CASI­NOS

Where Berlin - - NIGHTLIFE -

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

Spiel­bank Ber­lin

A mod­ern casino of­fer­ing three floors of fun and games, in­clud­ing 20 tables of roulette, black­jack, and an ex­ten­sive va­ri­ety of poker op­tions, as well as 350 gam­ing machines. Daily from 11am. www.spiel­bank- ber­lin.de. Mar­leneDi­et­rich- Platz 1. T: 030.255990. S+U Pots­damer Platz. D3/D4 www.ritzcarl­ton.com. Pots­damer Platz 3. T: 030.337777. S+U Pots­damer Platz. D3

The Grand

A for­mer school build­ing has been trans­formed into a su­per- hip restau­rant, bar and club all mixed into one. En­joy top cock­tails and a se­lec­tion of cigars on the green leather couches in the 1920s-in­spired bar, then dance the night away in the chic, in­ti­mate club. www.the- grand- ber­lin.com. Hirten­str. 4. T: 030.2789099555. S+U Alexan­der­platz. B4

Green Door Cock­tail Bar

One of Ber­lin's most re­lax­ing cock­tail bars, with a retro style and lots of kitsch dé­cor. The cock­tail list is long and the bar­man fa­mous. Daily 6pm– 3am (Fri–Sat un­til 4am). www.green­door.de. Win­ter­feldt­str. 50. T: 030.2152515. U Nol­len­dorf­platz. D4

Harry’s New York Bar

An in­ter­na­tional drink menu with 200+ different cock­tails, served to a jazz sound­track. Mon–Sat from 4pm. www.es­planade.de. Grand Ho­tel Es­planade Ber­lin, Lüt­zowufer 15. T: 030.254780. Bus M29, stop Lüt­zow­platz. D4

LaBanca Bar

The Ho­tel de Rome's bar team spe­cial­izes in avantgarde cock­tails made with un­usual in­gre­di­ents such as bal­samic vine­gar, rose petals, or gin­ger beer. Live mu­sic Wed–Sat, rooftop ter­race in sum­mer. www.hotelderome.com. Behren­str. 37. T: 030.4606090. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Newton Bar

Cigars, cham­pagne, whiskey, and cock­tails de­fine this bar, which is en­tirely ded­i­cated to fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Hel­mut Newton. Daily 10am– 3am (un­til 4am Fri–Sat). www.newton- bar.de. Char­lot­ten­str. 57. T: 030.20295421. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Rein­gold

A clas­sic cock­tail bar, 1920s style. El­e­gant leather so­fas, sump­tu­ous light­ing, and gilded el­e­ments with a sound­track of soul, funk, and R&B. Tue–Sat from 7pm. www.rein­gold.de. No­valis­str. 11. T: 030.28387676. U Oranien­burger Tor. E2

Sch­warzes Café

A 24-hour com­bi­na­tion of a bar and a café, with a good se­lec­tion of beer and wine and hot meals at any time of night. Lovely gar­den. 24h a day ex­cept Tue from 3–10am. www.schwarzescafeber­lin.de. Kantstr. 148. T: 030.3138038. U Uh­land­straße, U Sav­i­gny­platz. B4

Vic­to­ria Bar

Top-notch cock­tails and a mar­velous, el­e­gant in­te­rior with dark-wood walls, leather couches, and art aplenty. Open daily 6.30pm– 3am (un­til 4am on Fri­day & Satur­day). www. vic­to­ri­abar.de. Pots­damer Str. 102. T: 030.25759977. S+U Pots­damer Platz. D4 From the ve­gan cock­tails of Chaos­the­o­rie (p. 52) to the per­fume-in­spired drinks at Fra­grances (this page), Ber­lin is home to some of Europe's quirki­est cock­tail bars.

BERGHAIN/PANORAMA BAR

The world's most fa­mous techno club – and with the tough­est door­men too. Fri 12am– Mon. www.berghain.de. Am Wriezener Bahn­hof. G3

KATER BLAU

A top-notch soundsys­tem driv­ing house and techno beats from the best DJs, and a car­ni­val-like at­mos­phere. Fri–Sat from mid­night. www.katerblau.de. Holz­mark­t­str. 25. G3

TRESOR

Housed in the safe of a de­part­ment store, Tresor was the first techno club in Ber­lin's post-Wall years. www.tre­sor­ber­lin.com. Köpenicker Str. 70. F3

WATER­GATE

A two- story elec­tro, house, and drum & bass tem­ple, right on the Spree River. Tight doors. Mon, Wed–Sat from mid­night. www.wa­ter- gate.de. Fal­ck­en­ste­in­str. 49. G4

HOUSE OF WEEK­END

Three floors, fab­u­lous views over the city, and the best DJs play­ing techno and house. Fri–Sun from 11pm. www.week- end- ber­lin. de. Alexan­der­platz 7. F3

CLäRCHENS BALLHAUS

A pop­u­lar, cen­tury- old dance hall. It's salsa on Mon, tango on Tues, swing on Wed, cha cha on Thu, and live ball­room mu­sic on Fri+Sat. www.ballhaus.de. Au­gust­str. 24. U Rosen­thaler Platz. E2

HORNS & HOOVES

An ec­cen­tric com­bi­na­tion of club, piano bar, cabaret, and cir­cus. www.horn­sand­hooves. de. Danziger Str. 1. F1

GRETCHEN

Funk, hip hop, drum & bass and elec­tron­ica at this eclec­tic Kreuzberg club. Fri & Sat. www.gretchen- club.de. Oben­traut­str. 19-21. E4

FELIX CLUB

A fa­vorite among the rich and fa­mous. Mon, Thu–Sat. www.felix- clu­brestau­rant.de. Behren­str. 72. E3

PURO SKY LOUNGE

High- heeled crowds in a sleek, lux­u­ri­ous set­ting on the roof of the Europa Cen­ter. Wed–Sat from 8pm. www.purober­lin.de. Tauentzien­str. 9-12. C4

THE PEARL

Lux­u­ri­ous club for the posh­est crowds, Thu–Sat un­til 7am. www.the­p­earl- ber­lin.de. Fasa­nen­str. 81. G4

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