#lastdance at Cookies

by Sara · 20.06.2014 · Events, Made In Berlin, Places · 37 comments

— 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!

37 comments
  1. Ben Klock please :-)

  2. The end of an era !

  3. what a shame! klock gig will be epic though!

  4. I would so love to be there at the last party – please consider me for guestlist spots. pretty please!

  5. I’d really want to pay a last visit to Cookies – pick me, pick me!

  6. Hello, Goodbye.

  7. REALISE!!!
    Great story Sara.

  8. I was so naïve when I first came to Berlin and walked past Cookies one evening that I thought it was an elite minimalist biscuit store. Didn’t even know it was closing… would love to go back for a final farewell.

  9. Hi, I would love guestlist please to say a last goodbye. Thanks a lot!

  10. Ben Klock in Cookies!

  11. done!

  12. Good bye…

  13. -Klock, klock
    -Who’s there?
    -is the best dj for the best farewell!!!

  14. Uhm, a comment is now left.

    Rasmus Hedlund
  15. Cookies adé, scheiden tut weh.. Danke für all die schönen Stunden, lachen, tanzen, Konfetti, Begegnungen. Save the last dance

  16. last time.. party hard.. :)

  17. Drink to that.

  18. love ben klock!

  19. bumm bumm

  20. Delete Cookies? Better not!

  21. Cheers.

  22. Remembering the days when Ben Klock was Ben E Clock…

  23. Ben Klock !!!

  24. he has the applause

  25. danke!

  26. Ok, so the thing is… I looove Berlin and I know that one day i will be living there and it will be time of my life. Its amazing that there is so many amazing people and places and so many new spots that are on my to-do list (and the number of spots is still rising!). One of the spot is Cookies. Its a shame that place like that is closing but… something ends something begins and I believe that it will be someting amazing aswell. It would be honored to be on guestlist in that kind of place. Pick me up, find me and I will find Berlin :)

    PS. Did I mention that Im a big fan of Ben Klock? (But who isnt?!

  27. why i would like to listen Ben Klock and spend a great time there?
    first of all my bday is on 7th July so that would be an amazing surprise for me ;) (true story)
    secondly it would be a pleasure to participate in such an exquisite and memorable moment for Berlin-techno history
    and and and… well i just broke up with a great girl so it would be a perfect moment not to think about her and enjoy my life!
    best!

  28. Back to my second home and my birthday is on 8th :).
    showing a friend berlin fort the first time, would be a real treat!

    Iza Johannesson
  29. excited :)

  30. will be there

  31. wish to be there !

  32. should be reopened soon. liked different cookie’s locations throughout the last years. try to be there on 19th

  33. Yes i want to Klock!

  34. Yeah!

  35. It’s dance o’klock!

  36. Last dance. Last chance
    But see you tomorrow