Gay & Lesbian
If you consider yourself a traveller rather than a tourist, Prenzlauer Berg should be on the top of your list of places to visit in Berlin. "Prenzl'berg" is one of the most exotic districts of Berlin - not meaning that you should be expecting palmtrees, but that it has a quite well preserved and unique atmosphere from Germany past. Once a workers' district in the former East, it has kept a lot of its original feel including a special way of life that cannot be found in the "West".
Prenzlauer Berg doesn't have quite such a clutter of gay-friendly facilities as the "Gay Village" of Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg - everything that you might be looking for is evenly scattered throughout the district. Because of this, you could get the impression that the gay scene is not particularly rich. Not so - in fact, the scene is more streetwise and definitely less stereotypical. Rather than searching for streets with numerous gay bars, just look at the people around you. The gay community is maybe less flamboyant but is definitely present, and somehow more integrated. As a matter of fact, you might find yourself walking along Schönhauser Allee, staring at so many cute-looking punks, skate-boarders, butch skinheads or hot babes, and realise that they all end up going to the same bar as you are. Here, appearances are always nicely deceiving...
If this is your first visit and time is pressing, your best bet is to take the U2 to Schönhauser Allee, 4 stops away from Alexander Platz, and walk back the way you came towards Eberswalder Straße. There are at least one or two gay-friendly establishments in each of the sidestreets along Schönhauser Allee. The cozy bars and cafes on almost every corner are open well into the early morning hours. Prenzlauer Berg nightlife mainly happens in the bars - Greifenhagenerstrasse for example is lined with pubs, each with its own character. There's Shambala, a nice starting point with fantastic drink specials, the Pick Ab, a cruising bar, Romeo's night bar open until the early morning, and the Stahlrohr, a leather bar with theme nights and darkrooms. Just go and see for yourself.
| Cafe-Pension Amsterdam
Gleimstrasse 24, Berlin - Prenzlauer Berg | Tel: 448 07 92, Fax:
no fax | U2+S-Bahn Schönhauser Allee | Times: Sun.-Thurs.:
9:00-3:00, Fri & Sat: 9:00-5:00 | Prices per person and night: Single
room € 36.50, Double € 34.50
A walk down Gleimstrasse and you can´t miss the bright orange
facade of Cafe Amsterdam. Stop by in the morning for the fantastic
breakfast buffet, or come later when there´s nightly drink specials
such as Tequila Tuesdays, when shots are just € 2, or €
4 Caipirinhas on Thursdays. Not only is Amsterdam a bar though, it´s
also a bed and breakfast. The rooms are large and comfortable, all
with TV and bathroom. In addition they also offer city apartments
and vacation flats.
| Eastside-Gayllery Shop and Pension
This new gay and lesbian pension and shop couldn´t be in a more
perfect location; just steps away from the metro station and right
in the center of the Prenzlauer Berg scene. Although located on heavily
trafficked Schönhauserallee, all of the rooms are quietly tucked
away into the back courtyards. They´re spacious and immaculate,
all including shower, W.C., TV and video. The shop is well stocked
with postcards, artwork, jewelry, rainbow accessories, books and posters;
and they sell and rent DVD´s and videos.
| Oxon Magenta restaurant-cafe
48, Berlin - Prenzlauer Berg | Tel: 44 73 64 82, Fax: no fax | U2+S-Bahn
Schönhauserallee | Times: daily from 10:00 | Prices: Entrées
Located directly behind the Schönhauserallee shopping center,
Oxon Magenta is one of the newest cafes on the Prenzl´ Berg
scene, offering fine fish and vegetarian cuisine at reasonable prices.
There´s a regular breakfast and light snack menu, as well as
lunch and dinner menus that change daily. On one visit they were featuring
such delights as salmon tartar, wild mushroom fettuccini, vegetables
in coconut curry sauce with fresh ginger, and homemade cinnamon mouse
with chocolate sauce. The drink list is huge, the service exceptional,
and everything is tasteful from the minimal decor to the Illy coffee.
Greifenhagenerstrasse 16, Berlin - Prenzlauer Berg | Tel: 447 67 89, Fax: no fax | U2+S-Bahn Schönhauserallee | Times: nightly 23:00-8:00?
If you´re suffering from insomnia, looking for a pint to wind down after a heavy night of clubbing or simply a night owl, Romeo´s is the perfect place. It´s small and cozy with candle-lit tables and a friendly, well-caffeinated bar staff that caters especially to nightcrawlers.
Sonntags - Club
Greifenhagener Str 28, 10437 Berlin - Prenzlauer Berg | Tel: 449 75 90 , Fax: no fax | U2 + S8 Schönhauser Allee | Times: Mon - Sun 17:00 - 24:00
Sonntags - Club is a bar and cafe as well as a meeting place for trans- bi-, and homosexual, groups. It´s something of a community centre so as well as being a comfortable place to go and have a coffee or a beer, Sonntag-Club offers resources for the gay community such as counseling and information. The club existed underground during GDR times when homosexuality was frowned upon. The feel of the club reflects this history and its atmosphere isn't yet completely westernised.
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