Nightlife in Berlin » Germany’s capital city
The nightlife of berlin with the discos is legendary and so diverse that one weekend is far from enough. The city is considered worldwide as the center of artists, creatives, change and innovation on the continent and it is the party capital of Europe.
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Berlin’s nightlife is famous all over the world for its diversity, its never-ending clubs and its anything-goes attitude.
Everyone can have fun and party in the city.
The most famous location is, of course, Berghain.
here is a very wide range of establishments besides Berghain, from old school pubs, posh bars, nightclubs and fancy wine bars to shabby indie bars, concert venues, live gig venues and parties.
Sometimes only the organizers know where and when they are taking place, and not until an hour before they start.
But usually the program calendars are very well informed.
Because when travelers arrive, one of the first things they want to know is:
Where can we go out and party.
Berlin is famous for its great dance scene: countless bars, theaters, cinemas, pubs and events, combined with one of the best dance scenes in the world.
But remember, if you want to party and experience something here in one weekend you should have two things above all: Bring a lot of stamina and be well-rested, because not only but especially the „Kreuzberg nights are long.“
Nightlife Berlin » Clubs & Discos from A-Z
Here you can find over 400 discos and dance clubs listed in the guide.
The entries are sorted alphabetically from A-Z.
We do not claim completeness. Don’t be surprised about the maybe old-fashioned term „Disco Berlin“. All clubs in the city have to pay Gema fees, and you can bet, there they all have the cheapest annual rate, the „Discotheken Tarif“, even the most famous and coolest sceney sheds.
New rooms and discos are continuously added to the database.
The dance landscape in the metropolis is constantly changing.
Some stores are already closed again, it is best to check beforehand on the respective homepage whether the location still exists and is open.
Nightlife Berlin has been flourishing for decades, and the huge number of bars, pubs and clubs and the variety of locations in the city have made it a major destination for music fans all over the world. The discos are world famous, it is not by chance that the seat of government is considered one of the most popular destinations in Europe.
Bln is not only the capital of Germany, but also the center of the country’s nightlife, with a variety of options to enjoy yourself at any time and at any hour of the evening.
But with so much buzz in the city’s nightlife and so many places to choose from, where does one even begin?
In this city that never sleeps, where the dancefloors don’t really come alive until around 2am, late-nighters are at home.
What outfit do I wear to the club in Berlin?
The local chic is to look spectacularly underdressed. But be careful, this has to be learned. The old-timers spend hours making up their outfits to look like they don’t care. Whereas there are also locations where a lot of attention is paid to the wardrobe, just „dress to impress“.
In which districts does the nightlife take place? Mostly in the districts of Mitte, north of there in Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain (east) and Kreuzberg (south), then of course in Neukölln, in Tempelhof-Schöneberg and in Charlottenburg -Wilmersdorf (west).
The district Mitte was really wild and cool in the 90s… In the meantime it is commercialized and not as hip as it was back then. Directly at the TV tower and towards Köpenicker Straße there is still some nightlife. However, if you are looking for a wide range of pubs and bars, the „Oranienburger Straße“ could be a good starting point for a night out.
Prenzlauer Berg is where the scene moved to when Mitte became too commercialized. Kollwitz Platz, Helmholdtplatz and Schönhauser Allee are now the best neighborhoods where you can find plenty of night bars. The area around the Kulturbrauerei is still quite crowded in the evenings. Be careful in Kastanienallee: there is hipster alarm here.
Neukölln is currently one of the hottest nightlife districts, here you will find many an undiscovered pearl.
Do not make any plans in this district. See what goes on in the evening and at night. Just let yourself go, ask the residents where there are good parties tonight, and enjoy whatever comes your way.
Friedrichshain is still one of the least commercialized and most alternative districts. But gentrification is already slowly starting here as well. Nevertheless, you can still find industrial wastelands here that have been turned into huge discos, as well as cozy pubs that offer plenty of outdoor seating on the wide sidewalks.
Schöneberg is virtually the mother of nightlife and it seems that more will go on here in the next few years.
Kreuzberg is considered a district with its own rights when it comes to going out and having fun. Our recommendation: just spend a whole day and night there to check it out. Have fun!
