Sometimes it is so easy. You take a bar, a library, a hidden dancefloor, a movie theater and put it all in one fine location near the waterline. Sounds like an automatic crowd pleaser? Well, it is more complicated than that. The people at Golem take drinking seriously. They are Alchemists that retrieve old drink recipes every week. Sure, you can order a beer or a Moscow Mule, but you might also get a little glare with that order. Challenge the bar! These might be the best drinks you will have in Hamburg.
During the week they have countercultural readings or screenings, Jazz sessions or small concerts in the bar. On weekends, though, this place turns into something different. There are usually DJs playing and you suddenly realize that this bar has a dancefloor. Additionally, they will open the secret door (hidden between the bookshelves) to the basement, called the Krypta. There is yet another dancefloor – with different DJs, playing danceable music. This bar is really a club! Plus, you have a small movie theater in the back. Although it’s mostly used for taking a quick nap or for making out.
I like the fact that the Golem does not want to be a crowd pleaser. It is always challenging, wacky and a little bit off. But it’s got all the right ingredients for a great night. The people you will meet will be between 21 and 49, which is pretty cool. Best time to arrive is between 23:00 and midnight.