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Catch some R&R in between the shows.
Myriad new nightclubs have landed in Berlin, but few have the impressive setting — or multiple personalities — of Gretchen. Dating back to the 19th century, the space once housed the horses of the 1854 Prussian guard and dragoon regiment linked to Queen Victoria of England. Its brick vaulted halls have now been transformed into a DJ, dance, stage and lounge area with cozy leather couches and a contrasting sleek white bar. But contrasts are part and parcel of Gretchen. The name conjures the image of a sweet girl, then the object of desire in Goethe’s “Faust,” and lastly hints at Gretchen Lowell, the serial killer in American author Chelsea Cain’s books. The styles of music are similarly two-faced, including electro and house, but also folk and jazz. Besides being a club, Gretchen changes into a concert space regularly. — JENNIFER WIEBKING
19-21 Obentrautstrase, 10963 (Kreuzberg)
Open Friday and Saturday, 11 p.m. until late, and variously during the week.
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