Sisyphos certainly is not a hidden name on Berlin’s techno landscape. Closely situated to Berlin Ostkreuz, the club attracts thousands of techno tourists throughout the whole year – but it still manages to be popular with the locals as well. Sisyphos actually used to be my favorite club in Berlin, that I visited regularly whenever I was in Berlin. But as for any other club in Berlin, it is also struggling with the thin line between making money as a business and still keeping the crowd exclusive and holding up a peaceful atmosphere. After over one year of not having been to Sisyphos, I paid it a visit again and will now share with you why I still consider it one of the best clubs in Berlin.
I certainly remember my first time at Sisyphos that happened about two years ago. I was instantly fascinated by how well everything was put together and with how much detail. With its huge outside area, hundreds of seating areas and little hide-outs, there was so much to explore every single time. It felt like someone had made a list of everything you could ever need when going out and turned it into a club. There is plenty of food, an ATM and you can charge your phone – what else could you wish for? Everything was designed for you to stay as long as possible, the whole weekend if you wanted to.
Last year I found that Sisyphos was changing in a way I didn’t approve of. The events were getting bigger, more and different people were let in, things got more expensive and I got the impression that making a profit had become more important to the owners than protecting the club’s vibe. To be fair, I did mainly go to big events like New Year’s Day and May Day at that time, which I would not necessarily recommend – too many people, too commercial and more expensive for basically the same party. On top of everything, Sisyphos created their own stage at Melt! festival in 2017 with their residents playing. It was my favorite stage in the end, still I felt like Sisyphos was selling out their concept to a bigger crowd and dishonouring the magical, special place they had put together in Berlin.
But luckily I got to revisit Siyphos on a regular summer weekend this June and I was positively surprised with the transition of the club. The big outside area with its little lake and sandy floor has become even more adorable with loads of fussy details. You can have a chill time there during the day, when the main floor inside is closed and pretty much feel like you’re at a festival. A great new edition are the live bands playing there during the evening, when the sun is setting and the club gets more crowded. This adds to the festival atmosphere of the club and sets it apart from other Berlin locations. On the weekend I went, I got to see a beautiful live performance by Berlin’s local band Bakery. It certainly was an unique club experience that made the night even more special.
Concerning the rest of the club, not too much has changed. There still is the big Hammahalle with solid techno beats, the now called Scheune with deep techno and sometimes oriental sounds and my absolute favorite, the Wintergarten outside with the groovy deep house sound. The quality of the music at Sisyphos is always high and I’ve personally never been to an event where I didn’t like any of their music.
So overall, I’m still quite impressed with the whole outlay of Sisyphos and would recommend for you to check it out, in case you haven’t been. The crowd is still very diverse but also carefully selected. People of all ages and from different nations come together peacefully to have a good time. Yes, you may stumble across a few tourists that might have taken a pill too many, but Sisyphos still is a great place to meet people and make international friends. Personally, I will avoid bigger events at Sisyphos in the future, but for a sunny weekend in Berlin it is a reliable address to go – and you can count on having a good time.