I’ve been going to the Berghain/Panorama Bar every year since 2016. It’s a yearly tradition of mine, firstly because it’s one of the best clubs in the world and secondly it servers as a yearly source of inspiration and motivation for my own DJ career. It’s a privilege to have the means and the ability to go to Berlin and witness some of the best DJs in the world tear that club to pieces from opening until close. More often than not I go by myself, it’s hard to schedule catch up drinks with friends in London let alone plan a spontaneous weekend clubbing holiday, so I usually book time off work at the end of a random month and head out on my own. But that’s the beauty of Berlin it’s one of the best cities in the world for solo travelers. No matter what you’re into you can find your tribe there, all you need to do is abandon your need for control, surrender yourself to the city and be open to random encounters. And more importantly, keep your smartphone in your pocket. I’m aware that some people roll their eyes at the “no photos” policy in most Berlin clubs but I truly think it’s ripple effects can be felt throughout the city. People are more present and in the moment which can result in some truly once in a lifetime encounters, unlike anything you’ve experienced previously.
Back to the club, there’s not much more I can add to the bevy of positive reviews you’ll find online but one thing I can say is if you’re a fan of electronic music you have to visit Berghain at least once in your life. It’s the perfect size for a nightclub, there are two rooms, Berghain for the more hard-hitting techno types and Panorama Bar (upstairs) for those of you who lean more towards disco and house music. The sound system is impeccable, loud enough that you can hear the thump of the bass as you make your way up the main set of stairs but low enough that don’t have to scream during conversations. The bartenders are superb too, attentive and quick you’ll never be left waiting more than ten minutes for a drink and considering how busy the club gets it’s an amazing accomplishment! The cloakroom is ridiculously cheap too and they charge a flat fee (something in the region of 1-3 euros) so you don’t have to pay per item. So make sure you tip them generously, o and bring a change of clothes with you, because why the hell not?!?! It’s truly one of the best clubs in the world. I don’t have much more to add apart from that. I’ll be going back again during May Day so lookout for a more comprehensive review then. Below you’ll find some random pictures I took during my trip, enjoy.