Opened in 1951, the award winning Jimmy's Bar at Grandhotel Hessischer Hof is an essential part of Frankfurt nightlife. It is not only known as the Best Cocktail Bar in Frankfurt, but has also been awarded the "Best Piano Bar in Town".
Not that one is necessarily turned away at the small white door that has to be rang to gain access but this is not a bar that serves "just in fashion" cocktails in a modern stylish setting to the funky hip crowd. The Jimmy's is an old-school American bar, a bar in the classic mould with mondane red-leather wing back chairs, wood-panneled walls and tie wearing bartenders; it is about perfectly made drinks mixed with premium spirits - just like the clintele consisting of reliable habitués, regular "occasionals" and guests in town.
Door scrutiny has lesser to do with clothing or appearance - afterall the likes of Mick, Keith and other gentlemen of the rock scene are repeated visitors after concerts in the vis-a-vis Festhalle - but, like with the drinks, the right mix and atmosphere.
Ambiance is very relaxed, never loud enough to interfere with the unobtrusive background piano music yet very convivial and very familiar. This is the place, where the 18 year old can invite his grandfather for a few Martinis on his 70th birthday. An all time favourite to wind-down over a cognac and a cigar before going to bed after a long streneous day and an enjoyable well-earned dinner.
The Jimmy's is all about tradition, classic drinks, only the best brands, timelessness... and spiritus rector for over 36 years is Andrés Amador who, with barman extraordinaire Martin Mack, attends to guests with the composure and discretion quintessential for the profession, but in a rare relaxed, warm and personal manner. About Andrés, who knows everyone in town, the local daily Frankfurter Rundschau wrote in 2012 "...André is a master of the paradox - absolute discretion by maximum communication".
One can't, in Frankfurt, talk about bars without mentioning Jimmy's. It belongs to the city like the Paulskirche, Goethe or the Frankfurter Schule, and to have been in town without visiting it is great fauxpas.
60325 Frankfurt am Main
P: +49 (69) 7540 - 0
|Opening hours:||open daily from 20:00-04:00
live Piano music 22:00-03:00
warm dishes until 03:00
Credit (all major cards)