You can have a coffee, beer, or glass of wine in the same bar where Lenin plotted his return to Russia and James Joyce did away with plot in his nove... Read More

You can have a coffee, beer, or glass of wine in the same bar where Lenin plotted his return to Russia and James Joyce did away with plot in his novels: Zurich nightlife is varied and rich. At the Caduff Wine Loft, taste an array of top Swiss wines—most aren’t readily available outside the country, and to have them on native soil ought to add to the enjoyment. If you’re after the best bars in Zurich, head to Sky Bar hidden in the Eden au Lac hotel, Nordbrucke for a more casual atmosphere, or Nietturm for outstanding cocktails.

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  • Altstadt Bar

    Cozy and relaxed, this cafe and bar by the Limmat river is a big hit with the city's expatriates, who flock here for the impressive collection of... Read More

  • Barfussbar

    Truly an unusual spot, Barfussbar—meaning barefoot bar—is only open in the summer. It's more of a swimming hole than anything, with timber decks built... Read More

  • Buonvini Wine Bar

    Weekly wine tastings and an extensive cellar of Italian varieties make this vibrant wine bar popular with oenophiles. You can come for a glass, a carafe... Read More

  • Caduff Wine Loft

    Ultra-sleek, industrial interiors recall this wine bar's last life as a warehouse. Yet beneath the loft-life restaurant is a candle-lit cellar, home to... Read More

  • Club Zukunft

    Zukunft means “future,” and this cult nightclub in Langstrasse is known for discovering up-and-coming talent. It’s an intimate venue with clusters of... Read More

  • Frau Gerolds Garten

    A complex of cabins made from repurposed shipping containers, this friendly beer garden feels like a piece of Berlin or Brooklyn transported to Zurich... Read More

  • Goethe Bar

    Located next to the Opera House, this bar has an upscale interior, with red banquettes and a spacious, backlit bar. But Goethe Bar is at its best come... Read More

  • Hotel Helvetia Rooftop Bar

    From its promontory over the Sihl River, Hotel Helvetia's rooftop bar boasts great views of the city. Don't underestimate the ground floor, however,... Read More

  • Jules Verne

    The Jules Verne is renowned for its panoramic views of Zurich's old city and the Alps. Reservations are highly recommended—especially if you want a seat... Read More

  • Kronenhalle Bar

    Nothing about Kronenhalle Bar (which is decorated with stained glass, marble, and original Picassos and Chagalls) is anything less than exemplary. The... Read More

  • Longstreet Bar

    Another late-night favorite, around the corner from Club Zukunft, this bordello turned lounge and dance club is managed by the über-stylish female... Read More

  • Metropol

    Situated squarely between Lake Zurich and the River Limmat is this chic restaurant, which features a Japanese, Izakaya-style menu—along with some... Read More

  • Milchbar

    Fresh off a major revamp, Milchbar is best known for its coffee. Get it brewed in a Chemex, Siphon, or an Aeropress; try a flat white or Turkish coffee.... Read More

  • Moods

    As many as 300 live music events can take place at this lauded jazz club every year—though you can also catch reggae, electronic, funk, and blues on any... Read More

  • Movenpick Wine Bar

    It may be a franchise, but with newly-done interiors (polished wood and floor-to-ceiling shelves of wine bottles) and regular events, Mövenpick has... Read More

  • Nietturm

    Ascend to this split-level bar (a glass cube crowning a 19th-century tower) in time to watch the sun set over Zurich West while sipping classic... Read More

  • Nordbrucke

    Come to Nordbrücke and elbow up to the bar, which buzzes with locals sipping after-work drinks or listening to the sporadic live music or DJ set.  Read More

  • Old Crow

    Old Crow is a distinguished whiskey bar with over 1,200 spirits. The bartenders are known to revive forgotten cocktails and craft their own innovative... Read More

  • Onyx Bar

    This glamorous space, found inside the Park Hyatt Zurich, features an onyx stone bar lit from within and endless chestnut and bronze accents.  ... Read More

  • Rive Gauche

    Attached to the fine dining restaurant and hotel, Baur au Lac, this stylish space attracts an international crowd and has a reputation for crafting... Read More

  • Rivington & Sons

    Located on the ground floor of Prime Tower, this cocktail bar looks like it's plucked straight from 1920s New York City—and parts of it were, including... Read More

  • Seebad Enge

    Spend the morning hours swimming, stand-up paddle-boarding, and yoga-ing at this seasonal bath by Lake Zurich. At night, the bathing facilities... Read More

  • Sky Bar

    Atop the Eden au Lac hotel, this hidden bar is easily one of the city's best kept secrets. From the intimate rooftop, enjoy a flute of champagne or... Read More

  • Tasca Romero

    Tasca Romero, a well-liked tapas bar, will transport you straight to Barcelona, thanks to its Spanish-speaking staff and extensive Spanish wine list ... Read More

  • Weinschenke

    Hidden in the basement of Hotel Hirschen is this historic wine cellar—portions of which date back to 1200s. Choose from a wide selection of vintage... Read More

  • Widder Bar

    More than 1,000 bottles sit behind the Widder's long, curving bar. Regular jazz and classic piano concerts fill the bar with the music of the 30s and 40s. Read More

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