Leipzig is known for its association with classical music, but this does not mean that it is a formal or sleepy town.  In fact, it is one of the trendiest spots in Europe in terms of an active nightlife scene and is often favorably compared to nearby Berlin in terms of nightlife options.

Travelers should start out their night at Auerbach’s Keller ( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction... ),  a local restaurant which was first established in the sixteenth century and was then made famous in Goethe’s “Faust”.  Travelers can get a drink here to get the evening rolling.  Another bar related to Goethe’s influence in the area is the Mephisto Bar.  This latter bar has its own feature drink (the Mephisto Feuer or Satan’s Fire) which travelers should get if they stop in.  This is an excellent early night place which has live piano music on weekends.

From there, travelers can ditch the piano music and head to the more upbeat dance club scene.  There is usually a small cover fee at these clubs, somewhere between four and seven dollars.  Some of the top picks for this type of nightlife spot include Bounce 87, Nachtcafe, and Spizz.  Bounce 87 is an all-ages, all styles type of venue.  Nachtcafe, which is only open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, tends to cater to a younger adult crowd.  Spizz, open only on weekends, keeps the party going until five in the morning.

Travelers interested in the “alternative lifestyle” (or gay-friendly) scene should stop in at RoseLinde, which is the favored gay bar in the area.  It is open every day of the week but only has club dancing on weekends.