There are so many great clubs in Berlin, Germany 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 the top 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.
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
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.
Address: Alexanderstr.7, 10178 Berlin
Metro: U-Bahn/S-Bahn Alexanderplatz
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: Falckensteinstr 49, 10997 Berlin
Metro: U1 Schlesisches Tor
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
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: Schicklerstraße 4, 10179 Berlin
Metro: S-Bahn Jannowitzbrücke