As with many things in Berlin, the Clärchens Ballhaus is an untouched piece of the past in the heart of the city.
Every breath you take here contains a piece of history. For me, it is as if time had stopped at some point in the past and is giving me the chance to live again those strange years and taste its eastern flavor. But when you look around it’s hard to imagine that at some point in its light wonder years it was a fancy place, since it has faded, like the memories old people might have about it.
The Ballhaus opened in the twilight of summer 1913 with a dance hall on the ground floor and the mirror hall upstairs.
The front building was destroyed in WWII, but the ballhaus continued operating in the GDR. And all the way through the reunification, till 2003, that the heirs of the Buhler family sold the property after 91 years.
Then a new owner brought it back to life by New Year’s Eve 2004 (quite a comeback!) & the front yard became the front terrace. Besides the bar, there is a restaurant, but they also have a lot of nightlife entertainment, like chamber, swing or Balkan music concerts, salsa nights, chacha, waltz, tango and good beers. Just check the calendar and enjoy the fun!
The menu of the restaurant is not that varied, but they also have pizzas. The kitchen is open from 12:00 to 22:30 daily, but the Ballhaus is open as long as there’s someone inside!