Berlin Nightlife Guide

Berlin is insane.

With the young and lively crowd, there’s no questions that Berlin is one of the most exciting places to party in Europe.

One thing that I realized about the scene in Berlin is that they stay out realllllly late.  It’s not even worth it to show up to a club until after 1AM, and the peak hours are somewhere between 2-4AM.

Most of the clubs have cover charges, but it’s nothing too expensive (compared to Barcelona or London).

IMG_0985Beer has never tasted better than when I was in Germany.  Everyone, and I mean everyone, drinks beer.  It’s sort of like Germany’s pastime or something like that.  So expect to drink a few liters of beer everyday.

Keep in mind that the bouncers at the clubs aren’t friendly to foreigners.   Just make sure not to act like an idiot and dress nicely so you don’t stick out too much.  Many of my friends got denied at the clubs, so just try to be on your A game!

There are three main districts for the nightlife, and they are:
– Mitte
– Prenzlauer Berg
– Friedrichshain

All three of them are fun and they are all located in the eastern part of the city.  You’ll find many hipster bars, double-decker bars and huge nightclubs.

No matter where you end up going, you’ll absolutely have a memorable experience.

Don’t forget to learn the Top 10 German Words so you can hit on those attractive Germans ;)

Here is my list of the best places to party in Berlin!

Disclaimer: The following list of clubs and bars was put together mostly from my own personal experiences, but also with the addition of my friends recommendations.  Things may have changed over the years, so I am trying my best to keep this list updated.  If I missed something, please comment so I can add it to the list!  Enjoy :D

*Top Clubs*

#1. Watergate

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Photo by Alex Griffioen on Flickr

Overview:
Watergate is one of the best house music clubs in berlin.  Overlooking the river with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, this club has two levels and swanky LED lighting that will draw you inside.  There are several bars located around the club, which makes it very easy to grab a drink.  The only downside is that Watergate is known to be hard to get in, and sometimes the line can be long- so make sure to get there early.  If you are being drunk and stupid in line, they will reject you.   The best part about the club is the music and the DJ’s are always incredible.  If you can only go to one club in Berlin, then I definitely recommend this Watergate!

Prices:
Cover charge is €6-10 euros per person.  Drinks are expensive, but that is normal for an upper class club in Berlin.

Address:
49 Falckensteinstrasse, Berlin, Germany

Located in the Kreuzberg Neighborhood

Check their WEBSITE for special events and watch this awesome VIDEO in the club!

#2. Berghain

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Photo by Bart Van Poll on Flickr

Overview:
This club is described as “quite possibly the current world capital of techno.”

It’s built on a former power plant and the interior is enormous- with a huge dance floor packing in 1500+ people.  The club has a main room at the bottom level, and a Panorama Bar at the upper level which shows the view of East Berlin.  Like many other clubs in Berlin, Berghain can be hard to get into (the bouncers are strict).  Just don’t do anything stupid in line and make sure that you obey the dress code and you will be fine .  This club will often have events, like dub-step night and new-electro-house on Thursday nights.  Berghain is increasing in popularity among young ravers, and a MUST-GO place to party.  The party never ends at Berghain- you just might enter on Saturday night and leave Monday morning after the best clubbing experience of your life!

Prices:
Expect to pay a small cover charge, and the drinks are very expensive.

Address:
Wriezener Bahnhof
10243 Berlin

Neighborhood: Friedrichshain

Check their WEBSITE for special events and promotions. Watch this sweet VIDEO showing off the interior of the club!

#3. Weekend

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Photo by Thomas Hill on Flickr

Overview:
Weekend is another excellent techno-house club in Berlin’s central neighborhood called Mitte.  This club is located on the 12th, 15th and rooftop floors of the Haus Des Reisens buildings in Alexanderplatz.  The views of Berlin are spectacular from the rooftop terrace (shown in picture).  When the weather is nice, there is a beautiful lounge up on the rooftop where you can chill and enjoy the view of Berlin.  The interior of the club is awesome with a DJ set up and there are several bars making it easy to get a drink.  If you’re not with any girls and you aren’t dressed appropriately, then you will be denied entrance. Weekend is a great place to spend your Friday or Saturday night (the weekend!)!

Prices:
€10-15 euro cover, and drink are pretty expensive- but the experience is totally worth it.

Address:
Alexanderstr. 5
10178 Berlin

Neighborhood: Mitte

Check their WEBSITE  and FACEBOOK page for special events and promotions!

Have you partied in Berlin before? Please comment and let me know your experiences!

Enjoy Berlin and have a beer for me :D

4 thoughts on “Berlin Nightlife Guide

  1. Hi Drew, thank you for this amazing blog. can you tell me would like the best hip hop rnb clubs in Berlin. classy crowd or crazy young crowd it doesnt matter. some good tunes and sexy women is all i need:)

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