Lauren Oyler refuses to get her coat out of storage just yet as she revels in some of the city’s best indoor/outdoor hybrid nightlife spaces.
“It’s the best of both worlds: relax al fresco and warm up for the party ”
If you’re starting to sense a bit of autumn chill in the air, do as the locals do and resist at all costs. The city’s skies darken as the year rounds the corner into winter, and Berliners savor the last remaining sunshine at venues that serve up dinner, drinks, and dancing all in one indoor/outdoor space. It’s the best of both worlds: relax al fresco – and then warm up once the party starts inside.
With mouth-watering fusion food, frequent concerts and parties, and a friendly, funny staff, White Trash Fast Food (p. 55) is an expat institution that has recently relocated to a new, chilled- out spot on the Spree River. The brave can even get themselves a permanent memory of their wild time in Berlin – the venue’s inhouse tattoo studio, No Pain No Brain, stays open until 8pm.
The weather’s always good at Schönwetter (Bernauer Str. 63, www.schoenwetterberlin.de), the beachy hangout adjacent to Mauerpark in the park’s popular Sunday flea market. A great place to unwind after a hectic shopping session, the lounge spot serves up summery cocktails, food from the grill, and danceable electronic music as the day bleeds into night.
But the most in-the-know Berliners take their fun higher – to Project Klunkerkranich (Karl- Marx-Str. 66, www.klunkerkranich.de) at the top of the parkade of the Neukölln Arcaden, a shopping mall in the district fast becoming synonymous with hip. What started out as a weekendsonly semi-secret rave spot (which is, actually, something that could be said about many Berlin bars) has turned into a beloved garden/ bar/club/flea market/exhibition space where Berliners young and old eat, drink, and party, all while taking in some of the best unobstructed views of the city.
White Trash Fast Food