Party hard – 10 Berlin clubs worth checking out

Nightlife on May 8, 2012 3:23 pm
   

It took a while in compiling but we finally did it. Working into the early hours we took our research very seriously and at times it was thirsty work. So here you go our review of ten Berlin clubs. After an arduous pursuit of Berlin nightlife we´re ready for a nice cup of tea and a chance to put our feet up.

Loftus Hall

Decent array of DJs play this venue that looks like you have stepped back in time with a set up that has the feel of a Spanish bordello mixed with a working men’s club – but in a good way. DJs mix up some tasty electronic beats.

Maybachufer 48
Berlin – Neukölln, 12045
www.loftushall.de

 

Duncker

Some smart choices of 80s, new wave and indie tunes and a typically unpretentious crowd make for a fun night at this small Prenzlauer Berg gem. The tiny dancefloor and when it is not too packed gives the place an intimate, private party feel about it.

Dunckerstrasse 64
Berlin – Prenzlauer Berg, 10439
www.dunckerclub.de

Asphalt

Located near the elegant Gendarmenmarkt Asphalt is where dressed-up Berliners come out to play at the weekend to some decent house music. The owners have definitely got an admirable business model going on serving up fine dining and cabaret catering for an older crowd to club nights from minimal electronic music to hip hop. A smart spacious club and friendly crowd make for a fun night out.

Mohrenstrasse 30
Berlin –Mitte,  10117
www.asphalt-berlin.com/

 

Berghain

The converted power station is a leviathan of a clubbing venue. The strict door policy means you might not be certain to get in. If you do get the stamp of approval get ready for an experience comparable with any dance club. Considering the tough entry when inside the staff are super friendly and efficient. Partying at Berghain can be monumental so make sure you are up to the challenge. A gay scene which can get pretty wild so beware if you are easily shocked. Operates as a regular concert venue too attracting some pretty good acts.

Am Wriezener Bahnhof
Berlin – Friedrichshain, 10243
www.berghain.de

Salon zur Wilden Renate

When we asked a range of different Berliners about the best clubs in Berlin, Renate was confidently nominated by everyone. A couple of smallish rooms that have been described as your granny’s room on acid. Expect an eclectic mix of dance music.  Also a great outside area for when the weather is good.

Alt Stralau 70
Berlin – Treptower, 10245
www.renate.cc

 

Frannz Club at Kulturbrauerei

This is very much the all-singing-all-dancing-venue. A brewery back in 1800 the large converted Kulturbrauerei complex now incorporates theatres, galleries, clubs and restaurants. A varied programme which can have deep house, tech-house, electronic or rock on the menu operating on different floors. Check website for special nights at the venue.

 

Schönhauser Allee 36,
Berlin – Prenzlauer Berg, 10435
www.kulturbrauerei-berlin.de

Kater Holzig

Kater Holzig is run by the same crew who had Bar 25 which was considered one of the best clubs in Berlin until it closed. Near to the old Bar 25 location on the River Spree it is not the easiest club to get into but great dance music and venue if you make it past the guardians.

Michaelkirchstr. 23
Berlin – Kreuzberg 10179
www.katerholzig.de

Arena Club

This small but very cool looking club makes for an intense and intimate experience.  Expect banging techno cocooned in an industrial and warm futuristic ambience. Please note not to be confused with the larger Arena complex.

Eichenstraße 4
Berlin – Treptow, 12435
www.arena-club.de

Sisyphos

Berliners love their “open air” partying and Sisyphos with its large area located on the Spree is perfect for that summer beach party vibe. Funky décor inside and a carnival/festival buzz outside.

Hauptstraße 15
Berlin – Lichtenberg, 10317
www.sisyphos-berlin.net

 

 

Bassy

The music deviates to most things from the 1960s and before. Expect hot jazz, dirty blues, western swing, country, 50′s black R&B, rock’n'roll, to 60′s Beat, early soul, sixties Garage Punk, blues, trash and surf (whatever that is). Live music and lots of yeah-ha at this cowboy theme joint.

Schönhauser Allee 176A
Berlin- Prenzlauer Berg, 10119
www.bassy-club.de

 

So what do you think of our selection? Have you got a favourite club that is not on our list? We would love to hear your thoughts.

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