In search of a coffee shop, we wandered into one that looked cozy enough. After seating ourselves and doing the panoramic view of the premises, we realized there were only 3 men in the place if you counted us. There was a distinct air about the women surrounding us; they were really friendly to each other. It didn't take long for the light switch in my brain to flip on. This was a thespian coffee shop. Oh, forget that, they were not acting, this was for real. This was a lesbian hotspot, though we were not treated like aliens, so we stayed. If we ever return to Munich, this is on our return to list.
The Newton Bar is one of the classiest places in Berlin for a casual drink. Named for famed photographer Helmut Newton, the bar exudes style from ever corner, and even from the risqué full-length print it is famous for. Old school ambiance, fine cigars, exquisite cognac, what else is there? The place always attracts a mixed crowd of tourists and locals to revel in a superb selection of cocktails and other indulgences. This is indeed a very special place to relax.
Harry's New York Bar
Located in the Grand Hotel Esplanade Harry's New York Bar is one of Berlin's most famous bars. Cocktails here are so superb this is one bar actually famous for them. An elegant venue, also expect live music to the tune of the bar's piano. Mixologists at Harry's build classic Martini's beneath the portraits of US presidents while a jazzman tinkles on the piano.
If you're looking for a place to really get yourself going, try the Berghain/Panorama Bar. In a meticulously re-purposed former power station, these separate but connected club spaces of the Panorama Bar is open all weekend; the bigger Berghain is open only on Saturdays. Combined, Berghain/Panorama Bar is simply the best club in Berlin. The door policy is savage, but inside you'll find a spectacular interior and a sexually charged, anything-goes atmosphere that pulses to a world-class sound system. Powered by some of Europe's finest techno DJs, this is Berlin decadence, 21st-century style.
One of Berlin's premier jazz clubs, Quasimodo has a variety of music for you to enjoy. Latin, rock and more are offered here almost nightly. Stop by in the middle of the week and you'll find local acts performing. Quasimodo is also an integral part of the summer festival, Jazz in July, making it a great place to hang out if you're visiting Berlin in the summer.
A split-level, Spree-side destination for Kreuzberg's natives and visiting house and techno fans, Watergate enjoys a terrace overlooking the river and the majestic Oberbaumbrücke right in the heart of hipster heaven. Upstairs guests find techno sounds from homegrown talent such as Panpot and Sebo K, and Detroit royalty including Kenny Larkin, while the downstairs "Waterfloor" offers up-and-coming talent. A combination of hardcore sweatbox and spangly disco locale (the under floor lighting helps), Watergate is among the best on Berlin's thriving club circuit