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More Than Just a Club

Blick in das Foyer der Pepsi Boston Bar im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin
Blick in das Foyer der Pepsi Boston Bar im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin
Party and culture! Welcome to SchwuZ. As Berlin’s largest queer club, we bring together dancing, art and community work all under one roof. Our clientele is as diverse as our projects. Women and men, or neither of the above, white and Black queers, queers of color, transgender and intersex people, gays and lesbians, bearded women, queens, butches and femmes, people with and without disabilities, people with migration backgrounds, young and old, and so much more all celebrate together here.
We live queer pop culture and provide a stage for all types of artistic expression. We’re more than just a club. From cabaret, theater, exhibitions, screenings, concerts, readings, discussions, shows through to the legendary party nights – our event calendar impresses with a multifaceted program. We also have a friendly, skilled and multifaceted team. SchwuZ is queer through and through. We promote dialogue and offer a place for communication and space for respite. The networking and development of the LGBTQIA+ community isn’t just our wellspring, it’s a matter near and dear to our hearts. Since SchwuZ’s founding back in 1977, we’ve been and remain an important meeting point for the scene. Wonderful queer projects, including the city magazine Siegessäule, the Prinz Eisenherz Bookstore, the Schwulenberatung counselling center, and the first Berlin CSD were all launched at SchwuZ. We continue living and loving our club culture, beyond the typical social norms and rules: We’re loud, proud queers!
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Our History

Forty-five years, four locations: Created as a gay meeting place in Berlin, today we’re a queer club for all colors of the rainbow – party and event location, cultural temple and meeting place, a safer space.
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We are here for you

Portraet von Florian Winkler-Ohm, Geschaeftsfuehrer im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin
Portraet von Florian Winkler-Ohm, Geschaeftsfuehrer im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin

Florian Winkler-Schwarz

Managing Director

Portraet von Marcel Weber, Geschaeftsfuehrer im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin
Portraet von Marcel Weber, Geschaeftsfuehrer im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin

Marcel Weber

Managing Director

Portraet von LCavaliero Mann, Kuenstlerischer Leiter im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin
Portraet von LCavaliero Mann, Kuenstlerischer Leiter im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin

LCavaliero Mann

Artistic Director

Portraet von Bastian Hanke, Personalleiter im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin
Portraet von Bastian Hanke, Personalleiter im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin

Bastian Hanke

HR Director

Portraet von Matthias Hamann, Controller im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin
Portraet von Matthias Hamann, Controller im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin

Matthias Hamann

Head of Controlling

Portraet von Tanja Dierbach, Personaleinsatzplanerin im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin
Portraet von Tanja Dierbach, Personaleinsatzleiterin im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin

Tanja Dierbach

Personnel Planning

Portraet von Tal Schahaf, Mediengestalter:in im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin
Portraet von Tal Schahaf, Mediengestalter:in im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin

Tal Shahaf

Media Designer

Portraet von Cristian Merean, Eventmanager im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin
Portraet von Cristian Merean, Eventmanger im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin

Cristian Merean

Event Manager

Portraet von Michael von Fischbach, Head of Booking im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin
Portraet von Michael von Fischbach, Head of Booking im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin

Michael von Fischbach

Head of Booking

Portraet von Tim Wildemann, Koordinator und Producer im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin
Portraet von Tim Wildemann, Koordinator und Producer im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin

Tim Wildemann

Production Coordinator

Portraet von Jen Pahmeyer, Sicherheitsbeauftragte im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin
Portraet von Jen Pahmeyer, Sicherheitsbeauftrage im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin

Jen Pahmeyer

Head of Security

Portraet von Camille Legeron, Produktionsassistentin im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin
Portraet von Camille Legeron, Produktionsassistentin im SchwuZ Queer Club Berlin

Camille Légeron

Production Assistant

Komm in unser Team

Wir geben dir alle Voraussetzungen, um wirksam zu werden, und schaffen Raum, damit du deine Aufgabengebiete selbstbestimmt und selbstorganisiert gestalten kannst.

Partners, Networks & Associations

We would like to thank our partners, sponsors and the associations and networks we’re a member of for the steadfast collaboration over the years. Together we make visions become reality.

Sustainability

We’re currently in the process of becoming a completely environmentally sustainable club and are leading by example. For instance, we’re using 100-percent certified green electricity from Green Planet Energy in our club and offices. We try to avoid using packaging materials and reduce waste as much as possible. At the bars we utilize a reusable/deposit system for bottles and we even make the ice for our drinks ourselves on location, which reduces carbon-dioxide emissions. We’ve also switched to energy-saving LED bulbs in our lighting systems for the most part and our ventilation system has a heat recovery system that the whole space benefits from. In our shop we offer tree sponsorships for a reforestation project in Brandenburg to improve tree diversity in the region’s monocultural forests. And all of this is just the beginning!
Wasser lauft aus dem Wasserhahn auf der SchwuZ Toilette
Wasser lauft aus dem Wasserhahn auf der SchwuZ Toilette
Rollstuhlfahrer:in im Rollstuhllift im Foyer des SchwuZ
Rollstuhlfahrer:in im Rollstuhllift im Foyer des SchwuZ

Accessibility

We have a barrier-minimized entry as well as barrier-free movement for wheelchair users in our club. All the hallways and entrances are wide, the bathrooms are accessible, there’s a wheelchair lift and an adapted entrance counter. Non-verbal signage and good lighting guide the way. We also try to keep language barriers to a minimum by having multilingual personnel. You can also pay for entry, coat check and your drinks at SchwuZ using contactless payment possibilities. Holders of a BerlinPass receive discounted entry to our party events. Eliminating barriers is an important topic for us and is always near the top of our agenda. We create a respectful interaction with one another. Everyone should feel comfortable and welcome here. More to come!

What People Say About SchwuZ

SchwuZ is more than an institution. It is legendary, cult, is always a topic of conversation, place of longing and yet always changing. If the community were a living being, SchwuZ would be its heart.

Manuela Kay
Publisher of the SIEGESSÄULE

SchwuZ was my first queer nightlife experience and remains my absolute favorite club to this day. Everyone is welcome here.

Riccardo Simonetti
Entertainer, activist & author

SchwuZ is a feel-good place for me and a sort of expanded living room where I can celebrate our diversity with my community. I can really let loose here.

Max Appenroth
Mr. Gay Germany 2022 & trans*activist

To me, SchwuZ is a Berlin icon – a safer space for the queer community, a place of empowerment and appreciation of radical diversity.

Dr. Klaus Lederer
Senator for Kultur and Europe & Deputy Mayor of Berlin

SchwuZ has accompanied me for more than twenty years, made so much possible for me and advanced my queer emancipation. SchwuZ must become a World Cultural Heritage site. At the least!

Jurassica Parka
Drag queen & comedian

SchwuZ is an integral part of my Berlin. I’ve gone to a looooot of parties in my life, but the best parties were always here.

Dennis Agyemang a.k.a. DJ Caramel Mafia

A night spent at SchwuZ helps me access my empathy for everyone, people whom I have more in common with than what separates us. Regardless of the respective color of their skin, their sexual orientation or age.

Bernd Gaiser a.k.a. Daisy
Co-founder of SchwuZ & SchwuZ e.V., Honorary Queen

In SchwuZ I meet like-minded people, people who think differently, creative people and also very hot people. I can feel free in SchwuZ and continue writing queer history.

Vivienne Lovecraft
Artist

SchwuZ is our living room.

Heiner Beißwenger
SchwuZ activist from the very start