Gayfreundliche Caf�s in Berlin

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34 Gay-Saunas & Cruising in Berlin

In Sachen schwule Saunas und Cruisingbars ist das schwule Berlin die europäische Hauptstadt des Kink! Die Stadt hat eine zügellose Cruising- und Sexclub-Szene. Was auch immer Dein Fetisch ist, Du wirst ihn hier finden. Berlin ist voller schwuler Cruisingbars und Sexclubs, von denen viele – wie das New Action und das Mutschmann‘s – im Bezirk Schöneberg zuhause sind. In Friedrichshain befindet sich mit dem Lab.Oratory der berühmteste und beliebteste Sexclub in Berlin direkt im Keller des Berghain. Die Happy Hour am Freitag ist immer gerammelt voll (im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes), aber auch wenn Du nur etwas trinken möchtest, kannst Du hier vorbeischauen. Du solltest jedoch auf alles vorbereitet sein. Und auch wenn viele Berliner Schwulensaunas kürzlich geschlossen wurden, zieht Der Boiler weiterhin die Massen an und zählt zu einem der meistbesuchten Badehäuser in Europa.Hustlaball und Folsom-Festivals

Was die Events angeht, zieht Berlin Fetischfreunde aus aller Welt zu zahlreichen Veranstaltungen an. So wird im September das Folsom Europe ausgetragen, wo sich die Leder- und BDSM-Szene trifft. Das weltberühmte Hustlaball-Event findet einen Monat später statt. Es gibt zudem viele monatliche Fetisch-Clubnächte, auf die Du auch noch ein Auge werfen solltest.

34 Gay-Saunas & Cruising in Berlin

Alexanderplatz-Gay?

I will be visiting at the end of the month and have not stayed in this area. I wondered if there were any gay bars or if anyone could recommend a restaurant (reasonably priced) or things to do. Also, it is close to the main Berlin gay area? Thanks.

The main gay area of Alexanderplatz to Nollendorfplatz – takes about 10-15 minutes.

I think you will find that Berlin is pretty gay-friendly, or, at worst, tolerant.

With regard to restaurants and ‚things to do‘, it would help if you could be more specific. There are over 1,000 restaurants reviewed on this site and if you live in London, you would probably find them all reasonably priced or better :o).

Thanks for your response. I am always impressed by the friendliness of the German people when I have visited in the past. I shall look forward to my Berlin trip and thanks for your help.

Just by the Alexanderplatz you can find probably the smallest gay bar in the world,

the Besenkammer Bar. It’s nicely old fashioned, was open already during the DDR days, with a very nice atmosphere. Link in German only:

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The 15 Best Gay Bars in Berlin

Rémi G.: Tuesdays: 2-4-1… drinks. And probably men as well.

David: Real men – skip prinsknect and come here instead – friendlier people and the men are unreal

Andreas Riedel: Dienstag ist 2-4-1 Abend. Sehr empfehlenswert!

Scottie Milagro: Wonderful neighborhood bar. Great vibe of locals and a chill atmosphere.

Iago Fouquet Schmidt: Suuper nice staff and quite good drinks. Very chill on week nights.

Jockstrap Diaries: There are many fetish bars in Berlin but this one is probably the most relaxed and fun. The bar is staffed by hot friendly guys and the dark room has an open layout that aims to please.

John Willsdon: Filthy sleazy pigs doin what they do best!

Thomas Chandler: Best leather bar in town. This place throbs.

John M.: My favorite leather bar in Berlin. They actually wear leather here, unlike Tom’s. Avoid Tom’s.

Heiko Böckenkröger: ein sehr geiler laden, auch wenn man an manchen tagen nur mit fetisch reinkommt, ich liebe es

Alexander Gunther: Very cute bartenders and great drinks.

Lee R: Try the mojito, they are the best and very strong 🙂

✨#IamRomdelacrème✨: of course i had to check it out!

Romano von GayMaxx: Immer wieder ein Besuch wehrt ;O) Read more.

Monica Zaldivar: Best music in Berlin. Seriously. (Well, for hip hop, rnb and classics lovers at least :D)

Chris Marsh: Entering for the first time is like walking into tacky vagina

Sanna Wickman: The gin & tonic is so good! But best of all is the pink menu.

Gunnar Johansson: Very cool bar, nice international crowd. Check it out!

