+ 7 bars and lounges +
beer, cocktails, etc.
There are so many lounges, clubs and bars that listing only a few is almost stupid. These are just the ones we really like.
For your general orientation: most of Berlin's nightlife is in the (former) districts Mitte (middle), north of it in Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain (east) and Kreuzberg (south). You can have breakfast anytime before sunset. The rule is: the later, the cooler. Most pubs and bars don't get very crowded until 9 or 10 pm, but stay open until 3am or so – unlike in other German cities (like Munich), where most close at 1am – a ridiculous thought for Berliners. Don't go to any clubs before midnight (unless you want to take advantage of happy hours) – some won´t even be open so early. Pah!
You will soon note that many Berliners look spectacularly underdressed. They aren't – they spend hours with carefully deliberating about what to wear to make them look as if they wouldn´t care about it at all – it´s the local chic.
Our hostel blog also has an article with more things you should know about nightlife in Berlin.
Daily from 20. The ACUD is one of the last remaining alternative cultural centers founded in the revolutionary days of 1989/90. It moved into this new building in 2004. There is a theatre, a concert hall, a café with live music every day (Jazz and Blues), two ambitious cinemas, an art gallery, the “Fire Club” and a restaurant. Check what´s going on before you go – www.acud.de
Scotch & Sofa
Daily from 14 (17 in winter). Cocktail bar with living room ambience (lots of sofas, flower wallpaper), tiny dance floor, unintrusive music, fair prices.