Here’s my info guide to some of the best places to dance in the German capital, whether you just want to dance to cheesy tunes or are on the hunt for unrestricted hedonism.
The city of millions has a debauched nightlife and offers more affordable drinks and ticket prices compared to many other cities, so after an evening outing, visitors can enjoy it more often in the form.
Remember „the later, the cooler“ doesn’t always apply. There are also well-known parties that start as early as 21h, such as Ma Baker, there is a good way to start an evening. Most pubs and bars are not very crowded until 9 or 10 pm. They usually stay open until 3am.
The later, the cooler“: go to clubs and parties even before midnight! You’ll be amazed at how much fun you can have in the right venues before 24h.
Plus, sometimes you can take advantage of happy hour or discounted admission prices if you show up early.
Berlin is one of the most popular destinations in Europe
Berlin amusement club – visitors dance on the dance floor to the music of a DJ at ‚Watergate‘ in the Kreuzberg district.
The club has existed since the mid-2000s on the border between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.
It is located on the riverbank with two floors, panoramic windows and a floating terrace overlooking the Oberbaumbrücke and Universal Music.
Top DJs play electro music. However, many local DJs are also promoted here.
Attracting and offering top DJs from around the world, ://about blank in Friedrichshain hosts intense late-night techno parties with multiple dance floors and a spacious garden area for chilling in the warmer months. It’s located in Friedrichshain near Warschauer Strasse. The run-down facade is an example of the diverse techno scene that is not to be missed.
Club of the Visionaries
A laid-back local institution, this beautiful riverside spot is a great choice for some low-key beats and an afternoon in the sun. Directly across the street is the Freischwimmer. You can chill on the deck, loll under the willow trees, or dance on the dance floor while enjoying minimal tech and house.
Directly 20 meters to the other direction you’ll find Festsaal Kreuzberg.
Holzmarkt 25 & Kater Blau
The Kater Blau, which is part of the urban cooperation project Holzmarkt 25 at the Spreeufer. One of the best & most attractive dance venues for the summer.
The project includes among others apartments, cafes and restaurants, stores, a kindergarten and a venue for up to 650 people.
The successor to Kater Holzig, with two floors, a boat and an outdoor relaxation area, Kater Blau offers top-class electro and house all weekend on the banks of the Spree. The own label Katermukke provides the Kater with DJs and special Katersound.
With the spirit of an adult playground and a breathtaking view of the river from one of the dance floors, you might want to stay all weekend.
Probably the best view you’ll find in any district:
Klunkerkranich is located atop a high-rise parking garage in Neukölln, so revellers can see for miles. You can see as far as the radio tower or loosely the television tower.
Come early for sunset, then party into the night – the musical offerings can be varied, so check out the list to see which night suits your taste. The Crane has diverse offerings for food and drinks and offers just that unique view.
During the day, this place is also a bar and event venue, so you don’t have to wait until the party if you want to enjoy the panorama of Berlin’s most fashionable district.
Salon zur Wilden Renate & Else
Located on the banks of the Spree River, Salon zur Wilden Renate , known only as „Renate“ to its fans, has one of the most spectacular interiors of any amusement in the city.
Renate likes to listen to electro and techno, so the DJs comply with this request.
During the summer, Else offers a unique clubbing experience on Renate’s open-air stage.
Definitely an attraction in the summer.
With an incredibly electrifying shabby chic decor and a powerful sound system from techno house DJs, this is a great way to spend a summer day.
If you’re into dark techno and heavy industrial beats, take a trip to Griessmühle. Something for electro and techno fans. With three dance floors and a wide range of popular events, it is one of the best in the city.
The venue also has an outdoor area.
In the summer, the expansive outdoor area is basically a playground for adults, where you can stroll along the banks of the Spree River with funky playground equipment.
Currently, Griessmühle is celebrating at Exil in Mitte at the Alte Münze.
The old ship is on a boat, and guests entertain themselves during the day on the deck while eating snacks. Hoppetosse is one of the best summer spots.
Among other things, the program from the Club of Visionaries is currently held here, since it partially burned down last year.
Ahoy! This is a nightclub on a boat! Hoppetosse is stationed on a docked boat on Oak Street, just a short walk from some other amazing happenings. The Festsaal Kreuzberg and the Arena are also right nearby.
