Berlin’s Best Bars, Beer Gardens, and Clubs

Written by: Vicky Philpott


With its 100s of bars and clubs, Berlin caters for any type of music lover, but it’s the capital of techno music. It boasts some of the biggest clubs in the world and attracts the best DJs. Nightlife in Berlin is so varied that it can all feel a bit overwhelming.

There’s also a big beer garden scene here, of course, with all those local breweries. And come summer, the parks of Berlin fill up with people picnicking and BBQing in the sun.

People dress down to go out in Berlin. They’re too cool for glitzy dresses, high heels and smart shirts, although don’t be surprised if you see a bow tie worn in an ‘ironic’ way. Visit Berlin and you’re entering the hipster epicentre of the world.

It’s perfectly normal to start the night out at around 2-3am in Berlin, and dance until the sun comes up. You don’t need sleep here.

Bars in Berlin

Bars in Berlin

White Trash Fast Food, in Warschauer near the Plus Hostel, is a popular place for pre drinks; it’s kind of like a British boozer mixed with American rock bar. If you’re into your rock music you might want to hang out all night. If not, probably best you eat and move on to the techno music in the city you came for. There’s a fun photobooth just outside – celebrate the old way of getting a selfie and invest a few euro.

One of my favourite places in Berlin, as the wine lover that I am, is called Weinerei. There are a few of them in the city. Basically you pay a certain amount (€5 when I was there) as a deposit on a glass and then you’re free to drink as much wine as you like from the bottles lying around. Then it’s up to you to pay what you think you should when you leave.

It’s worth splashing out for a rooftop cocktail when you’re in Berlin, just for the views. The rooftop bar of the Amano Hotel has impressive views of the former East Berlin central district, especially at sunset. Or you could try the manmade beach atop the Schönhauser Allee Arkaden building. Pull up a deckchair and grab a beer!

Beer gardens in Berlin

Beer gardens in Berlin

Kreuzberg is where most of the cool bars and clubs are in Berlin, and that includes Urban Spree. The beer garden is one of the coolest places in the city for an al fresco pint with its industrial hipster vibe and chilled atmosphere. Expect street art, mismatched furniture, picnic benches, and an epic craft beer list.

Salon Zur Wilden Renate is another great beer garden, just up the road in the Friedrichshain district. It’s a great hybrid for any groups of friends with mixed nightlife tastes as you can chill in the beer garden or rave in the multi room club just inside.

And last but not least, the Prater Garden in Prenzlauer Berg is one of the most popular beer gardens in Berlin, thanks to the fact it’s the oldest and dates back to 1837. Though not much of the clientele is there for the history…

Clubbing in Berlin

Clubbing in Berlin

The most famous super clubs in Berlin are Watergate and Berghain. They’re not necessarily backpacker friendly, with entrance fees starting from around €20, but they are two of the most legendary clubs in the world. The door policy here is notoriously strict: if your face / clothes / attitude isn’t right, you’re not coming in. If you do manage to make it through, the Panorama Bar on the top of Berghain has one of the most impressive vistas in the city.

It’s easy to party all weekend in Berlin, with clubs open all hours. Some places exist specifically to cater for that nocturnal crowd. Check out Golden Gate in Mitte – some people go on a Friday and don’t make it out again until Monday morning. Not mentioning any names.

King Kong Klub, Kaffee Burger and Weekend are all in Mitte too. See, there are so many places to go!

Clubs like Tresor, ://about blank, Cookies and Picknick are among the most famous in Berlin for a reason. Cool vibes, cool people and the best music brings the locals and tourists flocking every weekend. Try to include at least one of the city’s big clubs in your weekend itinerary, just so you can say you’ve really seen Berlin’s nightlife.

Karaoke in Berlin

Karaoke in Berlin

If you fancy something a little different to the uber cool nightlife of Berlin, head to Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke bar. There you can croon / sing / scream / rap / shout your heart out to the latest hits. Wrecking Ball is always a favourite of mine.

And finally, people drink on the metro in Berlin, which makes for an interesting experience after hours. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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