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Really, I'm going to Berlin in March, I wanna know too.
I was in Berlin for 5 days in the middle of November. There are obviously various places and attractions to check out. In terms of music history you've obviously got Iggy/Bowie's gaff, Nick Cave's and so on, there aren't kind of exhibits at these places though.
Berlin has incredible night lift, the bars and clubs are open around the clock. I found the best way to have fun in Berlin was just to pop into random places for a beer, soak up the atmosphere for a bit and move on.
Where are you staying? We stayed in Friedrichshain. A really cool part of the city on what would have been East Berlin. It has that bohemian feel, old architecture mashes with new, graffiti covered walls, parties in art galleries by night and so on. There were plenty of great little pubs dotted about playing decent music. Particularly amusing was Halfords - a metal bar serving the most rediculously strong "cocktails" you've ever seen, metal songs blaring and at least a 12 foot statue of the Judas Priest front man out front. There are other pubs playing decent music though.
You can't go to Berlin and not TRY to get into the infamous Berghain, whether you get in or not is a different story. The bouncers have absolutely no door policy and will turn away people at random.
Having got knocked back from Berghain one night we were at a lost end, we headed back to Friedrichshain a bit dejected. We headed to Suicide Circus, an underground club in what looked like a battered old industrial estate, was a bit daunting heading into the estate until we realised thats where the club was and that there were pubs and partiers kicking about. The music was great and the people were friendly.
As clubs in Berlin can go on for days we decided to get our hands stamped as it was early and then head off to find a pub. Across from the industrial estate was the tiniest pub. Barely room to swing a cat, they were playing traditional eastern european folk. We sat there drinking the greatest beer, smoking and taking shots of Jager, talking rubbing and listening to what sounded like A Hawk and a Hacksaw for a couple of hours.
We headed back over and while my friend was at the bar, a couple of german girls grabbed me. We were talking and my mate managed to get a couple of grams of MDMA off of them. Good stuff for a good price. After partying with them in there for a while, the girls took us off to another club and we finally headed back to the original venue to finish the night. The night finished at about 10 in the morning, at which point we headed to the shop across from our hotel, picked up a load of Erdinger and Jager and had a great time back in our room during the rest of the day, before heading off to see Morrissey at night time.
Make sure you pick up a copy of ZITTY from a newsagents, this little magazine has literally hundreds of listings for touring bands, local bands, parties, clubs etc. Picking up a copy is a must!
"Talking Rubbing"? I actually still have the phone number of those to girls from Berlin, they said if we were ever coming back of if our friends were, then to pass on the details!
Nearest stop is Treptower on the s bahn, I've been a couple of times in the summer and it's pretty sweet. Small bar by the river, always playing some awesome music, although I don't know what it'll be like in winter. And yeh, Berghain is a must.
Below is a rather massive link to Der Visionaere