Where to go for the best nightlife in Berlin

With more than 4,500 bars, pubs, and nightclubs, Berlin is famous for its incredibly varied nightlife scene. Whatever you are into, and we mean whatever, you’ll find it in the German capital. From fetish to funk, techno to tango, Berlin represents all genres. Ready to party? Here’s our guide on where to go for the best nightlife in Berlin.

Where to go for the best nightlife in Berlin

1. Weserstraße

Weserstraße, in the Neukölln district, has established itself as one of the trendiest streets in Berlin. Located between Kreuzberg and Neukölln, this is where you’ll find long-time locals, artists, and students. It is an incredibly diverse neighbourhood. You’ll find many late-night cosy bars, restaurants, and rooftop terraces here. In this Berlin district, you will also find the Ankerklause and its famous jukebox. This is where Quentin Tarantino allegedly partied whilst shooting his film Inglorious Basterds.

2. Winterfeldtplatz

Winterfeldtplatz is located in the vibrant Schöneberg district. You’ll find some terrific LGBTQ+ places to party all night long here. You’ll notice plenty of places proudly displaying rainbow stickers and flags as you walk around. This neighbourhood welcomes all people, irrespective of their sexual orientation. At nighttime, the many bay bars burst to life with pulsating music. 400,000 people flock to this district each summer for Europe’s largest gay street festival. 

3. Wrangelkiez

Wrangelkiez is centrally located within the borough of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, bordering the Spree river. In this area, you’ll find Watergate, one of the most famous clubs in Berlin. In fact, the whole area of Wrangelkiez is one of our favourite places to party in the city. This area is where you can party directly on the banks of the River Spree. So, as you can imagine, the views from the venues here are very beautiful. If you are into indie rock and electro, head to Musik und Frieden directly and the Lido.

4. Auguststraße and Torstraße

Rosenthaler Platz in Berlin’s Mitte district is the heart of the action of these two neighbourhoods. Here, you’ll find a diverse range of cafés, restaurants, and bars, including the brilliant BonBon Bar with different DJs every night and the classy AMANO Bar. This area is also home to  Clärchens Ballhaus. Open since 1913, here you can dance the night away to salsa, tango, and swing throughout the week.

5. Hackescher Markt and Oranienburger Straße

Hackescher Markt is a square in the central Mitte locality of Berlin. It is where you’ll find numerous restaurants, bars and clubs. Oranienburger Straße is located in the district Berlin – Mitte in the western part of Spandauer Vorstadt. It is one of Berlin’s most famous promenades and a popular meeting place, especially in the evening. Here, you’ll also find lots of late-night bars, including the cosy Bellini Lounge.

6. Eberswalder Straße

Eberswalder Straße is located in the Prenzlauer Berg area of the city on Schönhauser Allee. Prenzlauer Berg district is very trendy. It has been a popular spot for night owls since the Wall fell. Today, the area has plenty of restaurants and bars, including Deck5 with its terrific rooftop terrace. It area is also home to the Prater Biergarten, the oldest beer garden in Berlin.

7. City West

City West is full of modern bars and lounges. One of our favourite places in this area is The Monkey Bar in the Bikini Berlin concept mall. Drinking here comes with a side order of breathtaking views of the Zoo and Tiergarten park. This is also a great place for a sophisticated drink in one of the many posh hotel bars. We love the Lang Bar, one of the best cocktail bars in the city, and the House of Gin, which has over 150 varieties of gin.

Melanie May

Melanie is an intrepid solo traveller, endlessly curious about people, places and food. She is a fan of slow travel and loves exploring the world by mouth, discovering a culture through its food. Having backpacked her way around the world she turned her wanderlust into a career and is now a full-time travel writer.

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