Even if modern art isn’t your jam, the Haus der Kunst museum is worth a visit for 5
Die Goldene Bar alone. It has an unpleasant history as a former Nazi watering hole, but today it’s a hopping museum café and a nightlife spot that’s open to all. Striking gold leaf treatments, vintage lighting and handpainted maps line the walls—as fascinating as the exhibits in the attached gallery—and are paired with contemporary long white tables; the drinks menu similarly puts modern twists on classics. (The circa-1930s Blood and Sand, traditionally made with orange juice, features a “crown of orange foam” in its 2018 interpretation.) Swing by the 6 Eisbachwelle after a drink or two to catch the surfers riding the perpetual manmade wave in the river that flows through the surrounding park, or stick around Goldene Bar for dancing into the night.
And if you want to visit the most classic bar in all of Germany, make a quick sojourn to Schumann’s, where white-jacketed servers deliver spot- on takes on the bedrock of mixology, all the while the legendary owner, bon vivant Charles Schumann, holds court in the corner.