Fabulously casual night out
A much-loved bar located upstairs within east Berlin's faultless dance-and-sex mecca the Berghain [see entry], the never dull Panorama Bar entrances its stimulated guests with an unusually convincing party atmosphere attributed to a high calibre of house and electro — the DJs specialise in less demanding music than found in the club's main techno-thumping space — and singularly stylish decor, including the works of Berlin/London photographer Wolfgang Tillmans and Berliner Marc Brandenburg. On sunny mornings the shutters are lifted (momentarily) to let the light in, triggering ecstatic cheers from the after-hours vampire-like party-goers. The crowd is mixed, but the bar also stages semi-regular gay-male events such as Smegma. And there's lovely wooden dance floor. Open Fridays via a separate external staircase and Saturdays from within the Berghain. But like nearly everything about this otherworldly east Berlin enterprise, the Panorama Bar is tricky to describe with anything but a messy specificity. In short, the stylishly and artistically inclined are never offended here. S-Bahn: Ostbahnhof.
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NEARBY BARS & CLUBS
Am Wriezener Bahnhof 1