Ewige Lampe

This hole-in-the-wall bar/jazz club in the upmarket Savignyplatz neighborhood recently provided a couple of Gemütlichkeit staffers two tremendously enjoyable evenings of music. A Friday night series of blues performers was almost as good as the New Orleans-style jazz ensemble the following evening. A modest five DM ($2.77) paid the cover for two persons on Saturday and on Friday there was no charge.

The tiny bar opens to a larger showroom with a small stage and table seating for perhaps 50 to 75 persons. In two nights we never got there early enough to sit down except at the bar where you can hear the music but can't see much of the performers. The tunes begin at 9pm and end about 1am. The bands on both nights were absolutely first-rate.

A rushed but friendly bartender and one nonstop waitress, both of who recognized us on our second visit, served the entire mob. Some food is available and a small beer will set you back about $3. This is not a see-and-be-seen place or a chatty social bar; people come to hear the music, not to talk. For those who like blues and jazz, Ewige Lampe is big fun.

Ewige Lampe, Niebuhrstrasse 11a, tel./fax +49/030/324 3918.