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Zürich’s nightlife is as laidback as the city. Drinks start in Zürich’s bars after work and by 7pm establishments are buzzing with chatter of friends catching up. In summer the action moves outside to lakeside bars and drinks on the jetties. Zurich has clubs to suit all tastes and ages.

Zurich Nightlife

2 Akt Restaurant and Bar

This casual bistro-cum-bar serves schnitzels and beer (a nod to its beer-hall origins) by day and DJ-spun dance tracks for a young, artsy media crowd by night.

Selnaustrasse 2, 8001, +41 44 201 65 64, http://2akt.ch/
Tags: nightlife | trendy | bar | nightclub

Café Bar Odéon

This beautiful Art Nouveau café-bar, dating to 1911, may not attract the legendary clientele it once did (Joyce and Lenin were both regulars), but it’s still an interesting place to have a coffee by day or drink by night. There’s a short menu if you’re peckish.

Limmatquai 2, 011-41-44-251-1650, www.odeon.ch
Tags: nightlife | moderate | bar | cafe

Jules Verne

This stylish 11th-floor bar, accessed through Brasserie Lipp, has stunning views of Zürich and beyond, making it an excellent spot for a sunset drink. Popular with the after-work office crowd, it buzzes in the early evenings.

Uraniastrasse 9, 011-41-43-888-6666, www.jules-verne.ch
Tags: nightlife | moderate | views | bar | cafe

Tonhalle Gesellschaft

Zürich's beautiful concert hall is famous for its 1895 opening, which featured a performance of 'Song of Triumph' by Brahms. Not surprisingly, Brahms, Strauss, and Schumann feature heavily on the program of classic music concerts performed here by the Tonhalle Orchestra, one of Europe's finest ensembles.

Claridenstrasse 5, 011-41-44-206-3434, www.tonhalle.ch
Tags: nightlife


A long-standing favorite on the nightlife scene, this club and concert venue offers a varied program of dance nights, from hip-hop to reggae, and a live music calendar that ranges from Blondie to the Stereophonics.

Limmatsrasse 118, In the Limmathaus, 011-41-44-448-1500, www.x-tra.ch
Tags: nightlife | trendy | cover charge | bar | nightclub

Zürich Opera House

Buy tickets in advance for a performance at one of Europe’s premiere opera houses, the Opernhaus. Expect anything from a classic treatment of Verdi’s Rigoletto to an avant-garde interpretation of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov.

Falkenstrasse 1, 011-41-44-268-66-66, www.opernhaus.ch
Tags: nightlife | opera

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