Berlin Nightlife Tips

Read these 48 Berlin Nightlife Tips tips to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. Each tip is approved by our Editors and created by expert writers so great we call them Gurus. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about German tips and hundreds of other topics.

Berlin Nightlife Tips has been rated 3.2 out of 5 based on 1688 ratings and 1 user reviews.
Where can I hear good trance?

Astro Bar

A bar for science fiction fans with lots of trance music and rasta reggae. Djs with varying programs 7 days a week, no admission fee, all drinks under DM 10.
Simon-Dach-Strasse 40 (Friedrichshain), open daily from 6 p.m. onwards (open end).

   
Where is the Niagara club?

Niagara

Niagara is a music club and an ideal meeting place for local talent and friends. The music concentrates on independent, grunge, hip hop and 80s. Live concerts on weekends. Gneisenaustrasse 58, subway Suedstern, open daily 8 p.m. - 6 a.m..

   
How do I call a cab?

Call a cab

Out on the town and no nightbus? Call a cab with one of the following numbers:
26 10 26
21 01 01
44 33 22
6 90 22.
You can specify smoking or non-smoking.

   
What kind of people do I meet at the Cafe Swing?

Cafe Swing

Cafe Swing has been around forever (at least for 20 years!). It was fully renovated in 1998, but the basic atmosphere has not changed. Expect to find an "in-crowd" and prices in the midrange. It gets crowded on weekends, particularly if there are concerts at the Loft or Metropol over the street. You can sit outside and watch the busy streetlife. This cafe is an institution.
Nollendorfplatz 3 - 4
subway: Nollendorfplatz
open daily 9 a.m. - 4 a.m.

   
Which clubs have resident DJs?

Metropol

The Metropol contains a cafe, a historic discotheque and concert hall, a big bar on the ground floor & the legendary Loft music club upstairs. Aways a good place to get to know people. Highly recommended.
Nollendorfplatz 5
subway: Nollendorfplatz
open Friday & Saturday from 9 p.m in winter, from 10 p.m. in summer. Admission for special events (ca. DM 10 - 20), student reduction.

   
Where is the Schwarzes Cafe?

Schwarzes Cafe

This cafe has been around for over 20 years, but it is still trendy. Open round the clock and at a central location. Quiet. Good coffee.
Kantstrasse 148
S-Bahn Savignyplatz
Open 24 hours a day

   
Which clubs have resident DJs?

Cafe Anfall

Cafe Anfall ( = "Cafe Fit", as in nervous breakdown) is a 'scene' cafe and always very crowded. However, it provides you with plenty of entertainment, interesting people and the odd surprise. Varied music and DJs. Recommended.
Gneisenaustrasse 64
Subway Suedstern
Open daily from 4 p.m. - 4 a.m., excluding Mondays (9 p.m. - 4 a.m.)

   
Are there any clubs for gays in Berlin?

Guppi Bar

Guppi is a new gay bar featuring special events (parties, DJs, music) on weekends. Musicstyles: house, charts, rap. Inexpensive drinks. No entrance fee except for special parties (DM 7). Located at Gleimstrasse, next to CinemaXX, Prenzlauer Berg. Open from 10 a.m. - very late at night.

   
Wher can I get a decent breakfast in quiet surroundings?

Cafe am Ufer

This quiet cafe is situated on the banks of a canal in Kreuzberg. Very nice for an evening out with friends. Also an excellent choice for a late breakfast, or as a starting point for a sightseeing trip into Kreuzberg.
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44
subway: Kottbusser Tor
open daily 9 a.m. - 1 a.m., Saturdau & Sunday open until 2 a.m.

   
What kind of guided tours are available?

Berlin by night boat tours

These tours take place on weekends and public holidays. You will be provided with a meal, a theater performance or music. Find out details about dates and times in the program magazines "Tip" or "Zitty".

   
What are the best clubs in Kreuzberg?

Golgatha

Golgatha is a beer garden with two terraces, a disco and snack facility, located at the Kreuzberg (nice panorama, waterfall & monument). Expect a younger crowd, 16 +. Music varies.
Dudenstrasse 48 - 64
Subway Yorckstrasse
Open daily 11 a.m. - 6 a.m.

