Photo by Erica Löfman
Your perfect Berlin weekend TEST
It's the beginning of October; it's the Day of German Unity; it's even still Oktoberfest. Above all, it's the weekend. From a night of Mitte clubbing to some post-Mauerpark Sunday relaxation in Estonia, here's how to make the most of it. For more inspiration, check out Heineken's Heat Map.
This week's "Your perfect Berlin weekend" is brought to you by Heineken.
Photos by Umspannwerk Alexanderplatz, Bang Bang Club, Erica Löfman, Hebbel am Ufer, Michal Andrysiak
1Voltairestraße 5, 10179 Berlin
Thursday night: Hey, it's a long weekend! Kick it off with this party at the ex-factory smack in the centre of the city, part of the "Heineken Open Your City Club Tour". Yes, it's sponsored by Heineken, but with acts like hot-right-now Frenchman Gesaffelstein, infectious queer hip hopper Zebra Katz and hometown DJ duo Sick Girls, we say drink up.
2Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin
Friday night: In a typical whirl on Berlin's Clubkarussell, Bang Bang moved last May from Mitte to the Kreuzberg basement formerly occupied by SchwuZ. If you haven't checked out the new-old space yet, this psychedelic night, featuring typically trippy sets from Spindrift, Asteroid no. 4 and TAU and DJing by Jimmy Trash, is the perfect opportunity to do so.
3Grünberger Straße 88, 10245 Berlin
Saturday afternoon: It's got purple plastic blow-up chairs, rainbow shag rugs and a VCR recording of Clueless playing in the corner, but this clothing store is more than just regurgitated 1990s nostalgia: it's a showcase for the designs of hip German owners Indira Töreki and Anna Heise, who hand-sew pieces for their IndyAnna label in the back room. Other independent designers on show include LuLaLoop (which has clothed the likes of indie-pop princess Grimes). Even if you're not one to drop €65 on a flashy print leotard, you might still end up walking away with a €2 tattoo choker necklace.
Saturday night: It's your last chance to catch Sketches/Notebook, the latest from superstar choreographer Meg Stuart and her dance company Damaged Goods, before it ends its current run at HAU2. A key player on the scene, Stuart remains one of the few choreographers of her calibre to continue to push the boundaries of what dance and performance can be. Appropriate for someone who leads a company called Damaged Goods, she explores bodily imperfections – her first-ever work was called Disfigure Study – and vulnerable physical and emotional states, often appearing fragile and emotionally loaded at the same time.
5Brunnenstraße 56, 13355 Berlin
Sunday afternoon: From the unusual name (meaning “edge of the ice”), to the graphic sign and cushions based on a folk dress pattern, to the contemporary artwork by the triangular fireplace, this cafe (located just a short walk from Mauerpark) goes for an all-things-Estonian vibe. The house special, Vana Tallinn Coffee, introduces Berliners to the dark brown rum-based liqueur in a soul-warming coffee concoction. Sample it along with an open-faced sandwich, either with salmon and avocado or the Estonian variation, a Kiluleib, with sardines, Frischkäse and hard-boiled egg on a hearty slice of dark bread. For those preferring something sweet, there are a variety of homemade cakes and brownies.