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With the fall of the Berlin Wall came huge cultural upheaval, with underground clubs springing up across a city once divided. Come as you are: Berlin clubs have a reputation for tight door policies, but relaxed dress codes. Other than that, you can go wild, safe in the knowledge that nothing you get up to will ever return to haunt you on social media. Go there when the shutters open just after sunrise for one of the most climactic moments of the weekend. A variety of mainstream and more underground events take place throughout the week, attracting a mixed and ready-to-mingle crowd who take full advantage of the warehouse.
Over the past two years, this place has played host to techno DJs from around the world, alongside artists working in sound, light and installation. Anomalie also hosts film screenings, art exhibitions and open-air raves. This legendary sex and techno club for all is a labyrinthine complex of half a dozen dancefloors, a dubious swimming pool and a grimy mock-operating room. For pure polysexual hedonism, look out for cult party Gegen every two months.
Chalet was opened by some of the late, great Bar 25 crew — and these guys know a thing or two about getting their groove on. Located in a grand, year-old townhouse, it has multiple levels and rooms to explore, as well as a large, luscious garden in which to shoot the breeze when the beats get too much.
An altogether stylish and sultry club with a party pretty much every night; more local on weekdays, more touristy at weekends. One of the first and best, this summer-only canal-side club is nestled under an enormous weeping willow. You can drop in during the week for a beer, but the place comes to life at the weekend, filling up with an after-hours crowd, happy to chill, drink and dance the day away.
Winter parties are now held in the nearby Hoppetosse boat at Arena Berlin. By day, there might be kids playing a laid-back game of volleyball, with a jerk chicken stall on the side. Crowd-wise, expect it all: fresh-faced student revellers and wizened ravers of a dreadlocked persuasion are among the regulars. Decadent and trashy in equal measures, this ruin-esque former brothel attracts both glitter punks and health goths, who sway to experimental electronic music, down cheap beers and soak up the laid-back vibes.