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.
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...
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.
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