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Nightlinesurfer

When I travel, I pick up random handouts that look interesting. Sometimes they come in handy. Often they don't. A lot of the time I don't get a chance to look at them until I get home. Nightlinesurfer was one of those.

Nightlinesurfer is a joint publication of the BVG (Berlin Transit Authority) and Stadtmagazin [030], a Berlin nightlife magazine. This handy, pocket-sized booklet comes out four times a year. My copy includes a DJ bio; a page each on ten different clubs featured in the current issue; night tram, bus, and U-bahn schedules and route diagrams with pointers to various clubs, including addresses; a night transit network map; four pages in tiny print of clubs in Berlin, including addresses and what transit lines to take to get to them; and listings for breakfast places.

The feature pages include info on the history of the club, what kind of facilities it has (how many dance floors, bars, etc.), its theme, style of music, DJs who spin there, drinks cost, type of crowd, door policy, cover charge, and hours.

I've never seen this kind of publication anywhere else. It makes total sense. This booklet pretty much jump-starts your Berlin clubbing experience: where to go, how to get there, how to get home, and where to go for breakfast after the sun is well and truly up. And you'll never have to set foot in a taxi.

Oh yeah, and the damn thing is free.

I guess only the 21st century Germans would organize the serious business of fun quite so well.
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