A wide range of different kinds of restaurants and pubs is located all over the old town. The most famous street of Bamberg with many pubs and some brewery-restaurants typical for Bamberg (e.g., Schlenkerla), the Sandstrasse, is located near the conference venue (just cross the bridge towards the hill and turn right). If you like it (a little) less touristic and cheaper, the conference venue is close to the Austrasse with its cafes and small restaurants.
If you would like to eat and drink like locals, the brewery-pubs are the place to go. As Bamberg is the center of the region with the highest density of breweries in the whole world (no kidding, nearby Aufsess has four breweries and 1500 inhabitants, Bamberg has 9 breweries and 70000 inhabitants), there are many of these traditional places, here we only give a list of the most famous ones. Please see the Franconia Beer Guide for descriptions of the almost 300 breweries in Franconia.
In Bamberg, we recommend Fässla, Spezial (facing each other at Obere Königstrasse), Greifenklau (Laurenziplatz 20, a little remote, but very good food and beer), Klosterbräu (Obere Mühlbrücke 1-3, oldest brewery in town) and more. If the weather is good, people are leaving the pubs and gathering at the beer gardens (actually the correct phrase is “on top of the beer cellar”, because the old beer storage cellars were built beneath). The most famous of these places is Spezialkeller (our neighbors at Sternwartstr.) which not only offers one of the best smoked beers, but you can also enjoy an impressive view of the old city from there. A reception for all participants of the meeting will be held here on Wednesday, August 17. The largest beer garden is Wilde Rose Keller (Oberer Stephansberg 49, near Sternwarte). The big trees there are shady, which makes it a comfortable place when it is hot.
International food is also served at various places. If you like oriental food there is an Indian restaurant not too far away from the conference venue (Frauenstr. 2). There is an Irish Pub if you don’t like the Bamberg beer any more (Obere Sandstraße 11). Rather good Spanish food can be found at Bolero (Judenstr. 7) or La Solea (Austraße 10). Poseidon (Habergasse 11) or Bei Dimi (Unterer Kaulberg 56) are Greek restaurants with authentic Greek food.
Bamberg nightlife takes place at the pubs (beer gardens close between 23h and midnight), which are concentrated in Sandstrasse (e.g. Stilbruch, Mondscheinbar, Lewinskys) and Austrasse (e.g. Esspress, Hofcafe). If you like to dance until late (different kinds of party music) you should go to Live Club (Obere Sandstr. 7) or Calimeros (Lange Str. 8).