   
Is there an all night subway line?

Subway 9 nightline

Subway 9 (Rathaus Steglitz to Osloer Strasse) runs from 1 a.m. - 5 a.m. in intervals of 15 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays. Check for details on the message boards on the platform.

   
Where is the Madonna club?

Madonna

Madonna is a noisy pub, which is usually crowded. It is a meeting place for the locals, musicians and their friends. Loud music at all hours. Winer Str. 22, subway Goerlitzer Bahnhof, open daily 1 p.m. - 3 a.m., open end on weekends.

   
What is the door policy at 90 Grad?

90 Grad Update

I received an update about the popular 90 Grad club from reliable sources: Recently a bouncer turned away Britney Spears from the already crowded club! The outrage! The scandal! - The bouncer was fired, but half of Berlin laughed themselves silly. - So what does this teach us? It teaches us to seek out an alternative in the neighborhood in case we cannot get in. After all, if even ole Britney cannot enter, who can :-) ?

   
Where is the Franken club?

Franken

Franken is an off-beat scene club near the SO 36. It is usually packed after concerts. A typical Berlin 'scene' hang out, which you don't want to miss. Oranienstrasse 19, subway Kottbusser Tor, bus 129, N 29, open daily from 7 p.m., open end.

   
How do I hire a cab at a cab stand?

Hiring a cab at a cab stand

There are numerous cab stands all over town. To get a cab, go to the cab at the head of the line. Tell the driver your destination. If it is very far, he can decline, but it usually never happens. You will be expected to give a tip ranging between DM 1 and 5. Most cabbies are talkative and a good source for tourist information, so don't hesitate to ask them questions.

   
Where can I listen to live Jazz?

Floez Jazzclub

The Floez is a traditional jazz cellar known all over Germany. Concerts start at 9 30 p.m., the bar is open from 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.. Expect a somewhat older crowd, 30 - 50. Has a nice backyard, where you can sit.
Nassauische Strasse 37
subway: Guentzelstrasse

   
What are the best clubs in Kreuzberg?

Bronx

Bronx is a Kreuzberg disco that's been around forever, or so it seems. Expect no frills, but decent music, particularly lots of 60's, 70's and 80's stuff.
Wiener Strasse 34
Subway Goerlitzer Bahnhof
Open daily from 9 p.m.

   
Where can I listen to techno?

Tresor/Globus

This is one of Berlin's oldest techno clubs with resident DJs and guests from all over the world. It can get very crowded on weekends. Located at Leipziger Strasse 126 a, subway stop Mohrenstrasse or Potsdamer Platz. Definitely worth seeing.

   
Where is the Havanna disco?

Havanna

A big disco on three floors. They play Merengue, salsa, and black music. Located at Hauptstrasse 30, subway Kleistpark (U7). Open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m.

   
What are the best clubs in Kreuzberg?

Destille cafe & bar

At the Destille, you can watch live sports on a big screen (multiplex). Also a nice bar for meeting friends and making new acquaintances. Mehringdamm 67 (Kreuzberg), subway stop Mehringdamm.

   
What kind of clubs do I find in former East Berlin?

Delicious Doughnuts

Delicious Doughnuts is a small but popular club with a good array of dance music. You can hear Japanese pop, jazz funk, electrolounge or garage, depending on the theme of the night. The club is usually very crowded. Rosenthaler Strasse 9 (Mitte).

   
What kind of clubs do I find in former East Berlin?

Die Insel on the Freundschaftsinsel

The Island on Friendship Island is a cafe, bar, restaurant and disco located on a beautiful island. There is a festival of lights at the end of each summer.
Freundschaftsinsel Potsdam
S-Bahn Potsdam Stadt
phone: + (49) 331 - 29 40 84
open: 10 a.m. - midnight

   
What kind of clubs do I find in former East Berlin?

Knaack-Club

Knaack-Club used to be an East German youth club. Nowadays, it is a disco with 3 kinds of music and the occasional concert. Also some bars and a billiards cafe. Haven't been there in a while, but I can still recommend the place.
Greifswalder Strasse 224
S-Bahn Greifswalder Str., bus 100, tram 2,3,4
Open Wednesdays from 8 p.m., Friday & Saturday from 9 p.m., Billiards Cafe open daily from 11 p.m. (admission)

   
Where is the Sundance restaurant?

