Here are six lesbian places to check out:
1. Spinnboden Lesbenarchiv
Spinnboden is the second-largest lesbian archive in the world. For more than 35 years, it has served as an archive and library, with German lesbian newspapers from the 1920s, more than 1,000 magazines, 1,500 movies, many books of every genre (there are more than 10,000 books in total), 500+ posters and a research room with periodicals and books that are no longer in circulation.
Anklamer Straße 38 (2. backyard, 3. rise, 2. floor), 10115 Berlin
Open Wednesdays and Fridays from 2-7pm and by appointment.
Spinnboden is also the home to various groups and events, such as the coming-out workshop for women/ transgender, support groups for (soon-to-be- &) separated moms, disabled lesbians and self-employed lesbians.
Small and relaxed. One of the oldest lesbian bars in Berlin. Part pub and part lounge, it is located in the heart of Kreuzberg and usually open until 1am weekdays, and until 3 or 4am on weekends. Mixed quiz nights; DJs on Fridays.
Mariannenstrasse 6, 10997 Berlin
Located between Heinrichplatz and Mariannenplatz.
U-Bahn: Kottbusser Tor.
2. Möbel Olfe
Lisa´s favorite hang-out spot in Berlin. And yes, it gets very packed, especially on Thursdays, but the drinks are cheap, the DJs are excellent and varied and it´s easy to meet new people here. The crowd is very mixed, so you will fit right in, no matter if you´re orange, pink or purple. 😉
There is one major upside and downside. The upside? There are sofas glued to the ceiling. For memory´s sake perhaps, as the place used to be a furniture store. The down side? It´s very smokey.
Mädchendisko (“girl’s disco nights”) takes place Tuesday nights.
Jimmy Boy reviewed Möbel Olfe before here.
Reichenberger Straße 177, 10999 Berlin
Simon-Dach-Strasse 36, 10245 Friedrichshain
Sbahn: Warschauerstrasse (S5/ S7/ S75)
Kino International offers one of the biggest lesbian parties here every second Saturday of the month. It is a party attracts a predominantly younger crowd and most guests arrive by 2am. Enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Karl-Marx-Allee at the bar above while your ears swim in sounds of current pop and electro. If that´s not your jam, check out the other floor, playing indie, rock and other alternatives.
Karl-Marx-Allee 33, 10178 Berlin
Ubahn: Schillingstrasse (U5) / Sbahn: Alexanderplatz
Mermaids- like the name might suggest- actually takes place on an island called “Insel der Jugend” (“Island of Youth”) in the Spree river. Shuttle boats safely transport party goers to the other side. Doors open after 11pm, cover: 8 Euro. Must be at least 18 years old.
Takes place mostly in the summer with special events held in October and December: Calendar.
Alt-Treptow 6, 12435 Berlin
Sbahn: Treptower Park (S9/ S45) or Plänterwald (S9/ S8)
Bus: Rathaus Treptow (265/ 167/ N65)
This autonomous Berlin women’s cultural centre serves as an alternative venue for lesbian and feminist women. The regular parties at the Begine Café appeal to a more alternative, feminist crowd. In addition to week-night card games, the centre offers exciting readings, concerts, workshops and discussions.
Potsdamer Straße 139, 10783 Berlin
Ubahn: Bülowstrasse (U2)
What´s your favorite lesbian hang-out place in Berlin? Comment below!