Amongst the myriad of things Berlin is known for, nightlife ranks pretty high on the list. While you can spend your days at museums and art shows, when the sun sets, clubs and bars take over the city. From raves with free-flow spirits that go on for days to inclusive celebrations tailored to just about any community, partying is written into Berlin’s very DNA.
For fashion photographer and regular Vogue contributor Tereza Mundilova, the pandemic has changed—but not killed—partying. “The last two years were different in Berlin. It is very famous for its nightlife but all the clubs were basically closed the whole time. Now that things are opening up again, I am a lot more appreciative of how precious these events are and how they bring people together,” Mundilova shares. Having travelled across Europe capturing artistic representations of various cities, her heart truly lies in Berlin and its epic club scene.
She adds: “A lot of my friends work as DJs, musicians and producers. For them, nightlife is essential, so it is all the more important to me to bring it back. And ultimately, partying is about happiness and laughter. One of the best parties I’ve been to recently was where an old lady we didn’t know joined us to dance. It is good to see the city coming back to life.”
As a true lover of the indie set, Mundilova’s selections shortlist the exclusive spots where the cool kids hang out, some of which you’ll be lucky to get into without an invite. If you are planning a visit to the thriving party city, don’t miss out on the best kickbacks in town curated by Mundilova, plus a bonus supper recommendation by Vogue.
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Start your night off people watching in the ultra-hip Torbar, known for its upscale food menu, innovative drinks and well-dressed interiors. “Unmatchable cocktails and delicious food—so go hungry,” Mundilova recommends.
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“This is my all-time favourite club—you will find the best artists in Berlin performing here,” says Mundilova. A cultural institution in its own right, Berghain has become such an icon of techno music that it is placed in the same tax bracket as concert venues and museums.
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When Mundilova is looking for natural wine, Bar Brutal is her go-to. This stylishly hidden speakeasy also boasts quality whisky and sake. If you’re feeling adventurous, ask for the bartenders to whip you up a cocktail combining the two—they are notorious for making deliciously potent concoctions.
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This hipster hangout is where you’ll find Mundilova on laidback Friday nights. “If I’m not chilling at home with my boo, I’m at Kino Wolf—a cute cinema with an amazing selection of indie movies, beer and Japanese lunches.”
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“If you really want to relax, let loose and dance, Trauma Bar’s concerts are on another level,” says Mundilova. This fresh addition to Berlin’s nightclub scene merges music and art through their roster of hyper-curated events—perfect for any art-lover with a thirst for the idiosyncratic.
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Fes Turkish BBQ
You can’t go to Berlin and not dig into some Mediterranean food, so head over to Fes Turkish BBQ. With warm service, attentive staff (the owner speaks English, so don’t worry about a language barrier) and fork-tender grilled meats served in heaping portions, you’ll be sated and full before the night is done.