photo: Ole Ukena
For the past three years, my friend Anahita kept doting about Garbicz Festival. She kept telling me about its magical atmosphere, the friendly and open-hearted people, the heartfelt and detailed Katerblau-like decoration and colorfully dressed people. So, after all the gushing, this turned out to be her third year of Garbicz and, eventually, I called it my first!
The Garbicz Festival exists for 5 years now and is a communal project brought to life by the party creators Bachstelzen and Katerblau/Holzmarkt. These guys joined forces and bought the serene nature reserve bordering at the small village called Garbicz in Poland, where each year, the Festival is brought to life and in the end is taken down almost completely again. The area is an absolute gift to the festival, with a big lake to swim in or chill at and lots of trees, to camp in the shadows, protected by rain. The talented photographer Ole Ukena kept his camera close during those exciting 5 days, to distinctively capture the vibe of Garbicz Festival for you.
It’s summertime and open airs are the true love of the city! Who doesn’t love a cold beer in the sun, while dancing to mellow beats by the water? Berlin’s summer period is short but sweet, so you gotta know your best spots to drop by during the week or (reasonable as you are) at the weekend to enjoy a drink, a little dance and a chat while sunsets draw us in like moths to a flame and the following city nights are long and warm. To ensure you summertime fun we put together our favorite outdoor open-air clubs, that will give you serious festival feels in the middle of the city – yaass to that!
A week ago the Berlin club map welcomed its latest edition. Arkaoda opened its doors at Karl-Marx Platz 16. The opening party had a stunningly long-line up including Acido Records and Dynamo Dreesen. Arkaoda is a familiar name for many Turkish expats living in Berlin, the venue shares its name with a famous club in Istanbul, which opened in 1999. Instead of believing the hype, iHeartBerlin took a trip down the U7 to see for ourselves what this bowling alley turned nightclub has to offer.
photo: Marcel Berkmann / CC
The end is near – of the year 2017 – and isn’t it a special place to celebrate it, our beloved Berlin? This city offers so many opportunities to spend New Year’s Eve and make the best of it. The pressure is high to have the best possible time in this night, so you don’t want to make any mistakes. With our ultimate New Year’s Eve guide for Berlin we want to give you a bit of guidance how to do it right.
As for most of you NYE is pretty much an affair that can’t be had without a bit of alcohol we have teamed up with our long-term partner Absolut. We already spend Midsommar and the Lollapalooza with them this year, so why not also New Year’s? They recently revealed the new limited edition bottle Absolut Uncover that comes in a special blue wrap that needs to be peeled off. I’m sure there will be a lot of peeling off during New Year’s Eve.
For our guide we want to help you cover all aspects of this special night: how to decorate your place, what to drink, what to eat, what music to play, what entertainment to offer, where to see the fireworks, and where to party in Berlin’s clubs. You can discover all seven parts of our guide by clicking in the menu below. Enjoy! And “Guten Rutsch!” as we say in German.
Probably the most dreaded characteristic of Berlin is its continental climate – especially the ruthless winters. It feels like many expats would happily switch from a full-time residency to summer guest appearances – but as avowed Berliners, we have a bunch of strategies to cope with the cold and make sure you enjoy our beautiful Hauptstadt all year round. Read on to find out what keeps us warm and entertained!
Berlin is many things, but undeniably, Berlin is pretty damn gay. The capital is so famous as a vibrating LGBTQ hotspot with countless bars, clubs, parties, different places, different styles, scenes and people that it can all become pretty confusing. You have something for everyone here, and that can be a bit overwhelming at times. So, we put together a little list of places a Berlin gay should know.
photo: James Dennes / CC
If you are into House and Techno and live in Berlin, you probably don’t need any Berghain advice anymore. You most likely already call this place your living room. Anyone who’s not as experienced with the Techno Temple, but actually really wants to go, can easily get confused by all the unfamiliar names on the line up So, should you go Saturday night at 4, Sunday morning at 7, or Sunday evening around 6? Where to start if you really want to experience what all the fuzz is about? At a club where every DJ set runs for at least 4 hours and your normal party stamina lasts for about 5 hours tops, you should pick your time and DJ wisely. Gladly, there is a website for that now created by Artiom Dashinsky. On dahinsky all the data of 8 years of Berghain bookings have been put into well organized, easy-to-read statistics. So, not judging individual musical styles and only trusting in OstGut Ton booking certain artists over and over again for a reason, you should watch out for the following DJs and their time slots in the next Klubnach line-up.
Berlin is famous for many things but undeniably, these days Berlin’s most infamous reputation is due to its incredible nightlife. And, no nightlife without club spaces and dance floors to make us shake our booty into the early hours of Sunday… or even Monday… or in Berlin actually, just pick a day. However, before you can go out and get your fantasy decisions need to be made. The versatility of this city is both a curse and a blessing. It’s not as easy as the bar down the street with that cute bartender and a decent Spotify playlist. That’s like sitting in front of a box of delicious candy and only eating one thing. So, to get you started or to keep you on track, we tried to bring the hedonistic chaos of Berlin’s club life in (alphabetical) order accompanied by some informative, slightly subjective comments. Everything from bars with a dance floor to multiroom clubs made it into the list and, if not further noted (of course) Electronic Music will be played in Techno capital. Enjoy our little selection.
Who would have thought in the mid 2000s that a tiny shack of scrap wood on an abandoned lot at the river Spree would ever become the quirky urban oasis that is the Holzmarkt today?
It was in the year 2004 when I stepped into the so-called Bar25 for the first time. At the time it was a tiny improvised bar made of recycled wood at the end of an overgrown footpath in the wastelands of the Spree riverbanks in Friedrichshain. There was no techno party going on there, just the comfort of a worn out couch and some beers. I was on a date then that I hardly remember now, but I remember the place because it became of one the most legendary international techno clubs and a hub for youth culture of the post-millennium era.
Over the course of the next 7 years the buzz around this inconspicuous little place became louder and louder. I dropped by every now an then observing their journey to techno heaven and international fame. The bar grew bigger ever year, adding a small circus arena, a pizza parlor, a restaurant, a spa, a pool, a hostel and more cute little things to its world making it a little paradise that you never wanted or needed to leave. They started the whole cult of going to a place and not leaving it for 5 days straight. You didn’t have to, because there was everything you needed – plus a swing with a lovely view of the sunset over the Berlin city silhouette. There was a lot of feathers, confetti and glitter involved, something that set the Bar25 apart from it’s more understated neighbor Berghain that opened around the same time as them.
Twingpigs, photo: Daniel Müller
For our latest guide we have once again teamed up with the lovely Laura Le Marchand from Down by Retro and Neukölln Shopping Nacht to give you the best of her favorite district: Neukölln. After we extensively covered all the shops and cafes in our previous collaborations we thought we’d give you something different this time: A nightlife guide including some of the hottest bars, parties and clubs of the popular district. All of these serve as perfect spots to drink and dance after an evening full of shopping and mingling at the Neukölln Shopping Night, which goes into its 6th edition this coming Saturday (May 7, 2016). Once again all the trendy spots in various neighborhoods of Neukölln will be open until 22h and offer some kind of special or mini event in their stores. More infos on the event and our new Neukölln Nightlife Guide curated by Laura after the jump.