Expect an easy vibe, with two decks jamming to techno and house.
Sisyphos has festival character, although it is located in an abandoned dog food factory – it even has a small lake with a beach. When the Lurch calls, you should stop by Sisyphos.
Perfect for a few summer parties, you could stay here for a few days as it’s open continuously from Friday to Monday. Partying for three days straight, not every Tanzlustbarkeit, as it is correctly called in official German, offers that either.
This one is a bit further out of town, but definitely worth a trip and there is a shuttle bus from Ostkreuz station if you don’t feel like walking.
Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B and Disco
Located in a former swimming pool in Kreuzberg, this funky joint has become a staple for locals who love 90s hip-hop and R&B. Parties are held every weekend right on Moritzplatz. The regular Burgers & Hip Hop event has become one of the eventlocation’s main attractions, with righteous food trucks from all over Europe taking up space in its courtyard and providing some crowd-pleasing beats until the wee hours of the morning.
The YAAM, with its poor but sexy riverside atmosphere, it has a beach bar and food market in addition to the main floor.
The Yaam, has been around since the mid-90s, which is very rare here.
Clubs Berlin Today – Usain Bolt celebrates his wins and his 100m world record, where he casually coasted at the end, from the 12th IAAF World Championships at a party at Yaam. Bolt was at a DJ deck, heating up the crowd nicely.
Standing out from the crowd of dark techno discos, Yaam has established itself as an important part of the city’s nightlife culture. The venue is located at Ostbahnhof, not far from Berghain. Yaam has a focus on social activism and a place where locals can dance to reggae, hip-hop, R&B, dub, Afrobeat and soul.
The space in the main courtyard on the RAW site at night time. The RAW site with its various buildings is located near the S-Bhf. Warschauer Straße.
The rooms are lit with multi-colored lights and the Cassiopeia has a huge mural of its name on the side of the building.
It is the oldest club in the RAW area, offers a mix of different genres.
This venue in the heart of Friedrichshain is not only one of the most sought-after concert venues in the German capital, but also part of the iconic RAW area, which consists of abandoned buildings. Right on Revaler Straße, it hosts regular concerts, parties and evenings of Afro-Caribbean music, hip-hop, disco, 80s, 90s, pop and funk.
Rock and Alternative
The Lido on Schlesische Straße in Kreuzberg 36, a classic night spot. One of the top spots for rock and alternative gigs and nights, this former cinema in the heart of Kreuzberg offers a great mix of indie, rock and metal events.
A punk legend, this venue has faced closure many times due to noise. However, a noise barrier has ended this uncertainty. The location still exists.
The name on every local punk’s lips when it comes to rocking, this place is like Berlin’s answer to CBGB, the iconic New York bar that hosted countless big names and became the epicenter for the genre’s explosion in the US. The Toten Hosen also played one of their first concerts here.
Unlike CBGB, SO36 is still open and keeps the spirit of punk alive on vibrant Oranienstrasse.
A gogo dancer at the Sage dances on stage wearing a multicolored leotard with one arm and one leg and a blonde wig with pink stripes. The Thursday Rock Party is the last remaining event from the Sage.
Sharing space with hedonistic haven Kit Kat, Sage opens its doors every Thursday for a long night of rocking. One of the rare rock events in the metropolis.
Three dance floors are offered, some with live bands, plus, of course, a pool area and a fire-breathing dragon.
Techno, House and Electro
Tresor, one of the most lauded names in Berlin’s disco scene, settled into a disused power station in 2007 after losing their original space in a former department store they had owned since the fall of the Berlin Wall. A relatively small room with grills and a fabulous Bose bass system, plus everything full of fog, that’s all they could do back then at Tresor am Leipziger Platz. It will always remain a mystery why this unique place in the world had to close.
Today, heavy industrial techno, an incredible sound system and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore await you in the old power plant.
If you want your techno and house served in a small, sweaty room among some of the most dedicated music fans in town, this is the place for you. The venue is open almost 72 hours every weekend in a row.
Golden Gate is simple, minimalist and all about the music. The fun runs almost non-stop from Thursday to Monday.
