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The German capital has some of the greatest clubs in the world, places such as Berghain, Tresor and Watergate have become institutional, not just for electronic musicians but for music as a whole, culturally, creatively and economically. This was recently recognised officially when Bergain secured the same tax status as theatres, concert veues and museums; in essence classifying it in the realms of high culture.
Berlin Berlin, a London based party is a relatively new concept, inspired by Berlin’s city night life, from the early 30’s to modern day. Featuring burlesque, dancers, performers, art and world class electronic music alongside breath- taking visuals.
As Berlin Berlin prepare to return to Egg, together with Chalet and Sisyphos we take a look at our top 5 Berlin clubs, here at TT HQ.
Kater Blau is one of the newer club editions to Berlin. Located in the Holzmarkt area, the open-air club hosts a capacity of 600, making it one of the larger out door spaces to party in the capital. In true Berlin fashion, Kater Blau is open from Friday through Sunday, and has hosted some of the coolest parties in the city, including East End Dubs’ notorious Eastenderz brand.
A cavernous, no-frills space in Kreuzberg, [ipsə] (pronounced Ipse) has room for more than 500 people. A combination of indoor and outdoor areas makes it an attractive option in summer, but you'll also find solid bookings throughout the winter months. DJs from across the house and techno spectrum play each week. [ipsə]'s main room, which is a warehouse-style space, has an incredible sound system that, in the right hands, contributes towards the success of their parties.
Chalet is comfortably one of the most well known clubs in Berlin. Based in the center of Kreuzberg, Chalet is a beautiful converted 150-year- old building, with four rooms and an entrancing garden. WetYourSelf and Keep On Going are included amongst the brands to regularly host parties at the revered venue.
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Club der Visionaere
Club der Visionaere is a rustic and understated spot in Kreuzberg near Treptower Park. It sits on a canal in a small brick building, with offices upstairs and a dance floor downstairs. In a way it's more of a bar or afterhours venue than a nightclub. The dance floor holds fewer than 50 people, making it one of the most intimate spots in Berlin. Most attendees spend their time standing on the wooden deck outside, or sitting beneath the weeping willow that hangs over part of the club. Most of the venue is down by the canal, but there's also a second space up at street level where a pizzeria is open most nights in the summer.
Club der Visionaere has a laidback booking policy: the lineup is often decided a week or two in advance, and unplanned DJ sets are common. However, that doesn’t mean that the line ups aren’t to a high standard. Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Apollonia, RPR and plenty more have been known to play long and extended sets here.