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Music is deeply embedded in Berlin’s culture, with world-renowned musicians of all genres regularly gracing the many stages the city has to offer. From underground dive bars to opera-singer-worthy venues, Culture Trip has picked the best places to experience Berlin’s live music scene for yourself.
The vibrant and international music hub that is Germany’s capital city has been gathering fans for decades. Musicians from around the world flock to the city’s eclectic music scene, adding their style to an already strong local community. Music pumps out of the city’s myriad bars and venues on a daily basis; from classical concerts and iconic pop bands to the latest DJ beats, Berlin has it all.
Steeped in history, the Quasimodo Club is located in the basement of former 1920s dance hall, the Delphi Filmpalast. Just off Kurfürstendamm, it’s the ideal spot to rest your legs after perusing the street’s shops. The Berlin jazz club opened in the late 1960s in what was then the centre of West Berlin, and has offered live music every night of the week ever since. Branching away from its jazz-only early days, the club now also offers other music genres, including funk and soul. Famous names such as Prince and Chet Baker have taken to the stage in this unmissable stylish spot.
This popular Neukölln establishment first opened its doors in 1880 as the concert venue, Neue Welt. Its current name only came to life around 100 years later, when it officially reopened as Huxleys Neue Welt – locally known as Huxleys. Steeped in history, it’s hosted political meetings, served as a military hospital during World War I, and was bombed during World War II. More recently, the hall has welcomed huge rock and pop talent such as Jimi Hendrix, Patti Smith and the Dire Straits, and it still invites famous bands and musicians to its historical hall.
Based on a static boat on the Spree River that was built in 1928, Hoppetosse is a truly unique location for a night out in Berlin. Make the most of the boat’s outdoor deck or look out over the river from inside the boat. Hoppetosse is owned by the famous Club Der Visionäre and, keeping its DJ list lean, Hoppetosse focusses on minimalist house and techno music. Dance the night away to Berlin favourites as well as a rotating cast of international names.
This article is an updated version of a story originally created by Evangelos Tsirmpas.