Lab-oratory @ Berghain

Am Wriezener Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany, 10243

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audience rating Lab-oratory @ Berghain, 3.9 out of 5 based on 85 ratings
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TODAY 2 For 1 Fridays - double drinks deals

‘Anything goes’ at this famous cruise club in the basement of an old East Berlin power station (which also houses the popular dance club Berghain and Panorama Bar). The men play hard.

The industrial setting gives “The Lab” the right atmosphere to cruise and play with cages, slings, glory holes, dark rooms and alcoves and some private cabins. Showers and hand basins are provided along with paper towels, free condoms and lube.

Change into your outfit on arrival (leather, sportswear, jockstrap, rubber, etc.). You will be given a bag for your other clothes. Check in the bag and a number will be written on your shoulder. This number is used to bill drinks at the bar.

Some nights are themed with specific dress code. You will not be admitted if you are wearing a strong perfume. Drinks are 2 for the price of 1 on Friday nights. Check the website for details on upcoming events and times. Some special events are ticket only and usually sold out well in advance – so plan ahead.

U: Warschauer Straße; S: Ostbahnhof; Bus 240: Franz-Mehring-Platz

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Value

3.7

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3.8

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3.2

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based on 21 reviews
  1. The good times roll here

    “I’m not sure what the hell is wrong with some of you reviewers. Maybe your gayness has you so insecure as a person you think the world is against you. And for those of you who believe you’re hot shit perhaps you should find yourself in a committed relationship with someone else who you think is sooo hott. As if all the gay people are supposed to be 18 and a football player. Stop watching porn and you’ll realize that there are different people all over the universe. And you’ll find that you’re probably not as hott as you think you are which I attribute if not to your looks your nasty attitude. Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest (one more thing – you are in Germany unless the queen of Prussia no German in Germany should have to speak to you in English. Not only that what questions do you have? Pay your money and take off your clothes. Silence your vocal chords and open your mouth or ass.) But I digress. I had no trouble getting in. I had no attitude from bar or doorman or coatroom guy. I had action more times than I can count. Only people not fxxxx were the princesses walking around like they were choosing the right shoes at Neiman’s. Trust there were people from every age range, ethnicity and religion and body type. If you didn’t find anything, because you’re soo hot then you should have found the other guy who thought he was soo hot. Oh wait maybe you’re not that hot. And people did go bareback, but there were condoms everywhere- I know I used several. Get them when you walk in they do look to disappear.”

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     on 08-22-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  2. If you love the smell of a toilet, enjoy!

    “After watching the morbidly obese doorman humiliate and reject every third person in the queue before me, I entered to what I can only describe as a septic toilet. Old, out of shape, fairly creepy men. I’m very open minded and been to the best naked parties in Europe but this place is a scam. Locals all know the reviews are a scam and they all go to Boiler sauna. I went and this sauna instead and it is sensational and full of Berlin’s hottest guys. Avoid Lab and go directly to BOILER for the real thing.”

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     on 08-18-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  3. April and August 2016 - Athletes party

    “I have been to this place three times now. The first time in April 2016 I was very nervous after reading the reviews. I am 28, meditteranean and look after myself. The doorman is indeed arrogant – maybe even bitter about being not particularly gifted with looks. I do not speak German and he does not help with trying to explain the rules. He just makes a noise and carries on speaking – any point in that when I clearly said I do not understand? Would you carry on speaking to a deaf person without helping in another way?
    Anyway – I got in.
    You are given a large bag. Place your clothes and dress up for the themed event. I choose rugby shorts, a sleeveless zip hoody, baseball cap back to front, football socks and traines. But I was overdressed! Some guys were in just jocks. Or speedos with a hole cut out at the back (hot). No money is needed inside as you become a number – so all drinks are charged to the number which you pay for at the end when you get your bag back.
    Well – my expectations were low. But the entertainment was high. Choose your “type”. It will be there! Some of the various things I’ve seen during my three visits :
    – very hot young guys blindfolded in slings
    – muscle daddies sitting behind dark glory holes using anything that goes through the hole

    The list goes on….

    And there is enough hot ass to go around here.

    If you are looking for something or want to dress in a certain way, it will be here.

