Berlin’s party zones
Berlin’s nightlife is legendary, colorful and multifaceted. Some new clubs catch the spotlight of the world while others disappear just as quickly. Many places also offer young up-and-coming bands a stage for possible stardom. For example, the Berlin punk band “Die Ärzte” had its first gigs in the SO 36 club in Kreuzberg, which remains a popular party address to this day. The greatest club density can be found in the districts of Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. Things often get started here in the early evening at an after-work party, such as in the noble Adagio (Mitte) or in the loungelike Reingold (Mitte).
The hottest nightlife spots in Berlin
Elegant penthouse club with breathtaking view of Potsdamer Platz. Named after the time it takes for the elevator to reach the 8th floor. Three roof terraces, three lounges, a restaurant and a 10-m long bar.
›› Tiergarten, Potsdamer Str. 58, Tel. 89 06 42 41
At this extravagant location, people party and flirt listening to chart hits and oldies. Medieval interior with stained-glass windows, painted walls and ceiling, stone and wooden floor, candles and lots of flowers.
›› Tiergarten, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1, Tel. 2 58 98 90
Simple yet classy interior with solid brick columns and arches. Everything from pop to rock music, sometimes even live. If you get bored, you can always check out the rest of the Kulturbrauerei area.
›› Prenzlauer Berg, Knaack Str. 97, Tel. 44 34 19 52
Parties and cocktails for fussy clubgoers over 27 years. Elegant lounge, ballroom with two bars and dance club, playing music, ranging from soul to r&b. Beautiful historical terrace on the banks of the Teltow Canal in the summer. Dinner and dance on Fridays. Trendy business after-work party on Wednesday.
›› Tempelhof, Mariendorfer Damm 3 (Ullsteinhaus), Tel. 74 07 06 09
Berlin’s newest trendy club has taken root a few meters underground in the basement of the Hilton at Gendarmenmarkt. Its all-in-one concept combines a bar, restaurant and club in one. During the week there’s live music focused on jazz, while at the weekend the club parties hard to the sounds of the latest house and electro DJs. The great sound system creates an unrivalled sound sensation.
›› Mitte, Mohrenstr. 30, Tel. 22 00 23 96
An institution for old and young, particularly for dancing couples. Friday is tango night and midweek there are Latin American rhythms at the Wednesday Club.
›› Kreuzberg, Am Tempelhofer Berg 7d, Tel. 69 50 50 00
This is a big hit in Berlin’s club scene. It’s in an impressive old industrial building on several floors and is decorated with giant pictures taken by photographer Wolfgang Tillmanns. Techno music.
›› Friedrichshain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, Tel. 29 36 02 10
Large selection of cocktails, unpretentious retro style and alternating DJs have made this bar a Kreuzberg institution.
›› Kreuzberg, Oranien Str. 31, Tel. 61 65 93 99
Music, club, café and bar, with a large outdoor terrace in summer. Also has live music. Wonderfully “normal” place to go for people who don’t need to “see and be seen,” but who just want to party in a relaxed way with nice people. The music is just as mixed as the guests.
›› Friedrichshain, Revaler Str. 99, Tel. 47 38 59 49
In this club, everyone is certain to stay cool because on the way to the dance floor, you pass through a kind of jumbo refrigerator that’s coated from top to bottom with ice! But don’t worry, beyond this, a vodka bar will heat you up again. In addition, a very diverse party program is on offer, with hot Electro, Hip-Hop or Soul beats. These are often spun by well-known Berlin DJs.
›› Mitte, Köpenicker Str. 126, Tel. 0151/14 96 55 39
his trendy club, which is well-known for its big cocktail bar, has a stylish, cozy atmosphere. Located on the Hackescher Markt, this is where Berliners in their 20s party. It also has a restaurant serving modern, international food.
›› Mitte, Am Zwirngraben 8-10, Tel. 24 72 74 01
The Dice Club attracts fans of tech-house into the holy halls of a former transformer substation on Friday and Saturday evenings. Here, they find a typical underground flair coupled with minimalist styling, providing for the right amount of “made in Berlin” club feeling.
›› Mitte, Voltaire Str. 5, www.dice-club.de
Great combination of the finest Italian cuisine, classy lounge and bar and first-rate clubbing. On Thursdays, you can chill at the RTL After-Business Club starting at 7 pm.
