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It’s a stereotype that the offerings for gay men in a metropolis far outnumber those for women. But in Berlin, there is a broad array of possibilities. Yes, there are fewer dedicated Lesbian bars here, for example, than gay bars. But the number and quality of monthly parties is high. And there are many organisations for Lesbian, Trans*, Non-Binary and Queer women to boot.
Möbel Olfe, in a former furniture store, is a popular bar night out on Tuesdays.
SilverFuture in Neukölln is a bar especially popular with women and is open every day. It’s billed a discrimination-free safe space for ‘Kings and Queens and Criminal Queers’.
Himmelreich in a neighbourhoody bar in Friedrichshain also tends to be majority lesbian. Great terrace and sidewalk people-watching in summer.
Roses and Südblock also draw a lesbian crowd. Roses is a late-night bar with a mostly male gay crowd, but it is popular with a broad spectrum of the queer community. Südblock is a great place for an after-work drink, in their Biergarten, and they also have an active party program, and community program (for immigrant communities, trans*, refugees, and is accessible for patrons in wheelchairs).
You might also also check out Lady’s Night on Wednesdays at Bar B104 in the Bergmannkiez in Kreuzberg (women only).
For something a little more alternative, you might check out if anything’s happening (usually in the summer months) at Raumerweiterungshalle.
L-Tunes is one of the most popular lesbian club evenings in the city (nowadays usually at Maze).
Try also the party Girls Town in Gretchen. Check out also what Mint Berlin has going (even though their regular night has shut down).
Room 4 Resistance, mentioned before, is more than just a popular club for women, but also a political force.
Hoe_Mies, meanwhile, is a hip-hop, RnB, Reggaton party series for women, non-binary, trans*, that also has a community group.
The Lesbian multicultural women’s initiative RuT – Rad und Tat is not just aimed to Lesbian immigrant women, but have an events series open to a broader lesbian public: from language exchange, bike repair workshops, to a ‘World food buffet’.
The Wildwasser FrauenNachtCafé is a centre for womem in crisis or conflict situations. Fridays from 2030h they have a roundtable for an exchange of experiences
The Schokofabrik is a feminist collective by the ‘women of Kreuzberg-36’. It provides not just legal and social consultations, but also offers a hammam, or Turkish Bath, for women. Schokofabrik are interested in providing an alternative neighbourhood story for the area around Naunystraße, often portrayed by the press as a ‘bad immigrant neighbourhood’.
female:pressure is a network of women, non-binary, and trans artists in the digital arts and electronic music.
For health concerns, you might contact FFGZ, the Feminist Women’s health initiative
For a sport, Seitenwechsel is an organisation that offers lesbians and trans* and inter members an astonishing range of sports activities from boxing to parcour to pilates.
More Trans* Resources
Here, I should make clear that the Trans* ‘scene’ as such doesn’t always overlap with the women’s scene. Female to male trans* people might find some of the women’s venues tricky, for example, as these venues’ intended audience is generally female. Bars and clubs such as Möbel Olfe, Silver Future, Südblock, Himmelreich, and Room 4 Resistance, have an all-welcome vibe to them. You might also check out some of the resources below:
The Sonntags Club, mentioned above, has a trans* group.
For counselling, you might contact TransInterQueer. They also have support groups, a café, an archive, and even a radio station! For a self-help group, then try SHG. Information in English is provided on the pages of Queer Leben.
Trans* people from immigrant backgrounds and refugees can find multi-lingual support at Gladt.
If you are looking for a youth group (if you are under 27), then contact Abqueer.
The Lesbenberatung has a useful dedicated resource page for the trans community with plenty of useful links.
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