Marno Selke: Die Bärenhöhle, seit Oktober 1999 ein Muss für jeden Bären und Bärenliebhaber!Der Treffpunkt der schwulen Szene in Prenzlauer Bärenhöhle ist eine kleine gemütliche Bar wo „Mann“ sich trifft

Daniel H S: Nice chilled bar. Similar to Sports Bars in the US with somewhat of a gay audience. Plus: they serve the typical lighter Cologne Beer (Kölsch). If you have not had it – go for it!

Stewy_Melbourne: Awesome venue! Best in Berlin for a beer!

Ton Kilsdonk: Why are you all so taken by wifi? Look at all those stunning guys around you and smile!

Tiff W.: I LOVE IT HERE. I’m not typing in caps cause I’m drunk. But I seriously love this place. Nice place, cozy and good music but not too loud.

Igor Fedotov: Cozy and quite, not many seats. Interior is cool and gay ?

Adrian Grand: Super Interieur. Cool choose of coffee specilaties

Jockstrap Diaries: Lab is by far the best place to look for fun. Weekends are the best time to visit. If you love the industrial feel of Berghain, this will make you happy but with more nude men haha

Ravi Mendis: You don’t need to stuff your €uro down your pants, your drinks are billed to a number marked with a sharpie on your body!

Johann Grimm: Just the sleaziest place on earth. Check the party going on before going. Thursday is naked and Friday is 2 for 1.

Julio Cesar Franco: Extremely hot.. like hell. Do not wear jeans if you want to survive. Music? Awesome! 🙂

Valentin Charles Brclz: Come on Thursday and don’t go home early!

Juliane: Tip: check out the back yard! Nice atmosphere, good drinks. Inclusive and non-discriminating place for gay women right next to the schoko-fabrik. Great place!

Cheeky McBumface: The toilets are good. Nice place for queer women

The 15 Best Gay Bars in Berlin

Die besten Gay Bars in Berlin

Anlässlich der Pride Weeks haben wir die Fans unserer Facebook-Seite Berlin- the place to be gefragt: „Welches sind eure liebsten Gay Bars?“ Hier findet ihr die Antworten, einen bunten Mix aus den Tipps. 

Die besten Gay Bars in Berlin

As part of this month’s Germany expat Blogger Stammtisch, the topic is our top 5 favorites in our respective cities. I’ve decided to go with my top 5 gay bars in Berlin because, well, why not?

Berlin is an extremely gay city. Not just gay-friendly, it’s flat-out gay. While Berlin’s most popular hotels are often located in the Mitte district of Berlin, much of the nightlife options are scattered all over town. Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg are some of the more interesting areas, with others like Neukolln and Wedding growing in popularity. In Berlin, though, you don’t need a car because the public transport is very reliable. If you’ve arrived via road trip, just park the car and forget about so you can enjoy your time out in the city!

What makes these bars my favorites? Well, they’re simple, usually with uncomplicated bar-goers and generally laid-back. The atmosphere inside these bars are usually casual, friendly and a night out in any of them will likely be a good time.

1. Möbel Olfe

Yes, Möbel Olfe is a gay bar. Ask many locals or tourists and they might not even realize it. That’s because it’s just such a cool bar—popular just about every night of the week (except Mondays when it’s closed). Thursdays are the most popular night out here (and honestly, it’s too popular for my tastes). Wednesdays at Möbel Olfe are girls’ night. And a bonus: the ever-popular Roses gay bar is just a block or two down the street. Roses is a great place to end the night if you want kitschy and crazy! 

2. Schwuz

Schwuz is is probably my favorite gay place to hang out in Berlin. The crowd tends to be on the younger side (20s and 30s) and is usually a fun atmosphere. Wednesdays are a great night to visit because the crowd is very mixed and the music is a lot of fun. Every Friday is a themed night, with London/Brit-pop on the first Fridays and a Madonna night on the 5th Friday of each month.

5. Silver Future

This is one of those “neighborhood” bars that are so popular in Berlin. It’s got a very homey feeling even with the quirky (and often ridiculous) decor on the inside. Silver Future is very unpretentious, cosy and straight-friendly. The gay bar even plays host to the bi-weekly Queer Berlin Couchsurfers meetup, which is a great way to meet others in the community!

