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Mitte

Tresor/Globus, Leipziger Str. 126a. U2 or night bus N5, N29, or N52 to Potsdamer Pl. One of the best techno venues in Berlin. Downstairs former bank vaults flicker in strobe light as ravers sweat to hard-core techno; upstairs the music is slower. Open W and F-Sa 11pm-6am.

Zosch, Tucholskystr. 30. U6: Oranienburger Tor. The bright, laid-back bar on the ground floor is like a living room. The basement has live music, fiction and poetry readings, and another, darker bar. Dixieland jazz W. Open M-F from 4pm, Sa-Su from noon.

WMF, Karl-Marx-Allee 34. U5: Schillingstr. In a former East German cabaret, its double-dancefloors fill with electroloungers Th and Sa. Gay night Su. Open Th and Sa from 11pm, Su from 10pm.

2BE-Club, Ziegelstr. 23. U6: Oranienburger Tor. Reggae and hip-hop in a huge space. F, Sa ladies free until midnight. Open F-Sa from 11pm.

Strandbar Mitte, Monbijioustr. 3. S3, 5, 7, 9, or 75 to Hackescher Markt. In Monbijoupark, across from the Bodemuseum. There's a difference between gimmicks and really awesome gimmicks, and Strandbar's miniature outdoor beach, spread with countless beach chairs, is in the second category. Open in summer only, daily from 10pm.

Schoeneberg

Slumberland, Goltzstr. 24. U1: Nollendorfpl. See it to believe it: Palm trees, rotating African art, and a sand floor. The secret to the bittersweet frappes is instant coffee crystals. Open Su-Th 6pm-2am, F 6pm-5am, Sa 11am-5am.

Metropol, Nollendorfpl. 5 (217 368 11). U1: Nollendorfpl., or night buses #N5, N19, N26, N48, N52, or N75. Don't tell someone to meet you here without specifying a room and a floor. Tanz Tempel, the central dance venue, is vast: 650,000 watts of light, 35,800 watts of sound, and DJs who aren't afraid to use them. Music and hours vary.

Kreuzberg

Freischwimmer, vor dem Schlesischen Tor 2. U1: Schlesischen Tor. A mess of waterside tables tangled in rose vines-some indoors, some outdoors, some with chubby sofas, some in boats. M poetry reading followed by a party. Open M-F from noon, Sa-Su from 11am.

SO36, Oranienstr. 190 (61 40 13 06). U1, 12, or 15 to Görlitzer Bahnhof or night bus #N29 to Heinrichpl. Berlin's best mixed club, with a hip hetero, gay, and lesbian clientele. A massive dance packs in a friendly crowd for techno, hip-hop, and ska-often live. Open from 11pm.

Wild at Heart, Wiener Str. 20 (611 70 10). U1: Görlitzer Bahnhof. Shrines to Elvis, Chinese lanterns, flaming booths, tiki torches, glowing tigers, and other glittery kitsch. The crowd is pierced and punked. Gritty music every night. Open daily from 8pm.

Muvuca, Mehringhof, Gneisenaustr. 2a (693 01 75). U6: Mehringdamm or night bus #N4, N19, or N76. A bar, performance space, Afro-Brazilian eatery, and club run by a socialist collective in a steel and concrete courtyard. Also the site of political meetings, lesbian events, and an anarchist bookstore. Open Su and Tu-Sa 3pm-late.


Friedrichshain

Astro-Bar, Simon-Dach Str. 40. Plastic retro space robots and loud electronica. Open daily from 6pm.

Dachkammer Bar (DK), Simon-Dach Str. 39. U5: Frankfurter Tor. Rustic themed, with lots of brick, wood, and comfortable nooks. Open M-F noon-late, Sa-Su 10am-late.

Paule's Metal Eck, Krossener Str. 15 (291 1624; www.paules-metal-eck.de). U5: Frankfurter Tor. At the corner of Simon-Dach Str. How do you make your bar stand out on the strip? Chihuahua skeletons! A well-executed fake heavy metal bar-don't let the hooded Goth monk over the door scare you off. Open noon until late.

Prenzlauer Berg

Morgenrot, Kastanianallee 85. U2: Eberswalder Str. By day it's a vegetarian restaurant, by night it serves frosty vodka shots. Th-Su vegetarian brunch buffet 11am-4pm. Open Su and Th-Sa 11am-1am, T-W 3pm-1am, F-Sa until 3am.

August Fengler, Lychener Str. 11 (44 35 66 40). U2: Eberswalder Str. This hip, homey cafe-bar is very un-Prenzlberg. DJs W-Th, live music F-Sa (reggae, funk, house, jazz, Latin). Open daily from 7pm, music from 10pm.

KulturBrauerei, Knaackstr. 97 (441 92 69; www.kulturbrauerei.de). U2: Eberswalder Str. Enormous party space in a former East German brewery. This expansive village of Kultur houses everything from the popular clubs Soda and Kesselhaus to a Russian theater to upscale cafes and an art school. Music includes hard-core Ostrock, disco, techno, reggae, Schlager and more.

Charlottenburg (Savignyplatz)

Quasimodo, Kantstr. 12a. U2: Zoologischer Garten. Beneath a huge cafe, this concert venue showcases soul and jazz. Open M-F from 5pm, Sa-Su from 2pm.

A-Trane, Bleibtreustr. 1 (313 25 50; www.a-trane.de). S3, 5, 7, 9, or 75 to Savignypl. There's little chat: the jazz fans are here for the music. Doors open at 9, musicians play 10pm-2am weeknights, later on weekends. Usually closed M and Su.

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