Every month we post some of the best parties in Berlin in our party-calendar. We mainly focus on impressive line-ups, famous DJs and clubs which you have to visit at least once in your life. Today we take a look at the nightlife of Berlin from a different perspective: In this article we focus on the best gay-parties in Berlin.
The open-minded nightlife of Berlin
Berlin is one of the most LGBT-friendly places in Europe. It’s not a surprise that many of the 30 million tourists a year come to enjoy that beautiful open-minded vibe towards gay and lesbian people. Since many years it has been the philosophy of the city Berlin to respect everybody just the way they are. That is why you can find so many beautiful and versatile people. This also is the case for the open-airs, nightlife and festivals.
Gay-Parties in Berlin
Even former no. 1 club in the world, the Berghain, is known for having its roots as one of the first established gay party locations in Berlin when it was still called Ostgut. Because Berlin is so open-minded you can find many great gay-clubs in all twelve districts of the city. Just like other clubs in Berlin they have reasonable prices, great music and a great atmosphere.
We could put down thousands of words express our sympathy – but then again, you should come, join and experience that bright culture all by yourself! Below you can find five of the best gay parties in Berlin.
1. Chantal’s House of Shame
Let’s get started with one of the most famous gay parties in Berlin. Chantal’s House of Shame is organised every Thursday and has a large fanbase among hipsters, beards, youngsters, workers, neos and tourists. This party used to be organised in the Bassy Club but moved to the Suicide Circus. The doors open at midnight and you can party until 8 in the morning.
Organised in Club Suicide Circus
As mentioned the latest location of Chantal’s House of Shame is the Suicide circus. This club is regularly mentioned in our party-calendar because they invite solid DJs every weekend. The club has several floors with different types of music. During Chantal’s House of Shame you can expect live-performances, great singers, deep electronic music and of course there’s Chantal. Chantal is an iconic figure in the gay club scene. If you looking for a fun gay party in Berlin on Thursday night, you shouldn’t miss this.
Name: Chantal’s House of Shame
Club: Suicide Circus
Address: Revaler Straße 99
Days of the week: Thursday
Opening hours: 00.00 – 08.00
Music: Party, Electro, Live-Performances
Entrance price: 10-15€
Public Transport: U + S Warschauer Straße
Website: House of Shame
2. Die Busche
The second location in this list is called Die Busche. This LGBT-Club is also located close to Warschauer Straße. In the end this does not come as a surprise because this is one of the most vibrant party-areas in the city altogether. Die Busche has been around for many years and made a name for itself in the gay scene but also in many other scenes. In the end that’s the great thing about gay-parties: They are fun for everyone. The vibe of this Berliner club is mostly driven by its established fable for true charts, electro, 80s and 90s and German Schlager music on two different dance-floors.
Popular gay-club in the heart of Berlin
Die Busche is one of these clubs where the LGBT community will always have a great time. Every Friday and Saturday the doors open at 10PM. On the website you can see the upcoming parties with themes, great DJs and an open-minded vibe at all times. The entrance is very reasonable with 10€ per party and if you arrive before midnight you will even receive 5€ drinks for free.
Name: Die Busche
Address: Warschauer Platz 18
Days of the week: Friday and Saturday
Opening hours: 10PM – Early morning
Music: Electro, Oldies, Pop, German Schlager
Entrance price: 10€
Public Transport: Warschauer Straße
Website: Die Busche
3. SchwuZ Queer Club
SchwuZ is very special place within the LGBT-Community. It’s the biggest queer club in Berlin and even in Germany. Originally placed at Kreuzberg’s shiny Mehringdamm, it has now moved to the former Berliner Kindlfactory location in Neukölln’s backyards. In this new location the club offers three large dance-floors and space for 2600 party-people. It’s great that the dance-floors all offer totally different music-styles.
Wide range of gay parties and events
SchwuZ is offering a tremendous range of events like concerts, contests, comedy nights and obviously also gay parties. When it comes to parties, they also offer a wide range of different types of parties. On their website you can see that they offer dark-rooms, theme-nights, special performances and more. Without a doubt, SchwuZ is offering one of the best LGBT-Parties in Berlin. It’s also great that many parties at this club are for free.
Address: Rollbergstraße 26
Days of the week: Friday & Saturday (sometimes Thursday)
Music: Pop, Rock, Electro, Techno, Schlager
Public Transport: U8 Boddinstraße
4. Homopatik in About:Blank
A club which has been mentioned in our monthly party-calendar more than once is the About:Blank. This club is known for their versatile parties and they also organize the gay-party “Homopatik” on a regular basis. You can find more information about this party and when it will be organised on the website of About:Blank.
A great gay techno party in Berlin
Just as the usual parties in the About:Blank you can expect talented DJs and extreme opening-hours during Homopatik. The only difference is that this party is visited more often by gay people. The party originally came from Italy but is very successful in Berlin as well. The About:Blank has two indoor-floors and a large garden which is awesome during the warm summer-months. Check out this gay-party if you want to combine techno/house with the open-minded atmosphere of Berlin. About:Blank is one of these clubs in Berlin which also opens it’s doors during the week.
Address: Markgrafendamm 24c
Public Transport: Ostkreuz
5. Nollendorf Kiez/ Schöneberg district
This list with gay-parties and locations would not be complete without some of the great attractions the Nollendorf Kiez has to offer for gay people. This is one the most open-minded areas in Berlin. If you step out the U2 at station Nollendorfplatz you find a wonderful, distinct LGBT area right in the district of Schöneberg.
One of the best areas in Berlin for gay-parties
At Nollendorf Kiez you can find it all: Fancy bars, tasteful restaurants, multiple sex- and fetishshops and great clubs. Some of the places we would recommend are listed below:
- the bars Heile Welt, Café Berio and Hafenbar
- the restaurant Cafe More
- the dance club (and Berlin’s biggest darkroom) The Connection Club
- the street-event Motzstraßenfest (one week before the famous Christopher Street Day)
The LGBT history of the Nollendorf Kiez is as powerful as its nature is still today, showing no restraint for its very open LGBT lifestyle to people who want to join in. The whole area is a very vibrant scene of arts and culture nonetheless, but definitely with a much higher flirting level.
Name: Nollendorf Kiez
Address: The whole area
Music: Different music, different bars and clubs
Entrance: Depends where you go
Public Transport: U2 Nollendorfplatz
Another great place to have a good time with the LGBTQ-Community is the Christopher Street Day which is one of the many awesome free events in Berlin each year.
Gay-Parties in Berlin summarised
As you can read in this article, Berlin has plenty to offer when it comes to open-minded parties for all sorts of people. The nationality, gender, sexual orientation or skin-colour does not matter in most clubs. Besides the 5 gay-parties, areas and clubs above there are definitely more. If you want us to visit + write about one of them because it should be listed, just let us know.
This article was written together with my buddy Adriano!