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The Best Places To Catch Live Music In Berlin
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The Best Places To Catch Live Music In Berlin

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Updated: 14 October 2016
The capital city of Germany is one of the most vivid and multicultural pockets of Europe. The modern Berlin offers a unique experience, the city being a mixture of nationalities, ideologies, artistic movements, and historic consequences. Music is an important part of this cultural experience, with a number of bars and clubs hosting great musicians and bands on a daily basis. Here’s a list of five great spots to enjoy some unforgettable performances.
Berlin by night | © Loïc Lagarde/Flickr
Berlin by night | © Loïc Lagarde/Flickr
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Quasimodo

Spacious music venue and bar located in the famous Charlottenburg district, in the basement of the building of a former dance hall. Quasimodo is one of the oldest jazz clubs of Berlin and is popular among jazz music fans, hosting jam sessions with free entrance every Wednesday, as well as various other jazz concerts.

Price: Mid-range

Opening hours: Thursday 9 pm – 1 am, Friday & Saturday 9 pm – 2 am

Watch out for: The jam sessions every Wednesday

Address & Telephone number: Quasimodo, 12a Kantstrasse, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 31804560

Mick Taylor live at Quasimodo | Courtesy of Quasimodo
Mick Taylor live at Quasimodo | Courtesy of Quasimodo
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Piano Bar Van Gogh

Amazing small piano bar with delightful cocktails, great music and a view of the river and the boats passing by. Get a table close to the edge of the river and enjoy the unique romantic setting of Van Gogh.

Price: Mid-range

Opening hours: 6 pm – 5:30 am

Watch out for: The great view and the cocktails

Address & Telephone number: Piano Bar Van Gogh, 6 Schiffbauerdamm, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 2810106

Jam session at Quasimodo | Courtesy of Quasimodo
Jam session at Quasimodo | Courtesy of Quasimodo
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Junction Bar

Located on Gneisenaustrasse in the famous district Kreuzberg of Berlin, this place carries a rich music history of decades with famous electric bands attracting countless crowds. Nowadays it still offers live music nights and DJ sets on a daily basis. Except for the stage, Junction Bar also has a small bar and a dance floor that gets filled by music lovers who want to have fun until the early morning hours, especially on weekends.

Price: Mid-range

Opening hours: 8:30 pm – 4 am

Watch out for: The swing, jazz and rock live music nights

Address & Telephone number: Junction Bar, 18 Gneisenaustrasse, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 6946602

Junction drum set | Courtesy of Junction Bar
Junction drum set | Courtesy of Junction Bar
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A- Trane

Established in 1992 in Berlin’s district Savignyplatz, A-Trane is known for the famous artists coming by to thrill the crowds, as well as for its excellent sound quality. Definitely one of the best options to enjoy a wide selection of contemporary jazz music – must visit on Mondays, with free live jazz concerts performed by the Berliner Andreas Schmidt.

Price: Mid-range

Opening hours: 9 pm – 2 am

Watch out for: The live jazz concerts every Monday

Address & Telephone number: A- Trane, 105 Pestalozzistrasse, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 3132550

SO36 exterior | Courtesy of SO36
SO36 exterior | Courtesy of SO36
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SO36

Famous music club located in the area of Kreuzberg in Berlin that has taken its name from the postcode of the area. SO36 was established in the ’70s and was initially focused on punk music and it once hosted concerts of the legendary Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Nowadays it is known as one the finest new-wave music venues in the world, a symbol of Berlin’s music scene being open to new artists and true to its punk past. Great place to hang out, dance and chat.

Price: Mid-range

Opening hours: 10 am – 5 am

Watch out for: The thematic parties

Address & Telephone number: SO36,190 Oranienstrasse, Berlin, Germany, +49 30 61401306

Live concert at SO36 | Courtesy of SO36
Live concert at SO36 | Courtesy of SO36