The Cookies club is was of the oldest in Berlin; almost twenty years since its conception. I’ve never been an avid visitor, I must say. When I moved to Berlin, Cookies was already an institution with tough doors and a Mitte crowd that only had very little in common with my preferred scenes. That said, I was always thoroughly impressed by the location, by the line ups and by the whole concept – and history – of this Berlin legend.
After starting in a hole in the wall illegally in 1994 and moving five (or six?) times around the city, Cookies finally ended up in the back of the Westin Grand Hotel on Friedrichsstraße. Although I’ve been to the club enough times, I still look for the entrance regularly. Was it here? By day, you wouldn’t notice at all (another club door to consider for our Day & Night series before it vanishes).
Cookies invited us for a last dinner before the club is heading off into its last month. Yeah, another Berlin club closing its doors. The location is staying, though, with a new concept in plans. Another restaurant, maybe? The Cookies Cream, already one of the best (vegetarian only) restaurants in the city (and also one of the best website themes for a restaurant) has already made a name for itself.
That said, Cookies isn’t going down like most other clubs. I think the owner, the Cookies is named after him, is pulling a plug on something that has lost the essential spirit of its heyday: uniting a scene. You won’t find that in the Berlin clubs anymore, not in Mitte anyway. Communities are different today, globalized, scattered, attending on Facebook, sending Snapchats, etc. The urban spaces they need are different from the urban spaces they used before, at least that’s my meager theory in general.
For now, I am happy that I got to do one last round with my camera in this otherwise very restricting club (before it got too crowded and while M.A.N.D.Y were playing a gorgeous set). It’s obvious how much love for detail was put into the venue, and it’s a shame this club will cease to exist. As expected though, it’s going to close with a final boom: the line up reads like a Best of Berlin, both past and present.