A Short List of the Best Clubs in Berlin


Golden Gate

While Renate just looks like your living room, Golden Gate might become your actual living room. When everything else closes or you’re out of energy, Golden Gate is the last stop. The club is tiny, perfect to feel as comfortable as a home. The club normally supports not so big and well-known DJs, which is definitely not a bad thing. People don’t go to Golden Gate because of the music; they go because of the atmosphere, which is best on Thursdays and Sundays — it’s almost familiar. However, don’t be that demanding with the toilets and don’t take a closer look.

Watergate

Watergate is probably listed in every travel guide about Berlin. Don’t freak out because of the long line full of tourists at the Oberbaumbrücke — that does not necessarily have to be a bad sign. Watergate’s bookers do an outstanding job with their renowned bookings from all over the world. Pan Pot, Stephan Bodzin and Ellen Allien are just a few to name who are regularly booked by Watergate. If you want to hear some nice tech house with a great view over the Spree, Watergate is the best place. The ‘Waterfloor’ downstairs is set directly at the water, perfect to watch the sun rise and dance along the Spree.

About Blank

The About Blank is a club located at Ostkreuz in Friedrichshain. The best parties in About Blank are definitely ‘Grizzly Nation,’ which takes place once a year at the end of September for a whole weekend, and its famous ‘Staub’ parties, which occur once a month. To get to know About Blank’s real vibe, go to a Staub party, held on Saturdays during the day. The music is excellent — mostly unknown but highly talented techno DJ’s make you want to dance all day long. One tip: inform yourself about the events going on when you want to get in, as the bouncers like to give a little quiz — they only let people in who know what’s going on inside.

Club der Visionäre

As stated previously, one-half of Berlin spends their summer in Sisyphos. The other half is definitely in Club der Visionäre or CdV, as you call it in Berlin. It’s not actually a classic club, but the great outside area and the crowd are a winning team. CdV opens at three in the afternoon, and people go there after work to have a beer. They also might come straight out of a different club for an afterhour in the sun, or people meet because they want to go out later. Not everyone will likely leave this place to go to another venue because it’s too good. However, if they do leave, the only reason might have to do with their sound system — the music is not loud enough at night.

Tresor

When Tresor opened on March 13th 1991 in a shack on Potsdamer Platz, beneath which the vault of the Wertheim department store lay, no one would have thought that from there would arise an institution that one day would celebrate 25 years of existence. The venue had only been licensed as an art gallery and received a lease of just three months. Needless to say, in the early days, every single day they expected the authorities to close the venue down. The club became the formative stylistic starting point of a worldwide music and youth movement. Over the past 25 years Tresor has created many historic moments in the musical and party history of the city.


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