The clubs main bouncer, Sven Marquardt, a bearish East German photographer with a face covered in barbed-wire tattoos, is a minor celebrity in Germany and referred to in newspaper headlines as the lord of the night. "At night, the students showed me the city, and what caught my attention in the gay bars was that no one looks at anyone like 'What's an 80-year-old like you doing hanging around with 18-year-olds?' And besides, there are just some amazingly gorgeous guys here. For the last decade or so, the Berghain has been operating out of a power station located on the edge of the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg quarter. In London, Chicago and New York, underground electronic music scenes appeared and then faded away, becoming a quieter part of the cities identities and then resurging in different moments. Oratory and Berghain that have been around since the 1990s, and a wide range of events, but it's hard to say which came first: the legend or the tourists. Would I get in or would I get my third rejection? Luis-Manuel Garcia, an ethnomusicologist with Berlins Max Planck Institute for Human Development studying the citys techno scene, claims the massive recent popularity of EDM in the United States has accelerated the scenes touristification and brought in a younger, less-bohemian crowd. Ostgut was in many ways the quintessential gritty, hedonistic Berlin club. On the dance floor, a middle-aged man is rubbing his crotch against a blonde womans thigh and fondling her boob like hes testing the ripeness of a cantaloupe. And as I passed the queue that snaked its way around the premises at the wee hours of the morning, I wished them all luck with the bouncers. There's so much talk about how it's not nice to turn someone into a sexual object, and people forget that we also have a yearning to be objectified. (Another project, Hustlaball, draws a crowd of thousands once a year for a mass sex party. Blogs and Twitter are filled with advice for potential visitors on how to get into the door dont go as a large group, dont speak English near the door, act gay, but not too gay but most people admit that there is no way. Four hours later, I stumbled out of Berghain, knowing that all the raving, the random encounters and the blaring of deep house would continue on right through to Monday morning. Massive curtains hide several dark spaces, where there are beds and a Jacuzzi for naked bathing, plus showers for before and after. Over the past decade, Berlin has transformed into Europes unofficial party capital, and Berghain has developed a reputation as the Mecca of clubbing. Upon leaving his apartment to make the freezing expedition to Berghain on a cold night, his housemate had informed us to strictly wear black. If you do manage to get in, theres zero tolerance to cameras and if youre caught taking a selfie or trying to capture shenanigans around you you will be thrown out. One couple, seemingly in shock about being rejected and unsure about what to do next, stood shivering next to the clubs metal entry barriers until a bouncer yelled at them in German, and then in English, that it was time for them to get off. "Berlin is known for its fetish scene so we devoted a chapter.". Inside there are berghain laboratorium sex i kashmir com a few hundred gay men, of all ages, sizes and colors, and anything goes. The smaller Panorama Bar floor, which focuses on groovier, more melodic house music rather than the main floors severe techno, has hosted avant-garde heroes Laurent Garnier and Ricardo Villalobos, among many others. Established in 2004, Berghains name draws upon its location between East Berlins most hip neighbourhoods Kreuzberg and Friedrichsain. We were two guys and I wore a bright yellow coat and red shoes and we spoke english from the very beginning. "The culture has sanctified love and relates to it as an exclusively positive thing. Like practically everywhere else in Berlin, you hear Hebrew spoken here, too.