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Claerchen's Ballhaus

Auguststr. 24, 10117 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 2829295
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On September 13th 1913 Fritz Bühler opened the dance hall “Bühlers Ballhaus” (Bühler’s Ball- room) in the backyard of another building. It became known as “Clärchens Ballhaus” after Bühler was killed in WWI and his widow, Clara, took over the business. When exactly the fabled buildings were erected no one knows – official records were lost during WWII. It could be that they were commissioned by Kaiser Wilhelm II’s butler. But that might be just one of the many legends that surround the house, its inhabitants, and its patrons. Clärchens Ballhaus is, as it were, a kind of story machine, a site of conjecture. The German illustrator and photographer Heinrich Zille had his regular place at the bar, where he used to sit and draw. And Otto Dix painted the poster in 1931, which is still used today. Until the 1940s there were two halls: While the crowds swayed along to the popular ballads of the time in the great ballroom on the ground floor, the dignified ladies and gentlemen of the Spandauer Vorstadt would dance with aristocratic pomp in the mirrored ballroom upstairs. There was also a bowling alley in the cellar. After WWII the mirrored ballroom remained closed, and the bowling alley was used to store coal. The front building was so badly damaged by bombing that it had to be torn down. This made the entrance to the Ballhaus visible from the street - and it looks much the same today. The dancing started up again in the ground floor ballroom – Clärchens defined nightlife in Berlin Mitte for more than 100 years. In January 2005 the previously low rent was raised to meet Berlin Mitte standards, and the Ballhaus changed hands. The new operators have left its interior largely untouched. In 2005 the mirrored ballroom opened for the public for the first time since WWII.
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“schnitzel” (5 reviews)
“dj playing” (3 reviews)
“dance room” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 - 00:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Auguststr. 24, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Mitte
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+49 30 2829295
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Reviewed 4 days ago

An absolutely Delicious meal served by a most friendly and attentive waiter in the beautiful gardens, Schnitzel and chantarelle mushrooms. Yummie. The inside of the restaurant is charming. Total delight and full of history.

Thank Fedz2073
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I popped by on a Wednesday in May (31st). We hadn't booked so we couldn't get a table outside but sat inside where the dancing was taking place. We watched a lesson going on from 8-9pm and then joined in after we...More

Thank Dan A
Reviewed 26 April 2017

the young folks were trying to get going on dancing... some were lost cases. But in general, its a nice place, breaths lots of history and has a very very relaxed atmosphere we had beers, no food which apparently is mediocre... but beers were ok

Thank FOL-1003
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

Our visit took place on a Saturday evening at 11.30pm - we had to wait about 30minutes in front of this surprinsingly old building in a line with a number of middle aged people with quite a number of women among them - once inside...More

Thank Christianmartin
Reviewed 14 March 2017

A diffenrent but great place to go for a drink, a meal or a dance. Traditional in all ways. You really feel history blowing at you when you enter.

Thank Mogens C
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The place has Big Ball Room where we had dinner with big mirrors on the side of the well.The serving was big enough for a single person and the food was ok.

Thank 666kukreti
Reviewed 13 March 2017

I was in Berlin for business and a colleague choose Clarchen's Ballhaus. When we entered I was unnerved - it was probably 100 years old and looked it. Its a huge venue but we had an incredible time - food and dancing were perfect. We...More

Thank Richard Y
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

I read several reviews of this place both on TripAdvisor and in Lonely Planet that made me think it would be ideal - older crowd (we are 40) and music from 80s and 90s. The age of the crowd was 30s/40s, and the music was...More

1  Thank Cerys B
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Step into the gloriously decrepit ballroom of Clarchens and you are in a makebelieve world.... a mixture of Demi-monde faded elegance and modern salsa dancing and great food. The room is in need of updating, seriously updating, but that is it's charm - please, Clarchens,...More

Thank Raskelf
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Would highly recommend the Wiener Schnitzel! Staff were great, and place had a great vibe. Who wouldn't want that?!

Thank roi p
Nearby
Mitte
The centre of Berlin, Mitte is most famous for sights
like the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and Museum
Island. The central location makes this one of the
city's most expensive places to live. It is here the
oldest traces of the city can be found, and evidence
of some significant transformations, as well. The
gangsters that once ruled the impoverished streets
between Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt have given
...More
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Patty G
How do you book tickets for dinner and entrance on Sat night - website in German so not easy to understand?
19 July 2015|
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Response from Deborah R | Reviewed this property |
We made the request in Englishh and the confirmation came back in German and English! which was comforting. I hope you have a good time. Denorah
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Raphaël K
does it have a dresscode , like a fancy one
23 May 2015|
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Response from Torhild D | Reviewed this property |
No, the restaurant is very informal and comfortable
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