Gretchen is Berlin's number one club for contemporary club music and left field beats. Just opened in October 2011, but ran by the former heads of the legendary Icon club, the club is already well-known, far beyond Berlin borders.
Gretchen stands for great sounds and high ranking international bookings. The programme reflects the complexity of current musical trends. All from Electronica, House, Bass, Drum'n'Bass, Dubstep, IDM, Elektro, Glitch to Experimental, Avantgarde, HipHop, Funk, Soul, Folk, Jazz and Worldmusic. Quality of musical genres and artists are most important - not limited imagination, bigotry or boredom.
Gretchen represents Berlin, gives a platform to national and international artists, their labels, but also to newcomers. Gretchen is electronically to unplugged, presents DJ sets and live concerts.
• "In just a few years, Gretchen has developed into an absolute institution: not only in Kreuzberg, not only in Berlin - worldwide, Pamela Schobeß and Lars Döring have made a name for themselves with their unique booking." (splash! mag)
• "It feels like Gretchen at Mehringdamm has always existed forever. Half a decade appears to be little. ... Or is it that all the years of programming and enthusiasm have remained at top level? Not easy in the greedy Berlin nightlife. We pay respect to that." (zitty.de)
• AWARD "APPLAUS" 2015, 2016 and 2017 - Programming Award for independent venues of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media
• AWARD "Most diversified Bookig 2014" (Bln.FM)
• "Gretchen is arguably Berlin's—if not Germany's—premiere spot for electronic hip-hop and bass music." (Resident Advisor)
• "Berlin’s premier club for leftfield beats." (earmilk)
• "Berlin's institution for good taste" (Splash! Mag)
• "A mekka for beatheads in Europe" (someone on facebook)
The club is located in the middle of Berlin-Kreuzberg and stands out due to beautiful vaulted ceiling and delicate columns. The venue has been the former stables of the Prussian 1st Guards Dragoon Regiment Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Ireland from 1854, so Gretchen presents itself in a historic charm combined with a cool club design.
*** The name GRETCHEN stands for purity, honesty and innocence. At the same time she is an object of desire for Goethe's Faust. But Gretchen is also perhaps the most brutal serial killer in modern literature. STRAIGHT are both at the end ... ***
Minimum age for admission at CLUBNIGHTS is 18 years (all events from 10pm or later!)! Without exception!
Age restrictions for CONCERTS or events, which end before midnight: 16 years! Generally no exceptions, no supervision forms ("Muttizettel").