Nightlife in Berlin

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There's no where in the world that can compete with Berlin when it comes to the sheer diversity of it's nightlife. Berlin is arguably the hippest city in the world, which means you can find everything from pubs housed in derelict ruins to funky beach bars (albeit by the Spree side and not the seaside). It is also knocking on Amsterdam's door for the title of most liberal city in Europe and so as well as the standard rock, alternative and techno clubs you'll also find some more off-beat establishments! If you see any of the Berlin Life team at any such places we assure you that we're only there for research purposes...

Possibly the only downside to the Berlin nightlife is that it's notoriously difficult to navigate. Berlin is a vast city and tracking down the elusive door that is going to lead you to nocturnal heaven can be tricky. A lot of the best pubs, bars and clubs don't go out of the way to advertise themselves, meaning of course the punters have all the more fun when they finally do arrive! On the other hand you're only in Berlin for a short time right and you don't want to spend it wandering the streets asking hapless passer-bys where's the nearest hotspot, so read on for some top tips... or even better still, just check out this list of the top 10 Berlin Clubs.

Well the Mitte district has been the place to be for some time now. The former Eastern bloc slum has undergone a wonderful renaissance, meaning that whilst it has retained a few characteristic rough edges it also boasts top venues such as King Kong Klub, Kaffee Burger and Weekend to name but a few. Kreuzberg is another area worth investigating. More edgy than Mitte, and with a large number of artists and immigrants, it's slowly forging it's own reputation as a happening district. Equally, as Mitte has become more gentrified and touristy, residents of Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain are seeing some of the most hip and interesting spots spring up on their doorsteps. Try Club Maria or Spindler & Klatt for two completely different but equally cool venues. Fans of David Bowie meanwhile should make a line for Schoneburg, as this is where androgynous popstar and cult hero used to live and hangout. Today the area is extremely popular with Berlin's gay community with some fantastic cafes and clubs to check out.

Club-wise the Berlin nightlife really does spoil for choice, especially in the techno department where the city is recognised as a leading light around the world. Watergate and Tresor are two big names that revellers won't want to pass by, although if you're only in town for one night it has to be the already legendary Berghain and Panorama Bar - weaklings need not apply!

There are even more Berlin clubs in our drink section, so check them out and feel free to add your own reviews and help keep the site as up to date as possible. Happy clubbing!

 

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REN
United Arab Emirates

I am travelling tomorrow Berlin alone i do know anything

Reply Jun 9th, 2017
Editor

You will discover a lot about yourself and meet amazing people! Be brave, let yourself get lost as it is one of the true beauties of life. When you let yourself release control and the universe take over - trust - magical things can happen ;)

Reply Jun 12th, 2017
RENU GIHAR
United Arab Emirates

plz let me know about that

Reply Jun 9th, 2017
sophie
United Kingdom

I'm travelling to Berlin in November with my friend for her 21st but we are a bit worried about were to go for nightlife as we have heard the door policy is very strict. We have also read on a lot of reviews that it helps if you are older and speak German. We are both young girls who cannot speak any German and are struggling to find help on were is best to go for a good night out. We are wondering if anyone could please help us with what bars and clubs are good to attend preferably techno bars?

Reply Feb 15th, 2017
sophie
United Kingdom

I'm travelling to Berlin in November with my friend for her 21st but we are a bit worried about were to go for nightlife as we have heard the door policy is very strict. We have also read on a lot of reviews that it helps if you are older and speak German. We are both young girls who cannot speak any German and are struggling to find help on were is best to go for a good night out. We are wondering if anyone could please help us with what bars and clubs are good to attend preferably techno bars?

Reply Feb 15th, 2017
Dan
United Kingdom

I'm travelling to Berlin next week with 9 other mates (all male) for my 21st. I was just wondering if anyone on here could shed some light to give a few examples of places we would actually get into as I have read a lot about how strict the door policy is for British males. Any help would be very much appreciated, I just don't want to be wandering the streets of Berlin on my 21st because no where will let us in haha.

