Berghain is a nightclub in Berlin. Philip Sherburne described it as “quite possibly the current world capital of techno, much as E-Werk or Tresor were in their respective heydays”. It’s the reincarnation of the legendary Ostgut club (1998–2003) and emerged from a male-only fetish club night called “Snax”, which was held in different locations before it found its permanent home at the Ostgut. Ostgut became a focal point of the Berlin techno subculture after it was opened to the general public on regular nights. It closed in 2003, following a 30-hour farewell event, and the former railway warehouse that housed the club was subsequently demolished. Berghain opened in 2004. The name is a composite of the 2 quarters that flank the building’s south and north sides: Kreuzberg (formerly West Berlin) and Friedrichshain (formerly East Berlin). Snax is still held once a year on Holy Saturday (March 30). The club holds 1500 guests. It contains a “cavernous” main room and a smaller upstairs space called Panorama Bar that features tall windows with a view of East Berlin. The club has become associated with decadence and hedonism. It’s renowned for its lengthy opening hours - Pidd wrote in 2008: “no one arrives before 4am, and most stay until well past teatime”. “Still the best club in the world for me because it doesn’t care about being the best club in the world. The guys do what they want, the way they want and it continually works. No VIP, no mirrors in the bathroom, no expensive cocktails, just a good sound system and great crowd”.