The original plan was to visit the Rosi’s once again but at the last moment we spontaneously decided to visit the Sisyphos. This club, which is located in the east of Berlin, is known as a club which gets more interesting in the early morning. Lot of people come here for an afterparty but the Sisyphos is also famous for its open-airs.
That the Sisyphos is a club where you better arrive a little later did not reach our ears till we were already inside. Although we did not expect the place to be fully crowded at 00.30 we were still a little dissapointed when we came in and there were only twenty people in this club in Berlin. But when one of the bartenders explained that the party in the Sisyphos never really starts before 03.00 we knew that we just had to be patient. That the bartender was not joking was also reflected in the fact that the largest inside-room of the Sisyphos does not open its doors before 03.00 (Quite bizar when clubs in your hometown in Holland are forbidden to stay open after 02.30).
Waiting for two hours was not a problem at all because the Sisyphos offers plenty of activity, also without many visitors. Especially the outdoor area is very unique and offers multiple bars and many spots to sit down. When walking around here, the Sisyphos seems more like a small village than an individual club. You can decide to relax on one of the comfortable benches or, if you like it a little less traditional, you can sit in the big truck which is parked in the middle of the garden of the Sisyphos.
This truck is kind of symbolic for the style of the Sisyphos. Many things in this club show the rich possibilities which Berlin has to offer. Besides the truck there is a campfire and you can decide to sit on an island in the middle of a small water. It continues to amaze me that thing like this, which seem to be impossible in many other countries in Europe, are very common in Berlin. Holland is not known as a country with many limitations but these kind of things would be forbidden for sure.
Besides the outside area, where you can also find a kiosk, some great benches and a lot of graffiti, there are two inside areas in club Sisyphos. One of them is open the whole night and starts to be a little fuller around 01.00. The other one, as mentioned before, opens later but fills up very quickly. The music styles differ between house, electro and techno. The prices in the Sisyphos are the same like many clubs in Berlin: The beers (Pilsner Urquell or Berliner) costs 2.50 (0.33l bottle) and shots are available for 2,50.
Nice evening walk
Although Berlin-Lichtenberg sound quite far away, the station where you need to go (Rummelsburg) is only one stop further east than s-bahn station Ostkreuz. From there on it might be smart to buy a “beer for the road” because it will take you about 20 minutes to reach the Sisyphos at Hauptstraße 15. If you only look at the distance, the station Betriebsbahnhof Rummelshof is a lot closer but this station is almost impossible to reach because no roads are leading there. From my own experience I can tell you that it is quite an adventure to reach this station in the middle of the night (and it will not save you time in the end).
If you compare the Sisyphos to other places in Berlin it is not very easy to reach. But still I would very much advise to visit this club. As a visitor of Berlin it must be one of your goals to see some clubs which represent the typical Berlin-Style and the Sisyphos is defenitly one of them. The Sisyphos has great music to offer, the atmosphere is laidback and the garden is a playground by itself.
Facts about Club Sisyphos in Berlin
Address: Hauptstraße 15
Entrance: 10 €
Beer: 2,50 € (Berliner or Pilsner Urquell)
Shots: 2 – 2.50 €