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Berghain *

Quite possibly the greatest club in the history of the universe
An oversized disused 1953 East Berlin power plant made good by two low-profile gay visionaries in 2004, the Berghain is an elegant and sexy cathedral worshipped by Berliners and discerning visitors for its otherworldly sound system (ultra minimal, techno, tribal, house etc), sexy dark areas and an overall Babylon-like atmosphere. The Berghain attracts a big, mixed, free-spirited crowd. On a Saturday night clubbers can wait a while to get in, only to be subjected to a discriminating door policy, with large groups of tourists, drunken heterosexuals and others not making the cut. But the pay-off is well worth it, and many of those who gain entry linger well into Sunday or Monday. For less demanding music there's the stylish and very popular Panorama Bar upstairs [see entry], which is open also on Fridays (when the main part of the Berghain is closed). Between Thursday and Sunday a separate entrance provides access to the gay-male fetish sex space Lab-oratory [see entry]. And for one night each Easter weekend the Berghain stages the glorious leather/rubber/fetish SNAX party [see entry] — an anything-goes male-only Saturday/Sunday sex event on a grand scale (while never feeling corporate), previously staged at the Berghain's earlier incarnation Ostgut (demolished in 2004). The SNAX party takes over the entire Berghain except for the Panorama Bar, and is alone worth the trip to Berlin. A second now-annual party, FC SNAX UNITED, prescribing sportswear and trainers and held in early December, started in 2011. The complex also stages events and concerts during the week, plus clubs such as Pet Shop Bears and open-air summer/lounge options connected to the Bierhof Rüdersdorf/Kantine. The club's name is a composite of neighbouring areas Kreuzberg (former West Berlin) and Friedrichshain (former East Berlin). No mirrors in the club, and photography is not allowed. Capacity = 1,500, and as of 2014 (earlier, actually), there are rumblings about a certain rise in tourist infiltration, though less so on Sunday.

Tags: Mixed Gay/Straight , Dancing , After-hours


Am Wriezener Bahnhof 1
Berlin, Germany 10243
Friedrichshain

+49 30/293 51830
http://www.berghain.de/
Sat 11.59pm—Mon non-stop



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  • theocnick is now a fan

    Jun 16 at 7:10am ·

  • antigelus reviewed
    One of the places you have to go at least once your life
    at least..once

    Jan 8 at 5:36pm ·

  • antigelus is now a fan

    Jan 8 at 5:34pm ·

  • dubboi is now a fan

    Sep 1 at 6:25pm ·

  • rochaml was here

    Aug 17, 2013 at 9:14pm ·

  • lowoodruff is now a fan

    Oct 3, 2012 at 2:08pm ·

  • ScottyB gave this place *
    Worth of Minute of Waiting in Line
    Great vibe in an amazing space. I was very skeptical after reading the reviews and waiting 45 minutes outside... yet I was Not disappointed once inside. The drinks and shots were average priced and I loved that several bars were removed from the heavy Dub beats so ordering drinks was a pleasure. The bartenders were very efficient and friendly. The club has Different levels, with Different beats, and Different nooks to make new friends or chat with your posse. The Silent Guru working the door choose who got in and who did not ...totally knows what he is doing. Everyone's energy inside was in sync and the groove was one of the best Club Experiences I have ever had. Clearly a World Class Club and the memories of that night will long out live the night itself. Thank You Berghain for closing the Deal- I Think I Love You!

    Jul 1, 2012 at 6:55pm ·

  • rhinocervs1515 was here

    Jun 22, 2012 at 8:50am ·

  • superstar is now a fan

    Jun 21, 2012 at 6:20am ·

  • johnny6189 gave this place *
    Good time
    Huge bar. Can get lost. Lots of pretty people. Not 100% gay as there was a lot of women there. Would have been better without so many women. Dark room is very dark and hard to follow around. The Studio 54 judging entrance was comical, but if they think you are good enough to come in it is worth the wait in line. Not sure i would go back a lot as i prefer mainly men bars, but should try it at least once.

    May 28, 2012 at 6:22am ·

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