How Berlin’s Clubs are trying to survive

Many clubs in Berlin have already been struggling to survive for quite some time, due to gentrification and politics.
Now, on top of that, the sector got also hit especially hard by the consequences of the pandemic.
However, the clubs don't give up.

The infamous clubs of Germany's capital have already been in trouble before the virus broke out.
Due to Berlin’s local politics and real-estate investors, many clubs had to close their doors already, or will have to in the near future.
The current circumstances made the whole situation now even worse.
It is forbidden for the clubs to open their indoor areas, and furthermore dancing, in general, is prohibited right now.

So far it is unclear if the set dates at which the Corona laws are supposed to be changed for the better will stay the same and it is also not possible yet to tell how much looser the laws will get.
Most likely everything will come differently than planned anyway.

Therefore, the clubs have to find other opportunities to keep their business going.

A couple of them decided to start a joint platform called “United We Stream” on which they let well known and popular DJs live stream their performance out of their empty club facilities.
It was created to raise donations in order to support Berlin’s club scene.
Some other clubs are lucky enough to have the possibility to open up a Bar in their outdoor area, so they saw their chance to open a Biergarten.
They are allowed to open again if they can fulfil all the local Corona laws and duties. Fortunately, the laws are not too strict anymore.

The experience is definitely not comparable to the experience you have when you visited one of those clubs before Corona, but the clubs are still great locations to have a cold drink and a fun evening.
If you go there, you could at least feel a bit of the touch of Berlin’s famous nightlife, and furthermore you support the clubs that are fighting to survive.


Katergarten

Katergarten is the Biergarten of Kater Blau, one of the most popular clubs in Berlin. Located next to the Spree, Katergarten offers the perfect place to have a cold beer with some good friends.
It is open from Thursday to Sunday from 16:00 to 23:00 and hosts next to the usual Bar business also other small events such as a games night, for example.
They also don’t miss out on music, even though you have to enjoy it while sitting at your table.

For up to date information on their program follow this link.

Direction: Holzmarktstraße 25, 10243 Berlin


Holzmarkt

Right next to the Katergarten you can find the amazing Holzmarkt. It wasn’t a club pre-Corona, but due to it being so close to Katergarten we thought it deserves its spot on this list anyway.
It offers not only a fantastic location with an awesome atmosphere, but also all kinds of drinks, delicious food, various art, and much more.
Open every day, as usual, you can get a cold drink and an excellent pizza right next to the Spree. And in case one drink doesn’t do it, the next wine shop isn’t far at the Holzmarkt.

As Katergarten and Holzmarkt are right next to each other, why not combine it and visit both? I would bet it won’t be your last visit.
All information about upcoming events and information about changes can be found on their Homepage.

Direction: Holzmarktstraße 25, 10243 Berlin


Bierhof Rüdersdorf

Bierhof Rüdersdorf is the Berghain’s recently opened Biergarten. Despite the usual selection of cold drinks, the team from Schiller Burger got you covered with a variety of different burgers and specialities, in case you get hungry. Furthermore, there are good news for all your music needs!
It was announced that from now on DJs will be performing in the Bierhof every week, from Thursday to Sunday, but only if the weather is good enough.
Dancing is still prohibited nevertheless, but it's at least a step towards normality.

Updates and all other information is posted to their Facebook Page.

Direction: Rüdersdorfer Straße 70, 10243 Berlin


Birgit und Bier

The Birgit und Bier is located directly next to the Schleusenufer and offers an excellent Biergarten, while the doors of its club have to stay closed for now.
Open from Sunday to Thursday from 12:00 to 04:00 and on Saturdays and Fridays from 12:00 to 6:00, their outdoor area offers a relaxed atmosphere. 
Furthermore, the Birgit und Bier is going to host some events outside. Such as an open-air-dinner or the “Berlin Hummus Festival” for example. 
If you plan on visiting their Biergarten you have to reserve a table, otherwise, you are not allowed to enter.

For updated information about the Birgit und Bier and its Biergarten, visit this link.

Direction: Schleusenufer 3, 10997 Berlin


Sisyphos

The Sisyphos is one of the best-known and most famous clubs, not only in Berlin itself but also in entire Europe. Nevertheless, even such a legendary location doesn’t get around a situation like the Corona pandemic.
In the Sisyphos’ outdoor area you have a great selection of drinks and food. Dancing is still forbidden, however, the new “SiTZiPHOS”-Biergarten offers several fun activities.
For example, you can play Bingo every Friday, starting at 6 pm, or visit the Sisy-Flohmarkt. Borrowing board games to play them with your group.
Keep in mind that other guests are still not allowed to join your group. It is important to note that you have to pay an entrance fee of 5€, as a way of compensating the higher costs for cleaning personal and other necessary protection measures.
The “SiTZiPHOS” opens Fridays from 5 pm - Open End, and Saturdays/Sundays from  2pm - Open End.

All upcoming events and further information can be found on their Facebook and their Homepage.

Direction: Hauptstr.15, 10317 Berlin

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