Berghain / Panorama
Still Berlin’s premier clubbing spot, Berghain/Panorama Bar’s gay/mixed club is packed out every weekend. Queues of up to an hour are not uncommon, even at 7am – when some would argue the club just gets going. The successor to legendary club Ostgut (which closed with a four day blow out several years ago), expectations were high when it opened. Fortunately, the party-hard legacy lives on, making Berghain a mecca for clubbing enthusiasts worldwide. Housed within a disused power station in an industrial site just behind the Ostbahnhof train station, the club is notoriously difficult to find, but the mystery only adds to the experience. Inside, an imposing concrete staircase leads to the main club space Berghain; the music here is hard and uncompromising with sweat-drenched dancers vying for floor space. Upstairs, the Panorama Bar makes for fantastic people watching; pretty young trendsetters can be found deep in conversation with burly tattooed men, while dark booths provide the setting for. well, you can imagine. There’s a strict no camera policy (even camera phones are confiscated) and the only interior decoration are some Wolfgang Tillmans photos and a painting by Piotr Nathan. The organizers say Berghain is a time and a place never to be recreated and we would agree. Half-hearted clubbers need not apply.