Located in Berlin’s central district of Mitte, Clärchens Ballhaus is a privately owned dance hall and restaurant that dates back to 1913.

The dance hall represents a moment in time that although it has passed, is more alive than ever. Stepping into Clärchens, you’re transported back to 1920’s Berlin, to a place where artists and intellectuals might have gathered to wind down the day, enjoying delicious eats and soulful beats.

Worn wood, smoke-glazed mirrors, silver streamers and wine bottle candles fill the hall with a warm, inviting ambience, and a mirrored disco ball hangs in the middle of the dance floor, enticing visitors to get on their feet and dance the night away.

The venue offers salsa, tango, swing, chacha and schwoof (a type of club dancing), depending on the day of the week. Regardless of the night, though, you’ll always find a mixed crowd of dancers, ranging in age and experience level.

Almost undoubtedly, you’ll be mesmerized by at least one white-haired couple, moving gracefully across the floor, syncing perfectly with each other and showcasing a beautiful display of movement.

The hall comes alive at night, so plan on dinner and dancing. Make a reservation for dinner, as seating can fill up quickly, and enjoy the Ballhaus’s selection of hearty German and Italian cuisine, brick oven pizza and homemade cakes. The kitchen features a weekly menu on top of its standard offerings, so there is always a new dish to try.

While the hall is at its best in the evenings, it is also open during the day and features a beer garden, perfect for enjoying the sun, local beer and great company during the summer days.

Images courtesy of Bernd Schönberger & Frank M. Rafik