Home to some of Europe’s biggest DJs, Watergate is a must for fans of house, techno or drum and bass. An impressive colorful sometimes gloomy light show awaits you, this has been copied several times around the world. The floor to ceiling glass windows offer a breathtaking view of the Spree River and the legendary Oberbaum Bridge. A mix of well-known and lesser-known DJs usually heat things up on weekends with uncompromising techno.
Be sure to stay until sunrise for one of the best views the city has to offer.
SchwuZ, short for Schwuler Zentrum, is one of Berlin’s longest-running gay party facilities. For a long time, the Schwuz was located on Mehringdamm until it moved to much larger premises in Neukölln a few years ago.
With a wide range of parties on three floors, a good mix you’ll find everything from kitschy pop to heavy techno amidst an always lovely and fabulous crowd.
This eclectic Neukölln bar on Richardstrasse may seem like a casual hangout during the week, but offers a labyrinthine subterranean clubroom in the basement with a narrow dance floor and a loosened-up seating area for relaxing, an amusement spot par excellence. The Sameheads is open from Thursday to Saturday from 18h.
Often praised as the filthiest place in Berlin, Kit Kat is a fetish venue with a swimming pool, sauna and dark rooms. It has existed since the 90s and has moved several times, starting in Kreuzberg 36, then in Metropol in Schöneberg, Bessemer Straße in Schöneberg, now in Mitte, among others. Always check the website to see where it is and what secrets it offers in the shadows of the night. You can dance to techno all the while watching live bondage shows, or indulge in more hedonistic pursuits throughout the space. Adjust your outfit accordingly. Door rules can be strict, so arrive in your finest fetish garb.
Spanning several floors, it is considered one of the best dance floors in the world. You can’t talk about clubbing without mentioning Berghain, the iconic space whose famously picky bouncers are known worldwide.
Sven Marquardt, the most famous bouncer, is a legendary and feared bouncer with facial tattoos and piercings. A photographer with his own exhibitions. He wears dark sunglasses, a black t-shirt and a heavy silver chain. He has a gray beard and gray hair slicked back.
The most dedicated followers call Berghain „church,“ and many spend entire weekends in the labyrinthine corridors of the former power plant. Others think the Berghain is ok, but ultimately just a copy of the Metropol on Nollendorfplatz from the 70s and 80s. If intense techno pumped by an exceptional sound system is what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here.
To hear some house music, head to the more relaxed Panorama Bar, one floor up. For those who like to go out unscented and are looking for something more daring, check out the underground Lab. Oratory, an „anything goes“ discotheque for gay men. Since I haven’t seen the stories from this area myself I won’t write them, but there is probably a lot to experience there that is beyond some imagination. Regardless of where you go, you will have to impress the bouncers.
The artist collective Pornceptual regularly organizes sex-positive techno parties and is more than just a crazy party. It also specializes in erotic photos and videos. The goal of this event is to be as inclusive as possible and create a safe space for the city’s most hedonistic clubbers, with some top-notch DJs and lots of fun.
Berlin’s LGBT community is incredibly extensive, and LGBT+ venues make up a large number of the city’s most lauded nightclubs. SchwuZ, Berghain and Griessmühle are all LGBT+ venues in the heart of the city. The Metropol also hosts appropriate parties on a monthly basis. Many other machers also host regular events for the LGBT+ community.
That was my little overview of Berlin’s nightlife.
And here’s the good news for the day after. You can always have breakfast before the sun goes down. So in that sense, there’s nothing wrong with getting up early and getting ready for the next night.
Confusing, mind-blowing, brutal, fun, surprising, long-lasting and crazy – The City is probably the best clubbing city in Europe.
Nightlife usually takes place on Thursdays, Fridays and mainly on Saturdays, but some amusement establishments are open on other days of the week. Kreuzberg nights are long. In the city it is actually possible to go out every day of the week, the offer just depends on the day and the location.
What, you don’t know what a Kreuzberg night is yet? Hurry up and make up for it by going here and spending a few nights in this district. Listen to the brothers Blattschuss to fill this knowledge gap.
It’s the longest night in Berlin and it happens… every week, from Friday in the evening hours until Monday morning.
First it starts very slowly, but then, but then. This institution sounds like a rave, the night is the power of always young and party hungry people.
Dancing culture has become a lifestyle, and music is a religion.
