Bremen nightlife offers a full range of activities. Many pubs and clubs, including those geared toward the gay community, are located in the Ostertorsteinweg district (tram: 10).
The Performing Arts
Classical concerts, opera, and dance performances by visiting companies are held in the Theater am Goetheplatz complex, Am Goetheplatz 1-3 (tel. 0421/36530; www.theater-bremen.de; tram: 2 or 3). Call for a list of scheduled performers, ticket prices, and available seating. One of its stages, Schauspielhaus (tel. 0421/36530), houses a theatrical company that occasionally performs in English. Tickets are 15€ to 30€ during the September-to-June season. Opera and other musical performances are scheduled in the Musiktheater, Am Goetheplatz (tel. 0421/36530; tram: 2 or 3), where tickets are 12€ to 35€. Experimental theater and modern dance can be found in the Concordia, Schwachhauser Heerstrasse 3 (tel. 0421/9868966; www.concordia-bremen.de; tram: 1 or 4; bus: 25), where a seat costs 14€ to 25€. To attend productions of the Bremen Shakespeare Company, head for the Theater am Leibnitzplatz, Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse at Leibnitzplatz (tel. 0421/500333; www.shakespeare-company.com; tram: 6), where tickets are 11€ to 20€.
An early evening bar, Achim's Beck Haus, Carl-Ronning-Strasse 1 (tel. 0421/15555; www.beckshaus.de; tram: 4, 5, or 6), is a gathering place for drinks and simple pub fare. It's open Monday to Thursday 10am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 12:30am.
Bremen's centrally located casino, Casino Bremen, Boettcher Strasse 3 (tel. 0421/329000; www.westspiel.de; tram: 4, 6, or 8), contains roulette and blackjack tables. Admission is 2.50€, and a passport is required (you must be 18 years old to enter and gamble), as are jackets and ties for men. The casino is open daily 3pm to 3am.
One of Bremen's clubs-of-the-minute is Stubu Club, Rembertiring 21 (tel. 0421/326398; www.stubu.de). Open only Thursday to Saturday from 9:30pm to 3am, it offers high-energy dance music on its street level and a somewhat calmer, more contemplative ambience upstairs. Expect doses of house, punk rock, and garage music, and clients ranging in age from 23 to 50. The cover charge runs from 5€ to 10€. In winter, Modernes, Neustadtswall 28 (tel. 0421/505553; www.modernes.de; tram: 1, 4, 5, 6, or 8), is a movie house during the week, with dancing and live music on the weekend. The rest of the year, bands usually play from 7 to 11pm; afterward, it's a dance club. The cover charge is 10€ when there's just dancing; when there's live music, it's 15€ to 26€. Twice monthly, there's a free show.
Much of the gay nightlife in and around Bremen is diverted into the clubs of nearby Hamburg, but there are still a few good spots. A gay and lesbian bar of note (though it mostly caters to men) is Rat und Tat, Theodor-Körner-Strasse 1 (tel. 0421/700007; www.ratundtat-bremen.de; tram: 10).
For music in a bar setting, check out the band lineup at Aladdin's, Hannoverschestrasse 11 (tel. 0421/435150; www.aladin-bremen.de; bus: 40), which also houses a two-room dance club and a bar with rock-'n'-roll memorabilia. It's open Wednesday to Saturday 10pm to 7am; cover is 9€ to 15€. Moments, Vordem Stein Tor 64 (tel. 0421/7926633; www.club-moments.de; tram: 2, 3, or 10), hosts live rhythm and blues as well as jazz for a crowd of loyal regulars. Cover is 5€ to 8.50€. The place functions as a dance club on some nights; cover is then 7.50€. Moments is open Tuesday to Sunday from 8pm until dawn.
Popular with children and adults, the ambitious puppet theater Theatrium, Wüste Stätte 11 (tel. 0421/326813; www.theatrium-puppentheater.de; tram: 2 or 3), produces entertaining interpretations of books, plays, and movies, ranging from classical works to Woody Allen. Tickets cost 7.50€ for adults, 5€ for children. In the same building, Theater im Schnoor (tel. 0421/326054; www.packhaustheater.de) presents cabaret and underground theater productions. Tickets are 16€ to 22€.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.