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A Local's Guide to Getting Laid in Berlin

Picture of Dayna Gross
Updated: 22 September 2017

All cities have their private parts, and all cities have their points of entry. Berlin is a freestyle city where getting laid is not one of its inhabitants’ many challenges. Simply aim your rod, release your line, and catch your fish – sounds easy enough, right?

Hit hot spot clubs

The most obvious places to cruise for a late-night companion are Berlin’s clubs and parties. At joints like KitKatClub, Berghain and Sysiphos, bringing playmates home might not even be necessary. The dress code, the darkness, the highs (from the music and atmosphere, of course) set the mood for the no’s and go’s in these clubs. Bouncers, belly dancers and Berliners would all agree that anything (everything) goes. Some advice: since most people expect to get laid on club nights, the odds are higher than may be manageable.

KitKatClub, Köpenicker Str 76, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 7871 8963
Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 2936 0210
Sysiphos, Hauptstrasse 15, Berlin, Germany

Try speed dating

Speed dating in Berlin is an engaging way to quickly move through a series of folks and discover whose chemistry you fancy. Fear of rejection is limited, increasing chances of finding a bedtime (or even lifetime) match. While dreaming big is encouraged, it’s better to focus on the now.

Download the right apps

Though not all Berliners have converted to having a smartphone, plenty have. Make sure to have the most up-to-date dating applications downloaded – there will certainly be enough options to swipe and slide through. Your trip, your rules, right?

Suggested apps for a fast time in Berlin

Find a vernissage

Check out opening nights at Berlin’s galleries, and make an effort. Wearing all black is undoubtedly a good option for looking serious and seductive; if, however, you want to stand out and be noticed, wear some daring colors and let the audience come to you.

Attend a literary event

Thanks to its multicultural inhabitants, Berlin’s growing literary scene hosts many events are in English. Attending one of these events, such as Du Beast’s Spoken Word every Thursday night, offers an easy conversation starter, especially for those brave enough to share on its crowded basement stage.

Look for other tourists

Whether they are here for a month or only one night, most tourists are looking to get the ultimate Berlin experience, and what kind of experience would that be if there wasn’t a little (or a lot) of sex involved? Plus, discerning tourists from locals isn’t too difficult: tourists’ overtly open body language exerts an eagerness to meet new people and see new things – asking them if they are locals is always a flattering icebreaker.

Hit up a friend of a friend (of a friend)

Since Berlin is home to many ausländers (foreigners), it’s not too surprising to find out your co-worker, high school best friend from or university acquaintance knows someone who recently moved to Berlin. Meeting up with friends of friends can get you into some of Berlin’s inner circles – once you’re in, the rest is up to you.

Meet ups

Check out what sort of meet ups are going on that week and see if you’re interested in any of the entertaining topics. Facebook is a reliable resource to screen if the crowd seems promising or not.

Try the old fashioned ways

Last, but certainly not least, take a risk and simply start up a conversation with a guy or girl in a bar or café, by the canal or in a park, and allow chemistry to work its magic. This forward-thinking city is not shy when it comes to all things sex, and ladies and gents alike admire a straightforward character. It’s as simple as, ‘Hey, you want to come back to my place?’ Day or night, Berlin has always enough beer to go around to get confidence levels up and hesitation levels down. If you’re already flirtatiously engaged in conversation with a stranger in one of Berlin’s weird and wonderful bars, and more than two drinks have came and gone, the odds are on your side.

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We know there are no rules in this playground, but just another word of advice: keep it safe. Some things you just don’t want to bring home.