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Nightlife in Berlin

Few cities can rival Berlin for nightlife: whether it's to be 1920s cabaret at the glitzy Friedrichstadtpalast, live jazz at Quasimodo in Charlottenburg or all-night clubbing to techno at industrial-style Berghain in Friedrichshain. Kreuzberg appeals to a young crowd with laid-back beer gardens like Heinz Minki, retro lounges, and basement cocktail bars like Bar Nou. Bars often open until 2am, clubs 5am.

Reingold, Berlin. Photo by Frank Hülsböme, © Reingold GbR
Heinz Minki, Berlin. © Andy Christiani
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Heinz Minki

Relaxed beer garden

A laid-back enclave in über-cool Kreuzberg, Heinz Minki appeals to a young, fun-loving crowd. Shaded by fruit trees and vines, the overgrown garden is a big draw in summer. The retro-style lounge hosts events from concerts to table-football tournaments.



Address

3, Vor dem Schlesischen Tor, Berlin 10997

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 6953 3766

Transport

Schlesisches Tor U-Bahn

Website

Heinz Minki Website

Reingold, Berlin. Photo by Frank Hülsböme, © Reingold GbR
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Reingold

1930s lounge

Situated in a hip corner of Mitte, Reingold is a decadent 1930s lounge that draws a see-and-be-seen crowd. Walls resembling liquid gold and leather club chairs flank the elongated bar, where beautiful people sip cocktails and sway to Latin tunes.



Address

11, Novalisstrasse, Berlin 10115

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 2838 7676

Transport

Oranienburger Tor U-Bahn

Website

Reingold Website

Bar Nou, Berlin. © Bar Nou
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Bar Nou

Underground cocktails

Young urbanites step down to Bar Nou, a basement lounge in lively Kreuzberg. Crimson carpets, soft lighting and floor cushions set the scene. The bar staff are expert mixologists; signature cocktails include Shaolin Iced Tea and the zingy Vanilla Grapes.



Address

104, Bergmannstrasse, Berlin 10961

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 7407 3050

Transport

Mehringdamm U-Bahn

Website

Bar Nou Website

Kunstliche BEATmung, Berlin. © Andy Christiani
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Kunstliche BEATmung

Retro scarlet bar

Kunstliche BEATmung means 'artificial breathing' and the reason why becomes clear upon entering this quirky Friedrichshain haunt. Blood-red walls and a tunnel shaped like a windpipe are accentuated by 1960s swirls and retro lighting. Disco and drum 'n' bass dominate the decks.



Address

20, Simon-Dach-Strasse, Berlin 10245

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 7022 0472

Transport

Warschauer Strasse S-Bahn

Website

Kunstliche BEATmung Website

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Gainsbourg

Arty American bar

Popular with an arty crowd, Gainsbourg is an intimate American bar in Charlottenburg. Brooding portraits of French singer Serge Gainsbourg beam down from the panelled walls. Signature cocktails include Brigitte Bardot, a sweet concoction of bourbon, egg-yolk and brandy.



Address

5, Savignyplatz, Berlin 10623

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 313 7464

Transport

Savignyplatz S-Bahn

Website

Gainsbourg Website

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Newton Bar

Martinis and supermodels

Helmut Newton's black-and-white shots of nude supermodels grace the chic Newton Bar in Berlin Mitte. Sidle up to the crescent-shaped bar for a famous martini cocktail, or recline in a maroon club chair to mingle with the well-heeled crowd.



Address

57, Charlottenstrasse, Berlin 10117

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 2029 540

Transport

Stadtmitte U-Bahn

Website

Newton Bar Website

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Berghain

Techno power plant

Often hailed the best club in the world, Berghain in Friedrichshain certainly takes some beating. Housed in a former industrial warehouse, this techno temple keeps hardcore clubbers on the dance floor till breakfast. Don't bother arriving before midnight.



