In Berlin, the party goes on despite threat of club closures

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Rooms at the closed club "Pogo Tussy" are pictured in Berlin, Germany, September 5, 2016. After 13 years, "Pogo Tussy" is being torn down. The site will be used for residential apartments. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A wall decorated with photographs is pictured outside the closed club "Pogo Tussy" in Berlin, Germany, September 5, 2016. After 13 years, "Pogo Tussy" is being torn down. The site will be used for residential apartments. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A trailer from the closed club "Pogo Tussy" is moved to a truck at the club site in Berlin, Germany, September 5, 2016. After 13 years, "Pogo Tussy" is being torn down. The site will be used for residential apartments. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Swing dance teachers perform at "Claerchens Ballhaus" in Berlin, Germany, August 31, 2016. Claerchens Ballhaus first opened over 100 years ago, and for some 90 years it was run by the same family. Much of the decor still has an antique, untouched look. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People walk in the early morning over Warschauer Bruecke bridge in Berlin, Germany, September 6, 2016. The bridge is one of the most crowded places in Berlin - day or night. But this shot, taken very early on a Tuesday morning, shows a quiet moment. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A man poses for a picture with bottles that he collected with a friend overnight in Berlin, Germany, September 3, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A man performs with fire at Friedrichshain Park in Berlin, Germany, August 28, 2016. Berlin is home to many performers, who put on their shows at bars, clubs and other venues. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People attend a rock concert at Bassy Club in Berlin, Germany, August 30, 2016. Music at Bassy Club is defined as "strictly before 1969" - featuring a mix of Blues, Soul, Country, Rock'n'Roll and more. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Dawn lights the sky behind nightclub Crack Bellmer in the RAW area of Berlin, Germany, September 6, 2016. Night after night thousands of Berliners and visitors head to hotspots like RAW, an old graffiti-covered train-repair site in the eastern part of the city that was once under Communist rule but is now home to clubs, bars and a pool replete with beer garden. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
DJ Olga Wodka performs at a party at the bar "Zum schmutzigen Hobby" ("To the dirty hobby") in Berlin, Germany, August 28, 2016. Celebrating pop songs and drag DJs in a little cozy place. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People sit in bars on the Flutgraben canal in Berlin, Germany, August 25, 2016. The area around the canal Flutgraben has blossomed into a nightlife district. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Employees sell "Currywurst" (curried sausage) in Berlin, Germany, August 27, 2016. During long nights out in Berlin, people get hungry. Snack stands are open all night long, and peckish party-goes find themselves faced with an important decision: Currywurst or doner kebab. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Lea, owner of the club "Wild at Heart", stands at a bar in Berlin, Germany, September 1, 2016. Lea and her husband Uli, who sings in the band "Church of Confidence", have been running "Wild at Heart" for over 20 years. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People sit at Solar bar in Berlin, Germany, September 2, 2016. Solar is one of many places to go out in Berlin with views over the city. The venue contains both a restaurant and a bar. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Petra, who works behind the bar, smokes at Trinkteufel pub in Berlin, Germany, August 31, 2016. Trinkteufel is open from Friday to Monday morning, non-stop. It attracts anyone from old punks, to tourists, to artists, to retirees. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Artist Le Pustra and organiser Else Edelstahl pose for a picture at Simon Dach Strasse, a street filled with many bars, in Berlin, Germany, August 28, 2016. Else Edelstahl organises the party series "Boheme Sauvage", in which people dress up in 1920s style, celebrating Berlin nightlife of a past era. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People dance at the kinky club "Insomnia" in Berlin, Germany, September 4, 2016. At Insomnia, some people switch their everyday clothes for latex or leather in the changing rooms near the entrance while others strip off and head into a whirlpool. Some openly have sex while loud music pumps out. