Zurich’s nightlife has a distinctive characteristic to it. Tourists and Swiss alike flock to the city at weekends to experience its bars, live music, and classy clubs. Altstadt, or Old Town, features a thriving nightlife scene set within this picturesque and historic neighbourhood on the west bank of the Limmat. Many bars throughout the city feature live music almost every night of the week. From alternative rock to jazz music, there is a venue for every taste. Bars and clubs range from super casual to ultra elegant. Just remember to have cash with you, as some bars do not accept cards.
What seemed to be just an ordinary bar has become a nightly sensation for cocktail lovers in Zurich. Classic cocktails that have been successful for over 100 years are served in a modern style. www.cntrl.ch
This cinema-turned-wine-bar offers a selection of more than 300 international wines in all price categories. Bordeaux lovers will be impressed by the rarity of the labels, mostly from collectors. www.razzia-zuerich.ch
ODEON, a cafe, bar and restaurant on the Limmatquai, opened on 1 July 1911 and has been a very popular place for people to meet right up until today. Artists and writers have been coming here for decades. www.odeon.ch
A rich mahogany room filled with French art is your first impression of Konenhalle, and the drinks that follow only heighten the experience. Ask the bartender for one of his signature infusions or a twist on an old classic. Live music tops off the whole experience. www.kronenhalle.ch
For those who are into rare liquor, Widder Bar boasts over 1,000 different types of spirits. If you want to try once-in-a-life time single malt whiskys straight from Scotland, ask for a two-decaliter pour so you can sample several. Don't like whisky? Widder bar serves up several house cocktails. Make sure to visit when there is a jazz performance. www.widderhotel.com