›› Mitte, Behrenstr. 72, Tel. 3 01 11 71 52
Concerts, parties and DJs on every day of the year. You can get your strength up with tasty snacks and drinks in the restaurant before diving into the heaving masses on the dance floor.
›› Prenzlauer Berg, Schönhauser Allee 36, Tel. 7 26 27 93 30
Fritz Club im Postbahnhof
This trendy club is in two authentically restored mail halls and accommodates up to 1,200 clubbers. Parties, concerts, disco and special events.
›› Friedrichshain, Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, Tel. 6 98 12 80
Mostly electronic music, plus some black music. Party ’til you drop.
›› Prenzlauer Berg, Am Friedrichshain 33, Tel. 42 02 14 05
This is easily Berlin’s most imposing party and event location. It offers the perfect setting for any high-class event, including gala dinners, fashion shows and presentations, creating an ambience of pure glamour with details such as murano glass chandeliers and a magical lighting system. Berlin’s Beautiful People have discovered Goya and they pose here every Friday and Saturday night during different theme nights such as the Over 30s party or Balkan night. It’s also worth visiting the attached Foodclub Elephant, which serves quality international cuisine.
›› Schöneberg, Nollendorfplatz 5, Tel. 4 19 93 90 00
The Hafenbar (harbor bar) has an eccentric, yet successful combination. German pop hits are played exclusively on Fridays amid wooden planks, fishing nets and portholes. On Saturdays, a dance hungry international crowd enjoys English language hits.
›› Mitte, Chaussee Str. 20, Tel. 2 82 85 93
Arena Berlin’s club and restaurant ship. An extraordinary club location on the river Spree. Three decks and a fantastic view of Berlin’s skyline.
›› Treptow, Eichen Str. 4, Tel. 5 33 20 30
This club is a trendsetter for music and style. For more than a decade, the former brewery has offered Berlin partygoers different concerts, parties and special events, mainly from the electro scene.
›› Prenzlauer Berg, Cantian Str. 15, Tel. 3 22 97 05 20
Mary and Joseph’s new baby, the Jesus Club, is finding sanctuary in the back rooms of Maria am Ostbahnhof club. Jesus gives top priority to musical experimentation and innovation. This concept, along with special events such as live performances and visual art, makes the club a potential small jewel in Berlin’s nightlife scene.
›› Friedrichshain, Stralauer Platz 33-34/An der Schillingbrücke
Trendy club with an older clientele who enjoy small concerts anddancing in the Junction Bar’s downstairs party lounge.
›› Kreuzberg, Gneisenau Str. 18, Tel. 6 94 66 02
Vladimir Kaminer’s novel Russian Disco has made this legendary club famous. A colorful crowd dances and drink here, listening to new jazz or blues. Good off-concerts, sometimes featuring Russian bands. Occasional poetry slams and readings.
›› Mitte, Tor Str. 58/60, Tel. 28 04 64 95
A listed former factory, with a nice green courtyard now hosts all kinds of events, including concerts, fashion shows, readings, dinner parties and parties. The “schöne Party” (beautiful party) is an institution with everyone over 25. This event, featuring music of various styles on four floors, is a great opportunity to flirt and takes place every second Saturday.
›› Mitte, Johannis Str. 2, Tel. 59 00 43 40
This large hall in the Kulturbrauerei has developed into a top-class concert hall over the last couple of years. In addition to concerts, there are parties, readings and theater performances.
›› Prenzlauer Berg, Knaack Str. 97 (Kulturbrauerei), Tel. 44 31 50
Not a standard Berlin nightlife location, but a good place to party to rock, techno, crossover or live music.
›› Tiergarten, Lehrter Str. 35, Tel. 3 97 50 56
rock era of alternative culture, hosting many concerts and events.
›› Prenzlauer Berg, Kremmener Str. 9-11, Tel. 4 49 11 72
This former cinema is now used by Berlin partygoers as a concert hall and club. It still has a 1960s design, with a nice beer garden that’s covered in winter.
›› Kreuzberg, Cuvrystr.7, Tel. 69 56 68 40
Maria / Joseph am Ostbahnhof
An institution with two clubs that is well known throughout the city. The place has managed to defy commercialization.
