Drinking and nightlife in Mittelland

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    Kapitel Bollwerk

    Starting as a restaurant where businesspeople come for light, healthy lunches, this award-winning venue morphs by evening into a bar recognised around town for its savvy bartenders and unparalleled choice of cocktails. Come 11pm it transforms again into one of Bern's hippest clubs, with international DJs spinning electronic music.

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    A tavern since the 18th century, Klösterli has a cosy, stone-walled interior for sampling Swiss wines from flinty Chasselas to fruit-forward Pinot noirs. These can be paired with tasting platters of cold meat, cheese, smoked sausage and antipasti. Or just stop by for a coffee. There's a pretty ivy-draped terrace in summer.

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    Sous le Pont

    Delve into Bern's grungy underground scene at this alternative-arts centre in the Reitschule, a graffiti-covered former riding school built in 1897. It's behind the station, by the railway bridge.

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    This corner bar with a chalkboard tapas menu is a hip spot for cocktails and coffees from morning to night.

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    In the afternoon street-level tables under Bern's Old Town arcades make a pleasant spot to enjoy cream tea with scones and homemade jam. Come evening the action moves downstairs into the cellar, where you'll find occasional live music and DJ sets.

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    Café des Pyrénées

    Nicknamed 'Pyri' by locals, this bohemian corner joint remains a beloved Bern institution for its traditional Parisian cafe-bar vibe. Its central location near the tram tracks makes for good people-watching, though service can be hit and miss.

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    Alpin specialises in Swiss wine and has an attached cafe, making it perfect for a try-before-you-buy session.