Must-see nightlife in Berlin

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    Berghain/Panorama Bar

    Only world-class spin-masters heat up this hedonistic bass-junkie hellhole inside a labyrinthine ex-powerplant. Hard-edged minimal techno dominates the ex…

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    Clärchens Ballhaus

    Yesteryear is now at this early-20th-century dance hall where groovers and grannies hoof it across the parquet without even a touch of irony. There are…

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    Buck & Breck

    Liquid maestro Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro and his baseball-cap wearing team treat grown-up patrons to libational flights of fancy in their clandestine…

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    At this gritty multifloor party pen with lots of nooks and crannies, a steady line-up of top DJs feeds a diverse bunch of revellers with dance-worthy…

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    Bar am Steinplatz

    Christian Gentemann's liquid playground at the art deco Hotel am Steinplatz was crowned 'Hotel Bar of the Year' in 2016 and 2017, and for good reason The…

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    Prater Garten

    Berlin’s oldest beer garden has seen beer-soaked days and nights since 1837 and is still a charismatic spot for guzzling a custom-brewed Prater pilsner …

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    Embraced by a mellow soundscape and complexion-friendly lighting, well-mannered patrons pack this narrow burrow named for American jazz giant Thelonius…

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    Schwarze Traube

    Mixologist Atalay Aktas was Germany’s Best Bartender of 2013 and hasn't missed a step since. He and his staff still create their magic potions in this…

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    Briefmarken Weine

    For dolce vita right on socialist-era Karl-Marx-Allee, head to this charmingly nostalgic Italian wine bar ensconced in a former stamp shop. The original…

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    Weinerei Forum

    After 8pm, this living-room-style cafe turns into a wine bar that works on the honour principle: you ‘rent’ a wine glass for €2, then help yourself to as…

  • Ritter Butzke

    Ritter Butzke has origins as an illegal club but is now a Kreuzberg party circuit fixture. Wrinkle-free folk hit the four floors in a former bathroom…

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    Another baby by Berlin cocktail maven Arnd Heissen, Fragrances claims to be the world's first 'perfume bar', a libation station where Heissen mixes…

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    Bryk Bar

    Both vintage and industrial elements contribute to the unhurried, dapper ambience at this darkly lit cocktail lab. Bar chef Frank Grosser whips unusual…

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    Club der Visionäre

    It’s cold beer, crispy pizza and fine electro at this summertime day-to-night-and-back-to-day chill and party playground in an old canal-side boat shed…

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    Curtain Club

    Heavy drapes lead the way to this gentlemen's club–style bar with thick carpets, marble tables and leather armchairs. It's presided over by cocktail…

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    Hugging an idyllic canal in Neukölln, Griessmühle is a sprawling indoor-outdoor space with a funky garden strewn with tree houses, Trabis (GDR-era cars)…

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    For a swish night out, point your compass to this stylish art deco–style bar with lots of chandeliers and shiny black surfaces. It’s always busy but…

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    On summer weekends, an old dog-food factory about 2km southeast of S-Bahn station Ostkreuz turns into a hedonistic indoor-outdoor party village that…

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    Vagabund Brauerei

    American friends Tom, Matt and David became Berlin craft beer pioneers when they started their small batch brewery in 2011. In their earthy-chic taproom,…

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    A palace of camp and kitsch with pink furry walls that Barbie would love, Roses has been a glittery fixture on the LGBT-and-friends Kreuzberg booze…