Aaah, Berlin, the land where it makes no sense to enter a club until 1 am, and where the word nightlife should just be shortened to 'life'.
The one thing that always attracted me to Berlin is the rich alternative culture, so when there I tried to visit a variety of different venues. There is definitely something for everybody in this City.
Kopenicker Str. 70, 10179 Berlin, Germany.
My favourite venue in Berlin.
2 words come to mind when thinking about Tresor: Techno & Viking. This venue is everything I ever imagined I'd find in Berlin and then some. Set in an abandoned power plant and over two rooms, the venue plays a mixture of House and Experimental Electro upstairs, and the crazy Industrial Techno downstairs in the main room; a caged vault accessed via a 30-meter tunnel.
We went there on a Friday night and had such a good time. I didn't want to leave! Entry was approx 10 euros, and regardless of their bar-token system (where if you give the glass back to the bar staff you get 50c back) the drinks were cheaply priced around 3-4 euros. Apart from sitting in the cubbies upstairs at the Globus bar to chill out for a while, we spent most of our time downstairs in the vault. The sound in this room is incredible, as you enter it really smacks you in the face.
If you're unsuccessful at Berghain, Tresor is the perfect alternative and somewhere I am definitely visiting each time I am in the city.
Falckensteinstrasse 49, 10997 Berlin, Germany.
Watergate is a split leveled, two-roomed nightclub overlooking the River Spree and considered one of the most prominent electronic venues in Berlin. In comparison to the City's other clubs, Watergate is very stylish in design and is known for its wall to wall LED light installation covering the main dancefloor.
We arrived at the club around 4 am, it's rumoured to be quite hard to get into however there was no line out the front and we were let inside easily. Entry was 15 euros. The main floor upstairs was really busy so we head downstairs to the Waterfloor and met up other friends. There were plenty of available couches downstairs and since Tresor got the best of Paul earlier in the evening, he sat on a lounge the rest of the night whilst I ordered shots and danced on the dance floor with the others.
Prog, deep house and minimal techno tunes play downstairs and dancier, fluffy house, dance and trance tracks play upstairs in the main room (which is really tiny.)
They have a strict no photo policy. If you even attempt it you'll have a security guard waving his hands blocking your photo within a second, so I didn't get any photos of our Watergate adventures, only a picture from outside.
I really enjoyed this venue. It was among 3 clubs recommended to me (along with Tresor and Berghain) and did not disappoint.
Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin, Germany.
This venue is all sorts of amazing. Set in an old, multi-level industrial hall, Cassiopeia is an alternative clubber's playground. Beer garden's, a skatepark, open air cinema and rock climbing tower all feature outside whilst inside holds two floors which play a variety of music depending on what night of the week you go. Reggae, Dancehall, Trap, Funk, Soul, Jazz, hip-hop, punk & heavy metal to name a few.
Of all night's I went on a Tuesday - 80's/90's pop night. YAY!! (internal screams) however, luckily it was toward the end of our night and I was totally in sing-a-long mode, so the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys were probably just what this drunk girl needed at the time.
Even though I wasn't a really a fan of the music, this venue was insane and I'm definitely looking forward to going back (on a different night of the week) and seeing what else it has to offer.
Australia needs a venue like this!
Friedrichstrasse 158, 10117 Berlin, Germany.
(Corner Unter Den Linden & FriedrichstraÃe)
Once going upstairs we found the main (and much larger room) and spent the rest of the night in there. Techno, House and electro played as we all drank like fish, whilst dancing and laughing the night away.
The only thing I disliked about this venue was having my camera stolen, I lost a memory card full of Berlin memories.
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Warschauer Pl. 18, 10245 Berlin, Germany.
âIf I was under 20 I would probably LOVE this club, but as for now I probably wouldn't head back here again unless I had to.
Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin, Germany.
âThis Techno Institution and one of the world's most famous nightclubs; made infamous by their doorman, Sven Marquardt, would have to be one of, if not the, hardest club to get into in the world. On the night we tried some punters didn't even get within 20 meters of the front door before being hand motioned to turn around and not even bother.
Due to bad planning and no research we arrived at 1 am (Monday morning; 5 hours before they closed) in a group of 9 and split up immediately. We tried. We all failed. The first 3 were rejected, myself and paul then rejected, another 3 rejected. The worse thing was we didn't even get rejected by Sven, it was his night off and we dealt with one of his little, bald henchmen instead.
Bayden, the most "German" looking of all of us was last to attempt. He managed to get more than the word "no" out of the doorman and was told if we had have arrived at 9 pm we would have been let in.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to try again as I left Berlin before the club open again the following weekend.
Next time, Gadget!ï»¿
Schonhauser Allee 42, 10435 Berlin, Germany.
Eberswalder Str. 21, 10437 Berlin, Germany
You place a 5â¬ deposit on a paddle to play table tennis (ping pong). All waiting players simultaneously walk around the table taking turns hitting the ball back and forth - you miss you're out. The final two competitors aim to be the first to reach 10 points and, therefore, be crowned the winner. â
Metzer Str. 2, 10405 Berlin, Germany.
â60's, 70's and 80's rock was playing which was a nice change considering how many dance clubs are around.
Schonhauser Allee 5, 10119 Berlin, Germany
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