Altbier tastes a bit like bacon, and is best served in teeny-tiny glasses (and refilled frequently).
Though the beer culture is strong here, the cocktail scene thrives as well. Between imbibing heavily in the regional beverage of choice, and the insane per-capita cocktail prowess of bartenders, Düsseldorf is so much more than a community centered around requisite industry happy hours. The city’s nightlife, alongside a range of fantastic restaurants and other great things to do, is vibrant and welcomes newcomers. Check out our pick of the best bars in Düsseldorf.