25 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
Subway: F to 2nd Ave or Delancey J/M to Delancey
Berlin is a basement rock and roll club, specifically nuwave, synthpop, goth and industrial. It is tantamount to the downtown rock clubs of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s – Coney Island High, Brownies, Continental, CBGBs, and Don Hills – when the rock scene was clamoring and defining itself.
New York is a tough place and the artists here are the toughest. In the changes New York has seen to its City in the last decades, this venue, opened by Jesse Malin, musician and owner of Bowery Electric and other joints, is loyal to live music and New York grit. Rents are going up and the streets are safer; thank god some artists are doing something about continuing to bring variety to the scene.
The venue does it well: it’s no trash bar. Chandeliers hang over the bar from an arched ceiling of exposed brick. The small room is divided by painted columns; one side is bar and semi-lounge, the other is stage and sound booth. Designed lighting compliments the stage. The sightlines could be horrible, but the room is so intimate it doesn’t matter, and musicians don’t keep to playing only on the stage. The beautiful bartenders might be friendly, but, one thing is for certain, people are there for the music and the good days of f*#@ing rock and roll.