Berlin comes across as a bohemian city. It has a special, time-enduring vibe. During the 20s and the 30s, Berlin was an uprising cultural hotspot in the continent. It certainly wasn’t as wealthy as Paris, but it was equally attractive to writers, musicians or architects. By that time, there were many establishments for gays, lesbians, trans folks and even several nudist venues.
A few decades later, the Schöneberg neighborhood arose as the epicenter of Berliners’ gay life. It used to concentrate all the gay bars in Berlin. However, during the last years, Kreuzberg is disputing Schöneberg the hegemony as the main gay area in the German capital. In fact, some of the trendiest gay bars in Berlin are located in this multicultural area. Gay bars in Berlin are nothing new, but something that has conceptualized the German capital as a tolerant city from a long time ago. In this article, you can find some of the most exciting gay bars keeping this heritage alive nowadays.
It is one of the oldest gay bars in Berlin and it is also said that David Bowie was a regular customer there. During the years the British artist lived in Berlin, Bowie frequented this cozy venue in the heart of the Schöneberg. Many pictures from the 70s hanging on the wall prove the case. Neues Ufer is a must go place to have a coffee if you are interested in Berlin´s gay life as it is a fundamental part of the city´s history.
It may look like any other corner bar, but Blond is one of the most popular gay bars in Berlin, particularly among the youngest customers. It has a very friendly and fun atmosphere, with plenty of youngsters staying at this venue at any time, from breakfast until very late in the night. Those who don´t like karaoke, please avoid going on Tuesday night!
It is a stylish gay bar with friendly service, house and dance/pop music, and a friendly atmosphere. Prinzknecht is one of the gay bars in Berlin with the most diverse clientele. It is the place where locals meet tourists and where mature men flirt with guys in their twenties and thirties. They all go to this venue to enjoy a drink (and walk through the dark room) in a carefree fashion where attitudes are not needed.
In the middle of Schoenberg, we can find a bar with a very 80s look, a place to listen to global music hits, a living tribute to those times when people loved vinyl records, ABBA and Donna Summer. It is Redgold, one of the gay bars in Berlin with the strongest personality. If in Berlin, one can approach this venue feeling confident it will be busy. In fact, it is very popular among tourists.
In this bar we can find plenty of students during the mornings, maybe because of its more than decent coffee – or it might be due to the presence of bookshelves filled with books. When the night falls, Café Melitta Sundström keeps its appeal and is full of gay men and women who prefer remaining in Kreuzberg (the latest gay are in Berlin) rather than going to Schoenberg. It is the perfect place for those who love the hipster and alternative way.
Barbie Deihoff´s is as diverse as the neighborhood it is located in. It is a very popular venue among youngsters, both gay and straight, and is particularly busy during the evenings.
Local DJs create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a drink and admire its stylish decoration, which includes many Barbie dolls. It is definitely, one of the trendiest gay bars in Berlin at the moment.
Kreuzberg is very popular among the trendiest Berliners (as Dalston or Shoreditch to London), and so is Zum Schmutzigen Hobby.
Hipsters and gays (and gay hipsters too!) love this venue. However, the atmosphere is quite relaxing and it is not the kind of pretentious place many cool bars are. Tourists love it, and many trans* folks go there often. Sometimes you can even find a celebrity sipping drinks at the bar.
Betty F*** is one of the gay bars in Berlin on top of the lists of hipsters, trans* people, fashionistas and any other trend you can imagine among the gay and gay-friendly community. It is a little basement extremely popular on the weekends. Betty F*** organizes theme parties and also hosts performances. It is located in Mitte.