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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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“dance room” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 - 05:00
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 3 days ago via mobile

Short but sweet review. Food was alright but the service was terrible. My two friends whom I was dining with received their meal and I was expecting mine to come shortly after. I later spoke to the waiter to inquire the location of my food....More

Thank Matt H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We recently held a celebratory dinner for 50 people at the Ballhaus. We were incredibly well looked after and even though you cannot reserve any tables outside the staff were accommodating and let all of us sit in the courtyard for a while. Food was...More

Thank Rose1490
Reviewed 1 week ago

We read the recommendations of this restaurant like everyone else and expected a fun evening meal, but were very disappointed by an embarrassingly bad dinner. The food was nice, the venue (indoors) was very odd and not what we expected, more like a working men's...More

Thank camer1326
Reviewed 1 week ago

A colleague insisted on us spending at least one Berlin evening here; an excellent idea. The food was local and the beer superb. The water buffalo meatball with potato salad was very good, although my wife's pizza was so-so; other friends schnitzel seemed to be...More

Thank 192iaina
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clarchans is amazing. 23 of us celebrated my big birthday here on Saturday night. The venue and staff were great. The were attentive and very efficient. The drinks flowed and food was delivered to everyone on time. They even catered for one us who had...More

Thank _jbaker1957
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Caught the last hour midweek. Great music that isn't ear splittingly loud, nice people, good beer. When leaving, used a taxi app and was picked up within 30 seconds. Can sit and drink, or just stand and chat or dance like a lunatic.

Thank Craig R
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

We had a fairly nice meal here - we sat outside and the atmosphere was nice. However, the pizzas weren't amazing and the smoke from people smoking on the next table was really off putting. We're not used to people smoking near food in the...More

Thank SunnyJumps
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

We went for a bit of an evening for dancing and drinks. Fun atmosphere. Lots of locals who clearly enjoy waltzing around the dance floor. Can't speak to the food as the kitchen closed just as we were arriving. Apparently there is an even more...More

1  Thank mgurvis
Reviewed 22 June 2017

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.

1  Thank Fedz2073
Reviewed 5 June 2017

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

1  Thank Dan A
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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
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
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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