The 20 best clubs in Berlin

If you’re after a wild night out, the very best clubs in Berlin can certainly deliver. Here’s where to head on your trip

With the fall of the Berlin Wall came huge cultural upheaval, with underground clubs springing up across a city once divided. And while the calling cards of Berlin nightlife remain the same – namely techno and Berghain – a new generation of clubs offers a more global perspective. Recent years have seen the rise of hip hop and R&B club nights, as well as a peppering of cosier spaces that offer a throwback to squat raves and bar parties.

Come as you are: Berlin clubs have a reputation for tight door policies, but relaxed dress codes. And in keeping with the city’s hedonistic ethos, straight and queer nights are often indistinguishable. Just be ready for a long one – it’s easy to stay out until noon when parties run from Friday night to Monday morning.

Looking for something a little more downtempo? There are plenty of excellent brunch spots in this sprawling city, and Berlin’s best bars are ready-made for a quieter night out.

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#4 KitKat

This legendary sex and techno club for all is a labyrinthine complex of half a dozen dancefloors, a dubious swimming pool and a grimy mock-operating room. Saturday nights feature the club’s flagship CarneBall Bizarre, with an after-hours event that runs through Sunday. For pure polysexual hedonism, look out for cult party Gegen every two months. Most nights have a fetish dress code – except Electric Mondays – so if you arrive wearing jeans you’ll have to leave them in the cloakroom and dance in your knickers.


By Nathan Ma | Posted: Wednesday June 12 2019

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