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People chat on the rooftop bar at the club "House of the Weekend" at Alexanderplatz square in Berlin, Germany, August 24, 2016. Hannibal Hanschke: "The terrace of Weekend beside the TV tower feels like real Berlin. High above the streets, it's a perfect place to catch the sunset." REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People walk through the RAW area in Berlin, Germany, September 3, 2016. Night after night thousands of Berliners and visitors head to hotspots like RAW, an old graffiti-covered train-repair site in the eastern part of the city that was once under Communist rule but is now home to clubs, bars and a pool replete with beer garden. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
DJ Senai Gueler and his friends celebrate at Amano Bar in Berlin, Germany, August 30, 2016. The rooftop bar in the Mitte district attracts well-heeled visitors but also artists and celebrities of Berlin nightlife. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Women dance at Duncker Club in Berlin, Germany, August 30, 2016. The women were Italian musicians who live in Berlin and were celebrating a birthday at the club. One of them is a singer in a Berlin punk band. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Dominique and husband Uwe, who run the kinky club "Insomnia", pose with friends at their club in Berlin, Germany, September 4, 2016. At Insomnia, some people switch their everyday clothes for latex or leather in the changing rooms near the entrance while others strip off and head into a whirlpool. Some openly have sex while loud music pumps out. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TEMPLATE OUT
People dance at the "Roller Skate Disko" at the club SO36 in Berlin, Germany, September 5, 2016. SO36, which is located in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, made its name as a punk venue, and now hosts a variety of music and events. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Nico, a bouncer at Bassy Club, poses for a picture in Berlin, Germany, September 2, 2016. Nico is not only head bouncer at this club, where the motto for music is "strictly before 1969", she is also an artist. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
The band "PLeaSureDomE" performs at a pub at the Europa Center in Berlin, Germany, September 3, 2016. "PLeaSureDomE" plays glam rock, with distinctive outfits to match. Here they play at a huge Irish pub at the Europa Center in west Berlin. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Performer Beatrice Baumann prepares backstage at "Zum starken August", an events bar in Berlin, Germany, August 27, 2016. Beatrice is a contact juggler. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Guests at "Zum starken August", an events bar, sit on the pavement outside to watch a burlesque performer in Berlin, Germany, August 27, 2016. The venue hosts a range of events including "porn karaoke". REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People are seen inside the open-air club "Else" in Berlin, Germany, September 3, 2016. "Else" is located between railway lines and a busy street with six lanes of traffic by the river Spree. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People wait for trains at Warschauer Strasse station in Berlin, Germany, September 3, 2016. "S-Bahn" and "U-Bahn" trains run throughout the night in Berlin on weekends. They offer a way for thousands of party-lovers to move from club to club. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People enjoy the sunset at Modersohnbruecke bridge in Berlin, Germany, August 25, 2016. For many, watching sunset at Modersohnbruecke bridge in the summertime is a kind of a ritual. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People sit at Admiralsbruecke bridge at night time in Berlin, Germany, August 27, 2016. Many people spend time on this bridge during the summer, enjoying the sunset and warm nights, drinking beer and listening to street musicians. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Tourists buy drinks at a store on Schoenhauser Allee street in Berlin, Germany, August 27, 2016. For many Berlin clubbers nights can be long and expensive. So-called "Spaeties" (late night convenience stores) sell alcohol for cheaper prices than are found in most clubs. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke SEARCH ÃBERLIN NIGHTLIFEÃ FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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BERLIN, Sept 19 (Reuters) - From swing, salsa and sex to tango, transvestites and techno, Berlin's nightlife offers something for everyone.

