Zurich nightlife is one of the liveliest in Switzerland. Those looking for cultural entertainment will find Zurich easily matches any world class city.
The Zurich Opera House is hard to miss, with its neo-classical architecture and ornate portico decorated with the busts of Wagner, Weber and Mozart. For theatre entertainment, the Schauspielhaus is one of the most important in the German-speaking world. Other theatres in Zurich are the Pfauen in the Central City District, the Schiffbauhalle, an old industrial hall in Zürich West and the Theater am Neumarkt, one of the oldest theatres in Zurich Switzerland.
The most popular area to find bars, clubs, restaurants and cafés is in the Old Town, where the streets of Niederdorfstrasse and Oberdorfstrasse are a seamless string of entertainment venues. New bars and clubs are continuously springing up, especially in the fourth and fifth districts to the west of the Hauptbahnhof, around Langstrasse and Escher-Wyss-Platz. Zurich nightlife is not particularly late, with most clubs closing around 0200 although some manage to stay awake until 0300 or 0400 at the weekends!
Pubs and Bars in Zurich
Whatever your drinking preference, choose one of the neighbourhood pubs and relax with a cold beer, a glass of pinot noir or a classic martini and chat with whoever is nearby. It is the best way to get local information about Zurich, meet a new friend or make a valuable business contact. One of the best pubs in Zurich is the Rheinfelderbierhalle where the emphasis is on beer, the staff are friendly and the woody décor gives it an authentic pub feel.
PurPur is a Moroccan themed bar which attracts a hip clientele. It is a convenient place to enjoy Asian-Mediterranean cuisine after a show at the city’s Opera House nearby. For panoramic views of the city after dark, the Jules Verne Panorama Bar is hard to beat. From its eleven storey height on Uraniastrasse, the Observatory is a classy nightspot The Kaufleuten on Pelikanplatz is one of the best-known high-class bars in Zurich, with past guests including Madonna, Robbie Williams and Prince, among others. Hang out on the terrace, relax on the plump cushions in the lounge area, sit beneath glittering chandeliers in the main bar and enjoy the theatrical décor.
Clubs in Zurich
The Labor Bar on Schiffbaustrasses is owned and run by a local TV presenter who hosts his show from the club every Sunday. It is a place to dance, chat and lounge and the “Butterfly Party” is one of the most popular gay nights in Zurich.
One of the most glamourous spots for Zurich nightlife is Clun Indochine on Limmatstrasse. The atmosphere is that of an Asian opium den (minus the opium!) serving great Vietnamese food.
Live Music Clubs in Zurich
Located in an atmospheric old industrial warehouse, Moods Jazz Club, also on Schiffbaustrasse, is Zurich’s answer to Ronnie Scott’s in London. It stages an amazing 230 shows a year, house-party style.
The Volkhaus stages a variety of musical events at its various performance venues, so checkout the ticket-only program of local and international concerts. Explore the Zurich Nightlife and you will discover that there is an amazing choice of bars, clubs, pubs and theatre entertainment.
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