The main time in the amusement establishments is usually between 1:00 and 3:00, and that ends when everyone has left, in many dance clubs there is more or less open end. It can also happen that a venue stays open until the next evening, that is open for 48 – 72 hours, the tourists and old-timers are known to go out until Monday night.
You may wonder why the evenings are so intense in this city. The transformation of the City into the world techno capital is closely related to the German reunification and the fall of the Berlin Wall. With this memorable event, all previous patterns of behavior also fell.
Yes, maybe that’s what makes Berlin nightlife so attractive for tourists. There are no official closing times. That’s why parties usually start a little later than in other European cities, but once the party starts, it doesn’t end so quickly.
The minimum age for most discos is 18, and for some it is 21. Occasionally I experience identity checks, but not always. For bars, there is basically no minimum age, but there is a smoking ban, although it is not always enforced. To be on the safe side, always bring proof of identity and age.
The prices are very different. Admission varies from nothing in small sheds and dance bars to over €50 for a concert by a well-known band. In most cases the entrance fee is between € 10,- and € 15,-. Sometimes you can get a beer for € 2,- and of course you get a half liter.
When I look at Berlin nightlife, there are many dance clubs that play only techno music, but there are also some others with very different music, inform yourself here in the guide.
On average, going out is not expensive, and you will certainly spend less money here than in other Western European capitals.
With legendary nights that last until the wee hours of the morning, Berlin has earned a reputation for being a hedonistic place where there is no last chance. And frankly, you’d be fools not to spend at least one real night here.
At some locations, you may still be turned away at the entrance.
Be prepared for a tough door policy at some venues!
Certainly the famous dance temples Berghain and to a lesser extent Tresor and, Sisyphos, Renate or even Kater Blau are known for a sometimes strict door policy. The justification is often that they want to maintain the authentic atmosphere without the club tourists rushing in.
Note, when standing in line, one is expected to keep quiet, not look at their phone, and stay in smaller groups.
Groups that are often banned are groups that are mostly men, people who are not well dressed, who don’t fit in with the crowd and can be too dressy or slutty, drunk patrons, and often large groups of loud tourists.
Knowledge of which DJ is playing that night and basic German will increase your chances of getting past the bouncer.
Showing up early, around 22h or 0:00, depending on the place, or trying to get in after the big rush, often after 3h, can also help. Peak hours are from 1:00 to 3:00.
Arriving sober in a small group and possibly splitting up large groups will certainly increase the chance of getting in as well.
Berlin’s nightlife scene also gets bonus points for having something for everyone. With fun-friendly policies and nights tailored to pretty much any community, it’s hard not to find a place that’s right for you.
But how should you dress for the occasion?
Visitors don’t usually dress up when they go out, and people are sometimes turned away if they’re too dressed up.
In the evening, when it gets dark, things tend to be casual, so leave the blazers at home and opt for a black t-shirt and comfortable footwear that will see you through into the night.
Back to the 90s and the emergence of many places. People took advantage of their newfound freedom, which is why the scene developed in such a unique way and in such a short time. There were and are so many great discos in Berlin and it seemed like new locations were opening every weekend.
Dance floors were popping up like mushrooms in abandoned factories and commercial buildings that had to be torn down.
In search of expression, locals found a new identity in these establishments.
This also affected concerts, with more and more concert venues springing up.
Whatever your heart’s desire for music, you can find a concert to your taste in almost every district from Lichtenberg to Spandau.
Personally, I find Musik und Frieden, Lido, Kesselhaus in the Kulturbrauerei, SO36 and Astra on the RAW grounds nice concert halls for rock concerts and alternative music.
Somewhat larger concert halls are the Columbiahalle, the Postbahnhof, the Tempodrom and the Velodrom. Great concerts also take place in the Metropol, Huxley’s Neuer Welt or the Festsaal Kreuzberg.
The really big bands and artists usually take the stage at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, Zitadelle Spandau, Wuhlheide, Waldbühne, Max Schmeling-Halle or the Olympiastadion.
Do you prefer classical music? Then you should definitely visit the Deutsche Oper, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Philharmonie or the Komische Oper.
The Classic Open Air, which is orchestrated annually at the Gendarmenmarkt, is also fun.
Berlin is rightly considered a center of European electronic music culture. A quarter of the tourists who visit the German capital each year come here to „hang out.“