While not normally thought of as having a bustling and active nightlife or pub scene, Berlin is actually a very cosmopolitan city bustling with many opportunities to kick back, relax, and enjoy with friends. It, in fact, has a very robust and diverse offering for when the sun goes down that meets and matches any number of preferences and tastes - from the young to the old. The trick, you see, when it comes to partying like a Berliner is to realize that it’s all about hubs of activity. That is to say, specific neighborhoods cater to specific needs and knowing what’s where actually opens you up to a wide world to enjoy and revel in. Here are the best neighborhoods in Berlin to enjoy the nightlife and what unique experience each of those neighborhoods has to offer. So check out the best areas to stay in for nightlife in Berlin, Germany.
Located in what used to be East Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg has long been associated with openness—that’s true for all cultures (and countercultures) as well as the gay community. It played a big role in the collapse of the Berlin Wall and continues to be a hub for those who might feel they run against the norm. Badfish is a perfect reflection of the area’s character—bringing together snatches of grunge and charm in equal measure. It’s also one of the few to stock Guinness if that’s your preference. It’s a dive bar and a homey hangout all in one. The Myer’s Hotel evokes the same vibe with its classy exterior and strangely, beautifully colorful interiors. Its accommodations are plush, comfortable, yet still different.
Another good borough to party at in Berlin is Lichtenberg. Its most notable attraction is Stasi Museum, where the German secret police’s spy paraphernalia is displayed. There’s also a former prison in the district that is now open for tourists. You may be asking how an area as odd as Lichtenberg made the list, and the answer is Nuke Club. This disco club will have you partying to oblivion. Try booking your stay at The Niu Hide if you’re interested in staying within Lichtenberg for your nightlife shenanigans!
Funnily enough, one of the things that Kreuzberg is well known for is the tasty Turkish cuisine brought to the area by its large number of immigrants. The other is for a thriving alternative scene and counterculture. Chalet is one of the best places to party in Kreuzberg as it features a unique outdoor party space with a matching fire pit. There are even two dance floors to accommodate more people. Naturally, you can also have your fill of many different beverages. The Movenpick Hotel is a vibrant and lively hotel that’s just as colorful as the area it serves. It features modern amenities, cozy rooms, and a wooden lounge area to hang out in.
Mitte is the oldest borough in Berlin and is certainly its historic core that features the world-famous Brandenburg Gate. In spite of that historicity, Mitte is very much in tune with the times—boasting of a rich and diverse nightlife for those who like to party. Perhaps the most unique bar it offers is the Train Cocktail bar which—as the name might imply—is a bar built into a refurbished S-Bahn wagon. They serve the most popular drinks in the world from cocktails to beers and even have their own signature drinks to enjoy. The ambiance is amazing and the unique nature of the bar offers a memorable experience. You can maximize your enjoyment by staying at the nearby Motel One Berlin-Alexanderplatz, which balances out affordability with unmatched comfort. Not only is Mitte a great location for nightlife, but it’s also one of the best neighborhoods in Berlin to live in.
Motel One Berlin-Alexanderplatz
Address: 11 Grunerstraße
Price: from 94 USD
First aid kit available Pets allowed Snack bar Facilities for disabled guests CCTV in common areas 24-hour front desk Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Internet services
This particular area of Berlin is named after the huge, beautiful park that dominates its northern border. It has long been considered one of the trendiest districts in Berlin and has benefitted much from the gentrification that has been occurring for the past decades. While you’re here, the place to party is the Matrix Club. Boasting seven party areas, nine bars, and even private lounges, this club touts itself as truly international. It’s easily one of the loudest and most boisterous clubs you can go to—and that’s not a bad thing at all. After you party, you can shack up at the Hampton by Hilton. Managed by one of the largest hoteliers in the world, it’s a luxury pad with rooms and amenities to match and easily one of the best places to stay in Berlin for nightlife.
Schöneberg is one of the most serious areas that you can visit in Berlin. Its main sights to see are an architectural snapshot of Berlin’s long history. That’s why it’s surprising for many to find that there’s still an exciting side to Schöneberg that comes out at night. Prinzknecht is an LGBT bar that is as unpretentious as it is a fun place to hang out. It has a very gentlemanly air that’s so oddly complemented by a very industrial charm. The drinks served are affordable and everyone there always makes it a point to make visitors feel welcome. The RIU Plaza is exactly like the borough it’s in—from a distance, it looks all business, but come closer and you’ll find a warm artistic charm. It’s a great place to kick off your shoes after a night of partying—the rooms are comfortable and modern.