    The negatives – bare backing (a lot), drugs and door staff.

    Would I go for a fourth time? Probably not. Lab is a tourist attraction and if the door staff do not sort out their attitude I imagine the visitors will reduce.”

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     on 08-15-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Please change the doorman

      “The doorman is really horrible, he is just arrogant and stupid just rejected me and 2 friends of mine without reason. I don’t know if that’s right in Germany, such a situation I never lived at my life.”

       on 12-04-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  4. Great night in Berlin

    “I went there before the Berlin parade. It was a Friday night underwear party. It’s hard to find the way. But when I turn left I saw a long queue. And there are many hot guys in the queue. Different age and race. I got excited. After I get inside there are so many guys there. Hot actions everywhere. U can enjoy as much as u can. And I had a lot of fun. Definitely would love to come back.”

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     on 08-08-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  5. A Great Place to Play

    “My partner and i visited the club twice on our recent trip to Berlin. Based on other reviews we were weary and not sure we would be let in or fit in. Well we had a fantastic time. Lots of action with a wide range of men. Being over 60, we were on the upper end of age, but both had plenty of fun. Even some of the “boy’s” appreciated us Daddies. Saw white, black, Asian Indian, middle eastern etc.
    Just show up early and understand that they do not tolerate cologne, lots of talking in line etc. These guys are serious about action and be respectful of their attitude.”

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     on 07-24-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  6. Fabulous club but racist

    “As a regular tourist I have been going to Lab.Oratory for 6 years The place is fabulous on Thursday – hundreds of naked guys, play everywhere, nice staff at the bar. The BB attitude is a bit frightening, but I enjoyed it anyhow. Although a haven for HIV.

    Recently I went there with my Asian friend – the bouncers at the door were extremely rude, did not let us inside, were ready to … me. Because my friend is an Asian, because we came as a couple. No explanation given. And so rude (sorry to repeat this). Of course, we don’t speak German and they shouted at us in German. We spent a lot of money to get there, walk 20 minutes. I will go back as a single, without Asian friend with me. Only Uebermenshen are welcome. It’s a lovely gay BB place but I’m hesitant to go back because of their racism. Nick from Bali.”

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     on 07-13-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Selective, but not racist.

      “The door policy at Lab is a mystery, but in our opinion, it’s not racially motivated . Our correspondent reports seeing plenty of Asians and black guys in this club. The best advice here is that if you don’t like the idea of being subjected to a “screening” process at the door, take your business and money somewhere else.”

       on 07-14-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  7. Great sexperience

    “This place is just superb. It’s super crowded but it’s a very different experience. Only important is to have safe fun as many guys in to hardcore bareback and unsafe practises..but it’s a totally unique experience…Must a visit.”

     on 06-27-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  8. Avoid this overrated space

    “I had read several bad reviews of The Lab, so I was ready to meet a rude doorman: but nothing could have prepared me for the pettiness, stupidity, determination that the the customer would have a bad time, arrogance, and (indeed) madness – which it was impossible for any sane person to penetrate. I would not again attempt to get into this overrated club space.
    Here is a short sequence of events.
    1. At the entrance I tell the door man that I have left my wallet in the hotel- but I have finds inside, so could I go in and get the €6 entrance fee from them? I am allowed inside.
    2. My friends tell me that they have no money – everyone leaves their belongings at the cloakroom, and drinks are paid for on tab. (the doormen, by the way, would have known this.)
    3. I return to the doorman. I tell him what my fiends tell me. He says that I must go back to my friends, bring them to the cloakroom, they will get their belongings out, retrieve the money, and put their belongings back. “Then you will be allowed into the club” says the doorman. So far, so good.
    4. I go back into the club to fetch my friends. We all go back to the doorman. The doorman then says: “it is now past the hour (24:00) when no more guests are admitted. You will not be allowed into the club. (I had first attended shortly after 11:30)”. I told him that I had come to Berlin especially to go to this event. He demanded, angrily to speak without interruption; I waited until he had finished everything he had to say – which was just a few repeats of what he had already said; then when I tried to say anything at all, he would not permit any reply. And I was thrown out.
    Not only is the above story an illustration of contrariness and wilful unpleasantness at its most extreme, if shows the doorman actually contriving the ultimate disposal of me: It was unnecessary to waste time going to get money from my friends – the doorman know they would not have any. It was unnecessary for me to weave my way through the club again to find my friends the second time, because the 24:00 deadline was approaching. The application of “no new entry after 24:00” was designed to make my attempted enterprise fail, but it was an illogical application to the rule, for someone who had presented himself at the door at 23.30.
    The doorman is probably the most deliberately rude and unpleasant person I have ever encountered…..

