The Best Jazz Bars In Charlottenburg

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Saxophonist | ©Diego Lazo/ Flickr
Photo of Joe Thompson
12 January 2017

Jazz music may not be the first genre of music that comes to mind when recalling Berlin’s history, however the city proudly holds a dedicated following to the melancholic man’s music. Jazz is favored in bars in the West of the city, much more than the bars of the East that typically churn out electronic music. This list explores the best bars in Charlottenburg that regularly draw in crowds of music lovers from near and far.

Quasimodo

The oldest and most famous jazz bar in Berlin, complete with an illustrious history and solid reputation, Quasimodo opened in the 1920s. In its heyday in the ’50s and ’60s, it enjoyed such acts as Dizzy Giuseppe and Chet Baker, who would come through on their European tours. Today, the venue plays anything from soul, funk, blues, Latin, and, of course, jazz.

Quasimodo, Kantstraße 12a, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 31804560

A-Trane

Housed on the site of a former supermarket since 1992, the A-Trane is noteworthy for its stunning acoustics and is revered by music lovers and musicians alike. Witness international stars jam next to local talent at the late-night Saturday sessions, but beware, it gets busy, so booking ahead is recommended.

A-Trane, Pestalozzistraße 105, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 3132550

Die kleine Weltlaterne

Die kleine Weltlaterne is an excellent German restaurant that features live jazz two to three times a week and also has occasional comedy nights. While it’s mostly popular with an older crowd who have a preference for dining on high-quality food over drinking excessively, the vibe is friendly and warm and its interior is adorned with pictures of local regulars from years gone by and acts that have performed.

Die kleine Weltlaterne, Nestorstraße 22, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 8926585

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