My Berlin: 'The city's nightlife has something for everyone'

My Berlin: ‘I love the city’s nightlife, it’s safe and inclusive' | Soho House

Local DJ Gizem Adiyaman and music producer Sam Witte guide us through the city they call home, one club at a time

Tuesday 23 August 2022       By Sagal Mohammed

In a city like Berlin, you’ll never be short of things to do – especially as a creative person. Knowing where to go (and when to go there), however,  is key to making the most of your trip. While the German capital is famed for its rich history, cultural ties, and of course, its reputation as Europe’s techno haven, there are plenty of other local spots to explore, whether you’re just passing through or enjoying a weekend getaway.

There’s something for everyone in the city, but if Y2K hip-hop, afrobeats, funk and inclusive, LGBTQIA+-friendly nightlife is your vibe and you’re a foodie, then local DJ Gizem Adiyaman (aka DJ Meg10) has all the recommendations you need. Born and raised in Berlin, Adiyaman hosts club night ‘Hoe_mies’  – a female and queer-led party mixing a plethora of musical genres, from dancehall to electro house, built on the essence of community. She lives in the city with her partner, Sam Witte, a well-known local music producer, contributing to the growth of German trap music.

Between them, the two know the city like the back of their hand, and as key players in various subcultures within Berlin nightlife and the German music industry, they know where to be to enjoy the city for all it has to offer outside of the usual tourist attractions.

Here, they highlight their top spots for eating, drinking, shopping and partying like a true Berlin local.

My Berlin: ‘I love the city’s nightlife, it’s safe and inclusive' | Soho House
My Berlin: ‘I love the city’s nightlife, it’s safe and inclusive' | Soho House

Where to party… 
‘OXI is my favourite club in Berlin. It’s also where I host my Hoe_mies parties, which is all about celebrating inclusivity, and embracing women and LGBTQIA+ communities. It’s also just the place to be for anyone who is into hip-hop influenced electronic and dance music. You’ll only ever see women and non-binary DJs behind the decks.

Badehaus on a Wednesday night is also a must if you like live music. Make sure you go when The Swag Jam sessions are on. Sameheads – a small club in the Neukölln neighbourhood where you’ll find lots of cool art –  is also a guaranteed good time. Then there’s SchwuZ, which is the biggest gay club in Berlin.’

Where to go for drinks… 
‘Monkey Bar is a cool spot for drinks when you want to be a little fancy. The views are amazing and it overlooks the monkeys at Berlin zoo. Nollendorfplatz is the best area for a fun bar crawl - it’s full of LGBTQIA+ friendly bars with great cocktails. If you prefer something more low key, we love grabbing beers at our local Späti (off-licences all over the city) and just chilling by the Spree river, either at Paul-Lincke-Ufer, Maybachufer in Kreuzberg or Green Mile in Moabit.’

The best restaurants to have dinner… 
Liu: Nothing beats the Szechuan noodles at Liu, especially if you’re a spicy food lover. I go there multiple times a week.

My Berlin: ‘I love the city’s nightlife, it’s safe and inclusive' | Soho House