While sam­pling Ger­man beers, Solveig Steinhardt dis­cov­ered the city’s best live mu­sic venues.

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS -

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.

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