Last night was another surreal experience courtesy of Berlin after dark. We went to Dr. Pong’s, our new favorite underground ping pong club, and our new favorite German bartender was working. He suggested we go to Alte Kantine, a club down the street to dance. We stopped someone on a bike to ask for directions and, like a movie, he pointed in front of us to a group of people streaming out from an old warehouse. We whispered the password (given to us previously by said favorite bartender), slid in and danced for the next few hours before walking home in the glow of dawn at 5 a.m. It’s good to be young in Europe.
And so, after a few nights of research, I bring you my guide to European clubbing:
1. Tone down the dancing. As someone from the dirty South, we get pretty excited about dancing, but as far as I’ve seen, subdued bouncing is more the style here. Watch and learn.
2. Whenever an American song comes on, scream the lyrics as loudly as you can. Represent your country. Everyone’s doing it- it’s like the olympics for young drunks. Plus French guys are really impressed when you know all the lyrics to the Fresh Prince theme song.
3. Eye contact. Lots of it. This is really important in quasi-establishing intentions and how you feel about someone who potentially doesn’t speak your language. Don’t let a few words (or a complete lack thereof) spoil a perfectly good dance partner.
4. Just work it. If there’s anything more European than bread, cheese and wine, it’s a healthy dose of confidence and a give-no-cares attitude.