Reply Oct 6th, 2016
James
United Kingdom

I want to know if there is any exclusive clubs in berlin that play rnb?

Reply Sep 14th, 2016
Matt
United Kingdom

Maxxim Club in the west city. Had an epic night there.

Reply Nov 21st, 2016
kutu
Kenya

my experience at berlin night clubs esp sky club was epic................berlin nightlife a must if u r gonna visit the country.

Reply Jul 2nd, 2016
Jan
Spain

Sup! Wanna go out tomorrow (tuesday april 5th)...any tips? Hip hop, R&B, reggae, latino,...any fun bar open till late will be good hahaha

Reply Apr 4th, 2016
aydin
Azerbaijan

Im travelling to Berlin on Thursday 9th april and am looking for a club open that night I Particularly like techno but many open wed and the weekends. Help please?

Reply Feb 13th, 2016
sean starship
United Kingdom

Im travelling to Berlin on Thursday 9th april and am looking for a club open that night I Particularly like techno but many open wed and the weekends. Help please?

Reply Apr 1st, 2015
Greg
Australia

I've never found anywhere better than Berlin for partying and nightlife. Amazing !

Reply Mar 31st, 2015
Ben Trombacco
United Kingdom

I'm looking for a good nightlife photographer in March 2015 based in Berlin. I'll be there that month.

Reply Feb 14th, 2015
Hamed
Norway

Hello! Me and my friend we are to guys that are going to travel to Berlin in 2 weeks. From the 13th to the 22nd of February. Does anybody have some tip to which places and clubs we have to visit during our stay over there?

Reply Feb 3rd, 2015
Nick
Netherlands

Hi! I am visiting Berlin end of the month, for three days,little fashion trip, getting new ideas n getting inspired by new concepts, I am a 20yrs old, guy looking for a partner who could show me high-end fashion stores and knows about the clothing industry. Please let me know if you interested in helping me out, Thanks

Reply Feb 1st, 2015
Haridy
Egypt

Hey i am 21 male visiting berlin on 14 june, I need a partner to help me discover the city .

Reply Apr 11th, 2014
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United States

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Reply Mar 15th, 2014
United States

i am visiting berlin and hamburg in april first week 2014. any lady companion interested? mail me at chinu000@gmail.com

Reply Mar 6th, 2014
António
Portugal

Hey everyone! I am going with a friend of mine to Berlin from next saturday until tuesday! I would like to know if there are clubs opened on monday or sunday! We are two guys from portugal, if any ladie wants to join and show some places around, it would be great! thanks

Reply Jan 13th, 2014
Ali
Kuwait

I will be visit Berlin this coming August for a week and I will be alone please advice which best night club to visit please contact me only lady's lool sweet30@hotmail.co.uk

Reply Jul 17th, 2013
Michael
Brazil

Hello, me and my brazilian gf will be visiting Berlin from 21 to 24 june 2013. We are looking for a brazilian bar where everybody dances to brazilian (funk) music. If not possible then good latina bar with dancefloor. Thanx and maybe you can join us-)

Reply May 26th, 2013
Kareem
United States

I'm in Berlin now. Lots of entertainment even for me with my urban culture background. Find me on Facebook... Kareem cash

Reply May 15th, 2013
Deborah Daloia
Brazil

Hey guys... A friend and I will be in Berlin in June 2013 (13-17th) and we want some tips about bars, nightclubs where we can have fun....Tks

Reply Apr 28th, 2013
segun osa
Nigeria

i want to come and play in berlin night club i am musician from nigeria please give me the detain

Reply Apr 10th, 2013
alan sha
Lebanon

hii everybody i will be in Berlin on 10-23 June 2013 please recommend for me ,good places for night life bars,,club,,,i am 26 male,,,is there any lady want to join me ??please this is my contact email,,,alansha20@yahoo.com