    I should add that The Lab’s reputation as a great space is hugely over-blown. Trying as best i can to leave my distaste for last night’s experience out of my reasoning, it is by no means anything special – and it is VERY awkward to get to. Inside there is indeed a labrynthal collection of small areas – but nothing especially unusual, if one has been to the many similar clubs elsewhere in the world.
    The Lab seems to survive in spite of the hugely awful door man, who works so hard at making each visit an unpleasant experience, on an Emperor’s `New Clothes’ reputation for it as a gay venue. I have read other reviews of the doorman’s aggressive unpleasantness: he should be sacked. The Emperor’s New Clothes will inevitably be exposed by some “small boy”. The Lab should look to its laurels.
    Avoid this dreadful venue: you will miss nothing, I assure you. And you will play your part in punishing an operator who reads bad reviews and says: “I don’t care. I’m not changing anything: they still come”.”

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     on 06-19-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Just stay in

      “Once you’re in just stay there. You think the asshole bouncer cares about your $6? That’s probably why he didn’t let you back in, had enough of dealing with you.”

       on 06-22-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Not let in

      “How can you fully rate this place when you only spend few minutes looking for your friends ? Also , you should have brought your money . Each club has its own rules and you have to respect them . I’m about to go to Berlin and might visit this club . If for some reason they decide not to let me in its their choice and for me to accept it . Any business has rights to refuse entry . Live with it :-)”

       on 07-26-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  9. Pas de sélection à l'ouverture ...

    “Profitant de mon weekend à Berlin, j’y suis allé vendredi dernier 06/05/2016.
    Je suis arrivé entre 22h00 et 22h30, à l’ouverture, j’étais seul. Le vigil fait entrer les gens par groupe de 5 et je passe inaperçu avec ma tête d’indien. De toute façon, il fallait remplir le lieu, donc pas de problème de sélection.
    Je paye mon entrée, on me donne un ticket numéroté et un sac pour y mettre mes vêtements et mes affaires, j’ai juste garder mon boxer et mes chaussures, j’étais donc dans le thème : des mecs nus, à moitié nus, en jockstrap, en sport, en fétish, tu viens comme tu veux … mais très peu de gens habillés (pas très pratique pour la suite des événements).
    J’ai remis le sac, on me marque mon numéro sur le bras et je garde mon ticket dans mes chaussettes. Je me dirige vers le bar et le vendredi c’est une boisson achetée = une boisson offerte, ce qui est très appréciable.
    Ensuite, j’ai visité un peu et là c’était une orgie gigantesque partout, du jamais vu, y en a pour tous les goûts, c’est chaud, les mecs ne sont pas timides, très entreprenants, pas le temps de discuter ni de faire connaissance et je me jette dans cette foule de testostérone et on m’a bien accueilli. Préservatifs et gel à disposition.
    Je n’ai jamais connu une telle intensité dans une soirée sexe, j’ai passé une super soirée, même seul, et c’est sûr, j’y retournerais …
    Attention, l’entrée se trouve au 70, Rüdersdorfer Strasse : au fond, à gauche, juste après les toilettes. C’est plus pratique.”

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     on 05-15-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  10. These reviews are a SCAM

    “Yo, so here’s the deal. I’m a very good looking normal masculine guy in my mid 20’s. I was very excited by this place based on the reviews that made it sound like a porno site. I waited around until midnight (when patrons are no longer allowed to enter) and it was full of ugly old out of shape men that were desperate for sex in the dark. There were maybe 3 guys under the age of 40, none of them attractive or manly. Avoid this place if you are a young good looking tourist, as these reviews are a scam. I was later informed by locals of the bad reputation of this place. I went on Friday, which was supposedly the normal, popular night. There are definitely better places to attend in a city like Berlin.”

