DJ İpek's tips for Kreuzberg

İpek İpekçioğlu is one of the best-known faces of Berlin's LGBTIQ community. Here she reveals that which she particularly loves about queer Kreuzberg.

Experience the Kreuzberg atmosphere

Kreuzberg 36 is the south-eastern part of Kreuzberg. It's called that because of its old postcode, ‘SO 36’, which has long since fallen into disuse. Kreuzberg 36 has a certain reputation: it is considered rough, open, and honest. Maybe some people are afraid of Kreuzberg and think that there's drug dealing, that you see criminals, and many people of Turkish, Arabic and Persian origin. And I must admit that when I moved from Wedding to Kreuzberg over 32 years ago, I also had my doubts. But now I ask myself: doubts about what, exactly? Today I realise that Kreuzberg 36 is also a place where the alternative queer, and also the feminist scene, are most at home. This makes Kreuzberg 36 one of the most diverse, queerest places for me, full of alternative culture. I appreciate its cultural diversity as much as its gender diversity. I don't claim that Kreuzberg 36 is the ultimate paradise, but it is still one of the places in Berlin where queer people can hang out freely.

Kreuzberg 36
Streets in and around Oranienstraße
U Kottbusser Tor and U Görlitzer Bahnhof

İpek İpekçioğlu likes to explore the queer neighborhood in Berlin-Kreuzberg by scooter.

Dance to music from the Middle East at Gayhane in SO36.

Kreuzberg 36 has long been defined by the club venue SO36. Events have been taking place here for more than 40 years, including many queer ones. One of them is the Gayhane Party, which has also been in existence for more than 24 years. I am the resident DJ there. Gayhane is home to the HomOriental dance floor. Every month, queer BIPoCs (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) and others who like music from the Middle East come together to enjoy, among others, Arabic, Turkish, Persian, or Kurdish music. Although there are also performances, Gayhane is in essence a dance party. SO36 also plays everything from techno, pop, rock, indie to hip-hop. SO36 is a real community place and is run by a collective.

Oranienstraße 190, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U Kottbusser Tor

Alternative queer bars like Oya define Berlin's Kreuzberg district.

Getting to know the Flint* community at Oya

The bar Oya has been around for about three years. It is also run by a queer collective of PoCs and non-PoCs. Last year Oya organised the Flint* (women, lesbian, inter, non-binary, and trans people) Pride. On an ongoing basis, they are socio-politically engaged and are also very active within the Scene. In addition to the bar, they organise great events and concerts. Oya is more than just a bar.

Mariannenstraße 6, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U Kottbusser Tor

İpek İpekçioğlu in front of Roses, one of the most popular gay bars in Berlin.


Kreuzberg 36 is also home to Roses, one of the city's best-known gay bars. For more than 25 years, mainly gay men have been meeting at Roses on Oranienstraße, in the middle of Kreuzberg 36. Anyone visiting the city should stop by there!

Oranienstraße 187, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U Kottbusser Tor

Ficken 3000

At Hermannplatz, where Kreuzberg and Neukölln meet, there is Ficken 3000, often called "Figen Abla" in Turkish. That's a Turkish woman's name - not everyone needs to know that we're actually talking about Ficken 3000! Most sex clubs in Berlin are only open to gay men. Not so Ficken 3000, which also organises a lesbian night every now and then. It's really something special!

Ficken 3000
Urbanstraße 70, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U Hermannplatz

At Kreuzberg's Club Gretchen, a queer safe space, İpek İpekçioğlu played with her band on Club Culture Day in October 2020.


Back in Kreuzberg, but a bit further west, there's Gretchen, a concert and performance space that also hosts DJ events. On occasion, my band and I have performed there. Gretchen is a friendly place and is very queer friendly. Some evenings there are FLINT* nights, or great lesbian or gay parties.

Obentrautstraße 19-21, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg
U Möckernbrücke

Further information

Want to see more of queer Kreuzberg? İpek İpekçioğlu also presents the neighbourhood in a video!

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