Easily the city’s most famous club – and some would say the world’s best – Berghain is not just for world-class techno: it’s a way of life for many of the tireless regulars who call it a ‘church’. Housed within an imposing former power station, it emerged in 2004 from the ashes of its legendary gay predecessor, Ostgut, which had fallen victim to the city’s massive infrastructure projects. Even ‘non-club’ people will be intoxicated by the open atmosphere, liberal attitudes, eccentric characters, the carefully preserved industrial fabric of the building, and, of course, the gargantuan sound system. It is open, complete with dark rooms, from Friday midnight until well into Monday morning. The club’s reputation for a difficult and random door policy is not entirely undeserved. Once inside, a zero-tolerance camera ban is enforced; expect to be immediately ejected if you flout the rules. Other than that, you can go wild, safe in the knowledge that nothing you get up to will ever return to haunt you on social media.
Berlin has a reputation for insanity when it comes to nightlife, and that reputation is well and truly earned. Clubbing in the German capital is not for the nervous, and neither should it be. When people say they partied all weekend in Berlin, the chances are they literally did 72 hours of straight madness before heading back to work on Monday morning. A couple of beers and an early night, this is not.
With that in mind, the best clubs in Berlin are among the best clubs on the planet. You can find the stereotypical techno warehouses here, but Berlin’s reputation for innovation and creativity is very much alive when it comes to nightlife too. Sleek modern clubs, squat raves, bunker parties, if you can conceive of it, it is probably happening in Berlin. Drink plenty of water, folks.