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     on 05-14-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  11. Asians!

    “Are Asians allowed here? Been to different bathhouses and cruising clubs all over the world but always, especially when its my first in the place, I ask : will you allow my skin and race here?”

     on 04-28-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • “Lab-oratory has a very choosy door policy – but our friends who attend this venue say that does not appear specifically racially biased.”

       on 04-30-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  12. Hot place for hot men not for queens.

    “My partner’s friends recommended this club. We got there after getting a little lost. (If you don’t have a map) get a taxi from the metro station) when I got in the place was full. Then I got naked and started walking around within 3 min I was already having more and more fun everywhere.”

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     on 04-15-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  13. Sociopathy

    “I traveled to Berlin from Israel, and I visited at this club after I heard about the place from friends. The bouncer at the entrance said few words in German, which I don’t speak… Well im a tourist. I asked for English and in return I received very rude shouts from him, he said that this is Germany! And in Germany we speak German. No English. We were told to go back home after this humiliating incident, I was never kicked out by a bouncer in my whole life, and after 30 min in train + 10 min walk in a deadly cold weather I was speechless by this behavior… It was difficult enough for me to convince myself to travel to this country as an Israeli Jew, the only reason I traveled there is because i heard Berlin is LGBT heaven, and I consider myself gay before anything else. After this experience I don’t recommend it for no one. [part of this review has not been published as it does not directly relate to this venue.]”

     on 03-20-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • learn german!

      “You must be stupid! I am English and I live here! This is Germany, and the language here is German! Try going somewhere in London and speak only German.. doesn’t work… get over yourself or don’t come to Germany!!”

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       on 11-18-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

      • @Learn German - Attitude

        “First, stop using exclamation marks, if you are English, just makes you look stupid.
        Second, it costs nothing to have manners, especially when dealing with tourists, do you expect everyone to learn the language for all the countries they visit?
        Always tried speaking a few words in the language for each country I’ve visited, the Doorman at this place and a few others in Berlin has a chip on his shoulder. Gay men are discriminated enough without this jerk doing it to gay men.
        Club wasn’t all that much to write home about.”

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         on 12-04-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  14. Amazing

    “I have just had my first ever experience at this great club – and I found it very different to the other guys here. It was one of the sexiest things I have ever encountered and I loved every minute of it. It went in phases – a frenzy and then it slowed down and then people were pairing off. The thing I was really impressed by was all the guys I played with used condoms – without fail. Sure, there was some barebacking, but condoms are everywhere and I used them with all my partners. A very good time. So, the guys on the door are a bit cranky and unfriendly. When the guys were as hot as they were, who cares what the guys on the door were like!”

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     on 03-05-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  15. Unbelievable experience

    “While on vacation with a few friends in Berlin. I’ve decided to go to the Laboratory for the experience. I wasn’t sure how to find the location so i leave the Hotel pretty early. My friends had many years of experienced in the Laboratory so they didn’t want to go this time so had to go alone. On my arrival there was about 10 persons in line waiting to go in. The door was not open yet. In a few minutes as I look behind me I see a very long line of men from all different race. I had no problem getting in. Maybe its because it was a Friday night and there weren’t any special dress code for entree. I was in a state of shock to see 6 to 7 hundred men getting down with each other. It was my very first time seeing so much gay men having fun in one big place. But the experience was great. I had lots of fun. I would like to go back. On Saturday night I’ve decided to go back to the laboratory and i was turn a way by an unfriendly guard at the door. He said Tonight is fisting night for people who only do fisting so if your not into fisting just go away. I just turned and walk away.”

     on 02-15-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  16. Lots of action everywhere

    “I went on “F**k Friday” and I went around 11pm. I was told to go early because they might refuse you entry, if its full inside. I was there til about 2am. I came a few times and then decided I had had enough. Its very overwhelming. Most of the guys are in shape, naked, in jock straps, fancy undies, or just naked. After I got off a few times, I was just over the whole thing. There was about 300 guys there f***ing in all areas, lots of bare backing and just pure man on man action. I am a good looking in shape 35 year old, who works out daily. I found that the guys, constantly went looking for the next best thing, so if they stopped you, played 5 minutes, then carried on. Be prepared to do a lot of that. If your a bottom and BB then its heaven for you. Just bend over and you will have lots of loads your way. To give you a picture of how it looks inside, its very industrial, huge complex, think of a huge bar, guys drinking, but everyone is naked, or in underwear. After you get off a few times, I felt it was pointless to stay and dreamed of my hotel bed. All in all, its a great place for open couples, cause you can share the guys and play together. Its not for prude marys or goody goodys.”