Riu Plaza Berlin
Address: Martin-Luther-Strasse 1
Price: from 89 USD
Delivered food is securely covered Free parking Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Contactless check-in/check-out Family rooms 24-hour security Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
Home to the largest surviving royal palace in the German capital, Charlottenburg is one of the most affluent regions of Berlin. This is bolstered by the fact that it used to be an independent city. That level of decidedly upper-class character is well expressed in its nightlife spots. PURO Sky Bar is a perfect reflection of this. A rooftop bar, it offers a quiet lounge to sit, wine, and dine with a class as well as a dance and party area for those who prefer to cut a rug. At the end of the night, the 25hours Hotel is the perfect place to sleep. Its rooms feature wide windows that overlook the region, and it’s cozy rooms—while not large—remain comfortable and are eye-catching due to their decidedly modern décor.
Inner city Wilmersdorf is a location where many of the world’s religions come together in harmony. The Orthodox, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, and other faiths have a major presence here. And the area itself also offers a robust nightlife for anyone to enjoy. The Stairs Bar is a popular upscale bar in the area that offers what they call an escalating experience. All the more popular drink options are available here to enjoy—all in the backdrop of Berlin elegance. The nearby Aspria Berlin is just as elegant with its amenities like its own bar and swimming pool and spa all infused with an artistic twist. Its rooms are a sight to behold, however, with the beds at the foot of beautiful angles.
Aspria Berlin Ku'damm
Address: Karlsruher Str. 20
Price: from 93 USD
Snack bar CCTV outside property Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies Physical distancing rules followed Solarium Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Facilities for disabled guests
Warschauer Strasse is unique on this list as it isn’t a whole region but, rather, a major thoroughfare in Berlin. It’s rife with its own history and a surprisingly richer nightlife than most would expect. The best place to party here is the uniquely named Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke. Also calling itself a baraoke, Monster Ronson hosts one of most exciting drag shows in the whole of Berlin. This is paired with, of course, karaoke as well as a fully stocked bar. There isn’t a dull moment in Monster Ronson. Near the bar is the PLUS Berlin Hotel. Unlike most hostels, the PLUS offers a wide and cool indoor swimming pool and simpler but nonetheless beautiful rooms for two or even more. Consider Warschauer Strasse in case you don’t know where to stay in Berlin for nightlife yet!
Neukölln used to be the American sector when Berlin was split east from west. The more liberated American influences are obvious to this day. Those of Neukölln, are an easy going bunch who prefer their parties chill and relaxed. Jaja is one of the newest bars in the region. Unlike other bars on this list, it’s a dedicated wine bar with a great focus on French cuisine. The parties here aren’t as noisy, but that’s the point. Jaja and its guests are all about elegant relaxation. The same can be said for the Estrel Berlin Hotel. With its prominent triangular top, it’s a big sight in the area. What makes the Estrel unique is that it has spacious rooms with classic comforts while its interiors in the common areas are artsy and modern.
Address: Sonnenallee 225
Price: from 83 USD
Cashless payment available Gift shop All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized Shoeshine Facilities for disabled guests Currency exchange CCTV in common areas Ironing service
If you still somehow do not know any area to stay in Berlin for some good ol’ partying, consider the borough of Treptow-Köpenick. Some of the top bars and clubs in the neighborhood are Badeschiff and Duke Bar. These options should get your night of fun going! You’re going to want to come back to a comfortable place after partying the night away, and we highly recommend Pentahotel Berlin Köpenick. The property itself has an excellent bar where you can entertain yourself for the night.
pentahotel Berlin Köpenick
Address: Grünauer Str. 1
Price: from 48 USD
Internet services Parking Breakfast takeaway containers Facilities for disabled guests Food can be delivered to guest accommodation Ironing service Cashless payment available Soundproof rooms
What Reinickendorf lacks in deeper, exciting history, it more than makes up for in an active, if somewhat relaxed nightlife. While it may not be as loud or wild as most, that’s its biggest strength. Take the Chill Out Bar, for example. Like its name suggests, it’s all about a relaxing night out with friends. Unlike most bars that tend to be dark, Chill Out is bright with a warm, fun, but relaxed atmosphere. This is perfect for small, quiet gatherings. The Mercure Airport Hotel is the perfect venue to balance out the Chill Out. Its accommodations might not be too rich, but it’s certainly not cheap either. It strikes a perfect balance in between with comfortable rooms and some of the more basic amenities.
Mercure Airport Hotel Berlin Tegel
Address: Kurt Schumacher Damm 202
Price: from 135 USD
Party in the city of Berlin
Berlin is far from just being a deeply historic city. It offers a very robust and exciting nightlife for all ages. Begin your exploration into all Berlin has to offer. Find the best places to eat, and then go for drinks at the exquisite cocktail bars in Berlin. Those looking to party in these neighborhoods, you can’t possibly go wrong. After all, these are just the tip of the iceberg! This German capital has so much more to offer to the curious and the intrepid.
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