Summer is achingly close in Europe, which means that in Berlin, one of the most liberal and LGBTQ-friendly cities in the world, “after-hours” clubbing is taken to a whole new level. Many Berlin clubs are open from Friday night straight through to Monday morning, which means something very special indeed — Berlin daytime clubbing.
The party scene is very mixed in Berlin — not exclusively gay, but a sparkly selection of the LGBTQ rainbow where nobody bats an eye at the sight of a little man-on-man action. And at some parties, you’ll also have plenty of our straight friends and allies to party alongside.
Being on your phone while you’re at Berlin clubs is a no-no. Taking selfies (or photos in general) is largely frowned upon, and could even get you thrown out. In many Berlin clubs you’ll have stickers placed over your phone cameras as you walk in. This is to ensure mutual respect for partiers and a sign that whatever (or whomever) you fancy doing, you’ll be safe and sound to do so with relative peace and privacy. As a result, some of our recommendations below indicate “no photos.”
Here are 5 Berlin clubs perfect for daytime clubbing:
If you’ve familiar with “clubbing” in the slightest, Berghain is one of the most magnificent club experiences the planet has to offer. But here are some Berlin clubs you might not be familiar with.
This queer party is so wonderful that we’d almost like to keep it to ourselves. Buttons at ://ABOUT BLANK has a great dance floor and sound system, but the real gem is its sprawling garden with islands of seats, shrubs, trees and the most grotty, bohemian and generally terrific caravan that’s just made for cozying up to as many fellow partiers as possible for a chat and a kiss.
Buttons say: “Surrender your body, listen to your heart, be a slut, do whatever you want… push buttons.” Oh, we did. We totally did.
Photos are not allowed (thank the Lord, after what we got up to), but they do allow a staff photographer to capture some of the delicious hedonism (discreetly of course). The snaps you see here are from the fabulous Ema Discordant and Spyros Rennt, talented photographers who really capture the spirit of Buttons.
The next party starts at midnight on May 18 (that’s tonight!), until May 20. All. Weekend. It’s right next to the Ostkreuz station on the “ring” railroad, so if you fancy popping home for a nap and a shower, just get a stamp then come back. Take a boy with you, we did.
You’ll need to head a bit further east of the city center for this one, but we reckon it’s worth it if you’re up for a marathon party session that feels like a magical gay-friendly festival.
Sisyphos used to be a dog food factory, and now its labyrinth garden full of sand and sofas is just begging to be explored. No tripe, just great techno and progressive house. Arrive at dawn. If you end up staying for a really long time, you can buy a toothbrush and other stuff like that while you’re there. No photos allowed. But here’s a cheeky one from DJ DirrtyDishes…
If it’s summer and it’s day time, anything that’s on at IPSE is worth queuing up for. From techno and house to disco and everything in between, this delicious space looks out onto a canal near the delightful Treptower Park. There’s some decking, decking and even more decking, with plenty of places to lounge in the sun or make new friends in this mixed, gay-friendly, crowd. The toilets are especially fun in the right company.
A new addition to Berlin clubland, but definitely worth a mention due to their friendly vibe, eclectic mix of progressive house and techno music and perhaps the most delicious Cinnamon Rolls you’ll find on a dancefloor. It’s a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon and evening. It the kind of party where you’ll feel welcome and as if you know a dozen people, even if you’re going alone.
Sunday Club say: “As always, finish your weekend on a high with your good friends, Sunday Club. Except if you’re a racist, misogynist, homophobe, transphobe or a dick, then you can stay the fuck away.”
If you’re far from Berlin and fancy a listen to some of the awesome tunes anyway, you can check out Sunday Club’s Soundcloud page.
Have you ever done any Berlin daytime clubbing? Let us know your experiences in the comments!
Featured photo by Spyros Rennt