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Gay Guide Berlin: Insider tips & recommendations

The German capital has become one of the most popular queer hot spots ever. Here you will find world-class museums, famous sights and great food. Berlin offers a fascinating mixture of glamor and subculture, which is absolutely unique.

As a gay tourist, you quickly fall in love with the uncomplicated lifestyle of Germany’s most diverse city, which today also offers the world’s most exciting and wild nightlife. Quite rightly, visitors from all parts of the world are crazy about Germany’s amazing metropolis.

LGBTQ+ Berlin – the city’s best gay bars, clubs and saunas

Thanks to a queer scene that’s been thriving for years, the best gay bars, clubs and saunas in Berlin really are all that

When the German government voted to allow gay marriage in 2017, Berliners rejoiced: the city has been renowned for its thriving queer community for years. And while cruising spots and gay bars for men have been around for decades, recent times have seen a more inclusive offering emerge for queer women, trans folk and non-binary patrons too. So get browsing our list of the absolute best gay bars, club nights and saunas in Berlin – you never know who you might meet.

Best Gay Bars in Berlin: The Hedonistic City

Berlins gay scene is insane (in a good way) by most countries’ standards! There is something for everyone and everyone is welcome.

It’s worth pointing out that Berlin is well known for its positive and ‘matter of fact’ attitude when it comes to getting intimate so don’t be surprised to find a dark room and cruising area as standard in most gay bars and gay clubs in Berlin.

We have split this post into two parts: the first half focused on the more typical gays bar in Berlin before moving on to the gay cruising bars in Berlin – this is probably the route your night will take after all!

We have a full gay guide to Berlin you should also check out.

Here are some of our favourite gay bars in Berlin to visit – let us know your favorite recommendations:

Gay Area of Berlin

You could feasibly say the entire city, however the ‘official’ gay area of Berlin is Schöneberg whose LGBT community dates back to the 1920s! Of course, this is where many of the gay bars in Berlin can be found.

However, unlike most cities, you will still find a gay scene elsewhere including Kreuzberg/Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg/Berlin Mitte.

Gay Cruising Bars Berlin

We thought a s*x club or cruising bar would be incredibly intimidating but because of the open culture here, it felt very relaxed and normal!

If you are from a ‘prudish’ country like us set your worries aside and check one out!

It’s a life experience and of course you don’t have to do anything – all these bars and clubs still have a completely separate bar and drinking area where you can just sit and chat to the locals, who are all extremely friendly! 

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Berlin’s largest gay village, with many bars, shops and gay hotels

Berlin’s city centre; home to major landmarks and tourist attractions

trendy districts with many gay-popular bars and nightclubs

gay-popular district with many friendly bars and unique culture

Friendly gay bar and casual neighbourhood hangout. Fairly small inside but there’s a large seating area outside.

Blond attracts a mixed, young crowd. Open long hours, from breakfast to cocktails and beyond. Karaoke on Tuesday nights. Jukebox allows you to pick your favourite pop tunes.

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Gay café bar & lounge, located right next to the Nollendorfplatz train station. Popular with both locals and tourists.

This is one of the classier gay bars in Berlin – doesn’t have to be whips and chains every night. Heile Welt is a good place to go on a date. Also great for pre-clubbing. You’ll be able to hear your conversation over the music.

“Come as strangers, leave as friends” is the motto at Prinzknecht.

The large, brick-walled bar is popular with a slightly more mature men – an interesting mix of blue collar, showbiz and leather-friendly crowd.

Always busy the weekend. Located next to Club Connection and  Mutschmann’s.

bar, music, internet access, dark room, cruise / fetish

Friendly gay bar in Schöneberg gay district. The bartender is the DJ and customers can request songs. Music ranges from 80’s freestyle, German Schlager music and international hits.

Redgold1 is located around the corner from Axel Hotel Berlin.

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“Where boys meet men and men meet boys.” TABASCO is one of the oldest gay bars in Berlin, with dark and seedy atmosphere.

The friendly staff and customers will get even friendlier if you pay them. Located opposite from Blond bar.

For 40 years, Blue Boy Bar has been entertaining crowds with its loveable bar staff, cheap drinks and quirky interiors.

We like the fact that this bar is open 24 hours – you must stop by for a drink, no matter what time of day or night!

