Berghain/Panorama Bar, Berlin
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Concierge.com's insider take:
This colossal wee-hours nightspot along an isolated stretch of the Spree River was once a power plant for the city's eastern districts. Now long lines of clubbers jockey to get past the strict bouncer, ascend the industrial metal staircase, and dance to throbbing techno or house spun by international DJs (its sound system is reportedly one of Berlin's loudest). Take in the, yes, panoramic view from the bar beside the main dance floor (its ceilings are soaringly high), or go upstairs to check out the sexy oversize image by star photographer Wolfgang Tillmans and the building's old power switches. You never know what else you might see here; while crowds are mixed these days, the club's a successor to the legendary gay fetish venue Ostgut, and its new-Berlin decadence carries on. Cameras are strictly verboten, and though the doors open at midnight, you shouldn't even think of coming before 2 a.m.
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