Arguably the best club in the world right now, this place is quite
simply a mecca for the most avant-garde underground deep house, minimal
and techno. Set in an imposing old power plant, which previously hosted
a fetish club until 2003, the industrial Berghain
main room is of colossal proportions, defying the 1500 capacity, and is
clad in steel and concrete with not one single mirror. The hedonism
makes Studio 54 look like a boy scout's meeting - people (gay men
mainly) make no secret about having sex in open - and cameras (even on
phones) are strictly prohibited. These conditions, coupled with only
the finest Grade A artists from the underground scene, make for a
unique rave experience. Upstairs is the more intimate and lighter house
sounds of the Panoramabar
, although when I say lighter we're including guests like Carl Craig
, Guy Gerber
and Paul Woolford
in that description.
has called playing panoramabar 'a liberating experience'.
He adds 'you
are bound by no 'club rules' and the people pretty much *expect*
something different than the typical club fare. when i play there i
typically set something up more along the lines of an hour long aural
experience as opposed to an hour of hits. it's lovely.'
is only open on Saturday night, when the club doesn't start until
midnight and carries on well until Sunday evening. Fridays are Panoramabar