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The cathedral hosts a series of free organ recitals in May, June, August, and September. Contact the tourist office for schedules.

TUFA (tel. 0651/7182412; www.tufa-trier.de) presents theater, established touring bands, and the occasional dance party. Across from the cathedral stands Walderdorffs, Domfreihof (tel. 0651/9944412; www.walderdorffs.de), a cafe by day, but an action-packed bar and dance club at night. The club runs late (10pm-4am) and only on Thursday to Saturday, with the dancing not launched until 12:30am. The cafe and bar are open Sunday to Thursday from 9:30am to 1am, Friday and Saturday until 2am. A cover is sometimes imposed at the dance club, but the actual fee varies depending on the evening. Sometimes live bands are brought in. A club with a beer garden, Exhaus, Zurmaiener Strasse 114 (tel. 0651/25191; www.exhaus.de), has both dancing and bands, usually Wednesday to Saturday. Days vary, but the hours are 8pm to 2am. Call to see what's scheduled. Cover is 8€ to 15€.

The aptly named Irish Pub, Jakobstrasse 10 (tel. 0651/49539; www.irishpub-trier.de), serves toasted sandwiches, along with Guinness and Harp. Many evenings you'll find an Irish, English, or German band entertaining a rowdy drinking crowd.

The area's nightlife hot spot is Riverside, a complex of bars and restaurants, about 1.5km (1 mile) north of the town center.

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.