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