Berlin is a haven for techno and minimal music lovers. The city is full of some of the best clubs in Europe and all the big-name DJs have put in at least a few nights here. Visitors flock to the German capital for the underground vibe which it does so well. Berlin clubs range from the sleek and expensive to the dark and grimy (but in a good way!) Even if some places in Berlin are on the expensive side, there are still many reasonably priced cool Berlin hotels to discover. For example at Hotel de Ela you can get a private room with en-suite facilities for just €13.48pppn, leaving you more money to stay out all night before chowing down on hard-earned currywurst in the morning.
Berghain & Panoramabar
Berghain is well known as the club capital of techno. It’s the mecca for all techno house, Detroit techno, and minimal techno lovers. Located between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain in a former power plant, Berghain has an 18-meter dance floor and enough space for 1500 guests. Upstairs the Panorama Bar’s tall windows look out over East Berlin. The rest of the industrial-style warehouse club is filled with the most hardcore crowd in the world who’ve all queued for hours to get their spot on the floor. Berghain & Panoramabar – Rüdersdorfer Straße 70
When you find your Berlin hotel, you’ll need to search to hunt down Golden Gate – it’s near the Jannowitzbrücke train station and in the premium clubbing area near the River Spree. Once you’re close you’ll hear the bass pumping to guide you the rest of the way. Stop when you find a graffiti-covered building and you’ll have found Golden Gate. It’s always been a favourite venue for local Berlin DJs but it’s not unusual to see some of the big names on the listings either. This is Berlin, so expect minimal, techno and breakbeats. Don’t expect too much from the toilet situation though – this is very much underground Berlin. Golden Gate – Dircksenstraße 77, Mitte
Salon – zur wilden Renate
Think skanky squat party mixed with exclusively cool freaks, ravers, hipsters, gorgeous girls and gay guys. Renate gets away with a super strict door policy because it’s literally the coolest nightclub in Berlin. Housed in a two-story abandoned building the club has been lovingly restored to feature original WG interiors, a ping pong table and bespoke chintzy decorations. ‘Nights’ here can easily last 24 hours as the party continues throughout the open art space and three music rooms. You’ll find the club just yards from the S Train tracks near Treptower Park and the River Spree. Salon Zur Wilden Renate – Alt Stralau 70, Friedrichshain
It’s a firm tourist favourite and a legendary venue in clubland. Electro legends flock to play to hungry ravers who want to party the night away. Expect the house, breakbeat, drum and bass beats the club is famous for. You’ll love the floor to ceiling glass windows on the downstairs floor which overlook the River Spree and the Oberbaumbrucke. On the outside terrace you can experience raving on the water on the decked platform – stay outside long enough and you’ll see one of the most incredible sunrises ever. The minimalist décor on the main floor is lit up by a technicolor lighting installation covering the ceiling. Make sure you’re dressed for the occasion though – or you won’t get in!
Watergate – Falckensteinstraße 49, Friedrichshain