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Salon zur Wilden Renate
There’s a new club in town and it’s fighting for Berghain’s turf. But this town is big enough for the both of them. Salon zur Wilden Renate is not actually all that new. In fact they opened their doors in September 2007, but it is certainly not as well known as Berghain. However, Wilde Renate, as it is often abbreviated to, has over time become more and more popular.
As an alternative to the Berghain option on Sundays, and to avoid their strict door policy, Wilde Renate offers a welcome change. But don’t be overly confident about gaining entry. They do have a door policy, primarily that you do not talk in the queue (like Berghain). So be quiet in the queue and quietly-confident and sober when you reach the front of the queue, if there is a queue. It seems that if there is not a queue it’s fairly certain you will get in. Just open the door, look left and ask “how much” (“wieviel”), hence reducing the bouncer’s opportunity to refuse you entry: once you are starting to hand over the entrance fee he probably won’t bother objecting as long as you are acting sober.
Depending on the night there could be one, three or five different floors and of course the music will vary from DJ to DJ. The ground floor is more like a bar, with a reasonable amount of seating and the DJ in at the back. There’s also a loft that you can climb into, from which you can look down at the dancefloor and the DJ. Upstairs there are two dance floors with separate DJ boxes and then there is a chillout attic area with an extremely low ceiling. It’s definitely an area purely made for sitting since the ceiling is less than 5 feet high. Crawl onto the well-worn couches and chillax.
The building was an abandoned house and was formerly a squat, now fulfilling the more lucrative role of an ‘underground’ night club. Like many electronic Berlin clubs, fancy decor is not their strong point, but that’s because they know that not only do their clubbers not care for such things, the also that the grotty look adds that quintessential Berlin feel. However, they do add something themed and temporary to the decor most nights.
Bottles of beer are eur3 including the Pfand (deposit) of 50c, so don’t forget to bring back your old bottle everytime you need a new beer. The bar staff were friendly on both occasions that I was there, especially the second time, when I was in the upstairs part. I’ve never seen a bar woman smile so much and serve the customers in such a friendly manner. Where I come from it is extremely rare for a bar person in a busy club to crack a smile, let alone to be friendly.
On New Years Day 1/1/11 at 1:11 Salon zur Wilden Renate’s Silvester party begins. They are selling tickets for this event in advance in the Renate Bar on Thursday 23rd, Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th December, so it’s probably advisable to pick these up if you want to be there on the night.
For the clubs German website – http://www.renate.cc/
Many Club visitors coming to Berlin stay at OTA-Berlin “…..the Intelligent Apartment Alternative to Hotels in Berlin”.
When they visit us and stay in Berlin they will find there is so much to see and do, even after 2,3, or even 4 visits – you will come back and to this great city and most come right back to stay with OTA-Berlin again – most of our guests do!
Club or Party ‘goers’ in Berlin will find the apartments are also very amendable to sleeping in the whole day – as many Berlin ’Clubbers’ arrive ‘home’ at around 10 in the morning and then get up around dinner time!
Last blog article by Evo at: http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/berlin-general/2010/12/09/why-i-came-to-berlin-how-i-got-here-and-where-i-stayed-by-ota-berlin-constituency-blog-contributor-mr-ivo-lucien-part-1-of-3/
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