Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center

1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
(510) 525-5054

Recent Reviews

Shari Gleason

Love Ashkenaz. It’s not a fancy place,it’s a place where family gathers.

Menu Mystique

A Berkeley institution for local and world music.

carol wyatt

fun fun fun!! this is my disney land, my church , my faverite place on earth!!

Karthik Kanuganti

Love the Bachata night on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The teacher and the staff are so friendly, you feel like you're part of a grand family. Watching old couples dance on the floor to live music at nights makes you feel warm and gooey. I love the community that they have built here and I'm glad I'm welcomed here ?

Felicia Darling

What a wonderful, welcoming vibe at Ashkenaz. I danced to Pride and Joy. What a danceable floor and space. I hope they have Pride and Joy back, soon.

Christian Lynn

I’ve lived in Oakland for 22 years, but last night was the first time I made it to Ashkenaz. Sweet little venue with a super-cool vibe.

Stephen Lorraine

Great dance floor and friendly crowds...

Ron Powell

Love Grateful Dead nights with Stu!

Marty Banks

In Berkeley one of the best places for world music at it's best.

David B.

Ashkenaz is amazing!! Beautiful wood building with stained glass and they offer self-serve coffee, kombucha and mate!! Clean bathrooms, open space and easy parking.Tables line both sides so if you come early you can get a nice seat for the show. Several bathrooms near the back of the venue. All are not gender specific. The bar is small and located near the entrance. Both the staff and the patrons are warm and friendly. The sound is awesome, and there's plenty of room to dance and have fun. The history of this place is awesome! Plenty of old posters to prove all the GREAT bands that have played here! Good beers on tap.

Sasha Goodman

Parking nearby, I walked past some cute homes to get to this Berkeley institution. The staff were friendly and the clientele were older and clustered into cliques around tables. Everyone seemed friendly and the music was interesting, and some die hards began dancing into the night.

Kathleen Medley

This place has a lovely dance floor, along with nice tables and chairs on the sides. The atmosphere is absolutely wonderful. There are all kinds of events here. My favorite is when Achilles Wheel plays! the vibe is just perfect and I highly recommend you come see some shows here soon.

Klara Zav

Beautiful venue! Rustic! Reminds me of the Nail in Stowe, Vermont I'd frequently visit!

Tidhar Carmeli

Good world music events. The dance floor could be better.

Miguel Zaragoza

I have been attending events and working with Ashkenaz for almost 3 years now, and it has been such a great and positive experience. The staff is friendly and helpful. The space itself is spacious and has helped to bring new people to experience different forms of dance and music!

Justin Castilla

Great experience! Friendly staff and cool venue for dance and the arts

Tammy N.

The vibe is great. Nice staff. Nice patrons. I lost my wallet and someone took the $200 that was in it and turned it in. At least I git my id back. Large wooden dance floor. Cute funky bathrooms.

Megan Tvedt

This venue has an amazing lineup of music from all over the world. Unique instruments sound amazing together worh the talented sound engineers behind the board. Plenty of space to dance and a good selection of wine and beer to slake thirst.

Mei W.

I come here to dance when they host salsa bachata nights. Love the super smooth dance floor and the space. It gets crowded as it's very popular, and quite hot when dancing, but that's all part of the fun! I have not attended any other performances here but that's only cuz I haven't had the time, not due to a lack of desire. I think it's such a nice intimate venue, so it would be fantastic to watch a show or listen to live music here one of these days.

Michael Hakes

Great venue and live music. Good food and prices

I Foreign

Awesome place. Great atmosphere. Very clean place. Great people. Awesome staff. Very welcoming environment. Great music. Always a fun time. Can't wait to visit this place again.

Michele Grant

Wow awesome show with these women drummers. Venue was small with few chairs, but they worked hard and found extras for my crew...much appreciation!

Geo Fucile

Great venue in Berkeley, good sound and vibes.

Consuelo HolguinMoreno

Dead Night with Suu Allen and Mars Hotel weekly event...

