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Having hosted many local and international indie rock artist and bands in the past, the Aetherblissement has generated a huge interest among the music loving community in Cologne. The list of past performers include bands like This Town Needs Guns (TTNG), The Driftwood Fairytales and RVIVR. So gear up to listen to some of the best underground concerts at this intimate venue on Lichtstrasse.
Underground is one of Cologne's best spots for indie and alternative music. The large main stage features up-and-coming American and European bands on tour, as well as local groups. There are also club nights (after the gigs as well), which feature Britpop and hip-hop music. In summer the beer garden is packed with students, and is a good place to enjoy a beer and relax after a lively concert.
The Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld is an entertainment venue that is capable of holding diverse events from festivals to concerts. The ambiance of the club is welcoming which makes the experience even more memorable and worthwhile. Famous concerts like Hercules and Love Affair, YumYum and the like have been featured at this venue. Hosting a myriad of popular shows that include music and dance, this destination stages performances that is likely to appeal to everyone's tastes. For more details, do call ahead.
The Artheater has made a reputation for itself in a relatively short space of time. This small theater in Ehrenfeld also hosts readings, chansons, live music and club nights. It presents mainly comedy. Weekly readings are an integral part of the program. It is without doubt one of the city's most adventurous cultural offerings. There is also a cafe and a club in the premises.
Theaterhaus is an intimate, informal venue with a small stage and limited seating. Attached is an artsy, bohemian style café/bar complete with deep red walls, cushy chairs, and oriental rugs. If you are seeing a show during warm weather, enjoy your coffee or snack outside in their verdant courtyard where there are plenty of tables to sit and talk about the show.
Stadtgarten Köln offers an entertainment space like no other. Tucked away in the city's green belt, it hosts over 400 events every year. Various new and experienced artists and bands have performed here – including the likes of Beat Down Babylon, Julian le Play and many others. Apart from these contemporary concerts, some refreshing local beers and delectable bar food is on offer. Located in the Belgian Quarter, this venue warrants a visit whether it's for the great outdoor location, awesome ambiance, great concerts or delicious grub.
Zimmermann's on Venloer Straße, Western Cologne is a unique entertainment/dining space. Offering a wide range of drool-worthy burgers like their signatures, Kahuna Burger and Italiener, the place also offers a range of sides, soups, salads that can be coupled with over eight types of dressings. There are even veggie burgers available for our vegetarian friends. Yet, the treat doesn't end here, for the venue often plays host to various art exhibitions, readings, jazz and indie concerts and a number of other cultural events throughout the year. A great place to be – whether it's for the tasty, juicy burgers, artsy exbhitions or enthralling music performances; Zimmerman's truly, has something for everyone here.