A cosy alternative to the loud gay bars in Berlin. We like the relaxed, warm atmosphere of Dreizehn (13).

This pub-style gay bar has plenty of beer, wine, spirits and more on offer. Old-fashioned in style, it does tend to attract a more mature guys. Happy hour 2pm-5pm, Monday to Friday only.

Local gay bar with dance floor and karaoke. Music ranges from German pop and Schlager. Happy hour every day.

Tramp’s is very much a friendly local gay hangout bar and one of the few that is open 24 hours a day.

Located in the Schöneberg gay village, a short walk from TOM’s BarRomeo & Romeo, etc.

Kreuzberg & Friedrichshain

Small, funky bar in Kreuzberg with a little stage for big personalities in drag who host dancing, karaoke and drag shows. Music at Rauschgold ranges from pop, Schlager to disco.

A fun, liberated place, and the drinks are inexpensive. Very popular on weekends. Mixed crowd. Located within easy reach of dance club SchwuZ.

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Fun, camp bar that takes its pink fetish to the extreme with all the Barbie dolls interior. BarbieBar serves homemade cakes, cookies and cocktails.

Once a furniture store, Möbel-Olfe offers a very hip bar experience with interesting decor designed by well-known Berlin artists.

The place draws an eclectic mix of crowd, but Thursdays are very gay and trendy. Drinks are reasonable, and the music leans towards indie and alternative.

Quirky vibe and friendly, cosy atmosphere. Closed on Mondays.

This fun, lively bar in Berlin-Neuköln welcomes “kings, queens and criminal queers” of Berlin and beyond.

Silver Future serves drinks and food 7 days a week and hosts regular exhibitions about queer culture and LGBT-related events.

Roses here aren’t red, they’re very pink! This is the campest gay bar in Kreuzberg with lots of fun and excitement.

Lively, mixed crowd with 80’s to 90’s music that wouldn’t work anywhere else. Cheap drinks, friendly bartenders, packed at night. A favourite stop for pre- or post-clubbing.

Popular show bar & LGBT venue. Meltier Sundström boasts an array of entertainment every week, from comedy nights to cabaret performers. Good food and drinks. Nice large terrace.

Check out their website for further details of forthcoming events.

bar, music, dancing, karaoke, live music, cafe, restaurant

Prenzlauer Berg & Berlin Mitte

Cosy, friendly bar for bears and friends since 1999. Bärenhöhle plays a mix of pop music from the 1970’s onwards.

All ages and sizes are welcome. Free WiFi available. Half-priced drinks on Wednesdays until midnight.

A small basement gay bar in Berlin Mitte, with themed-night fun and tranny entertainment. Very busy on weekends.

Popular with youngsters, FLAX is café & cocktail bar with house music. Regular themed nights with karaoke and happy hours.

Brunch buffet on Sundays from 10am-5pm. Closed on Mondays.

Stylish gay bar, designed by Berlin-based Architect, Thilo Reich, with a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere.

The Coven serves a premium drinks and cocktails, with great music and friendly service. Located one of the most beautiful spots in Berlin Mitte, close to Berlin ‘Dom’, the Museum Island and Monbijou Park.

Gay café, bar & lounge with a lively, club-like environment. Marienhof hosts regular parties and colourful events with DJ’s.

Located in the trendy Prenzlauer Berg District. Busiest on Friday nights. Closed on Sundays.

Opened in 2013, Bar Saint Jean is one of the most popular meeting places for gay men in Berlin-Mitte.

This small, underground, French-owned bar features simple, minimalist décor and specialises in high-end long drinks and cocktails. Hosts occasional DJ nights. Closed on Mondays.

Trendy gay/mixed bar in Prenzlauer Berg that serves great cocktails. Tourists, locals and expats are all welcome at PERLE.

Thursday night is the “International Night” where English is the primary language spoken. Closed on Mondays.

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Rank 6: Möbel Olfe

Möbel Olfe near Kottbusser Tor calls itself a „Trinkhalle“ („Drinking Hall“ ) and though a more alternative LGBT bar it’s not only for lesbians and gays. The bar is located in a former furniture store.

