Berghain is the most well-known club in Berlin - and also one of the worldwide most famous clubs. It’s the church of Techno with the best sound system you can get. So be prepared to dance for hours and listen to top quality music. Inside this abandoned power plant you’ll find two different clubs: Berghain and Panorama Bar, which are separated by a set of stairs.
If you’re the kind of person who appreciates good techno music, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise once you step inside Berghain. Their line up is always impeccable and you’ll probably listen to the best DJ's blasting their best tunes out loud, every weekend, from Friday 'til Monday morning.
Inside Panorama Bar, you’ll find a more cheerful atmosphere, where they usually play all variations of house music. It’s the perfect place to have a drink, calm down and then go back to Berghain.
Berghain became a meeting point for the clubbers of Berlin and it’s already part of the city culture, which is one of the main reasons why the door policy is so harsh.
It’s also interesting to go there alone – at the first moment you might be scared, but in a short period of time you’ll start feeling the energy of the place and end up letting yourself flow with the music.
A “lifetime experience” is definitely the expression that better describes the time you’ll have in this huge temple of music and fun.
Best Clubbing Times: Sunday morning and Sunday night.
Door Policy: Bouncers are strict; the chances you won’t get in are considerable. Here are some hints for you: Do not go in big groups, do not wear your best clothes, do not laugh out loud or have too much fun in the queue – they simply don’t like that. Be as discrete as you can and make sure you know what you are getting into. Oh, and don’t dare to take your phone out of your pocket.
Address: Am Wriezener Bahnhof 10243 Berlin Friedrichshain
Oficial Web Page: http://berghain.de
Telephone: 030 29360210
Price: 8 – 14 Euros
From the previous owners of Bar 25, Katerholzig is a big amusement park for adults. In a huge abandoned soap factory perfectly located by the Spree, you’ll find loads of dancefloors, a huge outside area with amazing lighting and you’ll really feel like part of the city clubbing scene.
As in almost every club in town, they don’t mess with the quality of the sound. Most of the DJ’s you’ll see playing there are associated to Katerholzig’s record label Katermukke. You’ve probably heard a few names who are produced by them such as Sven Dhose, Dirty Doering, Sascha Cowa and Britta Arnold. Make sure to check their SoundCloud so you can find out if it’s your kind of music.
Also their public is really diverse and that’s what makes clubbing at Kater so fun. It’s a crowd of interesting, good looking and nice people, who are usually ready to dance and have a nice chat with you.
Don’t forget to take a picture in their Photo Automat and also to appreciate the view of Robert Montgomery’s installation on the other side of the river. You’ll feel your heart getting warmer while reading his quote: “The city is wilder than you think and kinder than you think. It is a valley and you are a horse in it. It is a house and you are a child in it safe and warm here in the fire of each other.”
Best Clubbing Times: Thursday night and Sunday after 6pm.
Door Policy: You’ll probably have a hard time trying to get into Kater, if you don’t bring someone that speaks German. They’re not huge fans of foreigners, so be as Berliner as you can. In other words, make sure to act like a true hipster: put some glitter on, hold your Club Matte bottle with confidence and wear colorful (vintage, of course) clothes. [* Katerholzig is now CLOSED]
Address: Michaelkirchstr. 23 10179 Berlin
Oficial Web Page: http://www.katerholzig.de
Telephone: 030 51052134
Price: 5 - 12 Euros
Sisyphos is a place like no other. It’s a festival, it’s a club, it’s a beach, it’s a bar, it’s Alice’s Wonderland.
Here you will find diverse ways of having fun. With a huge chill out area, an abandoned bus, a small lake surrounded by sand, a pizza place and a labyrinth of dance floors, you might lose yourself for hours or maybe even days inside this abandoned dog food factory.
Sisyphos is a magical village, where every two weeks they throw memorable parties. You’ll feel like you’re in a world of joy, happiness and freedom and will probably get a bit sad when it’s time to leave.
It’s the perfect escape for those who are looking for a original partying experience and for those who want to get to know an undiscovered part of town. Also their staff is probably composed by the most friendly people working in clubs you’ll find in Berlin.
You might ask yourself if it’s a good idea going there, since it’s located a bit far out of the way, but don’t worry: you can get a shuttle from Ostkreuz to get there. And here goes a party rat tip: make sure to save some money for your way back. After partying for so many hours, the only thing you’ll want is a cab that will drop you right in front of the place where you're staying.
Best Clubbing Times: All weekend.
Door Policy: The bouncers here are not as bad as in other clubs, but be patient: you’re going to stand in line for quite a while. Eventually they’ll ask you if you’ve been there before and big groups are as always not welcome.
Address: Hauptstrasse 15 10317 Berlin Lichtenberg
Oficial Web Page: http://www.sisyphos-berlin.net
Telephone: They’re hippies. They don’t have a phone number.
Price: 10 Euros