Join Lauren Oyler as she explores Schöneberg’s Akazienkiez, where local color meets lively parties.
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- club.de), 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, maigold-bar.de), 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.havannaclub.de). 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.