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Ankerk­lause

A canal- side tav­ern where drinks come with beau­ti­ful views of pass­ing boats. Daily from 10am (Mon from 4pm). www.ankerk­lause.de. Kot­tbusser Damm 104. T: 030.6935649. U Schön­le­in­straße. F4

Café am Neuen See and Bier­garten

A pleas­ant lakeside beer gar­den in­side the ver­dant Tier­garten park. Open daily from break­fast on­wards. www.cafeam­neuensee.de. Licht­en­steinallee 2. T: 030.2544930. S Tier­garten. C3

Club der Vi­sionäre

This canal- side boat- shack at­tracts young crowds till early morn­ing and be­yond. Daily from 2pm un­til very late (from noon Sat & Sun). www. club­dervi­sion­aere.com. Am Flut­graben 1. T: 030.69518942. U Sch­le­sis­ches Tor, S Trep­tower Park. G4

Dicke Wirtin

This old Ber­liner Kneipe restau­rant is a Char­lot­ten­burg in­sti­tu­tion. Great beer and tra­di­tional Ger­man dishes. Daily from 11am. www.dicke-wirtin.de. Carm­er­str. 9. T: 030.3124952. S Sav­i­gny­platz, S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. B4

Prater

Berlin’s old­est Bier­garten serves sim­ple and homely cui­sine, sea­sonal spe­cial­ties, and lots of beer of course! Daily from 6pm (from noon Sat). www.prater­garten.de. Kas­tanien­allee 7-9. T: 030.4485688. U Eber­swalder Straße. F1

Sch­leusenkrug

A re­lax­ing spot for beer lovers amid the lush green­ery of the Tier­garten. Ger­man spe­cial­ties to go with your beer in­clude a va­ri­ety of cakes, Flammkuchen, and a few break­fast op­tions. Daily from 11am. www.sch­leusenkrug.de. Müller- Bres­lauStr. T: 030.3139909. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. C3

Ada­gio

A pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for the posher crowds, the Pots­damer Platz dance­hall is housed in a gor­geous vaulted cel­lar and fur­nished in dec­o­ra­tivechic style. Fri–Sat 11pm– 6am. www.ada­gio.de. Mar­lene- Di­et­rich- Platz 1. T: 030.2589890. S+U Pots­damer Platz. D3

Am­ber Suite

This fun club for over-27s is the per­fect place to so­cial­ize while danc­ing and drink­ing. There are two dance floors ( play­ing house, dance mu­sic, and black beats), three bar lounges, a buf­fet with bar­be­cue in sum­mer, and a pleas­ant ter­race for chats un­der the stars. Open Fri from 7pm till late, Sat from 8pm. www.am­ber­suite.info. Marien­dor­fer Damm 1. T: 030.74070609. U Ull­ste­in­straße. Off Map

Berghain/Panorama Bar

Known as the “world cap­i­tal of techno,” the club strad­dling the bor­der of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain (thus the name) is fa­mous for its in­cred­i­ble sound sys­tem, at­mos­phere, and ul­tra­s­e­lected crowd: The door­men are known to be the tough­est in town. Fri mid­night– Mon morn­ing. www.berghain.de. Am Wriezener Bahn­hof. T: 030.29360210. S Ost­bahn­hof. G3

Clärchens Ball­haus

Dance to a dif­fer­ent style of mu­sic ev­ery night at this pop­u­lar, cen­tury- old dance hall. It’s salsa on Mon­day, tango on Tues­day, swing on Wed­nes­day, cha cha on Thurs­day, and live Tanzkapelle on Fri­day and Satur­day. Daily from 11pm. www.ball­haus.de. Au­gust­str. 24. T: 030.2829295. U Rosen­thaler Platz. E2

Felix Club

A fa­vorite among the rich and fa­mous, Felix has wel­comed celebri­ties like Ni­co­las Cage, Rob­bie Wil­liams, and Paris Hil­ton. Mon, Thu–Sat. www.felix- clu­brestau­rant.de. Behren­str. 72. T: 030.301117152. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Gretchen

The DJs play funk, hip hop, drum & bass and elec­tron­ica at this in­ter­na­tional and eclec­tic Kreuzberg club. Oc­ca­sional live con­certs. Fri & Sat. www.gretchen- club.de. Oben­traut­str. 19-21. T: 030.25922702. U Mehring­damm, U Hallesches Tor. E4

