As far as nightlife in Europe goes, Berlin’s got the title of best clubbing city firmly in the bag. Since the 90’s, Berlin’s dance floor action has reached near-mythical status; the clubber culture having become both a lifestyle and a religion.
This is a city where the nightlife is intense. Techno still rules the house, though there are plenty of other beats like hip hop, dancehall and dubstep. From edgy clubs with recycled venues (two of the biggest hot spots are ensconced in abandoned power stations and two more in old swimming pools) and outdoor performances under summer skies, the following are the best nightclubs in Berlin.
But a word of warning before you make a 7pm start on the Jägermeister: pace yourself. With no official closing time for clubs and bars, the party often doesn’t peak until the wee hours and continues through mid-morning or beyond. Clubs tend to fill up around 2am and parties here last all night, with few places turfing people out before 9am.
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The Best Nightclubs in Berlin
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Prinzenstraße 85f, 10969 Berlin
Prince Charles is a stylish mix of club and bar, built into an old factory swimming pool. They’ve aimed to create a pool like atmosphere, with concrete flooring, and bench seating around the bar which is cleverly placed within the sunken pool.
There’s electro, techno and house on the turntable every weekend, and it’s a great place to grab a couple of cocktails in a casual setting before it becomes a raging dance club. The club often plays host to cultural events, so it’s always worth checking out their website to see what’s going on.
Berghain & Panorama Bar
Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin
Known as the church of techno, Berghain is a hardcore party chamber in a converted power station. Massive, mythical and sometimes monstrously hard to get into, it is one of the most famous clubs in the world, and “comes close to the no-holds-barred European clubbing that American film producers dream of”.
There are two different clubs inside. International superstar DJs helm the decks of Berghain, while house dominates the upper Panorama Bar. It’s the perfect place to have a drink, calm down and then go back to Berghain where beats continue right through to Monday morning.
The best clubbing times are Sunday morning and Sunday night, though the door policy has a reputation for being difficult and random. Your best bet for getting in is to be discrete as you can in the queue.
Auguststraße 24, 10117 Berlin
This is a legendary Berlin dance hall which celebrated its 100th anniversary in late 2013. “Today, the patina of yesteryear still hangs over the tinsel-decorated, high-ceilinged ballroom that draws dance-happy hipsters aged 20 to 80 with different sounds nightly.”
There’s no techno or electro, though you will find everything else – salsa to tango, swing to waltz, cha cha to disco. Fridays and Saturdays are the nights to go, when a live band strikes up after 11pm. Sturdy wooden tables circle the dance floor, and dancers can stop for a bite of pizza or great German food.
Falckensteinstraße 49, 10997 Berlin
Watergate is one of the city’s most popular clubs. With DJ’s from top international labels every weekend, it’s a hotspot among electronic music lovers, and has a head-spinning LED ceiling installation on the main floor.
It’s not a big club, but the hype is that it’s beautiful. Located beneath the beautiful Oberbaumbrueke Bridge on the River Spree, there are floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows which overlook the river, and the outside terrace is a highly scenic spot to take a party pause.
Köpenicker Str. 70, 10179 Berlin
Another club in an abandoned power station, Tresor is one of the largest and most respected clubs in Berlin, and one of one of the legendary early clubs in the city. It’s history goes back to 1988, and “the sheer size of the building impresses and its derelict nature makes it reminiscent of a horror movie set.”
There are three separate but connected floors, all with never-ending pounding music; techno, industrial, and acid.
Hauptstraße 15, 10317 Berlin
Sisyphos is not like any other club in Berlin. In fact, it’s not just a club. It’s a festival, a club, a beach, a bar, it’s a magical village with many diverse ways of having fun!
Half of Berlin spends their summer here, and there are memorable parties every two weeks. There’s a huge outside area where you can chill out, an abandoned bus (you can sit in it or no top), a small lake surrounded by sand, a pizza place and a labyrinth of dance floors. The ‘Hammerhalle’ is one of the biggest dance floors in Berlin and will blow your ears off with their amazing sound system.
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