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Student-inspired nightlife makes this old town very young at heart. Just head into the Marktplatz at night and follow the sound of partying. You can order a beer and read the comics hanging on the walls of Marktschenke, Am Markt 11 (tel. 07071/22035), then join the students spilling outside into the square. Daily hours are 9am to 1am; Friday and Saturday it closes at 2am. Or start your evening in the ancient Boulanger, Collegiumsgasse 2 (tel. 07071/23345), where you could offer to pick up Hegel's bar tab, which has gone unpaid for more than 200 years. Ammerschlag, Ammergasse 13 (tel. 07071/51591; www.ammerschlag.de), is a cramped and smoky hole-in-the-wall dive that has live music one Sunday a month, ranging from blues to rap. Hours are daily 3pm until 1am.

Better suited for drinks and gossip than dancing is the cramped, but fun, hole-in-the-wall Blauer Turm Lounge, Friedrichstrasse 21 (tel. 07071/360390; www.blauer-turm-tuebingen.de), which is open Wednesday and Thursday from 8pm to 3am, Friday and Saturday from 9pm to 5am. Wednesday nights feature swing bands, and there are live DJs every Friday and Saturday night. Entrance is free.

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