Berlin is famous all over the world for having one of the best clubbing scenes on the planet. It has a rich history of techno and house music and some of the biggest DJs in world have started in this vibrant, rebellious and care free city. With one of highest densities of clubs in the world, it’s no surprise that it can all seem a little daunting. But no need to fret, we’ve compiled a list of the best clubs in the city so you know where to go.
Club nights in Berlin often start on Thursday or Friday night and continue well passed monday morning - so whatever the time, you’re sure to find a club that’s still open. And to find out more visit Berlin highlights or take a look at our guide to the city's best stag do bars and bar crawls.
Often regarded as the best club in the world, this mega-club is housed in a former power plant. Spread across various floors, with the panorama bar at the top, it can host well-over 1,500 people in the main room. The minimalist design of concrete and steel is coupled with open air dance floors and Djs playing the latest techno on one of the best sound systems in the world.
This stylish club was one of the most important forces in the rise of minimal techno in the mid-2000s. Now, it plays the latest house and techno music and has nights that cater for all tastes. It’s one of the best places in the world for electronic music, largely because of its incredible sound system. Split across two floor, it’s next to the river Spree and has a wooden deck that overlooks the river and amazing Oberbaum Bridge.
This stylish club is smarter than the many shabby-chic venues dotted around the city. It’s a New York style club, meaning that it steers towards disco and house rather than minimal techno. Decked out with LED lights, it’s the place to be see and be seen.
Club der Visionaere
One of the original clubs in Berlin, this canalside venue is still one of the most popular in the city. With a small indoor dance floor and loads of wooden decking outside, it’s a chilled-out club perfect for soaking up the sun and listening to some minimal techno and house music. It’s often filled with the after-hours crowd on the weekend but it’s also a great place to chill and enjoy a few beers midweek too.
One of the longest running clubs in berlin, Tresor is currently located in a converted power station in Kreuzberg. It’s a techno club through and through and has 3 rooms with some of the loudest sound systems that you’ll find anywhere in the world.
Located in former military stables, this mixed-genre club plays host to a huge variety of acts - from hip-hop royalty like Afrika Bambaataa, to Reggae and Drum’n’bass legends like Congo Natty. It’s located close to Kreuzberg and hosts some of the most popular nights in the entire city.
Before travelling to Berlin, it is worth remembering that a lot of the top clubs have strict door policies and may not be ideal for big groups. We’ve got an alternative list for the best stag do friendly bars in Berlin and clubs though, which will make sure that groups of any size will get in!