›› Friedrichshain, Stralauer Platz 33-34/
An der Schillingbrücke, Tel. 21 23 81 90
This brick-vaulted club is mostly underground and has been a firm part of Berlin’s club scene for 15 years. Thanks to its many dance floors, the club offers lots of different music through the whole week, including house, r’n’b, rock, hip hop and dance hall.
›› Friedrichshain, Warschauer Platz 18, Tel. 29 36 99 90
My Name is Barbarella
The Kreuzberg area has a new attraction. In a stylish retro backdrop on two floors (depending on how big the crowd is), party-goers dance to house, elektro and minimal Techno. Reasonable prices, LED lighting on the ceiling and a nice view of Kreuzberg’s night-life through a fully glazed front window make a visit here not to be missed.
›› Kreuzberg, Skalitzer Str. 36
Large, modern club with two dance floors, elegant leather upholstery and booths. Music: soul, R&B, salsa and soul classics, 1980s and 1990s pop, dance, disco house, black music hits.
›› Friedrichshain, Warschauer Platz 18, Tel. 29 36 99 90
A cozy location immersed in red, with a living room atmosphere. You can dance to extravagant electronic beats, play table tennis or marvel at unusual exhibitions.
›› Prenzlauer Berg, Schönhauser Allee 36, Tel. 67 30 44 57
Trendy 120 sq m 1970s-style club with dance floor, bar and small lounge area. Various party events, concerts and fashion shows. Clubsound is mainly jazz, soul and swing.
›› Mitte, Hackesche Höfe, Rosenthaler Str. 40/41, Tel. 28 39 18 86
Pavillon am Friedrichshain
A mixed crowd parties at this club in the middle of a park. Soul, funk and jazz. A beer garden is open during the day in summer.
›› Friedrichshain, Frieden Str. 101/Ecke Platz der
Vereinten Nationen, Tel. 42 08 09 90
Legendary downstairs club beneath the Weltrestaurant Markthalle, playing music that everyone can dance to. Occasional concerts and theme evenings.
›› Kreuzberg, Pückler Str. 34, Tel. 22 68 21 78
The music, bass and volume don’t drown each other out, so you can hear what you and your friends are saying in the cozy green bar area. It’s a little louder in the totally red dance area.
›› Friedrichshain, Kopernikusstr./Ecke Libauer Str. 1, Tel. 0151/14 96 55 39
Cozy club furnished with sofas, four floors and a beautiful terrace that is frequented by a more alternative audience. Playing indie, punk rock, electro or Britpop – it depends on the day of the week.
›› Friedrichshain, Revaler Str. 29
In this former subway station turned into a club, Berlin’s in-crowd dances to rock, funk, house and techno on four levels. This has long been one of the city’s most popular clubs.
›› Mitte, Köpenicker Str. 76, Tel. 2 78 98 30
A veteran among gay clubs with regular, changing theme nights such as London Calling with indie, rock and elektro or Hadi Hadi with Turkish hits and Arab pop and house.
›› Kreuzberg, Mehringdamm 61, Tel. 6 29 08 80
Berlin’s more chic partygoers come here, Thursday through Sunday: black music, salsa, r’n’b or disco house.
›› Prenzlauer Berg, Schönhauser Allee 36, Tel. 44 31 51 44
Spindler & Klatt
This great club lounge directly on the Spree with a special flair is in a stylish factory building. You can enjoy electronic music and good food while relaxing on designer divan beds.
›› Kreuzberg, Köpenicker Str. 16-17, Tel. 3 19 88 18 60
Large club with lounge, a second floor and a pool area. Various theme parties Fridays and Saturday. Music from r’n’b and dance classics to 1980s and rock.
›› Prenzlauer Berg, Straßburger Str. 55, Tel. 4 41 82 21
Famous Berlin techno club that has been housed in a former thermal power station in Mitte since May 2007. The new location is larger and louder than ever with ample room over three floors for dance-crazed lovers of house music and electronic sounds from every corner of the world.
›› Mitte, Köpenicker Str. 70
This star in Berlin’s party heaven offers top-class trendy music of all styles and a fantastic view of the Spree and the Oberbaumbrücke.
›› Kreuzberg, Falkensteinstr. 49, Tel. 61 28 03 96
Trendy club for Berlin’s party people on the 12th and 15 floors with a roof terrace. Deep house, hip hop and funk.
