Nightlife in Berlin
Berlin is world renowned for its techno music, but there is something for everyone in Germany’s capital. Learn more about the nightlife in the city here…
Since the reunification of Germany in the early 1990’s, Berlin has emerged as one of the most eclectic and interesting nightlife scenes in Europe. With world-renown techno clubs, art houses, trendy cocktail bars, classic jazz clubs, and old-fashioned dance halls there is a little bit of something for everyone. Berlin is a large city with many excellent places to go out at night, but here are some of the highlights.
Mitte: Oranienburger Strasse/Luisenstadt
Oranienburger Straße in the district of Mitte was originally the Jewish quarter of Berlin. In recent years it has become popular with tourists and locals for its wide variety of restaurants and bars. In the southern part of Mitte in Luisenstadt, there is more of a counterculture scene similar to that of Friedrichshain with bars and clubs in a more industrialized setting.
- X-Terrain - A popular cellar bar on Oranienburger Straße known for its cheap drinks and good music.
At: Oranienburger Straße 40, 10117 Berlin
Open: Daily 17:00-03:00
- Silberfisch - A small bar with a good mix of tourists and locals. Drinks are moderately priced and the atmosphere is friendly.
At: Oranienburger Straße 37, 10117 Berlin
Tel: 030 28 38 73 88
Open: Sunday to Thursday 21:00-06:00, Friday/Saturday 20:00-08:00
Near Oranienburger Strasse
- Clärchens Ballhaus - A Berlin institution, Clärchens opened in 1913 and has a long history of being a dancehall. Every night is dedicated to a specific style of dancing from Salsa to Swing with dance lessons also available, and on the weekends the dancing is freestyle.
At: Auguststraße 24, 10119 Berlin
Tel: 030 28 38 55 88
Open: Daily from 11 until late
- Kunstfabrik Schlot - A classic cellar Jazz club for true lovers of the genre. Along with all different types of Jazz and Blues, Schlot also highlights improvisational theatre and literary brunches.
At: Invalidenstraße 117 (in the Edison Höfe), 10115 Berlin
Tel: 030 448 21 60
- Sage Club - A three-dance-floor nightclub playing Indie, Hardcore, Alternative, and Classics, its quirky interior design which includes a swimming pool in the garden and a fire-breathing dragon over the dance floor makes it an interesting place to check out.
At: Köpenicker Straße 76, 10179 Berlin
Tel: 0178 66 999 63
Open: Thursday 20:00-07:00
- Kit Kat Club - A rather risqué club for those who don’t have many inhibitions, the Kit Kat Club is one of the most famous alternative lifestyle venues in the city. The music tends to be techno/trance and there is a strict dress code requiring glamour or fetish outfits.
At: Köpenicker Straße 76, 10179 Berlin
Tel: 0178 66 999 63
Open: Friday 23:00-14:00, Saturday 23:00-18:30
- Tresor - An underground techno club in a renovated power plant, Tresor is a dark and smoky club which is perfect for those looking to lose themselves in the music. There are three floors playing house, techno, and club music.
At: Köpenicker Straße 70, 10179
Tel: 030 69 53 77 21
Open: Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday 23:45-06:00
Prenzlauer Berg: Kastanienalle/Kollwitzplatz
After the reunification in the early nineties, Prenzlauer Berg was inexpensive and known for its interesting bar scene. While it has since been gentrified, there are several intriguing and culturally significant places to spend an evening. Kastanienallee is known for its bar scene and nearby Kollwitzplatz, while a bit more expensive, has plenty to offer with restaurants, cocktail bars, and cafes.
- Prater Beer Garden - The oldest beer garden in Berlin has been serving beers in this location since 1837. Known for its beautiful chestnut trees and mix of locals and tourists it has a unique, relaxed atmosphere in the bustling city.
At: Kastanienallee 7-9, 10435 Berlin
Tel: 030 24 06 57 77
Open: April-September open daily from 12:00
- Kulturbrauerei - Formerly the brewery of the Berlin beer Schultheiss, it was renovated in the 1990’s to become a cultural center. Along with offices, restaurants, theaters, and a cinema, the Kulturbrauerei is also the home of four clubs which are known for their mainstream options.
At: Knaackstraße 97, 10435 Berlin
Tel: 030 44 31 51 55
- Haus der Sinne - An eclectic bar and stage which features tango nights, poetry slams, and open mics.
