Your ultimate guide to Berlin

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Clubbing • Critics’ choice

Watergate

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This slick club was one of the driving forces behind the rise of minimal techno in mid-2000s Berlin, as well as the first to feature a ceiling-mounted responsive LED lighting system, now copied all around the world. The downstairs Water Floor is particularly impressive

  1. Falckensteinstrasse 49, 10997
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SO36

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Named after its postcode (and neighbourhood shorthand) this legendary punk club dates back to Kreuzberg’s now-distant past as centre to West Berlin’s anarchist squat scene. The wild-child artist Martin Kippenberger took over management in 1979, attracting

  1. Oranienstraße 190, 10999
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Clärchens Ballhaus

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For a taste of Berlin nightlife of a different era, head to this wonderfully original dance hall located in the middle of Mitte’s smart gallery district. In operation since 1913, it has had its fair share of ups and downs, but one thing has stayed constant on its

  1. Auguststraße 24, 10117
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Bars and pubs • Critics’ choice

John Muir

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Named after the 19th century American naturalist John Muir, who as an outdoorsman most likely understood the health benefits of a good nip of whiskey, this bar aims to bring a bit of a Brooklyn flavor to SO36 with its mounted trophy heads and red-brick walls. There’s

  1. Skalitzerstraße 50, 10997
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Geist im Glas

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A certain breed of living-room bar has taken root in Weserstrasse and cutesy examples have flowered all over Reuterkiez (the hip neighbourhood centred around Reuterstrasse) as people realized how cheap it was to furnish a small shop front and start selling beer. Set

  1. Lenaustraße 27, 12047
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Hops & Barley

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The capital’s most famous tipple, Berliner Weisse, had almost 700 breweries producing it in the 19th century, so much so that a popular story has it that Napoleon’s troops even nicknamed it ‘the Champagne of the North’. Sadly history took its toll on the sour

  1. Wühlischstraße 22-23, 10245
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Le Croco Bleu

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One of the newest bars to hit the cocktail scene, Le Croco Bleu is the baby of Berlin drinks royalty, Gregor Scholl, who began his career at the Charlottenburg stalwart Paris Bar before opening the cultish Rum Trader. Housed in the old machine rooms of the 19th century

  1. Prenzlauer Allee 242, 10405
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