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Clubbing • Critics’ choice

Watergate

  • Critics choice

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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Berghain/Panorama Bar

  • Critics choice

Easily the city’s most famous club and arguably the best club in the world, Berghain is not just a techno club: it’s a way of life for many of the tireless regulars who call it ‘church’. Housed within an imposing former power station, it emerged from the ashes

  1. Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243
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SO36

  • Critics choice

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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Bars and pubs • Critics’ choice

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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Neues Odessa

Acting as the unofficial hub for the hip ‘SoTo’ set – the area south of Torstrasse – this bar serves a mean cocktail. It’s populated by local fashionistas and media-industry expats, who come here for further libations after doing the rounds of nearby gallery

  1. 89, Torstrasse, (Gormannstrasse), 10119
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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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Bar 3

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Located in a backstreet off Torstraße, this Bar 3 is a favourite of the media types that prowl the streets of Mitte. With a large horseshoe shaped bar taking up most of the room, seating options are confined to bar stools, otherwise it’s standing only. This place

  1. Weydingerstrasse 20, 10178
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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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