Too lazy to leave the comfort of your seat? No worries – at Honky Dory bar, just dial up your drink. In this cocktail bar crammed with flea market finds from the 1930s and 1940s, seven wooden booths have black vintage rotary phones on speed dial to the bartender, who will deliver signature cocktails such as the Break Point (hibiscus vodka, apricot brandy, agave syrup, lime and pickled chilli) or Penicilin (Dewar’s 12 scotch, honey, lemon, ginger and Laphroaig 10 scotch served in a syringe) directly to your table. You can also sit at the bar, which seats up to 22, or on the rooftop for views of the Frankfurt skyline. For a small bite, tapas-style dishes range from salmon and tuna tartare to Flammkuchen (a German pizza with crème fraîche, chopped onions and smoky bacon). While the name Hunky Dory pays homage to David Bowie, you won’t find any rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia among the model sailboats, medicine bottles, badminton rackets and other trinkets inside.
Breaking news: Frankfurt has shed its boring reputation. Sure, Germany’s financial capital has always had plenty of brilliant things to do and attractions that pull in the crowds year after year. Frankfurt’s best bars have always been a draw, too. But a steady influx of big business has transformed this city’s population and reinvigorated its art and nightlife scenes (hats off to Brexit). At the last count, foreign nationals comprised nearly 30 percent of the city’s residents. This international make-up, with its global know-how on what makes a great night out, has made way for a lively and diverse bar scene that’s truly hard to beat.
Of course you can find craft beer in every city these days, but how about bottles from Frankfurt, Hawaii and Norway all under one roof? Thanks to studious mixologists, excellent cocktails also abound, many crafted with homegrown infusions. While not quite a singles bar, one bar-cum-club has a small enough dance floor to encourage friendly encounters. And whether it’s in a sultry Prohibition-style bar that’d rival Paris’s finest speakeasies, the perfect living room-like cocktail lounge, a back-to-basics pub or an underground wine bar where you can bask beside a roaring fireplace, you’ll certainly find your tipple here (and some decent bar snacks, too). For tip-top drinks all night long, these are 10 best Frankfurter bars.
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