One of the best techno clubs in the world, Tresor Berlin has a long history and is one of the premier addresses for well-known DJs, such as Dr. Motte, Rok, Jeff Mills and Tanith. The crowd is a mixture of those who know the scene, those who are just curious, and big techno followers from all over Europe. A visit to this trendy venue must be on your Berlin to-do list.
Just a few minutes away from the bustling Kurfürstendamm boulevard lies the Irish Harp Pub, a traditional Irish pub. The beer is what draws the crowd in, but the entertainment and the atmosphere are what make them patrons. The interiors are a perfect complement to the Irish theme of the bar, with shamrock and Guinness beer plaques being an integral part of the design. Though beer is the staple drink here, there is also some amazing Irish malt whiskey and liqueur on offer. The food as one can expect is traditionally Irish with dishes like Irish stew and Shepherd's Pie setting the scene for a great meal. The Irish Harp also organizes nightly entertainment in the form of live Irish folk music and other genres of music and special quiz nights. For sports fans, there is a treat offered here, as the soccer matches, cricket matches, rugby and other sports events are played live on large-screen and Plasma televisions.
If you're a jazz fan, then head to b-flat where the only music you will be foot tapping to is Jazz. Established in 1995, b-flat is one of the favorite live music spots in Berlin. The club was created by two musicians named Jannis Zotos and Thannasis Zotos and actor Andre Hennicke. Famous veterans who have graced the club include Gustafson, Peter Brotzmann, Conny Bauer, Mikis Theodorakis, Steve Lacy and many more. The seating area gets filled fast, so get there as early as possible.
Named after the Kreuzberg's historic postal code, SO36 is one of the most legendary clubs in Berlin. SO36 became internationally known in the 1970s for its punk rock music concerts where Iggy Pop and David Bowie often stopped by. In 1979 the club started to focus on new wave music as well as punk. Today SO36 is a cult venue for techno music, karaoke competitions, gay nights and much, much more. You will find people of every age, gender, sexual orientation and nationality partying here. This is the real Kreuzberg.
A well-established bar in Schöneberg, the Hafen is hugely popular with the gays and lesbians due to its cozy atmosphere. For many revelers, the evening begins in Hafen with their drinks, music and the great company offered by the fellow guests. A friendly bar during the week, the place mutates into a soul, disco, funk, pop and techno frenzy on weekends with different theme parties thrown in by them. The crowd is well-dressed and fashion conscious. What's more, you will never end up missing Hafen as it is open all 365 days of the year!
This bar is not named after the famous English physicist, but after the Berlin-born photographer Helmut Newton, whose famous black and white shot of a group of nude women decorates the wall. With its cool ambiance and comfortable red leather armchairs, the bar is a popular meeting place for cocktail lovers and cigar fans. The first floor contains the largest humidor in Berlin.
Theater Im Keller is a perfect setting for the discerning theatergoer that is tired of the huge crowds and long lines. Here, with only enough space for about 43 people, the theater attracts a very diverse production line-up including one-man shows and revues that often showcase the more humorous side of common nuances in society. There is a café located on site, which offers a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages along with a delicious buffet. There is a separate meeting area that can also be used for parties, events, or showcases.
Artliners combines a coffeehouse with a concert hall and the result is an evening of fun and music. Be it a cinema or a concert night, you can always relax and enjoy the hot espressos served here, while famous local and international artists heat up the atmosphere with their performances. The place quickly fills up with the young crowd, so remember to drop in early. For details about forthcoming events, check the website.
The Jodelkeller (the yodelling cellar) seems to be a popular meeting place for beer-swilling bikers. The pumps have been designed to look like miniature Harley Davidsons, and the guys lounging around are all dressed in leather. Despite its name no yodelling champs are to be found here, just a big group of macho men, who love the cheap beer spirits and alcohol free drinks available here. The venue is open daily from 2 p.m.
Situated in the heart of the Friedenau district, Kleines Theater is surrounded by a rich artistic history. Throughout the neighborhood you can find landmarks of the past, from Marlene Dietrich's final resting place to the founding place of the Comedian Harmonists, a wildly popular singing group from the 1920s and 30s. The theater itself can accommodate only 99 guests, and thus provides an intimate atmosphere for the range of performances on-stage. Come early to mingle near the bar before the show, or to wander the streets of this historic neighborhood. Also be sure to visit the website for more information on upcoming events and schedules of performances.