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“The dancing and pizza may be good but the service was awful.”

Claerchen's Ballhaus
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Owner description: On September 13th 1913 Fritz Bühler opened the dance hall “Bühlers Ballhaus” (Bühler’s Ball- room) in the backyard of another building. It became known as “Clärchens Ballhaus” after Bühler was killed in WWI and his widow, Clara, took over the business. When exactly the fabled buildings were erected no one knows – official records were lost during WWII. It could be that they were commissioned by Kaiser Wilhelm II’s butler. But that might be just one of the many legends that surround the house, its inhabitants, and its patrons. Clärchens Ballhaus is, as it were, a kind of story machine, a site of conjecture. The German illustrator and photographer Heinrich Zille had his regular place at the bar, where he used to sit and draw. And Otto Dix painted the poster in 1931, which is still used today. Until the 1940s there were two halls: While the crowds swayed along to the popular ballads of the time in the great ballroom on the ground floor, the dignified ladies and gentlemen of the Spandauer Vorstadt would dance with aristocratic pomp in the mirrored ballroom upstairs. There was also a bowling alley in the cellar. After WWII the mirrored ballroom remained closed, and the bowling alley was used to store coal. The front building was so badly damaged by bombing that it had to be torn down. This made the entrance to the Ballhaus visible from the street - and it looks much the same today. The dancing started up again in the ground floor ballroom – Clärchens defined nightlife in Berlin Mitte for more than 100 years. In January 2005 the previously low rent was raised to meet Berlin Mitte standards, and the Ballhaus changed hands. The new operators have left its interior largely untouched. In 2005 the mirrored ballroom opened for the public for the first time since WWII.
Reviewed August 26, 2010

The dancing and pizza may be good but the service was awful. We waited half and hour to order, had three different waiters who later confused each other. Our food all came separately and the latest meal took an hour and a half. My meal was cold and my fish was very dry. I told our waiter and he shouted at me that even if I didn't want to eat it, I had to pay. So, I left my money with my friends and was leaving when he grabbed me at the door and yanked me back inside saying I couldn't leave until I paid. The staff was generally rude, angry and had terrible customer service.

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Reviewed February 25, 2010

I've been living in Berlin for longer periods over the last two years helping students get set up in their study abroad programs and am always looking for a fun place that is original. Discovered the Ballhaus when organizing an end of semester party and we loved it! Lots of space, amazing ballroom dancers and hidden away corners (check out the second floor!). Hopefully it won't change, but this is a wonderful spot off the beaten path. More for atmosphere though - food was only okay.

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Reviewed December 11, 2006

For a very nice evening dining& dancing in old Berlin. Young and trendy blend with 'oldies from the seventies' in a setting that brings back memories from long ago

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