Reply Apr 2nd, 2013
Lies
Belgium

HI, I'm planning on comming to Berlin the first week of september and would like to know some great places to stay & visit, 2th hand stores,lesbian pubs& clubs, restaurants & artshows... I'm 37 and something. Any tips are welcome. lisa@divinglisa.be

Reply Mar 24th, 2013
jas
United Kingdom

hi i going to berlin for ITB show and will be staying till 13th march to c the city as well , any nice bars n clubs recommendation pls advice and if any girll who wana join and show me around the city also drop an email at jas12003@hotmail.com best regards jas

Reply Mar 10th, 2013
Caroline
Sweden

Hi guys! Me and my friend are going to Berlin this summer and are wondering what the best clubs are. We're 19, girls from Sweden! email me: carolineljohansson@live.se

Reply Mar 3rd, 2013
lala
United Kingdom

Backyard Gallery/Club is THE BEST. Once you convinced the (actually pretty nice) doormen you have the fun of your life #Berlin standards. Very trendy, underground, hippest music and people, I LOVE this place

Reply Feb 7th, 2013
Vanisha
United Kingdom

Hi I'm also going to Berlin tomorrow from 1st-3rd Feb 2013. Can you tell me we all the best Rnb, Hip Hop, basement or Afro beat clubs are? we are two young girls mid 20s from london who want to make the most of our weekend out there.

Reply Jan 31st, 2013
James Brown
United Kingdom

I'm planning on visiting Mitte, Berlin on 1/2/13 - 3/2/13 with a few mates. And was wondering whether anyone can suggest any good winebars/clubs which play RnB/Hip-Hop/Soul/Soulful House. But above all else, good crowd, 30 plus age group?

Reply Jan 21st, 2013
César
United Kingdom

Hi, going to Berlin for the first time!!! with my girlfriend, love epicurious dinner,sipping well prepared cocktails and drinking huge amount of German beer before heading to crazy clubbing night, especially drum&bass.... Any suggestions???:P

Reply Nov 20th, 2012
Homer
United States

Hi there I will be in Berlin the 19th and 20th. 42wm lukin 2 meet any ladies or fun couples to party. CU

Reply Nov 10th, 2012
Ted
India

Will be in Berlin 21-23 September. Need a lady companion to show me around the beautiful city. I am Indian/ 45/ plastic surgeon

Reply Sep 17th, 2012
jiminy
United States

go to white trash fast food-unreal for moshers

Reply Sep 6th, 2012
Anu
United Kingdom

Just got to Berlin..in Mitte. Best places to party? Any girls wanna party let us know From UK

Reply Jul 18th, 2012
Lee King
Germany

I am american part of a rap group. Where are the best places to perform or where can we book a gig?

Reply Jul 9th, 2012
Elena
United States

I Love Celeste :)

Reply Feb 27th, 2012
louie
Lebanon

i've been in berlin for 1 month and actually i didnt go out for parties yet coz i had some problems and it is all solved now so if any1 interested in partying plz let me know u know am new nd i dnt have friends yet

Reply Feb 23rd, 2012
Numb15
Ireland

Panorama have an arbitrary entrance policy, with idiotic bouncers who give no explanations for turning people away. Bars around Kreuzberg are ok but filled with snotty Germans who blank all foreigners.

Reply Feb 18th, 2012
Joe
United States

Best city ever for nightlife! Nothing beats Berlin!

Reply Jan 9th, 2012
Simon
United States

Possibly going to Berlin for school next year, I like to party and dance. Hopefully I run in to some beautiful european girls and we can party together

Reply Nov 16th, 2011
Laura
Finland

Hey, will be in Berlin 15.12-19.12, any good partys then? Two finnish and one german girl searching for unforgetable nights!

Reply Oct 31st, 2011
stejnko
Slovenia

can you tell me some good discos or clubs in berlin and if will be any good party betwen 27.10-01.11 2011

Reply Oct 17th, 2011
finn
United Kingdom

anyone know whats going down on 24/09/2011 - 26/09/2011... anything good at watergate or the berghain? will be my first time in berlin

Reply Sep 16th, 2011
Ricardo
United Kingdom

Hey, Been to berlin before but we got so drunk on the first night it ruined the entire weekend..so we are coming back 6th october - 9th. We need I feel some escorts for the nights to help take us to the best clubs. Anyone interested in helping us?