Sundance Restaurant

A bar and restaurant with outdoor serving (ideal for very late meals) and Australian beer. hasenheide 58, subway Suedstern, open daily from 10 a.m., open end. Food is served until midnight.

   
Where is the Far Out?

Far Out

Far Out is 'the' disco for dance fans. Tueday is exclusively for non-smokers. There is free admission for over-thirties on Wednesdays. Located at Kurfuerstendamm 156, subway Adenauerplatz, open daily 10 a.m. - 6 a.m., on Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 3 a.m..

   
Where is the Terminal disco?

Terminal Disco

This mega disco is located at Tempelhof airport, hence the name. Lots of events and parties. Columbiadamm 81, Tempelhof airport, subway Platz der Luftbruecke.

   
Which clubs have resident DJs?

Wild at Heart

This club is a Kreuzberg classic. A varied program of bands, other live acts,, DJs and guests. Located at Wienerstrasse 20 (Kreuzberg), subway stop Goerlitzer Bahnhof, bus 129 (get off at Spreewaldplatz). Opens at 8 p.m., open end.

   
What kind of clubs do I find in former East Berlin?

Abba Lounge

Abba Lounge is a cocktail bar with a well-concealed and claustrophobic club within. Guarantees a good mix of funk and soul. Stredskistrasse 64 (Prenzlauer Berg), tram 20.

   
Where is the Paris Bar?

Paris Bar

Paris Bar is a popular haunt of the Berlin art & media crowd. Expect to see important persons, trendy artworks and exclusive food, but also a hefty bill. Place is expensive, but has a good atmosphere.
Kantstrasse 152,
subway Uhlandstrasse, city train Savignyplatz
open Monday - Saturday, noon - 1 a.m.

   
What are the best clubs in Kreuzberg?

SO 36

SO 36 is aconcert hall with a long tradition (I longingly recall their legendary punk concerts of the 70's and 80's). Nowadays, they have theme nights (techno music on Mondays, gay and lesbian parties on Wednesdays and Sundays, crossovers on Thursdays, and so on). Check your "Tip" or "Zitty" mag for details.
Oranienstrasse 190
Subway Kottbusser Tor
Bus 129, Nightbus 29
open Monday, Thursday from 11 p.m., Wednesday from 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 p.m., Sunday from 7 p.m.
Admission around DM 10, more for special events

   
Are there any clubs for gays in Berlin?

Schmalzwald Club

Schmalzwald is full of wall-to-wall kistch accompanied by live hammond organ music and off-key easy listening. Schlegelstrasse 26/27, subway Oranienburger Tor, tram 1.

   
Where is the longest counter in town?

Bar am Luetzowplatz

This is a chic bar with an international crowd and the longest counter in town. Happy hours between 5 and 9 p.m.. Luetzowplatz 7, subway Nollendorfplatz, bus 100, 109, 129, open daily 5 p.m. - 3 a.m., on weekends until 5 a.m..

   
Where can I dance to Latin music?

Abraxas

Abraxas is a good disco for those who want to dance to Latin and soul music. Kantstrasse 134, S-Bahn Savignyplatz, open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 p.m. (open end). Admission DM 5, DM 10 on weekends.

   
Where can I get a decent breakfast in quiet surroundings?

Madow

This discotheque has been going for over 20 years, but it's only open on weekends. During the week the place serves as a cafe and bar.
Pariser Strasse 23
subway: Adenauerplatz, bus 119, 129, nightbus 19, 29
open Sunday - Thursday 5 p.m. - 1 a.m, Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m..

   
What kind of clubs do I find in former East Berlin?

Sage Club

Sage Club boasts caged go-go dancers and a beer garden. Large dance venue, located inside the Heinrich-Heine subway entrance. May get crowded on weekends.
Location: Koepernickerstrasse 78 (Mitte), subway Heinrich-Heine Strasse.

   
Where is the Renaissance Theater?

