GER­MAN GULPS

Neha Gupta Kapoor lists hotel bars in Ger­many’s fi­nan­cial hub

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Bars in Frank­furt

While Frank­furt has its share of stand alone bars, there are some in­ter­est­ing venues worth a visit in­side the city ho­tels. Be­low is a list of seven bars that are part of Frank­furt’s busi­ness ho­tels.

AUTORENBAR

The web­site de­scribes this space beau­ti­fully: “The Autorenbar, or ‘Au­thors’ Bar’, is like a good novel: its own lit­tle world and un­end­ingly time­less .” Au tor en bar has a cosy feel with leather so­fas, wooden in­te­ri­ors and wall-to-wall car­pet­ing. It is usu­ally quiet and makes for a nice un­wind­ing venue post-dinner with the piano play­ing in the back­ground. It gets es­pe­cially crowded dur­ing the an­nual book fair held in Frank­furt.

• Open Mon­day-Fri­day 8am-1am, Saturday-Sun­day 9am-1am; tel: +49 69 21502; at Steigen­berger Frank­furter Hof; steigen­berger.com.

CHAMPIONS - THE AMER­I­CAN SPORTS BAR AND RESTAU­RANT

This ca­sual des­ti­na­tion is where one can en­joy Amer­i­can junk food, sports, and beer, wine and cock­tails. All day games are broad­cast on the bar’s 23 HD screens. Dur­ing im­por­tant matches the place gets ex­cep­tion­ally crowded and so it is best to ar­rive early to en­sure a seat for yourself. The decor in­cludes tro­phies, sports stars’ au­to­graphs from around the world, and foos­ball ta­bles for ad­di­tional fun.

• Open Mon­day-Fri­day 5pm-1am, Saturday-Sun­day 3pm-1am; tel: +49 69 79558305; at Frank­furt Mar­riott Hotel; mar­riott.com.

DAXX MAINHATTAN’S BAR

It’s a dim space that lights up post work­ing hours when cor­po­rate ex­ec­u­tives grab a drink or two be­fore head­ing home. One can ei­ther grab a sofa chair by the bar or oc­cupy one of its low ta­ble seat­ings. It helps that the hotel in which it re­sides is de­signed for the busi­ness trav­eller and is lo­cated next to the city’s busi­ness hub. The menu has pages filled with wines from the re­gion and the rest of the world, as well as whiskies, aper­i­tifs and di­ges­tifs, beer, cham­pagne, liqueur and cock­tails. • Open daily 3pm-1am; tel: +49 69 26050; at In­terCon­ti­nen­tal Frank­furt; ihg.com.

EM­BER BAR AND LOUNGE

The web­site says ca­sual, but the vibe is more for­mal and guests do dress ac­cord­ingly. Em­ber Bar and Lounge is “de­signed in part­ner­ship with the renowned cham­pagne brand Veuve Clic­quot”, and is one of the more pop­u­lar cham­pagne and cock­tail bars in Frank­furt. There is live mu­sic ev­ery Wed­nes­day from 9pm-11pm. Those look­ing to in­dulge on a week­day, late af­ter­noon, will find respite in its Candy Bar and Cake (open from 3pm-6pm) that serves a va­ri­ety of sweets and snacks.

• Open daily 8am-1am; tel: +49 69 2972370; at Jumeirah Frank­furt; jumeirah.com.

FLEM­ING’S CLUB

Sit­ting next to the win­dows, or in the bal­cony dur­ing sum­mer, one can en­joy an un­in­ter­rupted panorama of Frank­furt. The lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional wine se­lec­tion is im­pres­sive here — 2014 Ries­ling Spätlese frucht­süß, 2015 Picpoul de Pinet, 2016 Wiener Gemis­chter Satz DAC and Reims - Cham­pagne Barons de Roth­schild are some ex­am­ples. It has been put to­gether by Flem­ing’s wine ex­perts who have made an ef­fort to pair them with most of the dishes served at the resto-bar. Busi­ness trav­ellers will find that it is a re­lax­ing venue to spend a quiet evening with a small group, or even alone with a glass, while look­ing over the city be­low.

• Open Mon­day-Saturday noon-11pm; tel: +49 800 3737700; at Flem­ing’s Se­lec­tion Hotel Frank­furt-City; flem­ings-ho­tels.com.

JFK BAR

It is named af­ter the late Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent John F Kennedy. Of the more than 120 cock­tails, co­gnacs, malt whiskies and wines on its menu, most con­coc­tions get their names from some­thing that is sig­nif­i­cant to the Kennedy fam­ily. For ex­am­ple,“The Equestri­enne” is how JFK Bar de­scribes Jac­que­line Kennedy Onas­sis and has thus named one cock­tail af­ter her, in ad­di­tion to “Jac­que­line” and “First Lady”. When the weather warms up, its Villa Garden of­fers al fresco seat­ing where guests groove to live DJs and en­ter­tain­ment. Un­til March 31, JFK Fri­day’s Jazz night starts at 8pm ev­ery week.

• Open daily 9am-1am; tel: +49 69 717121210; at Rocco Forte Villa Kennedy; roc­co­forte­ho­tels.com.

ROOMERS BAR

The in­te­ri­ors are dark in the po­etic sense, with black chan­de­liers hanging over ta­bles, padded walls, and a dark bar top with gothic-look­ing, yet chic soft fur­nish­ings. The dim light­ing adds to its lounge-like in­te­ri­ors. Cosy booths are lined along the walls — a pre­ferred spot for an in­ti­mate night out. In 2016 it was awarded the “Best Bar of the Year” by Mixol­ogy Bar Awards in Ber­lin. To date its cock­tails are much soughtafter. Post dinner, it turns into a wild party venue, es­pe­cially dur­ing the week­ends. There is live mu­sic ev­ery Wed­nes­day and on other days a DJ spins beats through the night.

• Open Mon­day-Saturday 11am-4am, Sun­day 11am-2am; tel: +49 69 271342815; at Roomers; roomers.eu.

Left and right: JFK Bar and its up­per lounge; and Roomers Bar

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