"Each club has its own door policy, as they call it," Tim Becker explains.
Clubs have thousands of different rules, the spokesperson for Hamburg's Association of Clubs and Bars adds.
Sometimes clubs have strict rules on outfits: no jeans and trainers, only suits.
Others deny entry to anyone who's had one drink too many.
Tourists, hen parties and locals mill around the hyper-trendy nightclubs, crowded bars and seedy sex shops in the area. Sometimes, he says, the bouncers single him out in the queue and discreetly tell him not to bother even trying. Becker is adamant that clubs don't discriminate on the basis of skin color.
"No, there is definitely no quota for black people - or yellow, or green or whatever else!
John, Paul, George and Ringo once recorded here before they hit the big time.
Now it's a hostel, a bar, a morning café, an art house and a favourite neighbourhood hangout. If you're travelling by taxi from the airport, it’ll cost you around €30 and it’s a 20-minute drive to Generator Hamburg.
The black group was denied entry at seven out of eight clubs.
The second time, the same two groups, plus three Turkish-looking men, went to five clubs.
With work by local artist Till Keifer and design touches such as exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, you'll feel right at home in this smart and cosy hostel. If you are coming from Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), take the Kirchenallee Exit and Generator is across the street!
If you're coming by plane, take the S1 S-Bahn line from the airport. Generator Hamburg puts you right in the centre of this beautiful city, the second largest in Germany and of the most renowned worldwide.
COSY HAMBURG HOSTEL WITH HISTORY Generator is ready to accommodate solo holidaymakers and couples as well as groups of friends, families and strangers.