›› Mitte, Am Alexanderplatz 5 (Haus des Reisens)
Sometimes punk rock bands perform on stage at this friendly rocker bar. The beer has names such as Mord & Totschlag (murder and manslaughter). You can play tabletop soccer or pool. The food is good, too.
›› Kreuzberg, Gneisenau Str. 2a, Tel. 32 52 63 87
This arts center in the middle of the River Spree regularly hosts a diverse range of music concerts. Young or old, there is something for everyone.
›› Treptow, Alt-Treptow 6, Tel. 35 12 61 18
›› Mitte, Johannis Str. 2, Tel. 59 00 43 40
n its new venue, the Magnet Club still offers guests a wide spectrum of music and with electro to rock, there’s something for everyone.
›› Kreuzberg, Falckensteinstr. 48, Tel. 44 00 81 40
This club with a 1950s retro atmosphere is housed in the Volksbühne and is as the name suggests, all in red and radiates a warm and cozy atmosphere. Most acts are insiders’ tips. Always worth a visit.
›› Mitte, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Tel. 41 71 75 12
Authentic left-wing pub, first opened in the days of squatter protests. Live rock and punk music on from Thursday till Sunday.
›› Mitte, Acker Str. 169, Tel. 2 82 65 27
Legendary venue of alternative Kreuzberg during the 1980s and still a popular place. Techno on Monday, rock concerts or standard ballroom dance night on the weekend, regular punk and rock concerts. On Sunday there’s Café Fatal, an event that includes a dance course, variety show, German pop music and the Disco36. The SO 36’s long-term future now seems secure thanks to a new soundproofed wall.
›› Kreuzberg, Oranien Str. 190, Tel. 61 40 13 06
Speiches Blues & Rockkneipe
Well known and down-to-earth neighborhood pub with live music, frequented by aged rockers who are worth a look at.
›› Prenzlauer Berg, Raumer Str. 39, Tel. 4 44 56 24
Very stylish interior, top-class jazz and live bands, playing music of all styles. A co-founder of the club is German actor Ben Becker, who occasionally drops in himself. The doors only open on Thursday from 7 pm for the after-work party.
›› Tiergarten, Lützowplatz 9, Tel. 23 00 47 94
Wild at Heart
Visitors become all shook up at this establishment in the heart of Kreuzberg. Rock concerts and DJs bring the place to a boil. The slightly more quiet bar serves as a chill-out zone.
›› Kreuzberg, Wiener Str. 20, Tel. 61 07 47 01
An authentic pub trying to defy central Berlin trends. Concerts ranging from rock to jazz in the basement.
›› Mitte, Tucholsky Str. 30, Tel. 2 80 76 64
Chic modern jazz club. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet a local jazz greats at the late-night session on Sunday.
›› Charlottenburg, Bleibtreu Str. 1/Ecke Pestalozzi Str.
Tel. 3 13 25 50, www.a-trane.de
At last, a ground floor jazz club with a big glass window façade. Good cocktails. The music ranges from classic jazz to tango. Flamenco nights, live music or events almost every day.
›› Mitte, Rosenthaler Str. 13, Tel. 2 83 31 23
All-in-one: a jazz club established 20 years ago, a restaurant and music café with garden. Live music Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday and Saturday.
›› Wilmersdorf, Badensche Str. 29/Ecke Berliner Str.
Tel. 8 61 00 80, www.badenscher-hof.de
Small but nice jazz club near the Savigny Platz with special charm, good cocktails and a friendly crowd.
›› Charlottenburg, Carmer Str. 2, Tel. 36 44 15 44
Small, good source of daily live jazz and satirical comedy. On Mondays, entry is free.
›› Mitte, Chaussee Str. 18, Tel. 4 48 21 60
One of the oldest jazz clubs in Berlin where you can admire jazz and blues greats performing on stage as well as, now and again, other sounds such as funk, Soul and rock.
›› Charlottenburg, Kant Str. 12a, Tel. 3 12 80 86
Jazz, swing and r&b are the focus in this cozy jazz cellar, which has been open 100 years.
›› Kreuzberg, Yorck Str. 15, Tel. 2 15 80 70, www.yorckschloesschen.de