Zürich is home to an incredibly lively nightlife, with numerous bars and clubs making up the energetic scene.
When you’re looking for somewhere to have a drink, it’s a good idea to head to either Old Town or Zürich West. These areas of the city are home to the lion’s share of Zürich’s bars, clubs and venues. No matter what kind of night you’re looking for, be it glitz and glamour or something more alternative, you’ll find somewhere in Zürich to suit your tastes.
If you’re looking for a slightly more cultured way of spending your evening in Zürich then why not check out a performance at the beautiful Opernhaus. Home to the Zürich Opera, it hosts numerous ballet and operatic performances throughout the year.
Bahnhofplatz 2, Zurich, Switzerland
Beneath the Au Gratin restaurant and a stone’s throw from the Hauptbahnhof, this bar is a lively spot and boasts a young, animated crowd. From the two bar areas (one longer than the other), the quick and affable staff serve up cocktails, wines, beers and more. Perch yourself on one of the tall stools at the bar or lounge on the cushions in the wide windowsills while you sip on your drink and enjoy the buzz of conversation.
Open Mon-Wed 11am-1am, Thurs-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 4pm-2am, closed Sun.
Neugasse 57, Zurich, Switzerland
An alternative haven, Riffraff combines a bar, cinema and bistro. In the retro chic bar area, you’ll be able to sample the comprehensive wine list along with scrumptious cocktails and various beers. All these drinks can be brought into the movie theatre with you. A great way to combine having a few drinks with some movie-watching, Riffraff boasts a laidback, friendly atmosphere, as well as prompt service.
Open Mon-Thurs 3pm-12am, Fri-Sat 3pm-2am, Sun 12pm-12am.
Niederdorfstrasse 64, Zurich, Switzerland
Right in the heart of the action in Zürich’s city centre, this well-liked bar serves a wide range of lip-smacking cocktails, along with wines, beers and spirits. From the Latin music played in the chic interior to the comfortable tables outside, Havanna is well-worth checking out.
Open daily 4pm-2am.
Hardstrasse 260, Zurich, Switzerland
A club, lounge and bar all-in-one, Hard One offers something for everyone. Whether you prefer to sample lots of different types of bubbly (including the in-house label) or shake a leg out on the main dance, a great night is definitely had here. Stroll up to the swanky 20-metre main bar to pick up a drink or chill out in one of the funky lounge areas. Cigars are in vogue here too, so expect smoke!
Open Tues-Thurs 6pm-2am, Fri-Sat 6pm-4am, closed Sundays and Mondays; admission free Tues-Thurs, varies Fri-Sat.
Falkenstrasse 1, Zurich, Switzerland
Zürich’s beautiful opera house offers a more cultural option for your night out. Numerous ballet and operatic performances are held throughout the year so you’ll definitely be able to find something to whet your appetite. The Zürich Opera has been based here since 1891, and following major renovations in the early ‘80s, the Opernhaus can now seat 1,100 people.
Opening hours and admission vary with performances.