Flashback to Berlin in the 1920s: cabaret, dada, dance, dens of iniquity inhabited by a sinful demi-monde that included Marlene Dietrich and Christopher Isherwood. The latter famously immortalized the age in his bio-based novel Goodbye to Berlin that later spawned the Broadway musical and movie Cabaret.
The fun stopped when the Nazis came to power but since the fall of the Wall in 1989, Berlin has rediscovered full throttle its Weimar roots. This is once again Europe’s party city par excellence, a place where nights become days and sometimes don’t stop for 48 hours or longer. It’s a place where tolerance is not a buzzword but a lifestyle. Personal expression is paramount and everyone from tee-totaling tango dancers to hopped-up techno junkies and flamboyant transvestites can find the perfect place to let their hair down.
When hitting the town, it’s important to remember that each of Berlin’s districts has a different party flavor. Currently the most dynamic hipster hoods are Kreuzberg and in Friedrichshain, on opposite sides of the Spree River. Both are rather gritty areas dominated by students, artists and immigrants. By contrast, dapper drinking has long been fashionable at such venerable haunts as the Green Door in the western districts of Schöneberg, which is also Berlin's historic hub of the gay scene. Berlin’s most cosmopolitan district - called Mitte - sports nightlife venues that channel the Golden Twenties, such as Clärchens Ballhaus and Chamäleon Variete and also has plenty of handsome bars that are the darlings of the creative in-crowd.
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