When it comes to partying, Berlin is one of the most popular cities in the world. The extreme opening-hours, the solid line-ups and the reasonable prices are just a few of the reasons people love the nightlife of Berlin. Although once in a while a club has to be closed down (e.g. Kater Holzig, Magdalena) there are some clubs which are just inseparable from the city Berlin. The Watergate is one of these clubs and definitely worth a visit.
Club Watergate in Berlin
The Watergate is located between two of the most popular districts in Berlin: Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. The club Watergate was founded in 2002 and has been one of the main players in the nightlife of Berlin ever since. The Watergate is often mentioned in one breath with clubs like Berghain and Kater Blau but in my opinion this club is quite different from most other eastern clubs in Berlin. Most of the clubs on this side of the Wall are rather dark, raw and down to earth. The club Watergate is extraordinary, modern and invites superstars from all over the world.
Located directly at the Spree
The popularity of the Watergate has a lot to do with the location of the club. The Watergate is located directly at the spree and because of a glass-wall in you can see the Oberbaumbrücke and the Spree when you are dancing downstairs. When you decide to visit the Watergate, you should definitely make sure you enjoy the sunrise early in the morning. Especially from the balcony, which is literally located on top of the Spree, you have a great view over the water.
Waterfloor and Mainfloor
Club Watergate is divided into two areas: Downstairs you can find the floor described in the previous paragraph, it’s called the Waterfloor. You can access the balcony from here and there are some couches to chill on. Besides the Waterfloor there is also the Mainfloor and that area is famous for the impressing light-installation. Almost the whole roof of this floor is one big discolight. Besides that, the quality of the sound is a bit better than downstairs if you ask me. You can see the differences between the two floors on the images below.
Sven Väth, Kalkbrenner and more
If you like solid line-ups and famous DJs from all over the world, you are going to love the line-up of the Watergate. This club offers very famous names when it comes to electronic music. Names like Pan-Pot, Anja Schneider, Sven Väth, Paul Kalkbrenner and Oliver Koletzki have been playing here and still drop by from time to time. In most countries a line-up like that would cost at least 30€ but in the Watergate the entrance is always 15€. Although that entrance-price is a bit higher than most clubs in Berlin, it is still very reasonable when you keep the line-up and location in mind.
Getting into the Watergate
The door-policy of the Watergate is not as hard as the Berghain or Kater Blau but there is still a chance that you will not get in. Especially on popular nights it can get pretty crowded and then the bouncer is going to do his selection. It’s best to arrive in small groups and a mix of boys and girls is always better than a bunch of drunken guys. Make sure you behave when you are standing in line and it might help to know who is going to be performing in the Watergate that night.
Prices and practical information
The Watergate is one of the more expensive clubs in Berlin. Where most clubs charge 10-12€ entrance, we already mentioned that the entrance here is always 15€. Also the drinks are more expensive here: A small bottle (0,33l) of Beck’s or Heineken costs 4€ and most other clubs offer this for 3€ or 3,5€. But as you can read, it’s not a very large difference and you will get a lot back for it: Your favourite DJ might be performing and the location is spectacular, especially if you stay and dance till the early morning hour. You can find the line-up of the upcoming parties on the Facebook of the Watergate or on their official website. To get in the right mood it might also be cool to have a look at the Soundcloud of the Watergate: You can find many great tracks and live-performances in the club.
Ten Years Watergate – The Movie
In 2012 the Watergate the Watergate celebrated its 10th birthday. On the DVD “Ten Years Watergate” you could find an awesome video about the last 10 years of the club, the atmosphere, the music and the people. Last December (2013) this video was published on Youtube and you can see the video here. It’s a movie by Stathis Klotsikas.
Facts about the Watergate
All in all it is definitely worth your time and money to visit the Watergate at least once in your life. The club might not have the typical Berliner-style like some other clubs, but it has a great location and if you love techno and electronic music you will enjoy this club for sure.
Here are some of the important facts of the Watergate.
Address: Falckensteinstraße 49
Public Transport: Station Warschauer Straße
Entrance: 15 euro
Price of a Beer: 4 euro