Wo die schwul-lesbische Szene feiert

Der Christopher Street Day zieht einmal jährlich hunderttausende Besucher nach Berlin. In den vielen LGBTI*-Clubs können Sie dagegen das gesamte Jahr über feiern. Zu den bekanntesten Locations zählt der Connection Club in Berlin-Schöneberg. Wie in vielen LGBTI*-Clubs sind hier außer Lesben, Schwulen, Bi-, Trans- und Intersexuellen auch alle anderen Gäste herzlich willkommen. Im Klub International in Berlin-Mitte mit seinen drei Dancefloors erwarten Sie hinter den Turntables häufig Drag Queens. Schwul-lesbisch ausgehen können Sie fast überall in Berlin. Ein weiterer Höhepunkt ist sicherlich die Partyreihe der bekanntesten Berliner Drag Queen Nina Queer, mit der Sie regelmäßig im Musik und Frieden in Kreuzberg feiern können.

Möbel Olfe

Als ehemaliges Möbelgeschäft beeindruckt die Bar des Möbel Olfe natürlich vor allem mit ihrer Innenausstattung: hohe Decken mit einer Mischung aus Satellitenschüsseln und aufgehängten Möbeln an Betonwänden. Dienstags ist Mädelsabend und der Donnerstag ist für die Männer reserviert. An allen anderen Tagen findet man ein bunt gemischtes Publikum, denn die Kneipe ist nicht nur in der Gayszene ein beliebter Treffpunkt. Reichenberger Str. 177, 10999 Berlin- Kreuzberg

Gay Bars in Berlin

Als Gay in Berlin – Tipps für´s Ausgehen

Wer als Gay nach Berlin kommt und typisch Gay weggehen möchte, der wird sich in der Hauptstadt sicher pudelwohl fühlen. Egal ob gemütliches Café oder aber urige Kneipe sowie Szene Club, in Berlin wird jeder Gay die passende Locations finden.

Zu erwähnen sei vielleicht noch, dass die sogenannte Gay-Area sich in und um die Motzstraße befindet. Hier findet im Übrigen auch jährlich in der Pride-Week das Schwul und Lesbische Stadtfest statt, welches auch als Motzstraßenfest bekannt ist.

Direkt am U-Bahnhof Nollendorfplatz wird man von den bunten Gay-Flaggen begrüsst und muss nur ein paar wenige Schritte gehen um auf viele Gay Locations zu treffen.

Nun, nachfolgend ein paar Locations für Gays. Auch für alle die keine Berliner sind interessant.

Cafés für Gays

Wer einfach nur einen Milchkaffee und ein Stück Kuchen genießen möchte, der kann dies unter anderem in folgenden Cafés ungehemmt tun:

Dies ist wohl das bekannteste und auch beliebteste Gay Café. Zu finden ist dies natürlich in der Gay-Area in Berlin Schöneberg. Genauer gesagt in der Motzstraße 20. Gesagt werden muss jedoch, dass dieses trendige Café für Gays immer gut besucht ist. Na ja, zumindest kann man so bestimmt in Kontakt mit anderen Gays kommen.

Ebenso ein sehr beliebtes Café für Gays ist das Café Berio in der Maaßenstraße 7. Erwähnt werden kann die große und gemütliche Terrasse, welche im Sommer geöffnet ist.

Ansonsten gibt es etliche gay-freundliche Cafés, jedoch nicht überwiegend typische Gay Cafés. Um ein paar zu nennen: BarbieBar am Mehringdamm 77, Schall und Rauch in der Gleisstraße 23 sowie der Südblock in der Admiralsfraße 1.

Gay Bars in Berlin

Im Bezug auf Bars ist die Szene eher auf bestimmte Fetische ausgelegt.

Beispielsweise die Bärenhöhle in der Schönauer Allee 90. Diese Raucherfreundliche Gay Bar ist vor allem für sogenannte Bären hervorragend geeignet.

Wie bereits bei den Cafés erwähnt, ist die BarbieBar eine schrille Bar im Kreuzberg, welche vor allem für den Barbie Kronleuchter und ein sehr gemischtes Publikum (nicht nur Gay) bekannt ist.

Das Ficken 3000 in der Uranstraße 70 hat im Keller einen Cruising Bereich und ist ansonsten gut besucht. Hier ist Rauchen erlaubt und hier legen bekannte DJs mehrmals die Woche auf.

Für das jüngere Publikum ist das Flax ideal. Dieses findet man in der Chodowieckstraße 41.

