The Best Clubs in Berlin

Dance the Night Away in Berlin's Best Clubs

There are so many great clubs in Berlin, and it seems that every weekend, new clubs open. But some things remain the same. Be prepared for tough door policies! Knowledge of the DJ and basic German skills mean a better chance at entry. Peak times are 1:00 til 3:00. Arrive outside these times for easier access to these top Berlin clubs.

And while there are clubs for every persona, for Berlin think less trendy and more gritty. It is impossible to list them all, but here we present the crème de la crème: The best clubs in Berlin.

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    Artists At Yellow Lounge
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    An institution in Berlin’s nightlife scene and by many celebrated as one of the world’s best clubs, Berghain isn't for the faint of heart. Its throbbing techno beats and hedonistic vibe draws thousands of locals every weekend to party until the sun comes up again.

    Celebs like to party here too -- Lady Gaga was spotted -- although the club is anything but glamorous. Located in a former power plant, Berghain has a minimalist design with lots of concrete and steel. Very Berlin.

    The club’s selective door policy (and infamous tattooed doorman Sven Marquardt) is legendary -- be prepared for hour-plus waits -- and there are strict rules about no photos and filming inside the club. What happens in Berghain, stays in Berghain.

    Address: Am Wriezener Bahnhof 10243 Berlin
    Metro: S-Bahn Ostbahnhof
    Open: Weekend 23:00 - open end

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    Week End

    House of Weekend Berlin
    Courtesy of House of Weekend

    For a hip vibe with sweeping views of Berlin, hit the Weekend Club. It is located on the upper floors of an old office building on Alexanderplatz. With the Bar and furniture at the center, there are panoramic windows looking out on Berlin's cityscape. Make sure to take the elevator all the way up to watch the sunrise.

    In the summer months, a rooftop deck has you dining on BBQ with Berlin's skyscrapers. The roof garden opens at 19:00.

    Address: Alexanderstr.7, 10178 Berlin
    Metro: U-Bahn/S-Bahn Alexanderplatz
    Open: Weekend 23:00 - open end

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    Watergate Berlin
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    Watergate Club is located in the heart of Kreuzberg. It has two levels, and the lower dance floor, called waterfloor, is spectacular: It has a wide floor to ceiling glass front that overlooks the river Spree and an illuminated bridge – it feels like you are dancing on water. On warm summer nights, enjoy the breeze on the outside deck over the water.

    Address: Falckenstein Strasse 49, 10997 Berlin
    Metro: U1 Schlesisches Tor
    Open: Thu-Sat  23:00 - open end

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    tresor berlin
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    Tresor (meaning "vault" or "safe") is a legendary institution. It was the city's first techno club and introduced electronic music to a Germany no longer separated by the wall in the early 90's.

    After closing in 2004, Tresor celebrated its resurrection in a Kraftwerk (old power plant) in Kreuzberg in 2007. Ever since, Tresor has been throbbing with hard and loud electro, acid and industrial music. In 2016, tresor celebrated its 25th anniversary.

    Address: Köpenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin Mitte
    Metro: U8 Heinrich-Heine-Strasse
    Open: Wed, Thu-Sat midnight - open end

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    White Trash Fast Food
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    White Trash is many things – a restaurant with great hamburgers, a tattoo parlor and a kitschy club. The interior of White Trash is a mix of tacky Asian and American memorabilia.

    Moved from its original location on Alte Schönhauser Allee, it now sits next to Club der Visionaere (a great pre and post club hangout), among the industrial warehouses of the Treptow Flea Market and before Badeschiff. Bands sweat out everything from Country and Rock, to Punk, and Indie. You'll find many American expats and an English-speaking staff.

    Note that this location is currently closed. There are vague plans to re-open sometime, somewhere, but Berlin must wait and see when and where that will be.

    Address: Am Flutgraben 2, 12435 Berlin
    Metro: S-Bahn Treptower Park 
    Open: daily, 18:00  - open end

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    Golden Gate Berlin
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    No one is going to complain about the noise here as it is housed beneath the S-Bahn's brick railway arches. Small and a bit grimy without windows alluding to the outside world, people come here to dance. The door policy is more relaxed and many Berghain rejects find their way to a good time here.

    If you need a break from the intensity, there is an outdoor garden space where you can take a breather before jumping right back into the fray.

    Address: Dircksenstrasse 77, 10179 Berlin
    Metro: S-Bahn Jannowitzbrücke
    Open: daily, 18:00  - open end