The city that shocked the straight-laced during the pre-war Weimar Republic - portrayed in the film "Cabaret" - and then became a center of counter culture during the 1960s and 1970s - to wit, David Bowie's "Berlin Trilogy" - is rocking.

Night after night thousands of Berliners and visitors head to hotspots like RAW, an old graffiti-covered train-repair site in the eastern part of the city that was once under Communist rule but is now home to clubs, bars and a pool replete with beer garden.

There, in halls and sheds situated along railway lines, people dance to reggae, punk rock, dancehall, hardcore, metal, rap, hip-hop and techno in clubs with names like Cassiopeia and Suicide Circus.

"Berlin nightlife is like a big adventure. Every day you can explore something new," said Richard Shawn, a British expatriate living in Berlin.

Nico Brodersen, head bouncer at Bassy Club, said it is the people who count.

"Excessive, wild, free and never-ending - you can forget their names but never their faces," she said of those who like to hit Berlin's clubs in the evening.

There is some concern about how long it can last in a city where rents are rising and demand for space is increasing as the population grows. Several clubs have closed recently and others are expected to follow suit.

In Prenzlauer Berg, a district once in the former Communist East that became a partygoer's paradise after the fall of the Berlin Wall, complaints about noise have triggered some closings.

Residents talk about "Clubsterben," or "club death."

One of the recent victims is in the eastern district of Friedrichshain - a club called Pogo Tussy, which is being torn down to make way for new apartments.

"It's so sad to give up after 13 years but that's the way it goes," said Simone Braun, the club's former owner.

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People sit at a newly opened pub near a stencil of Lebanese singer Fayrouz in Damascus, Syria, March 24, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Dana Daqqaq, a bartender at Pub Sharqi, pours a drink during her shift in Damascus, Syria, March 25, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
People pose for a photograph at a newly opened pub in front of a stencil of Syrian actor Duraid Lahham in Damascus, Syria, March 24, 2016. The writing on the wall reads: "Cheers to homeland." In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE
People dance under projected visuals at Nassar pub and art gallery in Damascus, Syria, March 25, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Kenan smiles as he carries a drink outside 80s Bar in Damascus, Syria, March 24, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A young woman poses for a photograph outside Beit Zaman hotel where 80s Bar is located in Damascus, Syria March 11, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Beit Zaman hotel, where 80s Bar is located, is seen in Damascus, Syria, March 11, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
People take a selfie at La Marionnette Pub in Damascus, Syria, March 10, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
People carry drinks at 80s Bar in Damascus, Syria, March 11, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Dana, a bartender at Red Bar, prepares a drink with a shaker for a customer in Damascus, Syria, March 11, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Marah, a DJ at 80s Bar, plays music in Damascus, Syria March 13, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
People dance at 80s Bar in Damascus, Syria, March 11, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A bartender pours a drink at 80s Bar in Damascus, Syria, March 11, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Bartenders work at 80s Bar in Damascus, Syria, March 11, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
People spend time at Zodiac bar in Damascus, Syria, March 11, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
People spend time at 80s Bar in Damascus, Syria, March 11, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A bicycle is parked outside La Marionnette Pub in Damascus, Syria, March 11, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
La Marionnette Pub is seen in Damascus, Syria, March 11, 2016. In Damascus's Old City, just a mile from the battered frontline between government and rebel-held territory, young Syrians smoke, drink beer or soft drinks, and talk about anything but the war. The revival of activity in this once-vibrant quarter is part of efforts to project an air of normality in the Syrian capital, even as the five-year-old war that has killed more than 250,000 people and created 5 million refugees continues to rage nearby. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki SEARCH "DAMASCUS NIGHTLIFE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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But for now, in many parts of the city, the party continues.

For techno fans, a night at the legendary Berghain club is a must - if they can get in. Queues stretching for one hundred meters (yards) are a regular sight outside the former power plant. Entrepreneurial locals do a roaring trade selling beers to those waiting.

For those who don't make it, there are plenty of alternatives. How about Salon Zur wilden Renate - a club spread over several floors in an old apartment building? Or About Blank - a club where the party spills out into a garden? Or Sisyphos, in a former dog biscuit factory?

At a dimly-lit kinky club called Insomnia some people switch their everyday clothes for latex or leather in the changing rooms near the entrance while others strip off and head into a whirlpool. Some openly have sex while loud music pumps out.

"Here people can be absolutely free and they can fulfill their hidden dreams. We are crossing borders. Almost the only important rule is: No means no!" said Dominique, who runs the Insomnia club with her husband.

In other clubs, discos throb and drag kings and queens strut their stuff in shows.

But for those who prefer to while the night away in simple bars and lounges, there's the bustling street called Simon-Dach-Strasse in Friedrichshain, full of bars and restaurants, with tables and chairs lining the cobbled pavements.

Diners can choose between Mexican, Mediterranean and Asian dishes or - this being Germany after all - Currywurst, a sliced pork sausage slathered in a sauce of ketchup and curry powder.

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