Südblock is undoubtedly one of the most important queer spaces in Berlin. Right at Kottbusser Tor (Kotti for the locals), this café, bar and party venue is a real Kreuzberg experience, with all the diversity that makes this Berliner neighborhood so unique and exciting.
We dare say that the main attraction of Südblock is their public: everyone is welcome, excepted those who can not respect the cultural mix of Kotti. Thus, homophobes, transphobes, queerphobes and any other -phobe or heteronormative inclined people will not find their place there.
Together with the Gayhane party at S036, Möbel Olfe and Café Kotti, Südblock forms the Kreuzberg “queer quartet”. In the past 10 years, this “Kreuzberg institution” caters to the local community, including LGBTQ+ crowds and open-minded visitors. Südblock is a place where you are bound to share one of the communal tables with women wearing headscarves, an international drag queen and a young refugee trying to learn German!
Anytime of the day, from 10 a.m., the venue opens for breakfast, lunch and afternoon cake and turns into a bar/party space in the evening, with a program as varied as its crowd.
Located in a small square, just on the southwestern corner of our beloved Kotti d’Azur, at the foot of a social housing complex, the outdoor seating area, in hot summer days, is converted into a Biergarten, with a view to one of U-Bahn station entrances.
On Sundays, the “pay what you want” brunch is a must. The open-buffet has vegetarian and vegan options, including German breakfast staples, like eggs in all its variations and pancakes. At the end of your meal, you decide to pay between € 7.50 and 14.50, excluded drinks, depending on how much you consider you had. It can be very busy on the peak hours, so it is highly recommended to book a table if you go in a group.
The alternative club nights include parties, concerts, karaoke, drag shows, readings, pub quizzes, art performances…
There are regular events, like the Salom Salam, on Mondays, from 6 to 9 p.m., offering haircuts and eyebrows plucking, spiced up with tarot readings, the Hartzer Roller, on Tuesdays, a social counseling service, the weekly Sprachklub aquarium, where everyone interested in learning German is invited to practice the language in an open public chat, and the successful brunch on Sundays.
The “trashy but happy” CherrYO!-kie, the karaoke dance party, happens 4 times a year and it is certainly one of the funniest nights you can have in Berlin! Another hilarious night is the always sparkling Pub Quiz, hosted by the DJs Tama Sumo, Prosumer and special guests.
Südblock also promotes soli refugees parties and political discussions about discrimination faced by minorities. Be sure to check their extensive agenda, like their Facebook page or to subscribe to their newsletter to get updates about their special events.
And finally, a bonus for cig-free people: at Südblock, smoking is allowed only in a separate room!
*Article written by Domingos Lepores and edited by Tulio Edreira.
Address: Admiralstraße 1-2, 10999
Phone: 030 60941853