Renaissance Theater

The Renaissance Theater puts on brilliant comedies in a centrally located theater. Knesebeckstrasse 100, corner to Hardenbergstrasse, subway: Ernst-Reuter-Platz. For information call: + (030) 312 42 02.

   
Where can I get a decent breakfast in quiet surroundings?

Rani

Rani, located on Winterfeldtplatz near the Nollendorfplatz, is not only one of the best Indian restaurants in town, but also a great place to meet people, watch the busy scene on the street and sample freshly squeezed juices or vegetarian dishes. The food is cheap & plentiful, the atmosphere is friendly, even if it is crowded. Highly recommended.
Goltzstrasse 32
subway: Nollendorfplatz, Eisenacher Strasse
open daily 9 a.m. - 1 a.m

   
Where is the Hard Rock Cafe Berlin?

Hard Rock Cafe

The Hard Rock Cafe Berlin is a great place for good food, drinks, record release parties and shopping (T-Shirts). Meineckestrasse 21, subway Kurfuerstendamm, open daily noon - 1 a.m.

   
Where is the Dicke Wirtin?

Dicke Wirtin

Dicke Wirtin is a traditional pub with great food and drinks and a somewhat older crowd. Being over 30 is not a stigma here. Cornerstr. 9, S-Bahn Savignyplatz, open daily noon - 4 a.m..

   
What is the "Linientreu"?

Linientreu

Linientreu is a legend of Berlin nightlife, so expect to find lots of tourists there, too. The discotheque has some specials (e.g. Saturday parties with 80's music) and plays lots of techno.
Budapester Strasse 42
subway: Zoologischer Garten
open Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10 p.m onwards, open end

   
Why go to the Kumpelnest 2000?

Kumpelnest 3000

Kumpelnest 3000 is an ideal place to retreat to after a long night out on the town. You'll enjoy the decor and the atmosphere - this place used to be a brothel! It is rather unique, but not expensive, centrally located, and seems to stay open forever. You can watch a cross-section of all the different scenes there. However, it tends to get very crowded on weekends.
Luetzowstrasse 23
subway Kurfuerstenstrasse, nightbus 19
open daily 5 p.m. - 5 a.m.
open end on weekends

   
Where is the Cafe Einstein?

Cafe Einstein

This cafe is actually a Viennese-style coffeehouse, a traditional meeting place for writers, journalists and artists. Readings are common. The atmosphere is quiet and cultivated. There is a good selection of newspapers and magazines. The food, however, is expensive.
Kurfuerstenstrasse 58
subway: Wittenbergplatz
open daily 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.

   
What are the best clubs in Kreuzberg?

Milchbar

Check out the Milchbar if you're out until REAL late. Crowd varies from grubby to trendy, lots of local talent. Recommended.
Manteuffelstrasse 40
Subway Goerlitzer Bahnhof
Open daily 5 p.m. - 4 a.m.
(on Friday & Saturday - 6 a.m.)

   
What kind of clubs do I find in former East Berlin?

Duncker Club

Go to the Duncker Club if you're into new wave, goth, industrial avant-garde & the like. Young crowd. Daily program.
Dunckerstrasse 64
Subway Eberswalder Strasse
S-Bahn Prenzlauer Berg
Open Friday - Monday, 10 pm - open end
Admission ca DM 10

   
Where is the Yorckschloesschen?

Yorckschloesschen

This is a nice place with a beergarden and music. Located at Yorkstrasse 15, subway stop Yorkstrasse (U7).

   
Where can I dance to House music?

90 Grad

90 Grad is a longtime venue for fans of House, with resident DJs supplying disco on Saturdays. Dennewitzstrasse 37, subway U1, U15: Kurfuerstenstrasse.

   
Where can I get a decent breakfast in quiet surroundings?

Cafe Lux

Cafe Lux was my favorite cafe, as it is not as 'trendy', crowded or full of obnoxious people as Cafe M (which is next door). Good breakfast (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.), nice sightseeing (guests), decent beer & drinks prices. Recommended.
Goltzstrasse 35
Subway Eisenacher Strasse or Nollendorfplatz
Open daily 9 a.m. - 2 a.m.

   
Not finding the advice and tips you need on this German Tip Site? Request a Tip Now!


Guru Spotlight
Christina Chan