The Top 10 Berlin Clubs

Berlin Nightlife

Disorientating, mind blowing, brutal, fun, surprising, longlasting and freaky, Berlin is probably the best clubbing city in Europe. The clubber culture has become a life style and music is a religion. You may wonder why the nightlife is so intense in this city. Berlin's transformation into the world techno capital is very much linked to the German reunification and the fall of the Berlin Wall. As the wall came down, so did all the previous patterns of behaviour. People were taking advantage of their recently acquired freedom, which is why the clubbing scene developed in such a unique way and over such a short period of time. Inside abandoned factories and commercial buildings that had to be taken down, clubs started to mushroom at full speed. Looking to express themselves, Berliners found inside those clubs a new identity. Since there are so many options in town, we will give you an insider guide about the 10 best clubs to make sure you don’t get lost in this hedonistic Disneyland for grown ups. So pay attention to every single detail and viel Spaß!

#1 / Berghain & Panorama Bar

The Church of Techno
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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
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Telephone: 030 29360210
Price: 8 – 14 Euros

#2 / Katerholzig [*CLOSED]

Big Amusement Park for Adults
katerholzig berlin

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
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Telephone: 030 51052134
Price: 5 - 12 Euros

#3 / Sisyphos

Joy, happiness and freedom
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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
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Telephone: They’re hippies. They don’t have a phone number.
Price: 10 Euros

#4 / Salon zur Wilden Renate

Labyrinth of circus fun
Salon zur Wilden Renate berlin
If you’ve ever dreamed about clubbing in a circus, you’ll fall in love with this club. It’s name already describes the kind of atmosphere you’ll find: WILD. Besides a big outside area, a kitsch decoration and many dance floors, their main attraction is a huge and real labyrinth. So if you get lost, you’ll be condemned to live inside a club for the rest of your life. Not bad, huh? Their parties are original and also really diverse. Depending on the night, you will listen to the most different and bizarre kinds of music and meet people you’ve never expected before. It’s not one of the most famous clubs in town but it definitely has its charm. During summer, you’ll be also able to attend their open air parties, which are guaranteed fun too. The atmosphere change is visible and you’ll have the chance to go back to your childhood by “swimming” inside small plastic pools with your friends. Drinking is relatively cheap since you can trade your empty bottles and glasses for money to buy more drinks and enjoy their psychedelic vibe.

Best Clubbing Times: Friday & Saturday night.

Door Policy: In comparison to the clubs that were mentioned before, it’s considerably easy to get into Wilde Renate. Just be sure to follow the basic door policy rules: don’t get wasted before getting there, don’t go in big groups and, when possible, answer their questions in German.

Address: Alt-Stralau 70 10245 Berlin
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Telephone: 030 25041426
Price: 5 - 10 Euros

#5 / KitKat

Two fingers or four?
KitKat berlin
Anthropological travel is the best expression to describe what you’ll experience at KitKat. Before you start asking yourself the kind of trouble you’re getting into, let’s make clear that this is a sex club. Don’t be afraid, it’s not as hardcore as it seems. The bathroom cleaner might ask you, if he can watch you while you’re pissing and you’ll probably see a few guys all in fours with someone leading them with a chain around their dick, but don’t feel uncomfortable. Once you step into KitKat, you can be whatever and whomever you want and feel free to look into your sexual desires and fetishes with no need to hide your love of the bizarre. Explore the place and you’ll find many dance floors, a lounge area, a massage room and also a swimming pool. Feel the music and let your mind be your true self. If it’s your first time there, go with a group of friends, who are looking for unusual fun, who are open minded and most important: who are ready to watch memorable scenes. After a night of unexpected adventures, you’ll notice how the club delivers an unusual decadent slice of hedonism in a city known for its forbidden passions and will never forget how much fun you had in one of the weirdest clubs you’ll ever visit.

Best Clubbing Times: Friday & Saturday night.

Door Policy: Wear your best underwear and be prepared to leave your clothes in the cloak room. Different to other clubs, big groups and foreigners are not a problem, but they won’t let you in if you’re not prepared to show your body and get into the sexual atmosphere of the club.

Address: Brückenstrasse 3 10179 Berlin
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Price: 10 Euros

#6 / Chalet

House of hip
Chalet Berlin
Also owned by former Bar25 club members, in this decadent abandoned 150 year-old mansion, you’ll feel like you went back in time directly to the 19th century. Located in Kreuzberg, the most hip neighborhood in Berlin, Chalet offers a great line up, talented DJs playing in two different floors and a very charming garden: the perfect place to chill, when it’s not freezing cold outside. Also the good thing about this club is that they’re open 7 days a week. The best word to describe Chalet is style. It’s impossible not to notice the amazing decoration: vintage lamps and armchairs, bonfires in the backyard, wallpapers with antique patterns and many small rooms you’ll get to explore over the night. Their public is more of a mainstream/touristic crowd so go with a nice group of friends and you’ll probably end up having a great evening.

