While sampling German beers, Solveig Steinhardt discovered the city’s best live music venues.
Enjoy live music with your beer at the best venues.
Berlin’s music scene is multifaceted, from the perfect concertos of the Berliner Philharmoniker to the notoriously impeccable techno sound of Berghain. In between, there’s a dense spectrum of smaller and lesser-known musical venues whose programs range from big band jazz to blues and rock. For a jug of beer with a soundtrack, visit one of the following live music venues. Pub and beer garden Yorkschlösschen in Schöneberg (Yorckstr. 15. www. yorckschloesschen.de) has been dubbing itself the “home of jazz and blues” for more than 100 years and has witnessed Berlin’s rise as a world capital of jazz. Every night, this venue hosts live acts of jazz, gypsy swing, Louisiana blues, boogie, R&B, and swing.
A Charlottenburg institution, Quasimodo (Kantstr. 12a. www. quasimodo.de) offers a lively jazz program in its basement, with a quieter bar and a terrace on the ground floor. Nearby A-Trane (Pestalozzistr. 105. www.a-trane.de) is a small, popular jazz bar featuring lots of emerging bands and offering free entry on Sunday night after 10:30pm. If you are in Mitte, B-Flat Jazz Club (Rosenthaler Str. 13. www.b-flat-berlin.de) has nightly concerts and free jam sessions on Wednesdays.
Recently relocated to its new Schillingsbrücke location, Yaam, short for Young African Art Market (An der Schillingbrücke 3. www. yaam.de), offers everything from Jamaican beer and Caribbean food to Afrobeat and reggae concerts, and acts as a multi-cultural meeting point in the city. The full kitchen and skilled chef at expat institution White Trash Fast Food (Am Flutgraben 2. www.whitetrashfastfood.com) have made this music venue a popular destination among the young and wild crowds who come here for delicious fusion food accompanied by rock or blues gigs. On Wednesdays, test your music knowledge at the “rock’n’roll bingo,” in which players need to recognize as many songs as they can to win one of the prizes, which change weekly.