Berlin has often been regarded as one of the most gay friendly cities in Europe. While the city’s gay district is traditionally Schöneberg to the west, there are actually plenty of hip gay bars and nightclubs located throughout the city. Some of these have become important Berlin institutions, sought after by a diverse crowd of people. Here are the top gay bars in Berlin.
A favorite bar on the gay nightlife scene, Möbel Olfe attracts a varied crowd of both gay and straight folk: it’s just generally regarded as a pretty cool place to hang out. It is definitely a gay bar, however. Come here for craft beers, good vibes and themed music nights. Thus it’s an excellent place for people looking to groove to the hippest of tunes. Outfitted in quirky interior features, colorful light fixtures and retro furnishings, here people can release their inner hipster. Located in trendy Kreuzberg, Möbel Olfe is an obligatory fixture on anyone’s bar hopping circuit.
Reichenberger Str. 177, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 23274690
Barbie Deinhoff’s in Kreuzberg’s Wrangelkiez is one of the cozier venues in the area. It is a sultry and low-key but it isn’t uncommon for DJs to be playing here, so it is still possible to get down and groove under the neon red glow of the dazzling house lights. Not to mention, they offer convenient drink deals, and it is easy to meet new friends here as the ambiance is always vibrant and friendly. Barbie Deinhoff’s also doubles as a queer performance space where drag shows take place, and there are fun costumed nights like Tu-tu Tuesdays. Barbie Deinhoff’s also sells cookies and cakes in addition to cocktails.
Schlesische Str. 16, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 69531053
Located in Schöneberg, Berlin’s iconic gay neighborhood, Blond is open every day from the afternoon until the wee hours of the morning. Offering great cocktails and drag, this corner bar also has karaoke on Tuesdays, and there is also a full restaurant. The interior features colorful candy-striped walls and other eclectic decor. Blond usually brings in a mixed crowd and it is generally regarded as a good place to enjoy a couple of drinks before heading out to one of Berlin’s many clubs.
Eisenacher Str. 3A, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 66403947
Situated just a short walk from Nollendorfplatz, Heile Welt, which translates to ‘heal the world’ in English, provides a gay haven for anyone looking to enjoy some highbrow cocktails in a classy environment. This bar has the look of a ’60s-style lounge, and it is ideal for a more intimate evening out because it doesn’t typically have the booming pulse of music common at many places in Berlin’s nightlife arena. Sometimes there is even live piano music.
Motzstraße 5, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 21917507
Inside Berlin’s legendary Berghain, which is one of the city’s most notorious gay and fetish clubs, is Panorama bar. A favorite of locals and seasoned party veterans because it offers Berghainers the ability to watch the sun rise through the windows that give Panorama bar its name. Considering Berghain’s popularity, Panorama welcomes a diverse and eclectic pan-sexual crowd, and it has its own musical acts, meaning it has an atmosphere that’s distinct from other parts of the club. Within the massive Berghain building, there is also a men’s only area named Lab.Oratory.
No tour of Berlin’s gay nightlife scene would be complete without a stop at Zum Schmutzigen Hobby. It is on the smaller side and is set up much like a living room but there is still enough room for a solid dance party. Located on Friedrichshain’s lively Revaler Strasse, it is sometimes even possible to spot celebrities here. Yet, Zum Schmutzigen Hobby is a mellow, welcoming place that attracts a mixed group largely consisting of queer folks and hipsters. You can also catch screenings of the old crime series, Tatort, every Sunday for a laid-back wind-down from the weekend.
Revaler Str. 99, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 36468446