Fribourg, Drei-Seen-Land and The Jura drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Gruyères

Bar HR Giger

Sip absinthe or cocktails with names like Bambi Alien Blood at this insanely trippy cafe-by-day/bar for a few hours, kitted out in the style of theHR Giger Museum across the road. You really have to see the interior…
Irish Pub in Val de Travers


This Irish pub in Fleurier with an awesome terrace out front is the go-to spot on the highway for passing groups of cyclists, hikers and motorists. It's got a great friendly vibe, over 60 world beers, absinthe (of c…
Cafe in Fribourg

La Cavatine

What's most striking about this lovely cafe is its location in Fribourg's most up-to-the-minute piece of architecture, aptly called Equilibre to reflect its dramatic and seemingly imbalanced form. Whether you plump …
Distillery in Val de Travers

Distillerie Blackmint Kübler et Wyss

In 2005, following Switzerland’s lifting of its absinthe ban, this place distilled its first true and authentic batch of the mythical brew from valley-grown wormwood. Mix one part crystal-clear liqueur with five par…
Wine Bar in Neuchâtel

Chauffage Compris

Despite its name – Heating Included – this retro bar, with a decorative tiled entrance, is one cool place to loiter, be it for morning coffee, evening aperitif, night-owl drink or simple snacks.
Bar in Biel-Bienne

Dan'ton-Ku Tiki Bar

A great spot to meet the locals, this unexpected tiki bar, far from Polynesia on the main drag of Biel, is a hoot and a popular spot for afternoon drinks.
Bar in Fribourg


The showstopper of this funky art bar in an old butcher's shop (note the original flooring and ceramic tiled walls) is the seating – an angular black-and-white 'sculpture' by a Dutch artist that casts its bewitching…
Beer Garden in Fribourg

Fribourg Plage

When the sun shines there's no lovelier spot for hanging out in a pink or lime-green deckchair than at this urban beach, complete with golden sand and beach volley court, on the lawns of a city park. 'Protection ant…
Wine Bar in Fribourg

TM Café & Talk Wine

Called TM Café by day, it becomes Talk Wine by night, when trendies drink, dance and do shots as DJs spin electro or lounge music, dependent on the mood: good for an after-five apéro.
Bar in Neuchâtel

Le Bassin Bleu

In the heat of the summer much of the drinking action gravitates towards the water's edge with pop-up bars and drinking spaces such as upcycled, portside paddling pool Le Bassin Bleu.