Berlin is legendary for its club scene, with people traveling from all over the world to indulge in the hedonism. The problem is, getting a large group through the door can be nigh impossible, especially a large group of dudes. Your best bet is to split up and approach two to three at a time. Stay cool, and show no fear to the door guy. Also, dress down. These aren’t the bottle-service spots you're use to in Vegas and Miami.
For a club you can actually get into with your group: Matrix
Built inside an abandoned train station (every club in Berlin is built in an abandoned fill-in-the-blank), this epic-sized spot with five dance floors and nine bars offers enough room for everyone, and a diverse enough music selection to shut up the one guy in your group who hates techno.
For an only-in-Berlin experience: Club der Visionaire
Built directly on the canal feeding from the Spree, this ramshackle spot offers open-air fun, with a tiny dance floor that occasionally hosts popular European DJs.
Bump into women, literally: King Size
Purposefully ironic in name, this tiny dive of a bar in Mitte gets so packed that the door guy often jumps on a bar stool to determine if there's any room left in the back. It’s uncomfortable, but you will be forced to talk to plenty of women as you squeeze chest to breast.
For drinking on the (relatively) cheap: The Kiez Bars...
You can hardly walk a block in Berlin without passing a bar of some sort. These neighborhood spots are usually kitted out in some vintage-shop furniture and offbeat décor that mixes European style with odd '90s artsy vibes. The highest concentration of spots accepting of visitors is found in Kreuzberg.
For the next generation of German beer: Craft Beer Bars
Germany might be famous for its beer, but only in the traditional sense. If you’re looking for something not brewed to 100-year-old standards, try Vagabund in Wedding or Hops & Barley in Friedrichshain. If you want something brewed onsite, it’s hard to beat Rollberg Brewery in Neukölln.