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     on 10-13-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  17. HOT

    “Have been going here for 5 years – it remains the hottest group of men in a naked/near-naked setting I have ever seen. I send my American friends here and they have the same reaction. We don’t play like this in the US – pity. Only a fool would have unprotected sex here – but you can have plenty of fun and be safe.”

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     on 03-05-2015 | Reply Problem with this review?

  18. Super evening

    “Me and my boyfriend had a superhot evening on a Thursday. Little bit hard to find the location without a housenumber so check the map before leaving. Also not easy to find the entrance (at the left of the building) without a clear sign. But follow the crowd, it starts early after openings hour!”

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     on 11-15-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

  19. bad review from laboratory

    “The guy who works the door should be fired his attitude and mentality totally sucks, especially to foreigners. Foreigners do not understand a theme for any club in their own countries most do not have a theme, so be advised if it says sportswear, wear something sportswear, if it says something to the effect of leather you must wear leather.
    But the guy at the door has lost his mind and thinking people understand all of it. Foreigners from other countries try to go to laboratory and he gets an attitude. He forgets who pays his check to the owner. I think you need to lose this gentleman because his bad attitude towards the people never been there there are a nervous as it is!”

     on 07-28-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • You're completely right!

      “At the door (and even inside) the guys at the lab are very unpolite. This is a part of Berlin a Smart city, but a rude city. In my opinion their behavour at the door depends by the filling of the club. If the club is full they are more unpolite and they refuse with a very rude manner! This happens especially with forcing people that are used to go out later than Germans and so they find the club full.”

       on 02-21-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

      • You are completely wrong

        “There is no problem with the guys at the door at all. If you go to Lab, you probably look at their website before going. And if you read a bit about it, you should know that door policy and dress code are strict. THAT is what makes this club fantastic.”

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         on 03-18-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

    • Definitely right!! Never again

      “At the door, vestier all people are zero educated abs not friendly, extremely rude with people and even doesn’t answer your questions. NEVER AGAIN THIS PLACE!!”

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       on 04-13-2016 | Reply Problem with this review?

  20. We Got In.

    “Really weird experience standing in a line, watching some get in, others turned away. On arrival you get a number to order drinks and a bag for your stuff (pay at the bar just before you leave). Once we got in my friend and I were blown away. Almost anything goes, action in every corner. 250 + guys. Does get kind of smelly as the night progresses, but who cares?”

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     on 04-18-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

  21. super ce cruising club

    “L’ambiance et les mecs plus chaud les que les autres en font un lieu super. La naked du jeudi soir est sublime. J’y retourne a chaque visite de Berlin.”

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     on 01-26-2014 | Reply Problem with this review?

  22. Gay but Not Friendly

    “We are five “not-German” men that were at the door of the club last Saturday at 11:45 pm. When we arrived at the front of door, just 3 seconds before, two Germans guys just entered. However, the security guard prevented us from entering, without any explanation. Probably heard we were not Germans. We went back to ask the reason why we were not allowed to enter and security behaved very rudely with us. They lost five clients and of course, we never will speak well of this club. The directors of the club should be more careful.”

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     on 10-15-2013 | Reply Problem with this review?

  23. “Definitely worth a visit if you dare. I had an incredible time there. Only in Berlin!”

     on 09-17-2012 | Reply Problem with this review?

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venue cruise / fetish

features bar, music, maze, dark room, adults-only, cruise / fetish

exclusively gay

weekday Thu 21:00 - 11:00

weekend Fri,Sat 22:00 - 12:00, Sun 16:00 - 18:00

last updated: 10-31-2016

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