I found the Ultra Lounge by accident really. I followed a flyer i was handed while walking around the Zoologischer Garten.
The club surprised me. It was really nice. Comfortable chairs candles at every table and the Music was good.
There was a great band doing there own stuff which was a kind of soul/jazz, real touching. The piano player was either a man or a woman and absolutely incredible. Gordon Gatherer and friends i think was the name and they play there all the time. They do some old soul covers, "sitting on the dock of the bay" and what not. And the place wasnt expensive, just real nice.
Dress Code: i don't think so.
All in one! If you don't really know what to do and how to spend your weekend in Berlin (or even weekdays), just go to Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg. There are many locations: clubs, bars, restaurants, cinema for parties, concerts etc. All kinds of music. Surely, you'll find something suitable.
Check out the cosy "Alte Kantine" on Fridays (rock music) or Saturdays (all times favorites).
Huge, comfortable sports bar which had a live band every night that we were in it. Plenty of tv screens if you in there for the sports, they even had a large screen at the back of the place for the football.
Friendly staff, excellent beer and cocktails.
We had breakfast here just the one morning..and found out that having a coffee or an orange juice would double the bill!
Dress Code: Casual...wear what you want...there was a discreet bouncer on the door.
this is another massive art complex barely saved from destruction in the 1990s and has at least 2 clubs, sculpture gardens and studios, bars, a theater, and a film screen. there are some really nice parties but the crowd tends to run young, as it is one of those wonderfully optimistic and idealistic places that really are what Berlin is all about. there is something wonderfully beautiful about fresh-faced youngsters running around organizing demonstrations on its grounds and the construction of its African beach bar that make this a really special place. the reggae and techno parties here are nice and prices very low.
Dress Code: crusty!
even though I am not one for Prenzlauer Berg, this place is laid-back, warm and inviting and good for listening to new music. Glowing in red, it gives hints of what Prenzlauer Berg once was before the designer sushi bars and upscale infant clothing stores. The music is always fresh and local, although people have complained that the sound system isn't amazing, but is that what counts?
You've seen one you've seen them all? Berlin has many Irish pubs to offer. This one gets a mention because it is close to home. Prices are normal, the food is pretty good and at the weekends they have live music!
Dress Code: Casual
Yes the upcoming Schoenhauser Allee and the Kollwitzplatz in Eastern-Berlin hide plenty of small restaurants and bars and it's a pleasure to walk around there in a hot summer night. Step into the NBI and feel the local atmosphere of this spot. There you can hardly find any tourists. Most of the young and young minded people are neighbours and it's fun to chat with them and enjoy a cool drink ... watching the night go by ... Just be yourself, relaxe and feel at home ... Cheers !
Dress Code: relaxe ... be yourself !
Fridays is when you should be here, because that's when the hard edged crew and guests lay on some heavy, heavy drum and bass beats. This is a pretty new club direct on the Spree River with a view to matchunder the Oberbaum Brücke, probably the prettiest bridge in Berlin.
Dress Code: This is a younger crowd, lots of good trash chic running around, but no dress code
Wednesdays - Cabaret
Thursdays - Cabaret (a bit wilder than Wednesday though!)
Fridays - Cabaret & a little Electronic
Saturdays - Disco, Cabaret, Party (good gay night, but hetero too!) - my favourite night!
Sundays - unwind with a bit of Cabaret
Here you find loud music and drunken people and it is allowed to smoke
"Franken" Oranienstrasse 19a, 10999 Berlin
"Cafe Linie 1" Wilhelmstr. 9, 10963 Berlin
"Trinkteufel" Naunynstr. 60, 10997 Berlin
"Clash"( im Mehringhof) Gneisenaustr. 2 a, 10961 Berlin
Dress Code: No Dress Code
A short walk from the U-Bahn Berliner Strasse is a classic, hard core jazz club. Fuasi Abdul Khaliq plays tenor and soprano sax and when not playing has some great jazz programs. The evening I stopped by he was performing a tribute to John Coltrane with piano, bass and drims. You can either sit close to the tiny stage or for less, sit in the bar. There is also a restaurant attached if you want more than a drink. The cover charge was reasonable and the prices for a pint of good German beer was fair.
Dress Code: Everyone was dressed casual
Newton's is a bar on Charlottestrasse by the Gendarmenmarkt. Very busy but it was easy for me to find a table and enjoy the people watching while downing a reasonably priced glass of Brunello. The bar theme is from photographer Helmut Newton and features double life size reproductions of his iconic nude photographs. There is a comfortable outside seating area, however, the smokers tend to congregate.
Dress Code: I felt comfortable in a nice shirt and jeans, but there were many dudes in suit and tie (but that seems to be a Berlin thing, keeping your suit and tie on after work and heading out.
You will find some small bier gartens scattered around Berlin. Not as plentiful as in Bavaria, but there are some. I found a cute little place at Alexanderplatz. Dont recall the name, but it was located in the subway station and there is an entrance from the outside as well ( and entrance from inside of the subway station too). They all serve fresh german beers... a .21 litre glass was about 2.4 euro...
I visited this pub the first time on my very first visit to Berlin, and have dropped by all other times as well. There are a lot of tourists and irish/brittish people visiting here, so this isn't the place for meeting locals.
There are live music nearly every night of the week and this could be everything from traditional German or Irish music to Karaoke and various cover bands. Live music always create a certain atmosphere and I guess that's what makes me come back here. It has happened that I visited to cool down during a really hot summer day as well, the air conditiion is really good down there!
In addition to live music there are lots of big screens in the pub where all sorts of sports is shown during most of the day.
A bigger venue than the Komische Oper where I had been the previous evening. This time I was seeing Carmen. Excellent performances and singers. I was sitting beside a young couple who thought they were at the movies though. They kept whispering and kissing. The usherette noticed and asked me about them at the interval. She didn't do anything about it!
Dress Code: Again I was dressed in shirt and pants and I felt quite comfortable.