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SchwuZ. Photo: Sally B

Address Rollbergstrasse 26; 12053 Berlin
between Morusstrasse and Hans-Schiftan-Strasse
Neighbourhood Neukölln | See on map
S-Bahn/U-Bahn Rathaus Neukölln [U7], Boddinstrasse [U8]
Telephone +49 30 5770 2270
Website http://www.schwuz.de
Price EUR 3-8.
Hours Wed 22:30-07. Thur-Sat 23-08.

An institution on Berlin’s gay scene, this old school rainbow-and-OTT queer club has been around long enough to go full circle from terribly passé to be embraced as ironic hipster cool and all the way back to be packing a mainstream crowd most weekends.

The space has grown larger – after spending its first eighteen years in Kreuzberg, SchwuZ is now in Neukölln – but its penchant for disco, retro pop and Schlagers (think 70s Eurovision and classic German earworms) remains unchanged. Every night, however, has a different theme, so check their website to know what you’re letting yourself into.

The rotating roster includes Electro Thursdays, Repeat for golden oldies, L-Tunes for the mega-dykes (their words, not ours – last Friday of every month) and Popkicker for fans of pop music and a game of table-tennis on the side. Most memorable? Probably the Dænzgedøns ‘bad taste’ dress-up party on the first Wednesday of the month.