Late Night / After Hours


Upscale, trendy, and ... well, long and attenuated: Bar Am Lützowplatz has no problem attracting Berlin's young professionals, thanks to its extensive drink menu. Of course, it lays proud claim to an attractive, blond-wood bar (the city's longest), which promises ample opportunity to rub elbows and chat while waiting for your favorite cocktail. Comfortable leather-backed chairs line the wall in the back, providing spots for intimate conversation. Take note: thanks to its popularity and narrow confines, Bar Am Lützowplatz tends to get crowded and stay packed until closing time. U-BAHN: Nollendorferplatz

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This nightspot in Prenzlauer Berg accommodates anyone wanting to dance all night or to catch musical acts that range from hard and aggressive to pop or jazz-oriented. With four levels and myriad diversions, Knaack offers something to suit just about any night-owl's taste. There's also the Dizzy Lounge, a swanky lounge and game area with billiard tables and karaoke (on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays). On weekends, the club is energized by a younger clientele. Open during the week only when there is a show; check their website for an updated schedule. S-BAHN: Alexanderplatz

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Known for its international drink menu, consisting of nearly 200 choices, this is one of the most popular hotel bars in town for businessmen. Located in the Grand Hotel Esplanade, Harry's decor consists of portraits of U.S. Presidents and pop art, as well as live piano music. U-BAHN: Wittenbergplatz, Kurfürstenstrasse or Nollendorfplatz

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Tempelhof - Sch–neberg

Berlin's colorful Latin community shares its rich dance and musical heritage at this popular nightclub, located near the post office on Hauptstrasse. Tropical decor, live salsa and merengue pulsating from the sound system, and a youthful clientele eager to show off their best footwork and most stylish threads all combine to make the club's three dance floors among Berlin's hottest spots once the sun goes down. An hour prior to opening, dance classes are offered to novices. U-BAHN: Rathaus Schöneberg or Eisenracher Strasse

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This trendy, concrete-walled club, built into the side of Heinrich Heine Strasse Station, is a must for the devil-may-care traveler. Billed as one of Berlin's hottest dance clubs and live music venues, Sage has built its rep on a stylish interior and a state-of-the-art sound system. There are two separate dancefloor spaces, plus an Eastern-inspired lounge, and an outdoor chill-out space complete with wooden decking and a pool. DJ's and live-acts will keep you entertained with everything from rock, hardcore and industrial, to Britpop and 90's classics. U-BAHN: Heinrich Heine Strasse

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Charlottenburg - Wilmersdorf

Dark, smoky, swanky, and jiving – A-Trane is the quintessential Berlin jazz venue, a joint that provides the perfect end to a busy day of meetings or sightseeing. Performers are known the world over, from Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis to Nina Hill and Alice Coltrane, and the hip, knowledgable crowd keeps a cacophony going over the intimate den. If you're searching for "cool" in Berlin, this is the place to find it. S-BAHN: Savignyplatz

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Campy decor and loud punk and thrash make this a must try. A little harder edge than most venues, with live music Wednesday through Saturday, it's a favorite for rockabilly, hard-core punk, and rock. You can buy advance tickets to the shows next door at the Tiki Heart shop. U-BAHN: Görlitzer Bahnhof

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Newton Bar

A classic West Berlin watering hole, Newton juxtaposes the classy with the avant-garde. The interior features comfortable leather armchairs, cool marble, blond wood, and a crescent-shaped bar set against a seductive backdrop of floor-to-ceiling, black-and-white Helmut Newton nudes. Indeed, young, well-dressed professionals place such high stock in Newton that they bring their international clients to sip wine, check out the action on Gendarmenmarkt, and close the deal. That is, if they make it past the doorman! Cigar aficionados, meanwhile, find safe-haven in the upstairs lounge, whose humidor features primo cigars imported from Cuba and the Dominican Republic. U-BAHN: Stadtmitte

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The glass-fronted Watergate is worth checking out if only for the location. While the club boasts two floors of international DJs spinning sounds ranging from minimal techno to house music, it also overlooks the Spree river and Oberbaum bridge, which look beautiful by night. Dress sharp to fit in with the local hipsters. U-BAHN: Schlesisches Tor

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