The location of Subway, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


The quick-change artist

There are few clubs in Cologne with such a history of change behind them as the small cellar club “Subway” just before the railway bridge on Aachener Strasse. Under the iconic entrance sign, this was one of the jazz hotspots in the city from 1970 onwards. On Tuesdays in particular, this was the place where American jazz greats performed, whose names make every jazz connoisseur’s heart beat faster: Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Archie Shepp and Dizzy Gillespie are just some of the artists who played here. Occasionally, the concerts were also broadcast on television, making the “Subway” a trans-regional advertisement for Cologne as a jazz city. When other clubs took over from the “Subway” as the best jazz venues to visit, the club changed its programme. After the building was converted in 2000, the “Subway” became established as a venue for hip hop and electronic music. Today, the great names from the “Sound of Cologne” scene come here to DJ. However, there’s also a place for indie music here, and for several years, the “Subway Jazz Orchestra” has also performed here about once a month. In this way, the club returns to its roots, at least once in a while.

Further information:
Aachener Str. 82-84, 50674 Cologne


Subway Auftritt, © Ole Löding

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