NIGHTLIFE

Hilda Hoy is get­ting into the sum­mer mood by hit­ting some of the city’s open-air dance floors.

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Danc­ing all night long un­der the stars – one of sum­mer's many plea­sures.

Now that the sum­mer sea­son is well and truly un­der­way, it’s only nat­u­ral to want to stay out­doors as much as pos­si­ble – in­clud­ing when it comes to nightlife.

To heat things up with a night spent danc­ing un­der the stars, fill your dance card with some of these spots.

A peren­nial sum­mer­time fa­vorite amongst Ber­lin­ers is Strand­bar (Mon­bi­joustr. 3b, www. mon­bi­jou-theater.de), a river­side, open-air bar with a beau­ti­ful view of Mu­seum Is­land. Weather per­mit­ting, there’s danc­ing ev­ery night of the week on the bar’s wooden dance floor: swing on Mon­days, cha cha on Tues­days, tango Wed­nes­days, salsa Thurs­days... The unini­ti­ated can take lessons on a drop-in ba­sis, while those who truly have two left feet can just sip a cold beer or two and play spec­ta­tor.

Through­out the first week of the month, dance floors across the city will be get­ting steamy with the Em­brace Tango Fes­ti­val (un­til 5 June, www.em­brace-ber­lin.de). Pas­sion­ate tango lovers from around the world de­scend on Ber­lin ev­ery sum­mer for this mul­ti­fac­eted event, fea­tur­ing work­shops, mi­lon­gas (tango dance floors), and shows fea­tur­ing sul­try tango per­for­mances from in­ter­na­tional dance sen­sa­tions. To tango un­der the stars, head to par­tic­i­pat­ing Em­brace venues like El Ocaso (Schön­hauser Allee 36, www.elo­caso.de) and Urquiza (Schön­hauser Allee 176, www.urquiza.com), which both take the danc­ing out­side on warm sum­mer nights. Check out the fes­ti­val web­site for the sched­ule of the “Tango Bus,” which will be set­ting up out­door mi­lon­gas all around town.

An­other of this month’s cul­tural high­lights is the hotly an­tic­i­pated Karneval der Kul­turen (www.karneval-ber­lin.de), a four-day ex­trav­a­ganza of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism held an­nu­ally in Kreuzberg. Make sure to plan in a visit to the Karneval’s Street Fest from 2–5 June, when a big con­cert stage set up at Mehring­platz fills the streets with lots of mu­sic and danc­ing. The pa­rade on 4 June prom­ises to draw a mas­sive crowd to bo­ogy­ing all the way down Gneise­naus­traße. Keep­ing with the week­end’s car­ni­val theme, Bade­schiff (Eichen­str. 4, www.car­ni­valfever.de) hosts a “Soca on the Beach” night 2 June. The party at the river­side “beach” will fea­ture hot dance­hall and soca beats from the Caribbean that will get ev­ery booty shak­ing.

This photo: Strand­bar. In­set: tango time.

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