Watergate Club – Berlin [Rated ***]

Posted: December 24, 2011 by Raider in Berlin Club Review, Club Nights, Electronic, House, Worldwide Club Review
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I would summarise The Watergate Club as a swanky riverside cocktail bar/club for a  friendly, upmarket house crowd. Sounds like a pretty standard night out for a lot of Londoners, and if this is your scene then Watergate is the place for you – but given the Raiders have a taste for the more hedonistic damp and dingy nightspots, this club didn’t quite fit the mould.

With only a short stay in Berlin we wanted to ensure we descended upon the best clubs the city had to offer and from our lengthy club review research Watergate Club appeared to be one of them. After a truly unforgettable visit to Tresor the night before and gearing up for our penultimate hard techno rave at the mighty Berghain club later that morning, we expected Watergate to ooze the same epicness that Berlin night life had already graced us with. Unfortunately, one look at the prim crowd, the cubic-minimalist decor, neon LED lighting system and plush white leather poufs, and the disappointment set in. Sticking out like sore thumbs in our dust coated high-tops and jeans; the Watergate was a million miles away from our clubbing experiences the previous night. The Watergate club is certainly in a beautiful location overlooking the River Spree, the interior design is luxurious and sophisticated, cocktails are flowing, and polite flirting ensues in all corners. One reviewer even notes that you may be lulled into a false sense of sophistication – but when the first big tune sets in this evaporates. Actually, whilst we hoped it would, it doesn’t, and it still radiates that pretentious vibe you find in London hotspots which we were trying so hard to avoid. On a positive note the Watergate club does play host to many big DJ talents including Chicken Lips and Eric Morillo, so the music should not disappoint at all. However, again the ‘dance floor’ is compact and simply lacks the necessary space needed to manoeuvre moves to such big names.

Overall, I would say this is a relatively good club (bar) to start or wind down in and to enjoy good house and techno music; but this is only if you are prepared to pay for the slightly pricey entrance fees and drinks and if you are not planning on heading to a club like the Berghain after, as this place will not prepare you at all…we vote Tresor Club all the way.


Watergate (Photo credit: Feffef)

Watergate Club, Falckensteinstr 49, 10997, Berlin X-berg.


(This video makes The Watergate look pretty dam cool…so it is highly possible we went on a dull night??)


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