Must-see nightlife in Canton of Zürich

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Old Crow, exterior

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • El Lokal, exterior

    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…

  • Acid, interior



    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…

  • Sport Bar, exterior

    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…

  • Stubä, exterior



    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…

  • X-tra, entrance



    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…

  • Hafenkneipe, exterior



    Saluting nautical towns like Hamburg and Amsterdam, this small, cosy bar welcomes weary landlubbers with a large selection of craft beers, maritime decor,…

  • Café Noir, exterior

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • La Cyma

    Canton of Zürich

    Enjoy one of the best cappuccinos in town at this hip cafe and bar at the far end of the Old Town. Chat with locals at the large communal table outdoors…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Longstreet Bar


    In the heart of the Langstrasse action, the Longstreet is a music bar with a varied roll call of DJs. Try to count the thousands of light bulbs in this…

  • Kanzlei


    What is a school playground by day morphs into an outdoor bar and underground club by night. Reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and more appear regularly on the…

  • Heaven


    This boisterous club playing an eclectic musical mix is the epicentre of gay nightlife in Niederdorf. The cover charge is Sfr15 to Sfr20.

  • Kiosk Josefwiese


    A classic summer evening hang-out, this parkside bar sells cold beers and grilled snacks. Kids can frolic in the adjacent wading pool.

  • Café Odeon


    This one-time haunt of Lenin and the Dadaists is still a prime people-watching spot, taking you through from morning coffee to evening cocktails. Despite…

  • Supermarket


    Looking like an innocent little house, Supermarket boasts a dance floor surrounded by three cosy lounge bars, a covered back courtyard and an interesting…

  • Bauschänzli


    Location is the big draw at this beer garden, built atop 17th-century fortifications that jut into the middle of the Limmat River. From early October to…

  • Kaufleuten


    An opulent art-deco theatre with a stage, a mezzanine floor and bars arranged around the dance floor, Zürich’s ‘establishment’ club plays house, disco, R…

  • Café des Amis


    A good weekend brunch stop (until 4pm), this is above all a popular place to hang out and drink – anything from coffee to cocktails. In summer, spread out…

  • Daniel H


    An easygoing lounge-bar arrangement (with a tiny courtyard at the side), the ‘Dani H’ is a cruisy place to start the night. It is hetero-friendly. Note…

  • La Stanza


    Nicely placed in the upscale area of Enge, this stylish Italian bar is as much about posing as sipping your expertly mixed cocktail or glass of full…

  • Rio Bar


    With its outdoor terrace and prime location near the Hauptbahnhof, this tiny bar on an island in the Sihl river makes a tempting stop at any time.

  • Les Garçons


    This all-week gay dance bar in Kreis 4 has 1920s decor, weekend DJs, aperitifs, finger food and a smoking lounge.

  • Piccolo Giardino


    A convivial bar near Langstrasse that sets up big football-watching screens on its atmospheric garden terrace.