— Cookies Club is closing down on the 19th July, but the #lastdance will be celebrated with all the supporters and friends of the past, resulting in a mega line up for a whole month! We paid the club a visit for a farewell dinner and a last look around. Plus: we’re giving away 2×2 guestlist spots for a rare Ben Klock gig in the holy halls at the 8th of July. Leave a comment under this post to participate; winners will be notified a day before the event! —
The Cookies club is one 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 illegaly in 1994 and moving five (or six?) times around the city, the 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. The restaurant deserves its own entry at some point. I’m sure we’ll get there.
This could be the perfect timing to speak of all those clubs closing down in the past years. Maybe the perfect timing to speak out about the economic and cultural changes of the city. But I think it wouldn’t be fair to this club – damn, 20 years is a long time for a club in any city. Things change way faster than that, and one can only bow to the morosity of a party that lasted longer than any political reign or infrastructural change. Sure, clubs are closing down. Meanwhile, others are opening up.
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 (that’s not necessarily a bad thing, come to think of it, although many leftover party-goers will sulk about it). 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. I’m sure I’ll get deeper into it at another point.
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.
Since we’re big Ben Klock fans (and Ben Klock is apparently a Cookies fan), we’re shelling out guestlist spots for his gig on the 8th of July at Cookies. This gig seems unreal. Leave a comment under this post to participate; winners will be announced a day before the date!