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  • 5.0 star rating
    11/2/2010

    A small live music venue with a perpetually open mic, Fool's garden is most probably Sternschanze's most hidden gem.

    When we arrived, the place was empty and reminded me of a youth club with it's plastic garden chairs and kitchen tiled floor. Slowly, people started to trickle in and after about an hour the first act went on stage - a middle aged man with a resonator guitar doing classic rock numbers.

    Second act - a horrible screeching guitar duo.

    Out of the corner of my eye I noticed a stage hand preparing some equipment - a guy with a flashlight strapped to his forehead was rummaging around preparing stuff alone with a bearded man in women's clothing. This was the point in which I figured to leave... but as soon as the guy in the skirt got on stage with a harmonica and started stomping his feet along to a guy with a rock n' roll guitar, it was clear I wasn't going anywhere.

    After about two songs and roaring crowds (the place was full by this point), more performers started to join the duo... a bass guitar player, a drummer on a plastic box, an accordionist...

    Reminded me a bit of the open mic nights back at Mike's Place on the beach in Tel Aviv - but infinitely more improvised and a lot more foot-stompin'.

    This place is so well hidden, I'm not surprised that I've never been here. But now that I have, I'm surely going to be coming back often. I won't even take a star off the rating for the cigarette smoke in here - I was having so much fun that I barely noticed it.

    Hidden gem. Go here!

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/3/2010

    Very odd, but somewhat entertaining venue. Fool's Garden seems to be an open-stage bar-theatre if you can understand that.

    The first night I came here it was painfully smokey (come on German government, create a real smoking ban). On stage was an open-mic night with a rotating set of performers from the crowd.

    The second night I came here (a Friday night) they had just a smattering of people sitting around watching a puppet show. Quite bizarre.

    • Qype User jazzfa…
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    5.0 star rating
    26/2/2012

    The Foolsgarden Theater is a small live music venue in Hamburg Sternschanze.
    Every sunday at 6 in the evening there is a Jazz concert from the Project Jazz im Schanzenviertel costs 7Euro. And every second monday theres a Jam Session for Jazz musicians.
    You can hear great Jazz music there played by wellknown artist from the European jazzscene for little money in a arty athmosphere.
    By the way smoking is not allowed there during the Jazz concert.
    The drinks are very cheep there unusual foer Hamburg Schanzenviertel. You can have a coffe, tee or a glass of water for 1EUR and a bear for 2EUR.
    Its a good place to be. And as a Jazzfan I can only advice to go there on a sunday some time. The theater is owned by an older lady called Hannelore Mogler, she created the theater to support artists in the early 70th.
    The entryprices of every concert or theater show there go directly to the artists and Hannelore Mogler tries to keep the theater alive from the earnings of the bar, which is not easy considering the low prices for drinks.
    A place of art, music and idealism.

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