Our curiosity was aroused by an article in Siegesäulle* "Homopatik im about blank, 21.7". Homopatik begins on a Friday night and the article raves about the party in the garden the following day. So far so good. Discodamaged was there for the special a couple of weeks ago arriving 3pm on a Saturday, there was a great atmosphere, about 500 beautiful queers dancing, drinking and doing other nice things in the garden and the tranquil wild forest. The cold baths for cooling off tired feet in the trees were especially welcome. Click the headline for what really happens.
That special party did go on for two nights in a row, the regular party every third Friday of the month does not. The Siegesäulle article ends with "Samstag, 21.7, 22 Uhr, about blank" as if 22:00 on Saturday would be a good time to arrive. It would not. The doors would be shut with a slutwalk benefit party starting at 23:59, as you can verify on the About Blank website here http://aboutparty.net/. Maybe the guys from Siegesäulle had not recovered from the last Homopatik. For that no one can blame them.
About Blank is at Markgrafendamm 24c, Ostkreuz, Friedrichshain. Homopatik is every third Friday of the month starting at midnight. The party goes on to the day after and the atmosphere is very like the Berghain garden party on a Sunday - without the tourists. Like Berghain but 2€ cheaper they charge the same entrance price (10€) even if you arrive the afternoon of the Saturday. Picture of the unpromising looking entrance from Google street view. Also like Berghain, cameras are not allowed in the club.
* Siegesäulle is the monthly mag for gay Berlin comment and listings.