“’Ich bin schwul, und das ist auch gut so!” First spoken by Berlin’s then-mayor in 2001, this sentence (“I’m gay, and that’s just fine!”) neatly encapsulates the city’s gay-friendly philosophy. Berlin’s nightlife and EDM scene are famous across Europe, and the city also caters spectacularly well to its gay residents and visitors in the form of gay-friendly clubs and bars, as well as an all-around welcoming atmosphere.
Daytime in Berlin is equally fascinating, as it’s a diverse, cosmopolitan city that’s very much in touch with traditional German culture as well as other cultures. There is plenty of historical sightseeing to do as well, making Berlin a great all-round tourist city.
If, when the night falls, you are ready to mingle with the LGBTQ crowd in one of Berlin’s not-to-miss gay bars – here is your comprehensive guide to finding where the party’s at!
The CLUB is a small, intimate venue that offers something a little different in the scene. It offers the usual happy hours and drinks you’d expect of any bar, but it also plays host to a large number of events that aren’t quite typical of the club and bar circuit.
The CLUB frequently hosts drag evenings, while also sometimes dipping into visual art: it’s been known to have art exhibitions and films on show. The CLUB’s personable atmosphere and eclectic events make it a winner, but be sure to check ahead so you know what to expect on the evening in question.
Biebricher Straße 14
+49 30 4195 3855
Conveniently located in the popular gay district of Schoneberg, Pinocchio is a bar for music lovers. As well as carefully chosen recorded music to go with your evening and drinks, Pinocchio frequently offers live music and is open from 2pm, making it a great afternoon or early evening spot.
+49 30 2362 0333
For something a little slicker and more upscale, consider Sanatorium 23. With its contemporary, stylish atmosphere and top DJs, it’s a fun and fashionable place to spend an evening. As well as a well-populated dancefloor and excellent drinks menu, Sanatorium 23 has plenty of comfortable seating for those who fancy a more chilled out evening. Enormous windows and a gorgeous view are the cherry on the cake.
Frankfurter Alle 23
+49 30 4202 1193
Boasting an enviable location, the Coven successfully combines an easygoing, inviting atmosphere with a glamorous streak. Its drinks menu is excellent and its clientele cool, putting it off to a great start. What’s more, the Coven is backed up by friendly, professional staff and world-class bartending, making it a must-visit for anyone seeking an interesting-yet-chilled evening.
Kleine Präsidentenstraße 3
+49 151 1498 2524
A pillar of Berlin’s LGBT+ community, Silver Future promises a great night any day of the week. As well as a fantastic, welcoming atmosphere and warm, friendly staff, Silver Future serves food, neatly sidestepping the problem of finding a nearby place to eat. As well as good party nights, Silver Future frequently hosts LGBT+ cultural exhibitions and other events.
+49 30 7563 4987
Where to stay
Hotel Transit Loft – Ideal for people who enjoy an exciting, all-hours kind of holiday, this hotel, located in a stylishly refurbished factory dating back to the 1800s, offers a 24-hour bar and late breakfast. The hotel’s location puts it within easy distance of any number of landmarks and public transport options, and it’s pet-friendly too (call ahead to inquire about bringing pets along).
Novum Hotel Lichtburg am Kurfurstendamm – This hotel boasts simple yet beautiful rooms and a peaceful location, making it perfect for a more relaxed pace. It’s also within very easy distance of Kurfurstendamm’s famous shops, so you couldn’t ask for a much better location if you’re one for shopping.
Grimm’s Hotel am Potsdamer Platz – with a tasteful décor and a wonderful shop-adjacent location, Grimm’s Hotel am Potsdamer Platz is a great option. Most of the rooms offer stunning views, and visitors have easy access to many of the city’s historic sites as well as the hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness facilities.
How to Get from Berlin Airport to Berlin
Whichever airport you’re flying to, you can’t go far wrong by booking a private transfer with Shuttle Direct. This guarantees you a driver who will meet you at the airport, take you to a private car and drive you straight to your hotel. You’ll have space for travelling companions and bags as well, and all in all it’s a great way to dodge the usual holiday stress of frantically catching trains and reading maps before you can even sit down.
Tegel airport is a 20-minute drive from the city centre. Your Shuttle Direct driver will take you along Saatwinkler Damm (possibly a different route if you’re staying outside the centre of the city) straight to your hotel’s front door. Schonefeld airport, meanwhile, is on the other side of the city and a little further out: your driver will take you along the A113, and they’ll have you in the city centre in around half an hour.
About Shuttle Direct
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