Zurich Nightlife

When the sun goes down, Zurich's thriving nightlife is just as diverse and exciting as its daytime offerings. The city's cosmopolitan high culture scene (i.e. opera, ballet, classical theater) is comparable to other major European cities, and its burgeoning bar, club and cafe scene provide lots of options for night owls.

One of the nicest things about Zurich's nightlife is the selection of outdoor bars that heat up in the summer. Many of the river and lake swimming locations reinvent themselves as drinking establishments in the evening. The best of them are Barfussbar, which is in the center of the Old Town on the Limmat River, and Rimini, which is tucked away on the Schanzengraben.

For those interested in getting a nightcap at any time of the year, Zurich has no shortage of bars that suit any taste. Italian-inspired La Stanza is popular with the after-work crowd, while Bar Corazón is home to an excellent selection of Spanish wines. Cocktails lovers are well served at Barfly'z whose menu features more than a dozen martinis. University-affiliated Bar bQm is one of the cheapest places to get a beer in town.

Music lovers will enjoy Zurich's many live music venues. Moods im Schiffbau is the prime place to go to listen to jazz, folk and other types of music. Eccletic El Lokal is also home to offbeat live music, while alternative culture haven Rote Fabrik hosts all kinds of performances. Acapulco near Limmatplatz hosts a karaoke night every Sunday, which is a great way to hear some "local" talent.


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Stadthausquai 12

Floating bar in the Limmat River, summer only...
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Am Schanzengraben, Badweg 10

Open-air bar along the Schanzengraben, summer only...
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Moods im Schiffbau

Schiffbaustrasse 6
Schiffbau Complex

Jazz club in Zurich West...
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Gotthardstrasse 21

Martini/cocktail bar near the lake...
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Bar Corazón

Zähringerplatz 11

Café by day, bar by night, live music on Mondays...
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El Lokal

Gessnerallee 11

Eccentric bar that does live music and major soccer games...
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Rote Fabrik

Seestrasse 395

Zurich's most famous alternative venue for live music and theater...
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Bar La Stanza

Bleicherweg 10

Italian-style café/bar near Paradeplatz...
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Neugasse 58

Lounge bar near trendy Limmatplatz...
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Kulturcafé & Bar bQm

Unter der Polyterrace, Leonhardstrasse 34

Cheap beer with a great view of Zurich, student bar...
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My Place

Hottingerstrasse 4

Café, bar and design shop near Kunsthaus...
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Widder Restaurant

Rennweg 7
Widder Hotel

Five-Star Elegance...
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Théâtre du Châtelard


New theater...
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Salle Communale de Collex-Bossy

199, route de Collex

Different activities...
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64, rte de Genève

Small theater...
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Salzhaus Brugg


Event Venue...
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Messezentrum Zürich

Wallisellenstrasse 49

Popular Exhibition Venue...
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Overlooking the Zürichsee...
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Offene Rennbahn Zürich-Oerlikon

Dörflistrasse 90

Track Cycling Venue...
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Prominent Fairgrounds...
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