Reply Sep 1st, 2011
Tyler
United States

any suggestions for a serious mosher? Will be in Berlin the 17, 18, 19, 20 of Sept. 2011

Reply Aug 30th, 2011
Rafaela
Brazil

Hi, I'm going to Berlin for the first time in the end of September. I would like to know about the best rock n roll pubs over there n stuff 4 someone whos going to spend only 10 days in there. Thanks

Reply Aug 25th, 2011
JJ
United Kingdom

Hi, I will be visiting Berlin, carrying a ping pong bat and some nightclubbing clothes, during the last weekend of August 2011, Sat 27 to Tues 30. If anyone wants to catch up and hunt out ping pong tables (I hear it's quite a big craze at the moment) and possibly do a hop around Insomnia, Kitkat and all those famous clubs, drop me a line. JJ

Reply Aug 17th, 2011
ada,
United Kingdom

im looking for a club in berlin that plays all different types of music and where u can also get a table

Reply Jul 24th, 2011
Xander
Germany

I've been living in Berlin for one month now, these are the hot spots for electronic music: Tresor - industrial/schranz techno, and progressive/electro house http://www.tresorberlin.com/ Icon - drum & bass/dubstep, trip hop, and electro (go on weekends) http://www.iconberlin.de/ Watergate - house mostly, this club has an amazing view over the Spree http://www.water-gate.de/ Astra Kulturhaus - not strictly electronic, but they always have a fantastic party http://www.astra-berlin.de/ Often on weekends if you're at the right place, there are free parties under bridges. Check out the Warschauer Strasse/Ostkreuz area on a weekend.

Reply Jul 18th, 2011
Michael Fitton
United Kingdom

HI, I'm in Berlin next weekend, 22-25th July, and I'm looking for some good underground clubs to go to, house/electro music. Can anyone suggest some places to go? Thanks

Reply Jul 17th, 2011
A.D
Denmark

i see how everyone comments the clubs and all but my main question is WHAT ABOUT THE GIRLS?? Im going there in less than a week from now (2. August 2011) and would like to know if it's worth going there for the ladies alone cause i can have fun whereever i can pickup girls

Reply Jul 27th, 2011
Paulia
United States

Berlin is great

Reply May 16th, 2011
Julian
United States

Hi I was in berlin first time it was great but after i visited the clubs i woke up in the hospital with 4.3 promille

Reply May 16th, 2011
April
United States

I'm from Cali and have been living in Berlin for a few months! If your into house/techo go to Maria! But don't go until about 2am bc the main headliners go on stage at 6am! Good djs and crowd and be ready to stay out allllll night and morning For bars you will find plenty and transportation is super easy. Definitely pre-game before going into anything. Beers are cheappp at markets, esp little grocery stores. Get wasted :P

Reply May 6th, 2011
Synne Dahl
Norway

hi! im a photographer going to berlin next week. (26th-30th of april) im looking for someone too take me around berlin to underground clubs or big events for me to document and make a story about. contact me if anyone is interested or pass it on if u know someone who does. :)

Reply Apr 21st, 2011
T Diddy
United Kingdom

Hi. anyone know of any small techno clubs in berlin. theres a group of us going to berin from 31st march to 2nd April.

Reply Mar 25th, 2011
Tammi
United Kingdom

Myself and m y friend are hitting Berlin 4th March 2011 for a long weekend!! Cant wait to go to all these clubs & bars! Bring it on!!! x

Reply Jan 8th, 2011
Ursula
United States

Yo Jared, I'll be there for New Years too! I definitely want to hit the clubs then.

Reply Dec 25th, 2010
pete
United Kingdom

my friends and i from outside glasgow are hitting berlin from january 5th till the 7th, which is a wednesday till friday. are we likely to find any really good clubs in berlin on these nights?

