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Lübeck is known for its organ concerts; about two a week are presented in various churches during summer. The tourist office has complete details, or check with Musik und Kongresshallen Lübeck, Willy-Brandt-Allee 10 (tel. 0451/79040; www.muk.de), about the many concert and theater opportunities in town. The most important theater venue is Theater Combinale, Huxstrasse 115 (tel. 0451/78817; www.combinale.de; bus: 11). Its plays range from experimental to classic. Most performances are on Friday and Saturday from August to June. Tickets are 10€ to 21€ for adults and 7.50€ to 15€ for students and children 16 and under.

Finnegan, Mengstrasse 42 (tel. 0451/71110; bus: 12), won an award in 1996 and 1999 from Guinness as the best Irish pub in northern Germany. Naturally, Guinness is on tap, as well as Kilkenny, and five or six whiskeys. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, bands play rock and Irish music from 8pm to midnight. The pub is open Tuesday to Saturday 7pm to 4am.

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