Berlin might not be the first city that comes to your mind when thinking about wild and vibrant nightlife, but you should know that Germany’s capital has its share of parties, festivals and concerts that must not be missed. Here you can find everything you search for, from classical theatre to hip bars and underground clubs. You just have to know where to look for the right night location for you.
One of the most touristy night districts in Berlin is Mitte. Here you’ll discover some of the top bars and clubs in the city. As a tourist, you might find it quite difficult to enter some of the selective clubs, soa local guide would be of great help in this kind of situation. For something more chic, visit the Auguststraße in Mitte. It is the gallery district of Berlin, where you’ll find lots of museums, exhibitions, ballrooms and exquisite restaurants.
Osthafen is one of the newest additions to Berlin’s night districts. The former industrial port has become famous after MTV established its location in a warehouse around the area. This happened in 2004 and since then, Osthafen has become a top location for outdoor parties. It also features a swimming pool, trade fairs, concerts, lots of clubs and various beach bars. It is certainly the youngster’s favourite location during the summer.
Schöneberg is a night district with tradition, as it gathers people from all around the world since the 1920s. Don’t miss the magnificent “El Dorado” bar that gained its fame due to Marlene Dietrich, who frequented this place regularly. Some of the top locations in the area are: Habibi Arab Restaurant that will stay open till 3am daily, Slumberland, where you’ll have the chance to enjoy West African music, and Café Berio, one of the oldest in Schöneberg. The quarter is also gay friendly. For other large gay communities, you can visit Nollendorfplatz.
When talking about nightlife in Berlin, we cannot overlook the Savignyplatz district. This is the place where you cannot get bored, as there is always something happening here. Don’t miss the 12 ApostelRestaurant, with its delicious pizza, and Schwarzes Café that is almost always opened and has a very friendly atmosphere. If you’re into jazz, then Quasimodo will be the perfect place for you. This amazing cellar features fine and smooth jazz, alongside soul and funk and it’s opened till late.
Taking into consideration that most of the world-famous DJs are coming from Germany and / or Berlin, there is no wonder that this city features more than 200 clubs. Except for the highly selective ones, where tourists will have a hard time getting in, there are still numerous off the beaten clubs that will always welcome foreigners. As compared to most European cities and capitals, entrance to Berlin clubs is quite accessible (€5 - €10), but it does not include drinks.
The above-mentioned Mitte is the top clubbing district in Berlin, but Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg are also highly-appreciated. If you’re looking for something more mainstream, then you’ll have to visit PotsdamerPlatz and Charlottenburg. There is at least one club for every genre of music (techno, mainstream, electro, alternative rock, 60s beat etc.), so there will surely be one for your tastes, too. If you want to get a taste of Berlin’s clubbing scene, then you should plan your visit on a weekend, as most clubs are opened from Thursday till Saturday. The parties last till the morning and Berlin is known for its long after hours that can reach Monday evening in some cases.
One of the most famous techno clubs in Berlin is Tresor. It was closed in 2005, but reopened in 2007 and now it’s located in a power plant in Mitte. Their parties will start on Wednesdays, but the Saturdays are reserved for the top DJs. For something more stylish, go to 40 Seconds. This is actually the amount of time you’ll need to get to thedance floor with the elevator. This club has everything: house and R’n’B music, a fine dinner area, three wondrous roof terraces and stunning views of Berlin. If you usually think out of the box and don’t mind the sexual freedom, then you might likeKitKatClub, the place with the best trance, electro and techno music. Every evening has a strict dress code that must be respected. If you visit this place, be prepared for nonstop parties throughout the weekend.
If you’re not a fan of clubbing, but still want to enjoy a pleasant night in Berlin, then maybe a movie night is the best choice for you. There are numerous cinema and film festivals to help you with this. If you’re visiting the city during summer, then the numerous open air movie theatres will certainly appeal to you. FreiluftkinoFriedrichshain in VolksparkFriedrichshain allows people to sit on the grass and enjoy the movies they show. You can also bring your own snacks. Other open air cinemas that you can enjoy are: Open Air Kreuzberg (the oldest in the city), SommerkinoKulturforum and Rehberge.
The city is filled with classic cinemas that show blockbusters, classics, art house movies and current films. Also, when it comes to movies, you should not miss the Berlinale, advertised as the largest public film festival in the world. It takes place annually in February and it brings together film buffs and worldwide movie stars.
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