Berlin nightlife: Where to go clubbing in Berlin

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Berlin is a haven for techno and minimal music lovers. The city is full of some of the best clubs in Europe and all the big name DJs have put in at least a few nights here. Visitors flock to the German capital for the underground vibe which it does so well.  Berlin clubs range from the sleek and expensive to the dark and grimy (but in a good way!) Even if some places in Berlin are on the expensive side, Berlin still has lots of cheap hotels. For example at Hotel de Ela you can get a private room with en-suite facilities for just €13.48pppn, leaving you more money to stay out all night before chowing down on a hard-earned curry wurst in the morning.

Berghain & Panoramabar

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Berghain is well known as the club capital of techno. It’s the mecca for all techno house, Detroit techno and minimal techno lovers. Located between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain in a former power plant, Berghain has an 18-metre dance floor and enough space for 1500 guests. Upstairs the Panorama Bar’s tall windows look out over East Berlin. The rest of the industrial-style warehouse club is filled with the most hardcore crowd in the world who’ve all queued for hours to get their spot on the floor. Berghain & PanoramabarRüdersdorfer Straße 70

Golden Gate

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You’ll need to search to hunt down Golden Gate – it’s near the Jannowitzbrücke train station and in the premium clubbing area near the River Spree. Once you’re close you’ll hear the bass pumping to guide you the rest of the way. Stop when you find a graffiti-covered building and you’ll have found Golden Gate. It’s always been a favourite venue for local Berlin DJs but it’s not unusual to see some of the big names on the listings either. This is Berlin, so expect minimal, techno and breakbeats. Don’t expect too much from the toilet situation though – this is very much underground Berlin. Golden GateDircksenstraße 77, Mitte

Salon – zur wilden Renate

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Think skanky squat party mixed with exclusively cool freaks, ravers, hipsters, gorgeous girls and gay guys. Renate gets away with a super strict door policy because it’s literally the coolest nightclub in Berlin. Housed in a two-storey abandoned building the club has been lovingly restored to feature original WG interiors, a ping pong table and bespoke chintzy decorations. ‘Nights’ here can easily last 24 hours as the party continues throughout the open art space and three music rooms. You’ll find the club just yards from the S Train tracks near Treptower Park and the River Spree. Salon zur wilden RenateAlt Stralau 70, Friedrichshain

Watergate

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It’s a firm tourist favourite and a legendary venue in club land. Electro legends flock to play to hungry ravers who want to party the night away. Expect the house, breakbeat, drum and bass beats the club is famous for. You’ll love the floor to ceiling glass windows on the downstairs floor which overlook the River Spree and the Oberbaumbrucke. On the outside terrace you can experience raving on water on the decked platform – stay outside long enough and you’ll see one of the most incredible sunrises ever. The minimalist décor on the main floor is lit up by a technicolor lighting installation covering the ceiling. Make sure you’re dressed for the occasion though – or you won’t get in. WatergateFalckensteinstraße 49, Friedrichshain

With roots in Bavaria, a home in England and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 35 countries on trips and living in both Dublin and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations away from the crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not travelling, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, wandering the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting around for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world - Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Iceland, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

5 Comments

  • Jay Murrant

    28 November, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Who said that when you’re new in town you’ll definitely have a hard time catching up with the place? Well that’s not true when you go to Berlin because they have wonderful spots and people. You will definitely be proud to say I’ve been to Berlin!

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  • Amelia Scott

    28 November, 2011 at 4:34 am

    I have been to Watergate friends 3 months ago, and I could say that I never felt a bit of boredom when we were having fun that night. Plus! I met my new apple of the eye in Watergate.

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  • John Spacey

    28 November, 2011 at 4:33 am

    I am so lucky that a friend gave me your site because I am going to Berlin next month for a 2 months vacation and visit my mum. Now I have the idea on what’s the best place to go for nightlife in Berlin.

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