The thing about Quasimodo that is sometimes not clear to visitors or others, is there are basically two venues at the same location. You have the upstairs, which is a bar and restaurant combined where there is music, usually more mainstream. Then you have the Quasimodo club that is located downstairs, which you can reach by stairs on the lefthand side of the building. Downstairs is usually jazz, both more well-known performers like Lisa Stanfield for example, or more scene favors that may have been around for some time. I've been to both multiple times.
Upstairs has many tables inside, and you'll find locals who visit regularly in the afternoon or evenings for a tea or coffee and a sandwich while reading their paper. Out front and up-top, there is great outdoor seating in one of the popular and well-known areas of the city, so it's a good place to people watch also. Prices aren't very expensive for the area, for beer, wine and so forth.
Downstairs at the club, it can get loud of course, as performers crank out the tunes, and there is moderate amount and seating and lots of standing room. Despite having some really good bands and vocalists at times, there isn't often a true jazz club feel to the venue because it is a well-known spot, which unfortunately draws that number and type of German that has too much to drink and cannot seem to understand you don't talk, laugh and hoot loudly during performances because you're with your friends. So with the higher price of entry than average plus well-known spot, you get the more well-to-do types who think it's their right to behave boorishly.
If you are a true jazz enthusiast, go someplace else with far better atmosphere and spirit unless you just want to see a specific group that might be playing. This one has generally become too popular with a certain type of crowd. Lots of great posters of former performers and true greats of jazz and rock, but Quasimodo's heyday has passed, maybe they'll get it back again somehow.
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