Once a divided city, Berlin is now united by creativity, expression and some of the best nightclubs in the world. Here’s a handful of some of the coolest and quirkiest nightspots in the clubbing capital.
Once a state swimming pool compound, this cavernous complex was closed down in the early 2000s and re-emerged as a cultural centre, hosting everything from art exhibitions and lectures to dance parties. Remnants from the building’s previous life as a swimming complex abound. These days, revellers dance in the empty swimming pool and in the pump room underneath it, surrounded by dripping pipes and concrete walls and floors.
Gerichtstr. 65, 13347 Berlin, Germany
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Tucked away in an unassuming, desolate looking street in East Berlin, ://about blank has a grungy, underground feel with a relaxed crowd. This rough diamond has a large, long main room, a smaller backroom that has a delightfully claustrophobic feel and a massive outdoor courtyard, which is a great chill-out space in the summer months. Expect techno, dubstep and experimental music.
Markgrafendamm 24c, 10245, Berlin
Salon Zur Wilden Renate
Located in a clapped-out, multi-floor apartment building in Friedrichshain, this colourful club is full of charm, with multiple rooms and dancefloors across various levels. At times it feels like a labyrinth, as though you’re wandering through a very lively, sprawling house party. Very little stays the same here – the lampshades, the decorations, the lava lamps, the location of the dance floor – all of it changes from week to week. No two visits are likely to feel the same!
Alt-Stralau 70, 10245, Berlin
It’s not exactly underground, but no list of Berlin nightclubs would be complete without mentioning Berghain. Located in a former power station, set within an industrial estate, it is considered one of the world’s best nightclubs. With room for 1500 people, this cavernous space is legendary. It also has a reputation for having one of the world’s strictest door policies, so if you get turned away, try again. It happens to everyone at least once.
Rudersdorfer Str. 70, 10243, Berlin
A short walk from the Alexanderplatz Tower, this gritty, hedonistic nightspot is tucked away under the Jannowitzbrücke railway line, down a wooden staircase. The set-up feels low key, modest, a little rough around the edges with very minimal decoration. There’s a single dance floor, an outdoor garden where you can rest your weary feet after a long night, and a set of spiral stairs that lead down to some industrial looking bathrooms. Expect low key tech house music and a relaxed, unassuming crowd.
Schicklerstraße 4, 10179, Berlin