Famed for its nightlife and close on Amsterdam's heels for the title of Europe's most liberal city, Berlin offers visitors just about everything from avant-garde and trendy to seriously sexy underground clubs, hip local hangouts, theatre and everything in between. Berlin's club scene mushroomed incredibly fast after the fall of the Berlin Wall, with locals excited to take advantage of their new freedom; the clubbing scene in Berlin is now one of the most competitive and stimulating in the world. Foreigners may find it hard to get into some of the top clubs, as bouncers have a reputation for being strict and highly selective; having some local knowledge or a local guide is a big advantage.
The Mitte district is a hip and happening spot and boasts some of Berlin's top clubs and bars, but it can be quite touristy. New clubs are springing up in Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain, while Kreuzberg is fast becoming a popular hangout with locals and immigrants alike and is distinguished by its edgy atmosphere. Schoneburg offers some superb cafes, clubs and saunas and is quite popular with Berlin's gay community, as is Nollendorfplatz and its 'pink village'.
Berlin offers plenty of Kneipes, neighbourhood pubs, where local brews and old favourites can be sampled. Cabaret is still a popular pastime in Berlin and there are many cabaret clubs dotted around this vibrant city offering satirical shows that make fun of the political and social scene. Live music clubs dominate a lot of the city showcasing both well-known and amateur acts in just about every type of atmosphere, from small and intimate clubs to downright dirty and grungy music halls.
Public transport is easily accessible, making a night out on the town a pleasure to navigate. With all this and so much more on offer, visitors in Berlin will have a tough time narrowing down how and where to spend their evenings.
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