Top 10 clubs in Berlin

This isn’t just a list, it’s an invitation to go explore Berlin through the lens of Obectra, where the darkness of our collections meets the luster of the city’s nightlife. Understanding this connection, we’ve curated a guide our favourite top 10 clubs in Berlin, a homage to the city where Obectra lives and a testament to the spaces that continue to inspire our creations. 

Berlin is known for its club culture, where each venue has its own unique atmosphere and ethos. It’s a realm where fashion meets music, where creativity intersects with expression, and the night continues in a timeless fashion. The synergy between Obectra’s aesthetic and Berlin’s club culture is no coincidence, it’s a reflection of our core belief that fashion is not just about what you wear, but how you live. It’s about creating a persona that resonates with the unpredictability of the night and yourself, all whilst clad in our label’s signature black allure. 

1. Berghain/Panorama Bar is located in the Berlin district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, is globally renowned as one of the most prominent techno clubs. It has a rich history rooted in Berlin's techno culture and has been a pivotal venue for electronic music. The architecture of this former power station showcases Socialist Classicism and is part of the historical building ensemble Karl-Marx-Allee.

The club consists of the Berghain and the Panorama Bar, with a diverse lineup of DJs and music events dedicated to techno enthusiasts. The industrial aesthetic of the venue, along with its distinctive dance floor and exceptional sound system, has contributed to its reputation as a mecca for techno music enthusiasts and club-goers.

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2. KitKatClub is a renowned techno club known for its high degree of sexual freedom and openness. The club enforces strict door policies, rejecting a significant portion of guests, especially if the announced dress code is not adhered to. The venue is famous for fetish costumes and frequent partial or complete nudity among guests. Both heterosexual and homosexual activities are relatively openly practiced and accepted, including self-pleasure. However, it is important to note that the club is not a swinger club, and the typical activities of a techno club, featuring electronic music such as Trance and House, prevail.

The club is also recognized for hosting various themed parties and events, including the Carneval Erotica, queer orientated parties, different nightlife experiences and performances, and collaborations with scene activists. It provides a unique and vivid nightlife environment that has attracted both locals and international visitors.

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3. RSO Berlin is the successor to the renowned Techno club Griessmuehle and is situated near the S-Bahn station Schöneweide. The club is part of the cultural center Revier Südost in Berlin-Niederschöneweide. RSO.Berlin hosts DJ sets by artists like Ellen Allien, Boston 168, or Keith Carnal, offering a high-quality musical program that has solidified its reputation as a popular Techno club in Berlin.

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4. ://about blank is an influential techno club located in Berlin-Friedrichshain near the Ostkreuz S-Bahn station. The club has been a prominent part of Berlin's underground electronic music scene for over a decade. About Blank is particularly unique in that it functions as a collective-run club, with a strong emphasis on its political engagement and a laid-back, unpretentious atmosphere.

The club is known for hosting diverse electronic music events, ranging from Techno and House to IDM and Minimal. It offers both indoor and outdoor spaces, with two floors and a garden area for revelers to enjoy. The club has gained a loyal following and has established itself as a space for an unassuming and politically engaged audience.

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5. Schwuz: This venue is a popular gay club in Berlin known for its vibrant atmosphere, inclusive environment, and diverse range of events and parties. Schwuz regularly hosts themed parties, drag shows, live performances, and special events that cater to the LGBTQ+ community and allies. The club's inclusive ethos (including wheelchair accessibility for much of the venue) and commitment to diversity have made it a beloved institution in Berlin's club scene.

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6. Sisyphos is a renowned techno club located in Berlin-Rummelsburg. The club is situated in a former factory for dog biscuits and is well-regarded as one of the leading techno venues in the city. Sisyphus is particularly known for its open-air concept, offering a vast outdoor area for partygoers. The club's extensive outdoor space, complete with sand, small huts, colorful decorations, and comfortable seating, provides ample room for guests to enjoy the techno music and create a festival-like atmosphere.

The club hosts parties with renowned DJs from the underground music scene and international party figures. Sisyphus is appreciated for its inclusive, laid-back atmosphere, and its spacious grounds that blend urban chic, beach party vibes, and a modern techno temple ambiance.

The club has garnered popularity, especially among local partygoers, for its extended party hours from Friday evening until Monday morning. Additionally, there are two covered dance floors, Hammahalle and Dampfer, providing different party experiences. The club has made contributions to the Berlin nightlife scene and has had a significant impact on the electronic music culture in the city.

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7. Renate also known as Wilde Renate, is an iconic techno club located in Berlin-Friedrichshain. Established in 2007, it is operated by the "Zur wilden Renate – OHG" and is renowned for its unique charm and vibrant atmosphere. The club is situated in a former factory near the Elsenbrücke and is characterized by its numerous spaces, including both indoor and outdoor areas.

Renate hosts diverse techno and house DJ sets and often features prominent names from the electronic music scene. With its open-minded and inclusive approach, the club has gained recognition for its captivating ambiance and festival-like vibe. It offers an exceptional experience with extended opening hours, often continuing late into the afternoon.

The club's dedication to creating a safe and inclusive space, while featuring compelling DJ line-ups and an eclectic mix of electronic music, has solidified its position as an integral part of Berlin's nightlife.

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8. Watergate is a renowned club of electronic dance music located in Berlin at the Oberbaum Bridge along the Spree River. Known for its quality booking in the genres of Electro, House, Techno, and Minimal, the club has gained international recognition. It offers a spectacular view with its "Waterfloor" below, which, along with the summer terrace, provides an unobstructed view of the Spree and serves as a platform for enjoying house music and a scenic sunrise. With its minimalist interior and comfortable seating, Watergate attracts a lively crowd and music enthusiasts alike.

The club features two floors, each with a view of the Spree and the opposite bank. The "Mainfloor" is equipped with a world-renowned 12-meter-long LED ceiling, while the "Waterfloor" leads to an outdoor terrace on the Spree, serving as a platform for enjoying house music and a scenic sunrise.

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9. Tresor is one of the most iconic techno clubs in Berlin, known for shaping the techno scene since its opening in 1991. It was initially located in the vaults of the former Wertheim department store in Berlin's Leipziger Straße before moving to the southern part of the Heizkraftwerk Berlin-Mitte power plant in 2007. The club has been instrumental in the development of the techno scene in Germany and Europe, hosting numerous renowned DJs and serving as a platform for emerging talents. Tresor Records, the club's in-house label, has also had a significant influence on the techno music industry.

Tresor's rustic and minimalist setting, characterized by hundreds of vault lockers from its time as a department store, has resonated with techno enthusiasts and musicians, making it an internationally recognized establishment. The club played host to an array of influential resident DJs, and international acts such as Jeff Mills, Juan Atkins, and many others have performed at Tresor. This unique venue, with its industrial ambiance and pioneering techno music programming, has left an indelible mark on Berlin's electronic music culture.

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10. OXY Cub is a popular venue for Techno and House music in Berlin. The club is known for its body-positive, sex-positive, and age-positive parties and is very queer-friendly. It features two floors and a garden area where well-known DJs regularly perform. These details capture the vibrant and inclusive atmosphere of OXY, making it a popular destination for electronic music enthusiasts.

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These clubs are considered among the best in Berlin due to their unique atmospheres, dedication to underground music, and their roles in shaping the city's renowned nightlife culture. Each club offers a distinct experience, catering to a variety of musical tastes and subcultures. This started as a Top 10, but we couldn’t exclude any of our favourites.


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