Schlesisches Tor is an infamous U-bahn station many have hopped off to delve into a lively evening in the heart of Kreuzberg, without much attention to the sprawling strasses riddled with avenues of leisure adjacent to it. Whether you’re looking for an infamous dive bar to end the evening or a local watering hole to find solace in, Schlesisches Tor is a happening ‘hood with the potential to meet a multitude of nighttime needs.
Madame Claude is a trendy yet unpretentious joint that takes manifesting a concept to a whole new level. The bar itself feels drunk, which makes it fun to navigate. Is it the art of feng shui, or are the drinks too strong? It’s not the booze, it’s the décor — tables indelible to the ceiling and furniture turned upside down give this place an extra dose of hyper funk, which it already has plenty of. This topsy-turvy bar with inexpensive drinks holds its own on the live music scene, as well, offering a variety of shows throughout the week. The ambiance of the bar is moody and dark, which is fitting for the vibe.
Madame Claude, Lübbener Str. 19, 10997 Berlin, Germany +49 30 84110859
A Berlin institution, Barbie Deinhoff’s marries uber-eclecticism and outlandish fun into one queer-friendly dance bar. It doesn’t fit into one category. It’s a bar that happens in stages: first drinking then dancing, as if one could ever exist without the other. This truly funky bar carries an aesthetic ostentation without being too over-the-top. The gregarious staff serves killer cocktails with a smile. The owner is performance artist Lena Braun, which explains the heterogeneity in events. This kitschy, multifaceted legacy directly caters to the cross-dressing crowd and the LGBT community but invites everyone for a fun, properly hydrated night out.