Address

Am Wriezener Bahnhof, Berlin 10243

Transport

Ostbahnhof S-Bahn

Website

Berghain Website

Roter Salon, Berlin. © A Nenninger
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Roter Salon

Cool and casual clubbing

Extravagant in looks and bohemian in attitude, Roter Salon is the right place for a colourful night in Berlin's east. Drink inexpensive beer and dance to a mix of music, from Brit pop and drum & bass to northern soul.



Address

an der Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin 10178

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 240 65 603

Transport

Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz U-Bahn

Website

Roter Salon Website

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Watergate

Riverfront clubbing

Clubbers rave about trendy Watergate in Kreuzberg. Glass walls overlooking the River Spree and a starkly minimalist decor give the club its edge. Some of the world's top DJs regularly spin drum 'n' bass and house beats for a young, energetic crowd.



Address

49, Falckensteinstrasse, Berlin 10997

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 6128 0396

Transport

Schlesisches Tor U-Bahn

Website

Watergate Website

Sage Club, Berlin. © SAGE Entertainment GmbH
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Sage Club

Dancing in the arches

The ultra-cool Sage Club in Berlin Mitte is worth dressing up for. Housed in an underground station, it appeals to serious clubbers with three dance floors, a rooftop pool and a bass-loaded sound system pumping out techno, house and rock.



Address

76, Köpenickerstrasse, Berlin 10179

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 2789 830

Transport

Heinrich-Heine-Strasse U-Bahn

Website

Sage Club Website

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Quasimodo

Basement jazz

Berlin's oldest and best-known jazz club, Quasimodo brings an eclectic line-up of live jazz, blues and rock music to Charlottenburg. The moody basement den is packed to the rafters most nights. Get there before 10pm, when performances begin.



Address

12A, Kantstrasse, Berlin 10623

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 312 8086

Transport

Zoologischer Garten U-Bahn/S-Bahn

Website

Quasimodo Website

Bar Jeder Vernunft, Berlin. Photo by Brigitte Dummer, © Bar Jeder Vernuft
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Bar Jeder Vernunft

Life is a cabaret

Bar Jeder Vernunft in Charlottenburg is a flashback to Berlin in the heady 1920s, with a decadent interior and superb comedy and chanson line-up. It is also the home of the legendary Mirror Tent that sparkled in Oscar-winning film Cabaret.



Address

24, Schaperstrasse, Berlin 10719

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 883 1582

Transport

Spichernstrasse U-Bahn

Website

Bar Jeder Vernunft Website

Komische Oper, Berlin. Photo by Monika Rittershaus, © Komische Oper Berlin
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Komische Oper

Avant-garde opera

Celebrated for its innovative take on classic productions, Komische Oper brings a vibrant mix of avant-garde opera, ballet and musical theatre to Berlin Mitte. The opulent interior is equally impressive, adorned with crimson velvet, stucco and chandeliers.



Address

55-57, Behrenstrasse, Berlin 10117

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 4799 7400

Transport

Französische Strasse U-Bahn

Website

Komische Oper Website

State Opera House in the Schiller Theatre, Berlin. Photo by Thomas Bartilla
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State Opera House in the Schiller Theatre

Classical highs

Berlin's most revered State Opera House is at home in the Schiller Theatre, reconstructed in the 1950s in Charlottenburg. Behind its curved, glass façade a first-rate repertoire fills the auditorium. Book tickets early when conductor Daniel Barenboim is in the pit.



Address

110, Bismarckstraße, Berlin 10625

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 20 35 4555

Transport

Ernst-Reuter-Platz U-Bahn

Website

State Opera House in the Schiller Theatre Website

Friedrichstadtpalast, Berlin. Photo by Sven Darmer, © Friedrichstadtpalast
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Friedrichstadtpalast

Glittering revue theatre

The undisputed cabaret king in Mitte, Friedrichstadtpalast catapults audiences back to the Berlin of the roaring twenties. Shows are a feast for the senses with leggy showgirls, sparkly costumes and spectacular acts from singers to jugglers, acrobats and musicians.



Address

107 Friedrichstrasse, Berlin 10117

Telephone

+49 (0) 30 2326 2326

Transport

Oranienburger Tor U-Bahn

Website

Friedrichstadtpalast Website

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