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Since the 90s, Berlin's dance floor action has reached near-mythical status and greatly influenced the city’s reputation as a capital of cool. It has incubated trends and sounds and launched the careers of some of the world's star DJs, including Paul van Dyk, Ricardo Villalobos, Ellen Allien and Paul Kalkbrenner. Every weekend, global hedonists invade town to bond with locals in their pursuit of good times. And with no official closing time for clubs and bars, the party often doesn’t peak until the wee hours and continues through mid-morning or beyond.
The biggest dance-a-thons are staged in the districts of Kreuzberg und Friedrichshain, whose edgy clubs prove that Berliners are geniuses when it comes to recycling venues. Two of the biggest hot spots - Berghain and Tresor – are ensconced in former power stations. Two more Prince Charles and Stattbad Berlin - have given old swimming pools a new lease on life.
While techno and the many subgenres of electronic music continue to define the Berlin sound, next-gen party people also embrace plenty of other beats like hip hop, dancehall and dubstep, which has given rise to clubs like Gretchen with its eclectic schedule and clientele. Riding the retro wave is Clärchen’s Ballhaus, where an all-ages crowd gets their groove on with tango, salsa and swing nightly. Also part of the nightlife spectrum are sizzling glamour pits like The Pearl which are popular with high-heeled hotties and deep-pocked VIP-booth jockeys.