Frankfurt has plenty of great nightlife catering to its vibrant mix of students, expats, jet setters and easyJet-setters. If you’ve only got one night in the city, make the most of it with our ultimate guide to the city after dark.

Spending a night in one of Europe’s busiest stopover cities? It could be more exciting than you expect! In edgy Frankfurt, no two hotspots are the same – there are plenty of traditional watering holes to explore, but the lively alternative bar and club culture will really surprise you.

Funky brews

Start your night with a pit stop at Bar Plank, a black-walled boîte in the Bahnhofsviertel (conveniently translated to “train station quarter” in case you need a clearer landmark). Don’t suit up. Here you can expect to discuss Der Spiegel headlines with trendy Germans in horn-rimmed glasses over craft beers. Who says hipsters can’t be fun?

Dine in style

Practice your wine pairing at the charming black-and-white basement restaurant Leon. Lit by dusky chandeliers hanging from the low, arced ceiling, this spot promises an elegant meal for any occasion. Book a table near the exposed brick wall and order one of their classic meat dishes. For an edgier dining experience, head to Klabunt. The quirky restaurant has survived demolition threats and continues to serve an alternative clientele. Read the subversive slogans from German anti-establishment magazine Titanic decorating the walls while sampling the restaurant’s largely local and organic offerings. Try classic German cuisine with a twist: curried apple salad is a particular favorite.

Paint the town

A staple of the local jazz scene since 1952, Jazzkeller is your first stop for post-dinner drinks and dancing. The cellar bar has hosted legends like Louis Armstrong and Chet Baker, and these days the international lineup of daily acts is sure to get you swinging. There’s a different crowd at Harvey’s, Frankfurt’s top haunt to see and be seen. Classy. An A-list cafe for your post-dinner drinks. The venue changes decor several times a year, so who knows what you’ll get when you stop by? If you’re hungry for culture, skip the drinks and check in at Frankfurt’s modern opera house, the Untermainanlage. Not to be confused with the historic Alte Oper building, a classic concert hall at the other end of Park Taunusanlage. Arrive 30 minutes before the show – there’s often an introductory talk in the foyer.

Dance all night

When it comes to clubbing, “Bankfurt” holds its own against buzzing Berlin. Dress to impress and mingle with Europe’s financial elite at King Kamehameha Club, or relax at Clubkeller in Textorstrasse, where DJs spin a choice selection of indie music in a mellow underground atmosphere. If you’re a fan of throbbing bass, head to Cocoon Club. The brainchild of European techno godfather Sven Väth, this is the kind of place that inspires you to stay out all night – but don’t forget to head home to our Park Inn by Radisson Frankfurt Airport Hotel for a few hours of sleep before the next adventure.