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Dan Allen
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Gay Berlin: The Past, Present and Future of Queerdom

As home to one of the hippest, largest and most diverse LGBTQ scenes on the planet, Berlin is also one of the world's most crucial cities in the development of gay identity itself. The word "homosexual" was first coined here in the German capital in 1869, and its Schöneberg area is one of the oldest gayborhoods on earth, with a notable queer presence since at least the late 1800s. It's still going strong as the gayest sector of Berlin's huge, magnetic, naughty and international queer scene, but several other neighborhoods (like Kreuzberg and Neukölln) are now where the city's most happening and forward-leaning venues can be found.
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Berghain may still get most of the hype, but Friedrichshain’s Homopatik has given the international superstar a run for its money over the last few years as the coolest gay/mixed dance club in town, at least on the one Friday night a month when it happens (actually stretching well into the Saturday...

Möbel Olfe

Housed none too obviously in a converted furniture store in Kreuzberg’s cool “Kotti” area (short for Kottbusser Tor), Möbel-Olfe is a fun local hipster hangout that gets especially packed with lusty gay bohemians on Thursdays. On other nights it’s more mixed, but with its friendly vibe and big...

SchwuZ

Long a sort of happy medium between the mainstream gay of Schöneberg and the indie gay of Kreuzberg, SchwuZ has been an important dance club fixture on Berlin’s gay landscape for decades. In 2013 it relocated to a much larger space in the hip neighborhood of Neukölln, riding a wave of resurgent and...

Schwules Museum

The world’s first-ever museum devoted to LGBT history, the Schwules celebrated its silver anniversary in 2013 with a move to a huge new home just south of the Tiergarten, nearly tripling its original size. A fascinating main exhibit traces different periods of the LGBT past, while a great line-up...

Roses

Like a salty aging diva who’s been around den Block a few times, Roses gives a flashy first impression with her pink shag walls and kitschstravaganza of accessories—but it doesn’t take long here to realize that just behind the pretty plastic baubles is a very eclectic and fairly hard-partying...

GMF Berlin

Arguably Berlin’s most popular gay disco, GMF is a Berlin institution that’s now nearly two decades strong. It happens every Sunday at Weekend, where a young and hot crowd of stylish men who don’t have to work on Monday pack into the upper floors of an otherwise unassuming Mitte office building. The...

Mister B

As one of two Amsterdam-based leather and fetish retailers that have very successfully expanded to leather-and-fetishy Berlin (RoB being the other), Mister B is located right on Motzstrasse, the city's gayest strip. The shop stocks everything a naughty boy could want, including many, many...

Axel Hotel Berlin

It may be "hetero-friendly," but the Axel is the ultimate full-on gay address in town, set right in the thick of the Schöneberg gayborhood. Its masculinely stylish rooms are dark enough for sleeping in late after those long nights out on the town, and like any self-respecting modern and...

Restaurant More

Once upon a time, eating out on Motzstrasse was something done mainly in dark rooms, and it rarely involved food. Then came More, which disproved the theory that you can't mix a hyper-red interior with a hyper-gay clientele and still come up with a really nice place to dine. Several years on, it's...

Eisenherz

Eisenherz is Berlin’s last remaining gay bookshop and one of the oldest in Europe, now in business for more than 35 years. Originally called Prinz Eisenherz (the German name for Prince Valiant), in 2013 it moved to a new location right on Schöneberg’s Motzstrasse, unquestionably the gayest street...