While Sin Palace Berghain often gets all the credit as Berlin's premier techno palace, the intimate, convivial surroundings of Watergate have their own claim to being the city's best club.
Many talk of its innovative, and much imitated LED light displays that adorn the walls of the club's long, low ceilinged room, pulsing in time to the beats of the cream of the house and tech crop.
But just as appealing is Watergate's unassuming, resolutely party-centric crowd. Frenetic and friendly, Watergate boasts an infamously powerful Funktion One soundsystem that is put through its paces by everyone from M.A.N.D.Y to Ellen Allien, Mike Shannon to Kiki on a regular basis.
"Watergate is exactly what a super-slick disco 3000 should be," reckons Mike Shannon. "You have a crazy atmosphere, with some killer sound and an LED matrix unlike any other over your head. Clubs don't get much better than this."