The best 8 underground places in Berlin to enjoy and explore the alternative side of the city

Are you planning your trip to Berlin? Would you like to explore the most alternative side of the city? To help you explore this exciting side of the city, we have prepared this selection of the best 8 underground places in Berlin to enjoy the alternative aspects of city.

As you may know, Berlin has a strong underground feel and this is shown in most aspects of the city; neighborhoods, bars, theatre, clubs, etc..

Despite the fact that you can find this alternative touch in lots of places in the city, the more underground areas in Berlin are the neighborhoods of Neuköln, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.



Nightclub in Kreuzberg close to the canal and other bars like Club der Visionaire. The building reminds you of a chalet with its kitsch vintage interior. It has lots of different rooms with carpets, armchairs and big lamps. All of this is accompanied by cool techno music.

It also has a terrace to go for a drink and some fresh air during summer.


How to arrive: Schlesisches Tor 3. Schlessische Tor U-bahn



One of the most iconic record shops around the world, founded in 1989.The shop is located in an old factory in Kreuzberg and has had as employee DJ’s like DJ Hell or Modeselktor among others.

The perfect place for record lovers and collectors.


How to arrive: Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A. Kottbusser Tor U-bhan



Bar in Kreuzberg famous for its atmosphere and postindustrial interior. Walls without paint, a few lights, with candles, some bulbs hanging from the ceiling, and ambient techno music.Luzia is one of the most know underground places in Berlin.

It’s the ideal place to go for a coffee or a beer with friends in the evening, or a cocktail after dinner. It’s always quite crowded, especially from 9pm.

How to arrive: Oranienstraße 34.Kottbusser Tor U-bahn.



4-.Salon zur Wilden Renate

One of the most underground places in Berlin in the nightclub field. A unique, funny club in a huge, old house with lots of vintage style rooms where you can easily get lost. Almost all the rooms have a different ambience and different music; from the hardest techno to the most commercial rhythms.

Entrance and drinks are reasonably priced. Pay attention to where you are around AltStralau Straße number 70, it’s quite difficult to see the entrance.


How to arrive:  Alt-Stralau 70. S-bahn Treptower Park



Famous Berliner club located in an old factory. It’s unique not only because of its music, but also its lighting and setting.

It has two rooms, downstairs the techno music is a little bit harder and it has much dimmer lighting, only for the bravest. Upstairs there is much more lighting, commercial dance music, and techno too. 


How to arrive: Köpenicker Str. 70. Heinrich-Heine Straße U-bahn


6-.Bassy Cowboy Club

Bar with live music, perfect for those who want to go for a trip back in time to the 60’s with a cowboy-style interior.

Located in an unknown neighborhood like Kollwitzkiez, its stage is always busy with music live shows, burlesque artists or DJ’s playing dancing music from the 60’s.

Different from most of the clubs in Berlin, in Bassy Cowboy Club you can hear rock and roll, rockabilly, swing, country and other similar sounds from the 60’s. Visitors have said that the best party is on Thursday night.


How to arrive: Schönhauser Allee 176A.Senefelderplatz U-bahn


7-.Theater Vaganten Bühne

Mythical family theater founded in 1956 in Delphi’s palace basement. Its works, modern comedies, attempt to address social situations in a critical way. From its opening, its most successful work is “Shakespeare.”

From the 70’s, students and undergraduates have been the target audience for its works and workshops.

How to arrive: Kantstraße 12A. Kurfürsterdamm U-bahn.



8-. Hackesche Höfe Kino

An old mythical independent cinema with original version films, it has been praised for its reasonable prices.

Located in the charming Hachesches Markt area, surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants where you can go for a drink after the movie. It’s quite easy to find, as it’s close to the city center.


How to arrive: Rosenthaler Str. 40 -41. Hackescher Markt- Sbahn


These are our recommendation of the best underground places in Berlin to enjoy and explore the alternative side of the city. Have you already visited any of them? Are you planning to go to any? Leave a comment and tell us!