The very best electronic clubs.
The most outstanding places if you like good music.
Berlin is so much more than only clubs. It is the capital of Germany, it is the biggest city in the country, and besides all that it is the second biggest city in the European Union. As everyone knows, Berlin has, that’s the least we could say, a rich history. Berlin was divided in two parts, East- and West-Berlin, for many years, and this is still very visible depending on the neighborhood you are in. Berlin is very different from the rest of German cities, and as the Berliners themselves often say: “Berlin is not Germany”. Berlin being one of the most interesting cities in Europe, it has many things to offer. However, we’ll focus on one thing only: electronic clubs! There is not another place in the world like Berlin; the clubs are open starting from Friday night until Monday morning without closing in-between. Berlin offers you a most unique experience that is about more than just partying alone!!
Berghain – Panorama Bar
Honestly? I have not once been inside. I have tried a few times though. But once the club was closed, another time the queue was just too big, and ofcourse a third time I was not allowed to enter. Undoubtably it is thé most famous club around, and therefore the selection at the door is, well, selective. You will have to wait patiently in line and get pass the famous bouncer Sven Marquardt. There is no need to be all dressed up, but bigger groups, being noisy during queuing up, playing on your phone,… will get you the access denied. I’ve heard some nice things from others that made it inside though. The inside promises some hard techno beats, dark rooms, ice cream bars and more. They have good lineups with excellent artists, and residents like Ben Klock and Marcel Dettman are attracting lots of people to go there and have a party.
ADDRESS : Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin, Duitsland
WEBSITE : berghain.de
It’s been a while since I was in Watergate, but I do remember that beautiful sunrise reflecting on the river Spree, while listening to some fine Tech House beats. Watergate will be in every tourist guide you will find, and the line in front of the doors can become a bit discouraging becuase of that. The bookings of this club are the least to say impressive: Pan Pot, Stephan Bodzin and Ellen Allien are just a few to name, and are returning regularly. There are two floors, but I suggest you go watch that sunset on the downfloor, that is directly near the water.
ADDRESS : Falckensteinstraße 49, 10997 Berlin
WEBSITE : water-gate.de
The very first time I visited Tresor, was in their old and original venue. We asked a taxi to bring us there, and when he basically dropped us in the middle of nowhere, a small metal door opened, and we walked in into this amazing club. We only found out inside that we were attending the grand closing week: the club would be moved to a new location. It had to be one of the greatest club nights I had ever been to.
These days the club is housed in an abandoned power plant. It’s an impressive and especially big set, that could be suitable for a German horror movie. It holds several dancefloors with never-ending techno music, dark red lit corners, a huge outside area, and of course amazing sound system and associated acoustics. You’ll find a mixture of different kinds of people, basically all nice and friendly ravers who just want to dance the night away. It’s probably the biggest, definitely one of the oldest, but for sure the most respected techno club in Berlin. Tresor has its own record label, Tresor Records, was founded in October 1991 and featuring artists such as House of Fix, Jed Mills and Robert Hood. Many great Berlin DJ’s started their career on Tresor’s record label.
ADDRESS : Köpenicker Str. 70, 10179 Berlin
WEBSITE : tresorberlin.com
I should mention that for my good friend Charlotte, Kater Blau is thé best club in Berlin. Kater Blau is one of those typical Berlin clubs, that you will not find anywhere else! It has a big outside area, a ship you can sit in, a swing in front of the restrooms to enjoy while you the wait and a small café that serves excellent pizza. The venue is at the old playground of BAR 25, and has a completely different vibe as clubs like Berghain or Watergate. The music is better than good: Katermukke is the label that belongs to the club and that generates excellent artists as Mira, Dirty Doering or Britta Arnold. Go there especially when any of them are spinning the decks! It’s one of the best places to spend a real Berliner Sunday.
ADDRESS : Holzmarktstraße 25, 10243 Berlin
WEBSITE : katerblau.de
If you like Kater Blau, you’ll definitely like Sisyphos as well. Sisyphos is probably the place where half of Berlin spends their summers. The club’s outside area is huge; there’s a beach, an old VW van, a small hill to relax on and, a really cosy coffee bar!! It’s even better to hang around there during the day than at night! You will find, as in other clubs, old telephones hanging around in the corners. Do pick up and dial, someone else will pick up the phone in another corner, and you’ll find yourself meeting new people all day/night long! The ‘Hammerhalle’ is one of the biggest dance floors in Berlin and will blow your ears off with their amazing sound system. If you don’t like it that hard, the ‘Wintergarten’ is the perfect place to enjoy smooth techno and deep house.
