Join Lau­ren Oyler as she ex­plores Schöneberg’s Akazienkiez, where lo­cal color meets lively par­ties.

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Dis­cover the col­or­ful evening hotspots of Schöneberg's Akazienkiez.

The birth­place of Marlene Di­et­rich and the home of Christo­pher Ish­er­wood, Berlin’s Schöneberg dis­trict has long been a place to go for ca­sual night­time glam­our, and the Akazienkiez neigh­bor­hood is packed with ways to while away your long win­ter nights.

For a quirky ex­pe­ri­ence, try neigh­bor­hood in­sti­tu­tion Pin­guin Club ( Wart­burgstr. 54, pin­guin-, where kitschy movie posters and por­traits of Hol­ly­wood stars watch over you as you en­joy the age- old dive bar com­bi­na­tion of qual­ity beer and eclec­tic mu­sic.

A cou­ple of blocks over is Möve im

Felsenkeller (Akazien­str. 2), which you’ll be able to rec­og­nize from its old-school neon sign. Inside, things are slightly more civ­i­lized than at the jovial Pin­guin. The folks at Felsenkeller will feed you solid Ger­man fare, and smoking, un­like in many bars in Berlin, is rel­e­gated to the side­walk.

Cock­tail bars are of­ten fussy, but they don’t have to be. Keep­ing with the Kiez’s laid-back at­mos­phere is Maigold (Merse­burger Str. 7,, where lo­cals go to get their cock­tail fix. Make a bee­line for the chili vodka cock­tail, and show up be­tween 7 and 9pm to take ad­van­tage of happy hour prices.

Fans of Latin dance will feel at home at

Ha­vanna Club (Haupt­str. 19, www.ha­van­na­ Although week­ends mean four dance floors that run the mu­si­cal gamut from top 40 to reg­gae­ton, it’s the club’s Wed­nes­day night Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue par­ties that re­ally get rev­el­ers mov­ing. Ner­vous novices can show up an hour early for a warm-up les­son, though shy­ness isn’t nec­es­sary: the vibe – like in much of Berlin – is one of firm ac­cep­tance.

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