Quasimodo – A Cultural Institution in Berlin
Quasimodo Club is one of the most renowned live music clubs in Europe, often mentioned in the same breath as London’s Jazz Café or Paris’ New Morning by music aficionados. The globally renowned Quasimodo club and restaurant are located in West Berlin’s district of Charlottenburg at Kantstraße 12A, close to the Theater of the West. Its historic significance is underlined by the fact that Quasimodo shares a building with both the Vagantenbühne and the historic Delphi-Filmpalast, which in the 1930s and 40s was one of the most popular dancing halls in Berlin.
The entertainment venue’s club is nestled in a cozy basement space, while the restaurant lies just above and features a large summer terrace, where its great selection of starters, main courses, and desserts can be enjoyed in the warmer months.
In 1975, Genovian Giorgio Carioti, who had followed his heart to Berlin from Genoa, took over ownership of the Quasimodo Club. Carioti re-invented the former student café-bar into “Quasimodo”, changing club’s concept to focus on providing high-quality live music to his guests. Subsequently, Quasimodo Club became one of the most well-known live music clubs in Berlin. At the beginning of the 1990s, Giorgio Carioti also took over the restaurant; the club and restaurant have belonged together ever since.
Featuring black walls, warm lights, and a cozy vibe, Quasimodo offers an authentic live music atmosphere. As one of the very few clubs in Berlin, Quasimodo serves drinks to its guests during our events.
Quasimodo Club is the heart of our business. For over 30 years, we have offered a stage to the jazz artist elite from around the globe. We have welcomed talents such as Branford Marsalis, Maceo Parker, and Helge Schneider. International stars such as Prince, Chaka Khan, and Nigel Kennedy have performed at Quasimodo and surprised their audiences with legendary performances and spontaneous parties. Many jazz, funk, blues, soul, latin, rock, and singer/songwriter artists have kick-started their careers at Berlin’s most famous live music club. Nowadays, these artists sell out concert halls all over the world. Many of them frequently return to the Quasimodo stage, often extending their stay for a couple of days and becoming our valued guests.