Reply Dec 13th, 2010
Jennie the Malice
Sweden

Shoo! Tell me where I need to go clubi´n in Berlin. Me and my art-class goin´there on a studytrip, but I wanna see the other side of Berlin while I´m there. LOVE CLUBIN`!

Reply Dec 12th, 2010
Colin
United States

Hey im a student planning on visiting berlin in september. where is best club for english speaking 18 year old looking for good party? any help would be awesome. thanks

Reply Dec 6th, 2010
Patrice
United Kingdom

me an a few mates are flying out to Berlin today. to be honest wasn't my first choice of destination. however i hear the clubbing scene there is meant to be good, so who knows...

Reply Oct 26th, 2010
Kayur
United Kingdom

Hi 7 of us are coming to Berlin on New Years Eve 2011 - any recommendations on clubs or bars - music policy - hip hop, drum and bass, dub step anything urban?!

Reply Oct 12th, 2010
Jared
United States

Going to Berlin for New Years 2011. My cousin bailed on me but I am still going! Just seeing if anyone else is planning on going? Need a travel buddy.

Reply Oct 5th, 2010
walid
France

hi aleksa, i'm going to berlin on the 27.10, i would like to know where underground party are ?

Reply Oct 5th, 2010
Aleksa
Canada

hey, cody.. I'm interested in same types of music.. I'm travelling to berlin right now, and would love to go out with someone fun, i love drum&bass, jungle, techno.. and good partys, shoot me a msg if u want 2 party together!

Reply Sep 14th, 2010
Kodi
United States

Going to possibly visit Germany... Interested in the clubs/ rave scane... Anyone wanna help out?? Lol. Going for 3 months, need plans lol :)

Reply Sep 13th, 2010
Fiona
United Kingdom

I'm thinking of going to Berlin for a long weekend with my friends for my 21st at the end of January/ early February. We are all serious club-lovers and are into all sorts of music. I've heard Berlin is famed for it's early 90s-esque clubs scene so we're really up for trying some clubs like that. Can anyone suggest some cool, kooky clubs and bars?

Reply Aug 9th, 2010
brian
United States

I've heard at the "about blank club" is a decent party friday, 6th of august. as far as I could find out it is a markgrafendamm, but maybe google to make sure...

Reply Aug 6th, 2010
s.raj
United Kingdom

need some proper advice about nightlife and the goings on of berlin let me know, HOLLAA!!!!

Reply Jul 27th, 2010
Jac
United States

Hey I'll be in berlin end of august. I have an extra tix to a concert Aug 24th Queens of the stone age if anyone wants to meet up and go let me know.

Reply Jul 26th, 2010
dpym
Ecuador

hi..im gonna visit berlin..anyone knows any good NIGHT CLUB to dance all night??

Reply Jul 26th, 2010
Shane
Ireland

Hey everyone, Me and 6 of my mates are coming to Berlin on the 29th of July.We love our clubbing, drinking and woman and were wondering were is it all at?places to stay close to the happening spots..

Reply Jul 15th, 2010
Mojo
United Kingdom

girls watch out im coming to berlin in sept 010, need someone to let me know where the best clubs are at, drinks on me! mojo_mj@hotmail.com

Reply Jul 14th, 2010
Fabiano Moraes
Brazil

4 brazillian guys @ berlin nightlife!!! Soon in august-29!!

Reply Jul 8th, 2010
Markus
Canada

A buddy and I are looking for a place to stay in Berlin. Since it will be our first time, where is a good area to stay at?

Reply Jul 7th, 2010
Theron
United Kingdom

Hey everyone, I'm in Berlin for two months and eager to see alot of the city's nightlife..I've only been to Weekend club so far, so keen to try more! If anyone is interested in meeting up let me know (email is t_moh@hotmail.co.uk). I'm genuinely really lovely :) xx

Reply Jul 6th, 2010
Kris
United Kingdom

Hi please could you recommend any places where they play good hip hop, and r'n'b? We're coming for just two nights and would like to explore the Berlin scene...

