HOW CAN I GET INTO BERGHAIN?
For many visitors to Berlin, the city’s worldfamous nightlife scene is a major draw. High up on the itinerary is a night (or an entire weekend) at the granddaddy of local clubs,
Berghain. Perhaps the only thing more legendary than this techno temple’s wild parties is its impenetrable bouncers. To get in, revelers can line up for well over an hour, only to be coolly turned away at the door. There are no hard and fast rules, but the best way to ensure you make it past the stone-faced security is to play it cool and dress casual – the biggest sin would be to look like you’re trying too hard. Don’t show up with entourage, and remember that you’re being watched as you wait in line: The rowdy, drunken, and obnoxious never get nodded in. The same guidelines apply at other renowned clubs like Tresor and Watergate. For access to classier clubs like The
Pearl, PURO Sky Lounge, Asphalt, and Bar Tausend (see Nightlife listings, p. 59) it’s the opposite: To meet the bouncers’ approval, you’ll want to dress to impress.