Best Clubbing Times: Mondays (Secret Line Up) & Thursdays.

Door Policy: They’re not very strict, a bit unfriendly though. The same rules of the other clubs play on this one too. Don’t be drunk, speak a little bit of German and know which party you’re going to.

Address: Vor dem Schlesischen Tor 3 10997 Berlin Kreuzberg
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Telephone: 030 69536290
Price: 6 - 10 Euros

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Something about nothing
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Best Clubbing Times: All weekend.

Door Policy: This is also a very hard club to get in. The bouncers are strict and the line is usually long. Same rules from Berghain apply on this one, so prepare yourself!

Address: Markgrafendamm 24c 10245 Berlin Friedrichshain
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Telephone: 030 69536290
Price: 2 - 10 Euros

#8 / Stattbad

The pool of cool
Stattbad Berlin
Designed by Ludwig Hoffman in 1907, Stattbad used to be a state swimming pool formerly known as Stadttbad Wedding. In the late 50’s and beginning of the 60’s, the building was rebuilt due to the damage of the Second World War. It went back to being a public pool and in 2001 the place was finally transformed into a space dedicated to art, music and culture in general. Besides good parties, there you'll also find many art exhibitions and performances. In a place where men and women from the last century were separated in two different rooms, today you can enjoy the creativity of artists and designers from the whole world. Stattnacht is their biggest night. Famous names such as Acid Pauli and the Boiler Room guest DJs play there frequently. Also the most amazing thing about this place is the fact that you can party inside one of their empty swimming pools. So it's definitely worth a visit. Maybe you'll be lucky and also have the chance to get into one of the many small offices, charming ateliers and creative studios they have. During summer they open their huge terrace with a breathtaking view from Panke, the river that crosses Wedding. So embrace the opportunity to explore this working class neighborhood and get in touch with a side of the city you probably haven’t yet.

Best Clubbing Times: Saturday night.

Door Policy: This is one of the few clubs in town, where everyone gets in. So don’t worry about any of the rules mentioned before. Just act normal and make clear you’re only hunting for an amusing night.

Address: Gerichtstrasse 65 13347 Berlin Wedding
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Telephone: 030 86383155
Price: 10 - 12 Euros

#9 / Watergate

If music is what matters to you
Watergate Berlin
Watergate is a hotspot for those who want to enjoy a great night with world's premier DJ talents. Names like Eric Morillo, Chicken Lips and Adam Freeland are common guests playing house, drum and bass and break-beat. There you'll get one of the most beautiful views from the Spree through its floor-ceiling plate glass windows. The place itself is not that big... the hype is that its fancy. It's also a good club for flirting, as most of the guys pay more attention to the girls than the DJ. From the outside it looks like nothing special but once inside it will blow your mind. The sound system is very good and the lighting with its huge LED panel on the main floor is unreal. The music is intense and the crowd is friendly too. Like Katerholzig, the Watergate crew started their own record label, Watergate Records, with famous DJs such as MANDY, Get Physical and Mobilee. So if music is what matters to you, you’ll definitely feel like you belong there.

Best Clubbing Times: Saturday night.

Door Policy: As in all mainstream clubs, they’re interested in keeping the same number of men and women inside the place. So avoid going there with a big group of guys or girls. Better would be to go there with a group with the same number of both. Don’t forget your ID, cause they’ll definitely ask for it. Also you have to be over 21 years old to get in.

Address: Falckensteinstr. 49 10997 Berlin Kreuzberg
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Telephone: 030 61280394
Price: 8 - 15 Euros

#10 / Tresor

Berlin's techno legend
Tresor Berlin
Tresor is the biggest and most respected Techno club in Berlin. It's history began basically together with the creation of the city’s clubbing scene, right after Germany was unified. They started as a record label called Interfish at Ufo, the original center of Berlin house and techno. After its closure, the Tresor crew thought it would be a good idea to establish their own club. Their timing was perfect and they quickly became a popular venue, reconstructing and expanding the place several times over the years. In October 1991, Tresor Records was founded featuring artists such as House of Fix, Jed Mills and Robert Hood. Many great Berlin DJs started their career on Tresor's record label. An abandoned power plant, the sheer size of the building impresses and its derelict nature makes it reminiscent of a horror movie set: it holds several dancefloors with never-ending pounding music, dark red lit corners, a huge outside area, and of course amazing sound system and acoustics. Inside you will find a very good mixture of different kinds of people that’s formed by nice and friendly ravers who just want to dance the night away. A great place to make some new friends. If it wasn’t for Tresor, Berghain probably wouldn’t even exist, so if you’re passing through the city you definitely have to check out this Techno legend.

Best Clubbing Times: Friday and Saturday night.

Door Policy: Basically the same rules from the other clubs, like Berghain and KaterHolzig, apply here.

Address: Kopenicker Strasse 70 10179 Berlin Mitte
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Telephone: 030 69537731
Price: 2 - 10 Euros