Berlin follows close on Amsterdam's heels for the title of Europe's most liberal city. The city offers everything from avant-garde and trendy bars to seriously sexy underground clubs, artistic local hangouts, and world-class performing arts. Berlin's club scene expanded 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 regularly spring up in Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain, while Kreuzberg is fast becoming a popular hangout with locals 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 venues dominate much of the city showcasing both well-known and amateur acts in just about every type of atmosphere, from small and intimate clubs to grungy music halls.
Public transport is easily accessible, making a night out on the town a pleasure to navigate. Visitors in Berlin will just have a tough time narrowing down where to spend their evenings.
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