Neukölln is fast becoming Berlin’s trendiest suburb, beloved by locals and tourists alike as their neighbourhood of choice in the capital. A hotspot for art, culture and trendy bars, the area and its surroundings are also home to some techno temples and smaller, local clubs. Here are the best nightclubs in and around Neukölln.
Griessmuehle is the multifaceted, industrial club in the heart of Neukölln. Located at Sonnenallee S-Bahnhof station, by the spree, this club is housed in an old grain mill. With two dance floors, one small basement area with thumping techno, and another larger area on the first floor, it’s a hedonistic temple. It has a huge outside area, complete with grain silos, various makeshift hideaways and benches that look out over the canal. Its program is diverse and ranges from disco, house, techno and even a bit of UK bass.
Sameheads is the offbeat bar and club on a quiet street, in bustling Neukölln. Set up by three British brothers Nathan, Leo and Harry, this joint is a hipster haven, trading minimal interior for a ramshackle of vintage-store finds, electric colours and always-ironic aesthetics. Its thumping basement puts on amazing dance nights, ranging from funky disco, to techno, house and so much more. With an underground, untouched vibe, Sameheads is a Neukölln gem packed with sweaty locals dancing the night away.
Klunkerkranich is the quirky, multifaceted rooftop bar in atop a shopping centre in Neukölln. Known for its prime location and stunning view, this bar also puts on plenty of DJ and dance nights, opening a new dance space and bar over the summer. In rain or shine, it’s the perfect place for a boogie with the locals, while overlooking Berlin.
Over 30 years old, SchwuZ is one of Berlin’s oldest queer nightclubs. Relocating from Kreuzberg to Neukölln a few years ago, they marked this event with a 25-hour party that saw 56 DJs play over three dancefloors. Since this electric opening, they’ve been gracing Berliners with their signature mix of indie, pop, electro and retro vibes. A LGBT-haven, they also host a range of talks and events geared towards this community. Open, diverse and welcoming, it’s the queer-friendly gem in the heart of Neukölln.
Kultstätte Keller is a haven of art, culture and hedonism, hiding in plain sight on busy Karl-Marx-Straße. Also known as Place of Worship Keller, it is one of Berlin’s last examples of counterculture in the city. Boasting a techno-heavy program, they are also known for their relaxed jam sessions, concerts and cultural events. Berlin’s club kids often come here for some grimy, underground fun. Only open on the weekend, this cellar club is compact in size but well-worth a visit when in Neukölln.
Watergate is one of the original greats in Berlin’s club scene. The famous club and label have had a profound effect on the city’s techno scene, and it was one of the driving forces behind the rise of minimal techno in the early 2000s. Located in Kreuzberg, this huge, multileveled club is just a stone’s throw from Neukölln. The music selection centres around house and techno, however, they also host mid-week events with Kultur Radio that range from classical music to jazz.
Chalet is based in the heart of Kreuzberg, just a short walk from Neukölln. The renovated, 150-year-old building, house a large indoor dance floor, and outside is a huge garden, adorned with a firepit and smaller dance floor. With an effortlessly cool vibe and commitment to music, it has an easy-going atmosphere and a program that focuses on techno and house.