Best cocktail bars in Frankfurt
Our pick of the best cocktail bars in Frankfurt offers not only the most delicious mixed drinks in the city but also some of the most stylish interiors as well as world-class service. Our edit covers everything from a stylish speakeasy-style bar to an Asian-inspired bar and restaurant known for its Japanese-style cocktails
The interior design of Asian-inspired bar and restaurant Zenzakan uses dark wood, gold-leaf detailing and subdued lighting to luxurious effect. Many of the house drinks are based around sake – Japanese rice wine – with authentic wooden sake barrels making a striking feature. The food menu includes an extensive selection of sushi, tempura and charcoal-grilled meats and seafood. Enjoy a glass of chilled fizz in the relaxing Geisha Room, where privacy and comfort are key.
Zenzakan, Taunusanlage 15, 60325 Frankfurt, +49 (0)69 9708 6908
Vai Vai offers industrial chic décor, Italian cuisine and cocktails that look incredible and taste even better. Exposed stone walls, copper features and wooden pallets create a distinctly on-trend atmosphere, and a fully stocked bar with bottles of all shapes, colours and sizes adds to the eye-catching design. You would be forgiven for missing this bar while exploring the city as the unassuming entrance is on the ground floor of an office building, but step inside and the contrast is stunning. The extensive drinks menu includes a variety of wines and a number of bespoke cocktails. Sit at the marble-topped bar and ask for the Ernesto Campari, a perfect blend of Campari, cherry liqueur, lime and fresh grapefruit.
Vai Vai, Grüneburgweg 16, 60322 Frankfurt, +49 (0)69 9055 9305
Located in the Grandhotel Hessischer Hof, one of Frankfurt’s most luxurious hotels, Jimmy’s Bar is known as one of the city’s smartest places for a cocktail. Inspired by traditional American bars, the space features red leather chairs, dark wood and even a piano (live music is played each evening), calling to mind a classic gentlemen’s club. With its expertly mixed drinks, stylish atmosphere and outstanding service, Jimmy’s attracts a mature and elegant clientele. A modern take on a classic style of venue, Jimmy’s Bar is a must-visit in Frankfurt.
Jimmy’s Bar, Grandhotel Hessischer Hof, Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 40, 60325 Frankfurt, +49 (0)69 75400
Housed in the sleek contemporary hotel of the same name, Roomers bar is highly stylish and caters to a glamorous clientele. The award-winning bar is centrally located in a building designed by architect studio Grübel alongside internationally famed Romanian designer Oana Rosen, which features a dramatic domed roof, clean black slate and luxurious leather interiors. In the bar, dramatic light fittings set an elegant yet cosy scene for evening drinks, while studded walls, tall quilted bar stools and wooden tables create an intimate atmosphere. The cocktail menu, which changes to embrace the best seasonal ingredients, is inspired by the team’s love of music, with each drink dedicated to a famous song.
Roomers, Gutleutstrasse 85, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, +49 (0)69 271 3420
Take a step back in time in this prohibition-themed cocktail bar, which features velvet seating, dimly lit alcoves and a menu of some of the city’s tastiest drinks. With multiple mixology awards to its name, Gekkos offers patrons a tour of different drinking eras, as well as presenting some of today’s most exciting flavours and ingredients. Drinks often feature locally sourced seasonal ingredients and high-quality spirits; bourbon is a particular speciality, with over 50 different types on offer. The cocktail menu is dedicated to German geographer and explorer Alexander von Humboldt, and features drinks inspired by the different countries he visited on his journeys around the world.
Gekkos, Hochstrasse 4, 60313 Frankfurt, +49 (0)69 1338 02480
Chinaski offers some of the finest beverages – from spirits to wines – sourced from around the world. Choose from classic drinks such as the champagne cocktail, or try inventive house specials including the Chinaski Lemonade, an irresistible blend of premium dark rum, elderflower liqueur, lime and ginger ale. For something truly memorable, sign up to a class and learn how to make your own cocktails, or simply relax in the bar and admire the décor: think wooden floors, whitewashed brick walls splashed with palm prints, and graffiti-style murals. This place is always busy with locals and visitors alike, and with good reason.
Chinaski, Bockenheimer Landstrasse 1-3, 60325 Frankfurt, +49 (0)151 6450 6503
22nd Lounge & Bar
As its name suggests, the 22nd Lounge & Bar is situated on the 22nd floor of one of Frankfurt’s glossy skyscrapers. With impressive views over the city, it is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a drink on a warm summer’s evening. Don’t miss the bartender’s special, the beautifully pink Currant Margarita, blended from cranberry, tequila, fresh lime, elderberry syrup and bitters.
22nd Lounge & Bar, Innside Frankfurt Eurotheum, Neue Mainzer Strasse 66-68, 60311 Frankfurt, +49 (0)69 210880