What would we Topshop girls give to spend one night under the sparkling disco lights of legendary club Studio 54? Or the chance to whip out our Travolta moves on the dance floor of 2001 Odyssey? Anything, that’s what. Our latest nostalgic desire is courtesy of a club legend that closed just a couple of years back. Berlin based Bar25 was the centre of the city’s groundbreaking after-hours scene and the whole experience can now be relived in Carolin Saage’s coffee table-book, 25/7.
It’s a well-known fact that clubs in Berlin don’t shut at 2am, they open – and Bar25 is one of the founding fathers of this late night scene. Set on the bank of the river Spree in East Berlin, Bar25 opened its gates in 2004 in the quiet, low-key location. Those who stepped behind the unassuming door found themselves in a parallel world run by a 17-man commune. Wooden huts, a DJ booth, scuffed leather sofas and a panoramic view over the Spree created a space for a vibrant dance-nation, party hedonists and international seekers of fun.
Photographer Carolin Saage spent seven glittering years in the club, capturing both ecstatic and fragile moments. Her images of revellers included those caught in showers of confetti, surrounded by clouds of foam, taking part in mud fights and on the rare moments, even in their sleep.
The development of the Spree eventually led to Bar25’s demise, and after a five-day party in September 2010 the gates closed for good. Luckily the club’s party universe lives on in photographs, exhibitions, a documentary “Bar25 – Tage außerhalb der Zeit” and of course Saage’s visually rich volume. And those planning a trip to Berlin soon fear not, the same operators of Bar25 opened a Club on the other side of the Spree called Kater Holzig – an acceptable party alternative.
If you want to get your hands on Saage’s book – click here.