One of the oldest bars in Berlin, namechecked in Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz and boasting a poster painted by none other than Otto Dix (1931), Clårchens Ballhaus has been in existence since 1913 and can be considered something of a local institution. A charming garden café by day and dedicated dancing club in the evening, the place draws a highly unique mix of Mitte trendies, middle-aged aficionados and enthusiastic octogenarians. In the good old days, dances here were split between the populist downstairs ballroom and the more aristocratic mirrored ballroom upstairs. Today the action takes place downstairs,where party-hard hipsters and OAPs come together to the sounds of swing, tango and occasionally Abba and Tina Turner. The upstairs ballroom, meanwhile, was re-opened to the public in 2005 by the current owners but is reserved for functions and events. The downstairs restaurant sells wonderful stone-oven pizza and meatballs.