What are the Party Hostels in Berlin like?
- Best Party Hostels in Berlin: The Circus Hostel; Grand Hostel
- Party hostels style: Fun hostels
- Craziness level: Not too crazy
- Parties on-site: On-site bars. No on-site parties
- Pub Crawls: Yes
Berlin nightlife is vibrant, unique and crazy, and for many travellers is one of the main reasons to visit the city. That’s why the party hostels in Berlin are more a place to socialise and meet other travellers than to go crazy. To facilitate that, they have great common areas and on-site bars for guests to hang-out and socialise before hitting the famous nightclubs. Of course, their pub crawls are also great ways to meet other party people.
Best Area to Stay in Berlin for Nightlife
Berlin is a big city, that is why there are a few areas for amazing nightlife experience. We would highlight two areas: Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. Kreuzberg is considered a city of it’s own rights in terms of partying and nightlife. If you are up to clubbing, it has a few good nightclubs and lots of bars. Schlesisches Tor and Kottbusser Tor are the best streets of the area to have fun at night. Friedrichshain is perfect for techno kids. You will find lots of pubs, bars and clubs there. By the way these areas have some good LGBT-oriented bars.
- 📍Best Party Hostel in Kreuzberg: - Grand Hostel Berlin Classic
- 📍Best Party Hostel in Kreuzberg: - PLUS Berlin Hostel
Nightlife in Berlin
Techno music was invented in Berlin, and some of the best techno clubs of the world, like Berghain and Watergate, are in Berlin. There is no specific party area in Berlin, and all kind of electronica clubs are scattered around de city, but public transport works quite good and work 24 hours during the weekend. During the week, there is special night services by bus covering all mayor routes. Another curious thing about clubs in Berlin is that some of them stay open through the weekend, offering non-stop parties from Friday night until early hours of Monday morning.
Basic information about nightlife in Berlin:
- Pubs and clubs closing times:
- Bars and pubs: Monday to Thursday until 02:00am – Weekends at 04:00am
- Clubs: Monday to Thursday closed – Weekends opened 24 hours
- Average cover charge for clubs: from €10 to 20€ (not incl. drink)
- Average price of pint of beer: €3.10
- Famous neighbourhoods for partying: Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg
- Famous events or parties: 1 st of May (May Fest)
Best Party Areas in Berlin
As we already mentioned, there is no clear party area or neighbourhood in Berlin, especially if you are looking for clubs. However, areas like Simon-Dach-Strasse, Kastanienallee or Kottbusser Tor offer a good selection of bars with unique designs and a really cool vibe.
All the area around Simon-Dach-Strasse, Boxhagener platz and Warschahuer Strasse is very lively and vibrant. Very close to the East Side Gallery and part of East Germany, it’s a very multicultural area, with a wide culinary offer and different pubs and clubs with different music styles. The area can give the impression of being very trash or even dangerous, but don’t worry, it’s just part of its charm. Clubs like Matrixx and Watergate are fairly close, and the area at the other side of the river is also a good place to explore.
The street of Kasteanienalle, in the neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg, is a little bit less trashy. The avenue, as well as neighbouring streets, is full of restaurants, cafes and bars. As in the rest of Berlin, their decoration is quite unique, and even though they tend to be a bit quieter than in Kreuzberg, some of them can get wild. We recommend have a look at Prater Garten in summer and Dr. Pong. Here you can find clubs offering top-chart music or at least a bit more commercial than electronica.
Considered the heart of Kreuzberg, Kottbusser Tor and its surroundings is a vibrant are full of bars and pubs. Oranienstrasse is constantly packed with people bar hopping or eating some delicious street food. Former anarchist centre of West Berlin, this area is where David Bowie spent most of his time during his time living in Berlin. Places like SO 36 are an institution and have seen some very big names performing in their stage.
Most Famous Clubs in Berlin
We already mentioned that some of the most famous nightclubs of the world are in Berlin, but there are quite a few other clubs worth visiting. Actually, Berghain and Watergate might be overcrowded and difficult to get into. So, in case you want to check out other cool clubs, here is a list of the most famous clubs among Berliners:
- Kater Blau
- Salon zur Wilden Renate
- Sisyphos (only in summer)
Dress codes & age restrictions
While bars and pubs don’t have any dress code and are extremely tolerant in regards of appearances, clubs in Berlin are famous for having huge queues and doormen refusing entry to without any obvious reasons. Said so, there are some rules of thumb you can follow in order to maximise your chances of getting in:
- No posh clothes: If you are not going to an upscale locale in the west, try to not overdress. No high heels, no formal shirts, no casual shoes. Wear comfy clothes.
- Dress for the place: different places have different “preferred” clothes. Your chances to enter in Berghain are higher if you dress in black and somehow kinky; while to enter in Kater Blau you are better off with colourful extravagant clothes.
- Go early: around 02:00am is when everyone heads to the clubs. Queues can be as long as 2 hours, and if you get refused at the door… it’s very frustrating. Going around 01:00 will increase your chances or getting in without having to wait too long
- Don’t be too loud on the queue: at least close to the door. If you are having too much fun or being too noisy, there is a big chance the bouncers will kick you out (no one knows why).
- Break up groups: if you are a group of 7 people trying to get in, you will probably be refused. Best to break up into smaller groups of 2 or 3 people, preferably mixing guys and girls.
- Know your gig: a normal night in any club will have at least 4 or 5 DJs playing that night. Normally you will be asked by the bouncers who are you interested in seeing, so it’s good to check online first and get at least a couple of names prepared.
As always, asking the staff at the hostel about the specific club you want to go is the best way of maximising your chances of getting in. They will probably know the best way to dress, what time to go and what gigs are happening that night.