Queer and Gay Techno Parties in Berlin

After two Corona winters, Berlin's nightlife is finally back. Known for house and techno, Berlin's queer party scene is huge. DJ Electrosexual can help you with your party selection. He recommends ten of the best techno and electro parties. Among them are better-known and lesser-known events, some with a long history and some that are completely new. Here you can finally party again!

Golosa

You like it freaky, a bit way out? Then ‘Golosa’ is the party for you! The important thing is to have a well-chosen selection of clientele on the door. That’s because the 'Suicide Club' is on the list of many visitors who just want to visit random parties. However, by carefully selecting the guests, only people who know that a queer party awaits them here - and who come precisely for that reason - get in. In this way, the team creates a safe place for queers, gays, and trans people. The party also emphasises diversity in its choice of DJs, which I think is very important. There are often women and trans at the controls. There is music in two rooms. In one, the DJs play house music, in the other techno and acid. I like this variety very much. If I don't like one kind of music, I just switch to the other room!

Golosa
Party series at the Suicide Club
Revaler Straße 99, Berlin-Friedrichshain
S+U Warschauer Straße
Instagram channel of Golosa

Was already "sex positive" when other parties didn't even know what it was: Gegen Berlin

Gegen Berlin

Gegen is also a party fuelled by high-octane energy. This is probably due on the one hand to the very intense music: the DJs mainly play techno and dark techno. On the other hand, it is down to the style of the guests, who frequently wear leather and latex. The atmosphere is correspondingly erotic and sexually charged. What I like about ‘Gegen' is its inner diversity, which is facilitated by the many rooms of the 'KitKatClub' where the party usually takes place. In some of the rooms there are live shows that sometimes almost hypnotise me and captivate me to; and then to dance, I go to another room. It feels like there are several parties going on at the same time, but they are all connected.

Gegen Berlin
Party series at KitKatClub
Köpenicker Straße 76/Brückenstraße 1, 10179 Berlin-Mitte
U Heinrich-Heine-Straße
Instagram channel of Gegen Berlin

Buttons

Buttons

Buttons has become one of the classics among gay and queer parties in Berlin - it feels like it's been around forever! The programme includes great house music, provided by very well-chosen DJs. The 'Buttons' crowd is really diverse and brings great energy to the club. In the summer of 2021, ‘Buttons’ celebrated in the ‘Club Ost’ in the concrete-dominated outdoor area. More recently, however, it has also reopened inside.

Buttons
Party series at varying locations
Facebook page of Buttons

Partying in an abandoned apartment building: "Renate"

Back Alley Sally

'Back Alley Sally' is a completely new party that took place for the first time in November 2021. Here, once a month, queers take over the 'Salon zur Wilden Renate', one of Berlin's most famous party locations. Three curators have taken charge of the programme: S Ruston, who herself DJs at the party 'Lecken', DJ False Witness, and party promoter, Nellee*. I'm looking forward to this party a lot, because 'Salon zur Wilden Renate' is a place for experimentation when it comes to parties - and therefore a place I like a great deal!

Back Alley Sally
Party series at the Salon zur Wilden Renate
Alt-Stralau 70, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
S Ostkreuz, S Treptower Park
Instagram channel of Salon zur Wilden Renate

Music, art and performances combined at TrashEra. Here, a performance by Puddles the Pelican

TrashEra

When 'TrashEra' takes over the ‘Salon zur Wilden Renate’, it fills all six rooms of the club with music, art, and performances. This party is definitely an experience. It thrives on the fact that the organisers do everything they can to create a safe space that celebrates music, art, and sex. During the pandemic, the team also became socially engaged: on the top floor of the ‘Renate’, it set up a community centre, offering mental health support for the queer community. The team's motto is, 'Because Trash is not Garbage'.

TrashEra
Party series at Salon zur Wilden Renate
Alt-Stralau 70, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
S Ostkreuz, S Treptower Park
Website of TrashEra

BRENN.

‘BRENN.’ is a 90's house music party but interprets the genre in a modern sense - and it's really great! The crowd tends to be a bit younger, but very relaxed and they know how to have fun. The organising team also focuses on femme and black, indigenous, people of colour (BIPoCs) DJs and collectives.

BRENN.
Party series in the Fiesen Remise
Köpenicker Straße 18, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
S Ostbahnhof
Instagram channel of BRENN. https://www.instagram.com/brenn.berlin/?hl=de

Cocktail d'Amore

The 'Cocktail d'Amore' hosts some of the most important and well-known gay and queer parties in Berlin. For more than ten years now, always on the first weekend of the month, many guests celebrate day and night, some of them travelling from all over Europe to do so. The party is really enjoyable, cheerful, and sexy and it has a positive, easy, and relaxed atmosphere. Of course, the good music contributes to this energy. Italo disco and house are played during the day. Towards the evening and into the night, the music becomes increasingly intense.

Cocktail d'Amore
Party series at varying locations
Facebook page of Cocktail d'Amore

Members

If you're in the mood for an intense, pumping party where you can let it all out, Members is the place for you! The music is always good and swings between house and power house. The organising team always finds really good DJs from the Berlin scene. The guests are mainly gay men.

Members
Party series at varying locations
Instagram channel of Members

The perfect start to the weekend: Chantal's House of Shame, always on Thursday

Chantals House of Shame

Every Thursday, 'Chantals House of Shame' assembles an extremely explosive mix of twinks, drags, and all sorts of other parts of the queer community. There are sometimes great live performances on stage, which remain indelibly etched on your memory! Naturally, the whole event is moderated by the legendary Chantal herself. If you haven't seen it, you haven't really been to Berlin - and you have to come back!

Chantals House of Shame
Party series at the Suicide Club
Revaler Straße 99, Berlin-Friedrichshain
S+U Warschauer Straße
Instagram channel of Chantals House of Shame

Horse Meat Disco

Is this Berlin in the 2020s or New York in the 1970s? At the 'Horse Meat Disco' you could certainly ask yourself this question. That’s because the 'Horse Meat Disco' with its intense disco music exudes as much energy as you could possibly imagine New York and its Poppers-infused dance floors in your wildest fantasies.

Horse Meat Disco
Party series at Prince Charles
Prinzenstraße 85F, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Horse Meat Disco Instagram channel

Bonus: Body Language

Unfortunately, there aren't many parties for lesbians and their gay and queer friends in Berlin. But one of the best is ‘Body Language’. The guests are mainly femmes, but also the queer community in general. Behind ‘Body Language’ is the DJ Stella Zekri. Stella mainly plays disco and nu disco. The great thing is that whenever Stella organises an event, you know beforehand that it's going to be really cool.

Body Language
Party series in the Fiesen Remise
Köpenicker Straße 18, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
S Ostbahnhof
Instagram channel Body Language

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