The Hotel Dagmar, on the market square, is the most happening place in Ribe. If it's winter, visit their cellar-level restaurant, Vægterkælderen (tel. 75-42-14-00), the place to enjoy a good meal in informal and traditional surroundings, or else to savor a glass of frothy, newly drawn ale in the company of locals. The kitchen serves homemade pickled herring, fresh fish dishes, and juicy steaks, but many locals just come in for a drink. In the summer months, you might want to sit outside in the Dagmar's courtyard, enjoying the Pavillionen (tel. 75-42-00-33). Hot drinks are served on cooler days, but if it's hot you can order draft beer or lemonade. Light summer meals, including fresh fish, are served. You can listen to the bells in the cathedral tower, admire the storks in their nests, and, if you're still around at 10 o'clock at night, see the night watchman as he prepares for his rounds.
The market square is also the home of the Stenbohus Pub & Bar, entered at Stenbogade 1 (tel. 75-42-01-22), where live music can be heard at least once a week -- folk, rock, soul, or blues. Otherwise, it's one of the most congenial taverns in town to meet locals over a glass of beer with a good head on it. Vægterkælderen is a classier joint for a drink; this one is more informal, attracting a more youthful crowd.
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