A Short List of the Best Clubs in Berlin

There are many reasons to visit Berlin, but one of the best, at least for people in their 20s and 30s, is Berlin’s nightlife. So, the culture trip made a list of the best clubs in German capital.


Of course, the list has to include the Promised Land of Techno — Berghain. Before making it into the holy halls of Berghain, you will have to wait patiently in line and get pass the bouncer Sven Marquardt (read this first about what he won’t like about you before trying). The inside promises some hard techno beats, dark rooms, ice cream bars and a place where you can easily forget time and space. Their excellent lineups and residents like Ben Klock and Marcel Dettman are a magnet for people to spend their weekends in Berghain.

Kater Blau

Kater Blau is the newer club or playground at the former Bar 25 (watch the movie to get the best impression possible). It has a completely different vibe than Berghain. Kater 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. Katermukke is the label belonging to the club; its regular label nights with DJs like Mira, Dirty Doering or Britta Arnold are always worth visits. And it’s one of the best places to spend a real Berliner Sunday.


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 (you can sit in it or on top), a small hill to relax on and, of course, it’s even better to be there during the day than at night. But the nights are also worth staying until the sun goes down. 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.

Salon Zur Wilden Renate

The ‘Renate,’ as you call it in Berlin, is a rebuilt one-family house in Friedrichshain. Its charm consists of small rooms, either dance floors or places to hang out, cozy couches, benches and even beds, where you can take a break from dancing. The rooms’ décor and furniture will make you believe that you’re in your grandmother’s living room — in a club. In summer, people chill in Renate’s garden, sit in a wooden boat (boats are apparently a thing in Berlin’s clubs) or take photos in a photo booth.


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