Darüber hinaus gibt es noch die Dreizehn, Greifbar, Große Freiheit 114, Blond, The Coven und viele weitere mehr.

Clubs für Gays

Die bekanntesten Gay-Diskotheken sind wohl das Schwuzz sowie die Busche.

Das Schwul ist in der Rollbergstraße 26 vorzufinden und ist relativ weitläufig. Hier kann man auf insgesamt 3 Floors zu angesagten Musik von bekannten Dragqueens feiern.

Die Busche, welche sich am Warschauer Platz 18 befindet, ist ein Urgestein in der Gay-Club-Szene. Ehemals hieß diese Haus B ist für seine berühmt und berüchtigte Partys bekannt. hier kann man auf zwei beziehungsweise teilweise drei relativ kleinen Floors gut feiern.

Weitere angesagte Gay Diskotheken sind unter anderem die Connection Garage, Prinzknecht sowie der Boiler.

Besenkammer

Jeder Gay aus Berlin beziehungsweise welcher Berlin besucht muss einmal in die Besenkammer. Diese Mini-Kneipe befindet sich auf der Rathausstraße 1, in direkter Nähe zum Bahnhof Alexanderplatz. Das Publikum ist gemischt und vor allem die 24 Stunden Öffnungszeit ist ideal für einen Absacker.

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About Berlin and its gay life

Berlin’s origins go back more than 780 years. In 1701 Berlin became the capital of the kingdom of Prussia and in 1871 of the German Empire. Although Prussia was ruled by a gay king from 1740 till 1786 (Fredrick II), Berlin’s gay career started only hundred years later. In the 1920s (the ›Golden Twenties‹) Berlin was seen as the city with the most lively and advanced gay subculture in Europe. That, of course, ended after 1933 when Hitler and the Nazis were given power in Germany. (A memorial for gays persecuted by the Nazi regime was opened in Berlin in 2008, long overdue after more than 60 years. Map

After the end of World War II in 1945 and with the start of the cold war, Berlin had been divided into West Berlin (controlled by the Western Allies) and East Berlin (controlled by the Soviet Union).

West Berlin, although an island in communist ruled East Germany (G.D.R.), became the gay capital of Germany again. Not only due to its population of about 3 million people, but partially also because the compulsory military service of West Germany (F.R.G.) didn’t apply to men in West Berlin, which attracted many men from the younger generations to move to West Berlin. After homosexual contacts had been legalised in 1969, the gay scene and gay movement in West Berlin grew fast in the 1970s and 1980s.

The legal situation of gay men in East Germany was the best within the Eastern Bloc and even better than in some Western countries, but in an authoritarian state like this gays and lesbians had no rights to organize themselves in a civil rights movement and there were only a few possibilities to develop a gay scene and subculture. End of the 1980s the situation improved, and the peak of that process was the premiere of the legendary movie ›Coming Out‹ – ironically in the night of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

In 2001 Berlin got an openly gay mayor, Klaus Wowereit from the Social Democrats. To prevent his outing by opponents during the election campaign he outed himself on a party congress with the legendary words ›Ich bin schwul, und das ist auch gut so‹ (I’m gay and that’s just fine).

Traditionally, there have been gay neighborhoods in the districts of Sch�neberg and Kreuzberg (both in the western part of Berlin) as well as in Prenzlauer Berg (eastern part). Most of the gay hotels, bars, cafes and shops in Berlin are located in the Sch�neberg district which had dance halls for men already back in the 1920s.

Annual highlights and queer events in Berlin are, among others, the Berlinale film festival in February (including the Queer Film Award Teddy), the LGBTI street festival and the Gay Pride parade in July and Folsom Europe in September.

You will notice in our guide that many gay bars and clubs don’t indicate closing hours. That’s mainly due to the fact that Berlin has no closing hour anymore. Moreover, Berlin’s public transport system, urban railway (S-Bahn), underground (U-Bahn), trams and busses, operates the whole night and at least half-hourly at weekends.

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4) Blond

The gay bar in Berlin describes itself as a Coffeebar during the daytime and a cocktail bar during the nighttime with over 80 cocktails available.

They have music, events and a comfy ‘retro gay’ atmosphere. If you want something low-key and fun, check out Blond.

