Drinking and nightlife in Canton of Zürich

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    Frau Gerolds Garten

    Hmm, where to start? The wine bar? The margarita bar? The gin bar? Whichever poison you choose, this wildly popular focal point of Zürich's summer drinking scene is pure unadulterated fun and one of the best grown-up playgrounds in Europe. It's strewn with shipping containers, illuminated with multicoloured fairy lights and sandwiched between cheery flower beds and a screeching railyard, and its outdoor seating options range from picnic tables to pillow-strewn terraces and a 2nd-floor sundeck. In winter, the restaurant moves indoors to a funky pavilion and great fondue warms the soul.

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    Rimini Bar

    Secluded behind a fence along the Sihl River, this bar at the Männerbad public baths is one of Zürich's most inviting open-air drinking spots. Its vast wood deck is adorned with red-orange party lights, picnic tables and throw cushions for lounging, accompanied by the sound of water from the adjacent pools. Open in good weather only.

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    Old Crow

    This atmospheric backstreet bar boasts more than 1600 rare spirits, with a particular focus on whiskies handpicked from the owner’s personal collection. Bentwood bar stools and a chequered floor add to the old-fashioned magic as the bartenders mix long-forgotten cocktails alongside more recent classics.

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    Clouds

    Zürich seems unfathomably tiny from the heights of this backlit, glass-fronted lounge bar on the 35th floor of the Prime Tower in the happening 5th district. Pick out city landmarks, the lake and Uetliberg over signature gin and tonics, antipasti and cocktails. The 'Martini in C' is a blend of Clouds’ own gin, ginger liqueur, dry orange curaçao and vermouth.

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    Hive Club

    Electronic music creates the buzz at this artsy, alternative club (cover Sfr35) adjacent to Frau Gerolds Garten in Kreis 5. Enter through an alley strung with multicoloured umbrellas, giant animal heads, mushrooms and watering cans. Big-name DJs keep things going into the wee hours three nights a week.

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    Barfussbar

    The Frauenbad public bath (only open to women during the day) opens its doors to some refreshing nocturnal bar action. Up to 150 men are allowed into the Barfussbar. You leave shoes at the entrance and drink while you dip your feet in the water!

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    Mame

    Run by the barista champions of Switzerland, Mame serves some of the best brews in town. The stylish coffee shop is decorated in a minimalist Japanese design, and though it is tucked away in a side street, it's well worth hunting down.

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    El Lokal

    With photos, paintings and postcards adorning all the walls and a huge skeleton hanging from the ceiling, you could spend hours poring over the decor at this quirky riverside bar. However, it's the daily BBQ that draws in the locals who all vie for space on the waterfront terrace. Occasional live music too.

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    Acid

    Bar meets coffee shop in this hip address. Acid serves excellent coffee and mixes fine cocktails, most of which are their own creation or remastered classics. It's not just the drinks menu that's eye-catching – the characterful interior mixes design furniture and kitschy rose-painted walls.

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    Sport Bar Cafeteria

    The name is slightly misleading – don’t expect to catch your favourite team on TV here. Instead, this casual, quiet cafe-bar mixes what are arguably the best gin and tonics in town. A coffee shop by day, its fizzy lemonades and cooling coconut waters are top of the league as well.

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    Stubä

    There's a touch of rock 'n' roll about Stubä – the dark lighting, the shabby chic furniture, the cocktails with a kick – but if you're eating, the main headliner is the juicy steak sandwiches. They also serve a Prosecco brunch.

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    X-Tra

    Home to three dance floors, this versatile club and concert venue hosts weekly parties that range from '90s-themed discos to Goth gatherings and salsa shakedowns. Expect live music from indie and alternative artists as well.

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    Hafenkneipe

    Saluting nautical towns like Hamburg and Amsterdam, this small, cosy bar welcomes weary landlubbers with a large selection of craft beers, maritime decor, a shady outdoor seating area and weekly live music.

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    Café Noir

    Tucked away down a little side street, there are only a handful of tables and a small outdoor seating area at this cosy little place, but they roast their own beans and make a mean brew.

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    4 Tiere

    Gin lovers hang out at this chic little bar in Zürich's 4th district, with more than 300 gins hailing from all over the world to sample. Expertly mixed signature drinks include the Green Gin Beast (cucumber gin, Chartreuse Green, basil, lemon juice, sugar and coriander bitters). Three-hour afternoon gin workshops are also offered (see the website for details).

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    Mascotte

    The old variety hall ‘Corso’ has been revamped into one of Zürich's most popular clubs, with huge windows facing Sechseläutenplatz and the lake. A jam-packed calendar of events keeps things hopping all week; 'Cool Mondays' are a perennial favourite, featuring house, hip-hop, electropop, nu-disco and indie dance with no cover charge.

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    Club Zukunft

    Dance the night away in this hip basement nightclub just off Langstrasse. Ravers are welcomed by a plethora of glittery disco balls and a dazzling choice of delicious cocktails. Open until the early hours, it hosts national and international DJs, and the occasional live concert.

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    Eldorado

    A poster child for Zürich's emerging craft-beer scene, Eldorado is a cracking little bar, with a softly lit, retro-cool interior decorated with vintage furniture and a backlit chrome bar. Choose from 101 craft beers on the menu (including more than a dozen Swiss options).

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    Loft Five

    Purple backlighting, eye-catching art, wacky chandeliers and vintage chairs create an air of shabby-chic decadence at Loft Five. There's a great terrace for sipping a zingy cocktail or craft beer in summer, plus occasional live music and DJ sets.

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    The International Beer Bar

    Craft beer from Swiss and global microbreweries lures the thirsty punters to this glass-fronted bar in Zürich's hip 5th district. The vibe is very chilled and there are some 130 beers on offer – from IPAs to malty porters.