Hit the town at one of the city's unique restaurant-club hybrids.
The best nights out are those when everything comes together effortlessly, leaving nothing to concern yourself with besides having a good time and enjoying the company of friends. Berlin’s restaurant- club hybrids make it easy, bringing dinner, DJ, and dancing together under one (fashionable) roof.
One such venue, a hideaway under a train overpass in Mitte, is nearly hidden behind an unmarked door. With a chicly monochromatic interior and an equally chic- looking crowd, Tausend ( p. 60) houses both its Cantina restaurant and its bar under the same roof. Enjoy the newly relaunched dining concept, a blend of high- end Asian fusion created in collaboration with the Dae Mon restaurant, then move over to the bar for one (or a few) of Tausend’s famously good cocktails and DJ sets of smooth disco- house.
Heinz Gindullis, better known as “Cookie,” was the man behind the club Cookies, one of the greats on Berlin’s party scene for two decades. Last fall, however, Cookies closed and reopened as Crackers ( p. 50), a dining hotspot that hasn’t let go of its clubbing past. Super- chic décor is paired with great food – Cookie is, after all, also owner of successful restaurants Cookies Cream ( p. 50) and Chipps. Add a fantastic bar and DJ nights four times a week from 9pm until late and you’ve got the makings of a very good night indeed. The newest addition to the restaurant- club
scene is Mitte's Crème
de la Crème ( Friedrichstr. 113, www. creme- berlin. com), which just opened in March. Kick off a night to remember with some oysters, ceviche, veal ribs, or truffle ravioli. After the well- heeled crowd is well fed, the party gets underway around midnight and lasts until the wee morning hours.