1) Club Connection

This is a large gay cruising club/bar which starts with a bar and dancefloor before moving down to the lower levels where all the action happens. Expect anything you can imagine.

This is one for a Friday when they have drinks offers on.

More gay cruising bars in Berlin….

This is just the tip of the iceberg! The ones we have listed are among the most popular and a good place to start. There are so many more to check out in Berlin!

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2. Möbel Olfe

It’s an odd location for a gay bar, wedged among Turkish snack bars in a down-at-heel 1960s housing development, but this unpretentious space has been packed since the day it opened, mainly with gay and lesbian beer lovers, thanks to the excellent range of brews on offer. The crowd has swelled in recent years, with students, artists and hipsters now in the know, but the infamous Thursday nights are still a blast.

4. Schwules Museum

As well as being one of Berlin’s most prized museums, the Schwules has a quiet café for those looking for something more downtempo. Pop into one of the rotating exhibitions on gay, lesbian and trans history, peruse the abundant books and magazines stored upstairs, then chill out over a quiet coffee or beer.

7. Neues Ufer

Established in the early 1970s, this is one of the city’s oldest gay cafés and is located off the beaten Schöneberg track. Formerly Anderes Ufer (‘The Other Side’), Neues Ufer (‘The New Side’) was a go-to hangout for David Bowie during his late-1970s Berlin exile; he lived a few doors down on Hauptstrasse. Come here for a chilled-out daytime latte. 

9. Betty F***

It was over a century ago that the queers of the Wilhelmine period would congregate around the bars and cafés of Mitte’s Mulackstrasse. Today, as one of the few gay bars left in Mitte, Betty F*** remains a favourite for gays, hipsters and fashionistas looking for a kickstart to the evening.

2. Südblock

A former beer-slinger from Möbel Olfe opened this bar for Kreuzberg’s fast-expanding gay population in 2010. Located under the housing development on the roundabout at Kottbusser Tor, the mixed crowd enjoy drinks and dancing night after night, as well as many one-off rock parties. Check what’s on the schedule beforehand, but expect talks, pub quizzes, club nights and more. Südblock also dishes up hot plates, ranging from breakfast to midnight snacks.

3. SchwuZ

This popular club and hangout moved from its Kreuzberg home to a new location at Rollbergstrasse 26 in Neukölln a few years back, with a 25-hour opening-night party that saw 56 DJs play across three dancefloors, pumping out that signature SchwuZ mix of indie, pop, retro-kitsch and electro. But SchwuZ isn’t just hands-in-the-air bangers, this is where you come for art installations, LGBT-friendly talks, live music and drag shows with international queens.

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Schöneberg – Blond, Prinzknecht, HAFEN, Redgold1, Pinocchio, Toyboy Bar, Heile Welt, TABASCO, Dreizehn, Blue Boy Bar, Tramp’s, K6Kreuzberg / Friedrichshain – BarbieBar, CLUB, Möbel-Olfe, Silver Future, Rauschgold, RosesPrenzlauer Berg / Berlin Mitte – Bärenhöhle, Betty F*** Bar, FLAX, The Coven, Marienhof, Bar Saint Jean, PERLE

Located in the heart of Schöneberg’s gay district, HAFEN remains a trendy and popular gay landmark with regular events, parties and quiz shows.

Casual atmosphere and cool staff are among its selling points. The bar gets extra cult status for allegedly being visited by the real life Sally Bowles back in those days of cabaret.

Gay Berlin – Travel Gay Guide

Berlin was hailed as the gayest city on earth in the 1920s. It has reclaimed its crown in recent years. Other major cities may have big gay scenes but nowhere can quite rival Berlin. It has the most hedonistic gay scene in the world. Berlin takes pride in its anything-goes culture and that is reflected in its gay cruise clubs, gay saunas, clubs and bars. Berlin’s nightlife makes London’s and New York’s seem tame.

Schöneberg is the main hub of Berlin’s gay scene. It’s packed with bars and clubs. You’ll also find a big gay scene in Kreuzberg / Friedrichshain – home to the legendary Berghain. Next to the Berghain you’ll find Laboratory, the most notorious gay cruise club in the world. Berlin’s gay scene is fun but it can be quite extreme. There are more low key gay bars in Berlin, such as Heile Welt if you’d like a more chilled experience. But if you’re looking for something more then Berlin is the place to be.

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