Reply Jun 30th, 2010
ram
India

hey people yoyo.. im hangin by b town next month. anybody interected in chika chika ??..

Reply Jun 25th, 2010
Craig Mac
United Kingdom

plenty of evertonians will ne making their way their on 6th August, any ideas of good bars to go?????

Reply Jun 24th, 2010
akif
Turkey

Hi, I will be in B in early July. Any ladies interested to have a drink?

Reply Jun 21st, 2010
bora

oh email address i dont know if im allowed to add my email here. its purple8712@gmail.com super bored. save me :DDxx

Reply Jun 19th, 2010
bora

in berlin for a couple nights, im up for a few drinks tonight. my friend canceled on my at the last mint, if anyone is up, look me up on facebook or something and let me know! xx

Reply Jun 19th, 2010
Anne
Denmark

Nice site, hope it'll help two 18 year old girls to find good times in Berlin in July!

Reply Jun 17th, 2010
Daisy
United Kingdom

Guys, 2 British girls here 4 a few nights. We're both 18 but if u look bristish or speek English don't even bother trying at the big clubs. Never met a bunch of doormen who were so up their own asses. If your not from Berlin ur going 2 have a hard time in the big clubs! Just thought we'd let u know!!

Reply Jun 11th, 2010
Mike B
United States

Ok kiddies. A lot of your questions will be answered by...me. I'm an American exchange student and have been in the B for about 5 months. Those of you youngsters (>22y/o) will definitely have some problems at the bigger clubs like Watergate and Berghain. You need to look "interesting" "gay" "the part". They are both fantastic joints tho. Weekend is always a sure win for just about anyone. AMPM is always easy for touristy folks. Have to take into consideration the amount of tourists looking to rock these places, but the club managers and door men may not be so keen on letting you in. There are huge image complexes amongst these clubs and they have reputations to uphold. Last suggestion, if you do find yourself in the line at some of the bigger clubs, especially Berghain, try not to appear "western" or speak too much English. Besides that, tear this place up, its a riot folks!

Reply May 29th, 2010
Shirley
United States

Eyy My sis and I (25-29) stay for the weekend in Berlin, We need to know for the best parties for the w-end!..pls help!!

Reply May 28th, 2010
Jason
Germany

Heading to Berlin and would like to meet up with some people this weekend for some fun! Myself, and two other guys Americans looking for a great time!

Reply May 26th, 2010
GB
United States

I will be in Berlin for one night June 16th from Orlando Florida. Then going to Poland for 1 week before I return to Orlando. Anybody know the area? Wants to hang for drinks?

Reply May 22nd, 2010
mustafa
Lebanon

i am going to berlin in 26th of June staying for 5 nights i need somebody to show me the attractive places

Reply May 19th, 2010
Tanya
Canada

2 girls from Canada looking for someone to show us around :D we are arriving on Wednesday the 19th May 10 YAY

Reply May 17th, 2010
Kadikad
Sweden

Me and a huge group of friends are going to berlin in 2 weeks, some of us are under 18. Would a photocopied passport be enough as an id to get in clubs? what r the age limits for clubs like watergate and felix?

Reply May 12th, 2010
Jeremy
Belgium

Want to know the best places in Berlin for electro and what the best days are to go out in Berlin.

Reply Apr 30th, 2010
marilyn
Australia

any good drum and bass gigs in berlin?? or decant hip hop?

Reply Apr 26th, 2010
John
Thailand

Hi guys,I am gay frome Thais.I am in Berlin now.I would like to go Bar , Club .Somebody can tell me where is good for gay? Thans

Reply Apr 24th, 2010
team porno
United Kingdom

22 of us goin for a stag party lookin for sum seedyness lol

Reply Apr 13th, 2010
Ozzy
United Kingdom

"Group of 5 boys from London heading to Berlin on the 2 of July 010 looking for fun chicks to show us about and have some fun with!! " ozzieafc@hotmail.co.uk

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