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Review of Quasimodo

Ranked #54 of 128 Concerts & Shows in Berlin
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Owner description: One of the city's most popular jazz bars.
Reviewed June 7, 2014

We went on a Saturday lunchtime (although lunch started about 1 and really you could not get it till nearly 2). This review rating is about the management of this place, as they are either understaffed or poorly run. The food is great and the waiter/waitresses are helpful and friendly - but the problem is getting access to the food and the waiter/waitress. We stayed as we were relaxed, sitting outside chatting and watching. At least 10 to 15 groups raging from 2 to 6 people sat down and left without buying anything as they were not even acknowledge or they were not prepared to wait for the food. We were there from 1230 till about 230 and that's just the ones we noticed. Drinks took an age to arrive if they arrived at all. It is a real shame as the food is lovely and the staff do try.

Thank pd1970
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

Went here with my husband and 22 year old daughter to see "Guitar Crusher", Blues with a bit of Rock and Roll thrown in. What a night!!! He was amazing as was the band, particularly the keyboards player. Suffice to say all three of us were up dancing - great fun!!! Friendly staff and great crowd, loved it.

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Reviewed November 28, 2013

Whilst it was busy, it was not overly crowded. The drinks were reasonably priced and the music and atmosphere were great. The band that was playing was called Funk Delicious. Would definitely return the next time I'm in Berlin.

2  Thank confusedexpat
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

We certainly picked the right night to go here. Big Jay McNeely played rythm & blues from the 40-50s and he was just amazing. Good crowd and polite and helpful bartenders. Unforgettable. We were very lucky to randomly end up at Quasimodo that night, so a tip is to check out who`s playing on their website on beforehand. Don`t confuse the restaurant upstairs with the club downstairs. The entrance is down the stairs on the left side of the restaurant.

2  Thank Ingvild775
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

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.

2  Thank AlexanderZ68
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