At: Ystarder Straße 10, 10437 Berlin
Tel: 030 44 04 91 55
- ACUD - A meeting place for alternative art culture in Berlin. It contains a theater, concert hall, art gallery, two cinemas, a bar, and art studios. Open stage is available after every concert.
At: Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin
Tel: 030 44 35 94 97
- Cliffs of Dooneen - A classic Irish pub where Guinness is always on tap. Basic pub food is also served. Every Sunday starting at 22:00 there is live Irish music.
At: Husemannstraße 6, 10435 Berlin
Tel: 030 44 22 57 0
Open: Monday to Friday 17:00-02:00, Saturday/Sunday 13:00-02:00
- Yard - Hole-in-the-wall dive bars are not so common in Prenzlauer Berg, but Yard is a hold-out. Expect rock music, beer, and cigarette smoke.
At: Rykestraße 8, 10405 Berlin
Tel: 030 44 24 21 1
Open: Daily from 18:00
- Gugelhof - Famous for its Alsatian and South German cuisine, Gugelhof has been impressing people with its food since the 1990’s. Many famous figures have graced its tables including former US President Bill Clinton.
At: Knaackstraße 37, 10435 Berlin
Tel: 030 442 92 29
Open: Monday-Friday 16:00-24:00, Saturday/Sunday 10:00-24:00
For years Friedrichshain has been known to be the home of Berlin’s underground scene, and even with the encroaching gentrification it doesn’t seem that anything will change any time soon. Simon-Dach-Straße is known for its mixture of expensive tourist bars, dive bars, and its proximity to several of the most important techno clubs in the city. A popular location for tourists, it is important to note that in recent years there has been a similar increase in crime.
- Dachkammer - With a decent menu of drinks and interesting live music, the Dachkammer continues to prove why it is one of the oldest and most popular bars in the district. However, this popularity is also shown in the expensive price of the drinks.
At: Simon-Dach-Straße 39, 10245 Berlin
Tel: 030 290 490 54
Open: Daily from 13:00
- Paule’s Metal Eck - For those looking for a long-standing heavy metal bar that doesn’t take itself too seriously, Paule’s Metal Eck might be just the place. Plenty of different beers available as well as pool and darts, the latest football games are also likely to be shown.
At: Krossener Straße 15, 10245 Berlin
Tel: 030 29 11 62 4
Open: Monday to Sunday 19:00-05:00
- RAW Gelände - At the site of a derelict railway depot, RAW is one of the last subculture compounds in Berlin. With exhibition space, bars, clubs, and markets it is an enduring testament to the post-wall artistic scene of Friedrichshain.
At: Revaler Straße 99, 10245 Berlin
Tel: 030 102 450 30
Other hightlights nearby
- Berghain - One of the most popular and respected techno clubs in Berlin, and perhaps the world, Berghain is located in a former power plant. Known for its tough door policy, it is nevertheless the place to go for those who enjoy techno music.
At: Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin
Tel: 030 29 36 02 10
Open: Friday from 24:00 to Monday morning
- Watergate - Located directly on the Spree river, Watergate is a two room club with floor to ceiling windows. It is mostly known for its house and techno parties.
At: Falckensteinstraße 49, 10997 Berlin
Tel: 030 612 80 394
Open: Wednesday to Sunday 22:00-05:00
The area around Savignyplatz has long been a trendy location for bars, cafes, and restaurants. The nightlife here is more cosmopolitan in nature and it is possible to rub shoulders with famous people from the fields of cinema, theatre, and politics.
- Schwarzes Café - An all-day café and bar with a relaxed atmosphere with food available throughout the day and night. Of particular note for its all day breakfast.
At: Kantstraße 148, 10623 Berlin
Tel: 030 313 80 38
- Florian - A high scale restaurant for food lovers, Florian might be just the place to spend a relaxing evening with good wine and company.
At: Grolmanstraße 52, 10623 Berlin
Tel: 030 31 39 184
Open: Monday to Sunday 18:00-03:00
- Paris Bar - A legendary restaurant for those in the art scene, it is quite possible to bump into international celebrities while having your dinner. For top-notch French cuisine in Berlin, this is one of the favored choices.
At: Kantstraße 152, 10623 Berlin
Tel: 030 313 80 52
Open: Daily 12:00-02:00
- Quasimodo - In the basement of the Delphi cinema is one of the oldest Jazz clubs in Berlin. Here you can listen to sweet tunes while drinking from their full bar or dine at the restaurant.
At: Kantstraße 12a, 10623 Berlin
Tel: 030 318 045 60
Open: Thurday 21:00-13:00, Friday/Saturday 21:00-02:00