Scene: What To Do in Berlin

Places to eat, drink, stay, and more in Berlin.

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Jesus Club

Photo By Matti Hillig

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WWD Berlin Preview issue 01/12/2010

Alternative Clubs


Party people like Berlin because Berlin likes party people. And according to one club owner, local authorities “are quite open and liberal and you get what you want,” allowing clubs off the beaten path a chance to crop up.

One of the city’s most recent additions is the Jesus Club, a subsidiary of the more established Maria am Ostbahnhof and its second venue, Joseph. Launched in November, Jesus Club is the third and smallest of the family, and the most program-oriented: its club lineup revolves around art, dance and jazz. Behind the doors (with riverside entrance), there are no boundaries between musicians and the audience during performances. The club also remains fully lit on many nights for guests to be able to see the surrounding and constantly evolving program of art installations and dance performances. The bar card is limited, but musicwise, the range is wide: jazz one night, electronic music the next.

However, unlike its two sister venues, the Jesus Club is only temporary, enriching the city’s nightlife until March before a new concept sets up there for the summer.

Also coming in March is Hardcover, a new literary club in Berlin’s Mitte, which will present a bimonthly program of readings and acting performances in conjunction with a more classic open-end nightclub concept. The club will kick off with some Serge Gainsbourg texts, part of a yet-unpublished work by the legendary poet, singer-songwriter, actor and director.

— Jennifer Wiebking

Jesus Club
An der Schillingbrücke
(behind Maria am Ostbahnhof)
33/34 Stralauer Platz, 10243 (Friedrichshain)
Tel.: +49-30-2123-8190


44 Klosterstrasse, 10179
Tel.: +49-30-20-095-0933

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