Three days in Berlin was a series of “What’s going on?” “Where am I?” “Did that just happen?” in a nutshell. By day I explored the historic sites of the city, which is better explained in this post by Travels & More. Come late afternoon, I found myself at beer gardens, followed by crazy clubs, and eating somewhere in between.
Museums and memorial sites spread all around the city, and how moving it was to see. However, my real experience of Berlin happened a different way, a weird & wild way.
Here is the best of Berlin day and nightlife!
Where to Eat & Drink
Best spots to grab some food, chill, and pre-game!
Pirates Berlin is located in the popular neighborhood Friedrichschain and offers amazing outdoor seating with views of the famous Oberbaum Bridge. It’s directly across the street.
Hackesche Hofe is a popular courtyard filled with shops, dining, and bars. It’s important to eat before a long night out on the town which makes Hackescher Restaurant a great dinner spot.
Come not only for the free bread but cheap wine! When you’re ballin’ on a budget, free bread and cheap wine sounds like my kind of place.
Prater Beer Garden
Of course have to pay visit to a Beer Garden while anywhere in Germany. Berlin being no exception. Prater Beer Garden offers everything you could ever ask for in a beer garden and that’s delicious German Bier and pretzels the size of your head.
And now for the part everyone came for . . .
Where to Get Weird
No Berghain is not on this list because you won’t get in!
Berlin nightlife is a whole other level of crazy compared to the rest of the world. From swingers clubs to dungeon clubs and everything in between, nightlife in Berlin is meant to be experienced with an open mind. Actually the less thinking and talking you do the better. Here are a couple things to know before you go.
Know Before You Go!
Seriously, don’t talk in line while you’re waiting to get into the club. It’s an unwritten rule and bouncers are big scary German Men. Respect their authority!
As someone who is from Vegas – a city known for it’s snazzy club scene, Berlin checked my “club privileged” attitude real quick. I went from Allison to “a girl has no name”.
Word of advice, everyone on the streets will try to sell you drugs and they are very persistent. It took all but three times of me turning down the same drug dealer before he finally remembered who I was. Just politely say no and carry on about your night.
Your typical German grunge bar with a unique display of art and installations. While the crowd here is mostly local, they still welcome out-of-towners. Might just want to brush up on your German.
A narrow and dark bar in the middle of a neighborhood with sunflowers and mushrooms covering the entire ceiling. From the outside you would have no idea this is a bar for it looks like all the surrounding residential homes.
Make sure to see what the waiter does with the beer cap after opening your beer.
Watergate is an awesome club right along the water. Quite the trendy scene with a DJ always dropping some amazing beats.
Ah yes, Tresor. The club I walked in and quickly out of. Tresor is the definition of dungeon party. At one point inside, I truly felt a human sacrifice was going to happen at any given moment. Wild and weird is the new normal here.
A large space with multiple rooms, an outdoor garden, and delicious cocktails. This place definitely takes the award for funky decor. You just have to see it for yourself. Be sure to go on Thursdays for the cover is only 10 Euros.
It looks like you are walking into someone’s living. A house party vibe with dim red lights, old furniture, and a decent sounding band in the background. It’s an alternative scene dive bar. Exactly what you can expect in a true Berlin bar.
Once a former factory, now a large open space with a festival vibe. Sisyphos is without a doubt a club you don’t leave until the sun comes up. People go hard here and you never know what you might see.
Of course KitKat Club is on this list. A place so famous, the Broadway Musical, Cabaret takes place there. KitKat Club may not be for everyone, but once you’re through the doors, you’re free to be who you want to be. No questions asked.
Let me be straight and honest and say this is NOT A TOURIST FRIENDLY BAR. You will have to work a little harder to make friends here. Dr. Pong used to be a speakeasy during the darker days, and more recently became a public place.
Imagine a bar with dirty beige walls, no art work displayed, interrogation room lighting, and a giant ping pong table in the center. You see a group of people holding their ping pong paddles, circling the table waiting for their turn to take a swing at the ping pong ball. On the sidelines you have people cheering as this is a very serious game. That’s Dr. Pong for you.
Have you ever been to Berlin? Share your wild experience in the comments below!
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