ADDRESS : Hauptstraße 15, 10317 Berlin
WEBSITE : sisyphos-berlin.net
Zur Wilden Renate
The ‘Renate,’ as you call it in Berlin, is a rebuilt one-family house in Friedrichshain. It is absolutely a fantastic place to spend your time! There are uncountable different small rooms, all breathing a different atmosphere. Some of them are small dance rooms, there is a living room with comfy sofas and a dance pole in the middle, there is even a confessional chair! Everything has an old grandmother atmosphere. The outside area is also nice and cool to hangout: a wooden boat, a phone booth, some pergolas,… If you are in Berlin, please do visit Zur Wilden Renate, I had the most fabulous time there with my friends!
ADDRESS : Alt-Stralau 70, 10245 Berlin
WEBSITE : renate.cc
First things first: let’s make clear that this is a sex club. Don’t be afraid, it’s not as hardcore as it seems. Don’t feel uncomfortable when people are walking around half naked, chained, or just… naked. Someone might ask you to see you pee when you enter the toilets, or you can have other indecent proposals. However, once you set foot in Kit Kat, you can be whoever you want to be, and you should be openminded enough to give the others the freedom in who they want to be. You can go in this reality as far as you want, or don’t want. There is no pressure. Explore the place and you’ll find many dance floors, a lounge area, a massage room and also a swimming pool. There is a bit of a different door policy compaired to the other clubs mentioned above: wear your best underwear and be prepared to leave your clothes in the cloak room. Also different to other clubs, big groups and foreigners are not a problem, but they won’t let you in if you’re not prepared to show your body and get into the sexual atmosphere of the club. Have fun, it can be the most extraordinary night in your stay in Berlin!
ADDRESS : Köpenicker Str. 76, 10179 Berlin
WEBSITE : kitkatclub.org
Club Der Visionaere
I haven’t visited Der Visionaere, and neither I have visited About Blank, below. So my advice comes purely from friends that actually have been there: it is supposed to be nice and fun! As stated previously, one-half of Berlin spends their summer in Sisyphos, I did. It seems the other half is spending their summer in Club der Visionäre or “CdV”, as Berliners call it.It’s slightly different from the other clubs again: it opens at three in the afternoon, and people go there after work to have a beer. It’s more of a relaxing atmosphere: the music is less loud as it is in other clubs. If you go there, let me know how it was! I have it definitely on my bucket list next time I’ll be in Berlin!
ADDRESS : Am Flutgraben 1, 12435 Berlin
WEBSITE : clubdervisionaere.com
Again, I haven’t visited this club, so my experience is coming from my friends. About Blank is located at Ostkreuz in Friedrichshain. The best parties in About Blank are supposed to be ‘Grizzly Nation,’ held only once a year at the end of September. If you don’t have the time to wait that long: their famous ‘Staub’ parties occur once a month. These parties are held during the day on saturdays, and are said to express the vibe of the club really well! The music is brought by mostly unknown but talented DJ’s, encouriging to make you want to dance all day long. One tip: inform yourself a little about the club, the party that is going on and the deejays that are playing: the bouncers can ask you some questions before letting you in, to test your enthusiasm about getting inside. Definitely on my bucket list too!
ADDRESS : Markgrafendamm 24c, Berlin, 10245 Berlin
WEBSITE : aboutparty.net
Suicide Circus is another of my personal favorites! One weekend we arrived in Berlin at around 5am, after a six hour drive from Antwerp. Instead of going to check-in in our hostel, we decided to leave all of our stuff in the car, and take the metro to Berghain. Because Berghain was closed, and since Suicide circus is walking distance from there, we kind of accidentally arrived here. It’s not the coolest club, far from the biggest one, the interior is a bit basic even, but the music was pounding! Drinks were fairly cheap, but the music was pounding! Or did I already mention that before?
ADDRESS : Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin. Access via Warschauer Brücke.
WEBSITE : suicide-berlin.com
THERE ARE MANY MORE GOOD CLUBS IN BERLIN. LEAVE YOUR SUGGESTIONS OR YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THE COMMENTS BELOW AND WE’LL ADD THEM ASAP!