Over the years, Berlin’s nightlife has gained quite the reputation, and with its mix of super-clubs, beer halls and burlesque shows, there’s little wonder why. The feel of Berlin’s nightlife is industrial and grimy; it seems like every bar or club was once an abandoned factory or power station. But behind closed doors, the atmosphere rivals that of the most cutting-edge clubs around the world.
Whilst you may want to explore the rough and ready side of Berlin’s nightlife, it probably isn’t where you want to sleep, so why not check yourself into one of the city’s many luxury hotels, such as the five star Hotel Adlon Kempinski? To help you plan your trip, we’ve put together this pick of the five best night-time pursuits in Berlin.
The perfect bar for anyone who has ever dreamed of being a member of a secret club, Tausend’s bare iron door beneath the Paris-Moskau railway is overlooked by the majority of passers-by. But those familiar with the Berlin night-life scene know that behind this anonymous façade lies one of the hottest bars in the city. Head inside to find an ultra-modern room with curved steel walls, plenty of mirrors (for seeing, and being seen of course) and some of the best cocktails in Berlin.
The Chameleon Theatre
Whilst the aesthetic of The Chameleon Theatre is original Art Nouveau, the place you’ll find now is very much a cabaret for the 21st century. Refurbished with high-tech rigging, lights and sound equipment, The Chameleon plays host to a huge number of incredible acts from around the world. Book a table by the stage so you can get a close-up look at the marvellous singers, dancers and contortionists.
Widely acknowledged as the best club in the city, the two-part Berghain and Panorama club has to be experienced to be believed. Whilst Berghain/Panorama could quickly be summed up as a techno club in a former power station, its interesting mix of guests and relaxed atmosphere are more difficult to put into words. Visit on a Saturday to experience Berghain and Panorama, as Panorama is the only part open for the rest of the weekend.
The hollowed-out remains of an old public toilet might not sound like the makings of a great dining experience, but if you want to do it like the locals do, then a visit to this famed fast-food stall for a pre or post-clubbing snack is a must. Here you’ll find generously-sized, delicious burgers, music, and a buzzing atmosphere.
Puro Sky Club
Get the best view of Berlin from Puro Sky Club, a stylish rooftop club that offers a 360 degree view over the city. If you’re looking for an upmarket clubbing experience then Puro is the place to go, as this is a favourite amongst the beautiful elite of Berlin. Expect house music, old school hip hop and perhaps even a celebrity appearance.
Puro Sky Club berlin
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