Michael Diehl

Got a great dance floor good music. Go to see Mars Hotel there regularly. First time I went was in 1976 for Salsa de Berkeley.

Ms M.

We purchased tickets for the Sistahs of the Drum event on 3/23. We arrived at 7:30-the time they said doors open; show supposedly to start at 8. The line is wrapped around the corner. We stood in the cold for 45 mins; when we finally get to enter there are no seats, people are stacked in like sardines--I'm sure beyond fire code room capacity. And there was still a long line of people behind us. We anticipated being able to sit down and enjoy the performance but there was no way that was going to happen. By the way my sister was unable to stand for long periods! If Ashkenaz had advertised properly we would have never purchased tickets. We told the man at the door we wanted our money back, so we'll see if they hold to their word.

Myroslava Symonenko

I’ve been there a couple of times for Balkan events, last time we were there for New Year’s 2019, and every time the venue was vibrant, neat and filled with the atmosphere that made it clear that music lives there. They host events for various musical tastes, so worth checking out their monthly calendar before paying them a visit.

Doctormiz Davis

Great music!

Jennifer Leeds Strauss

StuAllen is grate, go see him there. Special treat!

Ron L.

The Ghost of Berkeley Past lives on in Berkeley Present. Berzerkeley became a haven for anti-establishment radicals, hippies, yippies, and dippies in the 1960s. Most never left. At Ashkenaz, their mindset lives on. it's an old barn on old US 40, was never gentrified, turned into a community center and concert venue. It is now a venue for [ahem] other music. You won't find Justin Bieber's music here, not even at Sunday's Soul Sanctuary open dance. Instead, Ashkenaz showcases world music and out-of-the-mainstream American artistry: bhangra, Afro-Cuban, samba, Cajun jam sessions, kalaripayathu, Argentine tango. There's quite an appetite for these offerings in Berkeley, so Ashkenaz has been around for a long time. It's a time warp, in a way. Posters and artwork celebrating far-left-of-center thought. No attempt at beautifying the place, leaving it raw. Takes you back to 1971. Thankfully, no white males were thrown out because of their lack of diversity; if I remember right, the bartender was a white male. In diversity, lives of all colors matter. I've been here only for the bachata offerings. This is as mainstream as you get, and even then, half the people you meet have probably never heard of bachata. It's a Dominican dance that's become popular in the clubs, taught by Kathy Reyes, the same Kathy Reyes I mentioned in my review of Alhambra's Granada Dance Studio. It brought in a crowd that may not come here for other events. Which is a good business move; get as many different kinds of people in here as we can, build the size of the Ashkenaz community. So look over the events calendar, see if anything interests you that you want to try out, and come on out. You may find yourself becoming a regular at Ashkenaz. I mean, if they let a white male middle-class conservative-voting Christian (me) come in, they'll let anyone in! And really, why not be one big happy family?

Carla Siqueira dos Santos

Good place. I went when had one Brazilian concert.

Jen Moran

Yeah! My new Berkeley home away from home!

Joyce C.

Love this place . Somethings don't change The music never stops . You can feel Dave everywhere . What a wonderful dream he had

Safoora Yousefi

Great live music! Friendly welcoming people. I think they could work on attracting a more diverse crowd. I kind of felt out of place among so many middle aged white people.

Richard Bastien

Great place to hear down home music

Anna Kuryndina

A lot of old people. Good for spending evening if you are retired. There are couple options of drinks and some basic snacks

sonia paulina

Love this place! They have all kind of music events!

Miz Dee Logwood

Awesome, wholesome environment for everyone..,! Dance, drink, eat and be merry!

Zephira Derblich-Milea

Ashkenaz has a special place in my heart because my parents met there 38 years ago! I’ve been to more shows than I could even begin to count. I love the warm energy and variety of quality music from around the world.

Brenda L.

I loved the welcoming and playful atmosphere of the Sunday morning Soul Dance. We had a wonderful time dancing to upbeat music and playing with the children. The floor is fabulous.

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center

1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 525-5054