The neon light of Roxy, © Ole Löding


In the heart of the rings

In the middle of the Belgian Quarter, within view of the Six Pack vinyl has been played at the Roxy (formerly the “Panoptikum”) since 1974. Live bands from the US, Europe and Africa share the venue with international DJs. The focus is on Brazil, soul, funk, disco, jazz, reggae and house. Thursday is live jazz night.

During the 1970s, the club was frequented by Arno Steffen, Wolfgang Niedecken and Jürgen Zeltinger, who also played there. From the start, the audience was always mixed, with no importance given to social class. The old Roxy sign originates from the cinema in the Südstadt district, and was purchased for two crates of Kölsch beer. During the 1980s, diplomats from the former capital Bonn came here, as well as the high society from the region. Today, it is the long history of the club that makes the Roxy so special, and above all the constant, widely varying music played there with outstanding sound quality. The investments in the sound system and the acoustic optimisation of the space have been worth their while. Visitors from France, Belgium and particularly the Netherlands come to the Roxy when artists such as Moodymann, Boy George, Ron Trent or Ebo Taylor are on the bill.

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Aachener Str. 2, 50674 Cologne

The sign at Roxy, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

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