Horns & Hooves

This Pren­zlauer Berg new­comer is an ec­cen­tric com­bi­na­tion of a club, a pi­ano bar, a cabaret, and a cir­cus. www.horn­sand­hooves.de. Danziger Str. 1. U Eber­swalder Str. F1

House of Week­end

Set atop a tall build­ing in Alexan­der­platz, House of Week­end is spread over three floors, in­clud­ing a rooftop ter­race for the sum­mer. The fab­u­lous views match the mu­sic: The DJs are among the best in the world. Fri–Sun from 11pm. www.week- end- berlin. de. Alexan­der­platz 7. T: 030.24631676. S+U Alexan­der­platz. F3

Kater Blau

Born out of the ashes of the leg­endary Kater­holzig club, Kater Blau fea­tures a top-notch soundsys­tem driv­ing beats from the best DJs. Rau­cous week­end par­ties with a car­ni­val-like at­mos­phere. The place to go for those who don’t get past the bouncer at Berghain. Fri–Sat from mid­night. www.katerblau.de. Holz­mark­t­str. 25. S Ost­bahn­hof. G3

Ma­trix

Lo­cated un­der the base­ment vaults of the Warschauer Straße rail­way sta­tion, this club is the place to go for disco, R&B, Latin, dance, elec­tro, house, and techno, played on five dif­fer­ent dance floors. www.ma­trix- berlin.de. Warschauer Platz 18. T: 030.29369990. S+U Warschauer Straße. G4

The Pearl

One of the most lux­u­ri­ous clubs in town at­tracts the posh­est crowds, mostly due to a huge bar serv­ing po­tent cock­tails and a large dance floor pop­u­lated by pro­fes­sional dancers. Thu–Sat un­til 7am. www. the­p­earl- berlin.de. Fasa­nen­str. 81. T: 030.31518890. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. G4

Prince Charles

A stylish club set in an old swim­ming pool build­ing. Tiled walls and con­crete floor­ing are the main el­e­ments of its décor. Cock­tail bar in the evening, wild dance club at night. Fri–Sun night. www.princecharles­ber­lin.com. Prinzen­str. 85F. U Moritz­platz. F4

Puro Sky Lounge

High- heeled crowds in a sleek, lux­u­ri­ous set­ting, with fab­u­lous views from the roof of the Europa Cen­ter. Dress up. Wed–Sat from 8pm. www.purober­lin.de. Tauentzien­str. 9-12. T: 030.26367875. U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten, U Wit­ten­berg­platz. C4

Roses

Kitsch is the word at this fun gay- and straight­friendly Kreuzberg bar. Cheap drinks. Daily from 9pm. Oranien­str. 187. T: 030.6156570. U Kot­tbusser Tor. F4

Sa­lon zur Wilden Re­nate

In an old res­i­den­tial build­ing on the cooler side of Friedrichshain, Wilde Re­nate is hugely pop­u­lar with young and wild Ber­lin­ers. Antlers, grand pi­anos, and heavy cur­tains cre­ate the at­mos­phere, and the sound sys­tem is im­pec­ca­ble. Thu–Sat from mid­night. www.re­nate.cc. Alt-Stralau 70. T: 030.25041426. S Trep­tower Park, S Ostkreuz. H4

Soda Club

This Pren­zlauer Berg in­sti­tu­ition is a hot week­end lo­ca­tion for lo­cals and visi­tors alike. From Thurs­day to Sun­day, dance all night to elec­tro and techno. www.soda- berlin.de. Alte Kan­tine, Knaack­str. 97. T: 030.44315155. U Eber­swalder Straße. F1

Tre­sor

Housed in the safe of an old de­part­ment store, Tre­sor was the first techno club in Berlin’s post-Wall years. Its décor-free in­te­rior was ex­clu­sively de­signed for afi­ciona­dos of the mu­sic genre. www.tre­sor­ber­lin.com. Köpenicker Str. 70. T: 030.69537731. S Ost­bahn­hof. F3

Water­gate

A two- story elec­tro, house, and drum & bass tem­ple, right on the Spree River. The mod­ern in­te­rior boasts floor-to­ceil­ing glass win­dows that over­look the wa­ter. Doors are tight on week­ends. Mon, Wed–Sat from mid­night. www.wa­ter- gate.de. Fal­ck­en­ste­in­str. 49. T: 030.61280394. U Sch­le­sis­ches Tor. G4

It's sum­mer, the sea­son of pink sun­sets and fruity cock­tails. Or­der one from The Grand (p. 60), one of our fa­vorite cock­tail bars in town.

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