We are indebted to Canberk Inan for the following information.
With its pedestrian zone in the “Hauptstraße” Heidelberg offers a lot of accommodation around the clock. Restaurants, museums, bars, shopping – it’s all there.
The pedestrian zone is about 1.4 km long and crosses the old town. It has countless side streets which all have something interesting, whether it is a bar, a restaurant or even something from a sightseeing point of view.
Public transportation runs to the Bismarckplatz, which is right at the beginning of the pedestrian zone. The first part of the zone is about shopping for the most part; some fast food but also chocolatiers (check side streets). The last part of the zone is all about restaurants, bars and souvenirs. If you’re looking for restaurants here is a very good guide to the best places in town. If you want to see reviews, this site shows ratings from people who already went to check out some places (good to cross reference with the preceding link).
If you’re out looking for party drinking during the night (until 3 o’clock – some till 4) visit the “Untere Straße”. These bars are Heidelberg’s nightlife location and very popular with the local students. There is even an Absinthe shop (open during daytime).
At the end there is the famous “Bergbahn”, which connects to the castle and runs all the way up to the “Königsstuhl”. Both locations are worth the visit. The castle has a great garden with a magnificent view over Heidelberg and a special is the 130.000 Liter wine barrel (only during opening times).
If you’re out for a dance there are a few locations you might want to check out.
- Mostly Hip Hop and RnB. - Bergheimer Straße 147, 69115 Heidelberg - Public Transportation: Betriebshof, Heidelberg
Deep Club: - Mixed Music - Hauptstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg - Public Transportation: Bismarckplatz, Heidelberg
Schwimmbad Club: - Mixed Music. Student- and Ü30- Partys (people 30 years), Concerts and Lounge. - Bergheimer Straße 147, 69115 Heidelberg - Public Transportation: Schwimmbad Neuenheim a.k.a. Tiergarten-Schwimmbad, Heidelberg
Cave 54: - Oldest student Jazz club of Germany built into catacombs (check gallery on homepage). - Krämergasse 2, 69117 Heidelberg - Public Transportation: Universitätsplatz, Heidelberg + 5-10 minute walk
Also worth mentioning are the following: Print Media Lounge: - Mixed Music. High-Society Chill-Out Lounge. - Kurfürsten-Anlage 52, 69115 Heidelberg - Public Transportation: Hauptbahnhof, Heidelberg >Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Building< Shooters: - Bar with countless fancy shots - Heugasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg - Public Transportation: Universitätsplatz, Heidelberg + 2-5 minute walk Ziegler: - Mixed Music combined with a popular restaurant. - Bergheimerstrasse 1b, 69115 Heidelberg - Public Transportation: Bismarckplatz, Heidelberg
Again I‘d like to point out, that these are just suggestions and that there are quite a few more bars throughout the old town, you might like.
For those that like big events, check this out!