NIGHTLIFE

Let Lau­ren Oyler take you on a tour of one of the city’s most popular stretches for bars, clubs, and rev­elry that can only be de­scribed as “so Berlin.”

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Watch the sun­rise from Warschauer Straße bridge after par­ty­ing all night.

F or a cer­tain class of Ber­lin­ers, the most beau­ti­ful sun­rise the city can of­fer is a panorama of pink and yel­low above a mess of train tracks, com­mer­cial build­ings, and a few patches of over­grown grass, with the TV Tower smack in the mid­dle as if some­one has cut-and-pasted it there. It’s not ex­actly the Alps, but watch­ing the day come in from Friedrichshain’s Warschauer Straße bridge sets the scene for many fond Berlin mem­o­ries – es­pe­cially be­cause when you see it, it usu­ally means you haven’t gone to bed yet. The street is at the epi­cen­ter of what makes Berlin’s bar and club scene in­fa­mous, and there’s some­thing wild hap­pen­ing ev­ery night of the week.

Start the evening with a cock­tail at the ef­fort­lessly trendy Michel­berger Ho­tel (Warschauer Str. 39- 40), where lo­cals and tourists alike mix with the in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians and char­ac­ters who end up at the re­cep­tion-area bar.

If you aren’t sucked in by one of the ho­tel crew’s spon­ta­neous par­ties, cross the street. Be­fore ru­in­ing your hair with hours of danc­ing, you’ll want to squeeze as many friends as pos­si­ble into one of the “Pho­toau­tomat” booths that line the east side of the bridge. At €2 for a strip of four, the black-and-white pho­tos make a great sou­venir.

And when it’s time for the main event, you don’t have to go far. Housed in a se­ries of vaults un­der the U-Bahn tracks, Ma­trix Club (p. 66) is open 365 days a year and home to nine bars and five dance floors – that means mu­sic for ev­ery­one, from elec­tro ob­ses­sives to lovers of RnB. If singing’s more your style, there’s also Mon­ster Ron­son’s Ichiban Karaoke (Warschauer Str. 34, www.karaoke­mon­ster.de), where Mon­days are a free-for-all pub­lic af­fair and pri­vate booths are avail­able ev­ery other day of the week. Check the sched­ule for per­for­mances by lo­cal artists – just like the sun­rise, they’re not to be missed.

“Watch­ing the day come in from the bridge sets the scene for many mem­o­ries.”

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