This popular cocktail bar located in the heart of the La Citè area of Lausanne is home to a basement nightclub room called, “The Vault.” The bar upstairs mixes classic styles from the prohibition era with some bohemian touches. A full menu of both classic and creative cocktails is also filled out with wine, champagne, and whiskeys. DJ’s play classic party songs and hip-hop downstairs until late into the morning. The bar also hosts many events that take advantage of the club’s aesthetics, including many Burlesque and Prohibition themed parties.
This down-to-earth English-style pub is filled to the brim during soccer and rugby match days, and has become massively popular with Anglophiles and British expats. The place is well-stocked with beers on tap, and graced with a large garden and outdoor seating area that recalls a beer garden. The menu is full of items that pair well with a swig of decent beer, but is dominated by burgers. First-timers often return for the house burger specialties, which are cleverly named: The Rolls Royce, Chicken Butterfly Miso, and King Henry IV are ruled by the Great Beefburger.
Visitors should not take the name of this restaurant and cocktail bar literally, although the food is quite good. A worldly tapas bar, Eat Me serves international cuisine on small plates. The goal is to have diners sample diverse cuisines in bite-sized portions, from street foods to sophisticated dishes from the globe over. In many cases traditional dishes are reinterpreted with modern flair. Dinner served here satisfies the most experienced traveler. Skagenröra, a Swedish seafood and cream soup, is offered along grilled Ibèrico pork steak, for example. The menu, in fact, is organized by world region, from the Americas to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. The restaurant is a perfect place to pair a dish with a “culinary cocktail” and tell old travel tales.
The dozen characteristic arches under the 19th-century Grand Pont Bridge are great for taking a break from walking around Lausanne, and are also the home of Les Arches café and pub. During the day the café is full of people spilling in from the Place de l’Europe, and enjoying the outdoor seating on a sunny day. At night, the arches are lit in neon colors, and the bar turns into a kind of under-the bridge nightclub, serving drinks, cocktails, appetizers, and full dinners from a fixed menu. Les Arches is a unique urban bar in the center of one of Lausanne’s busiest squares.
The Bleu Lézard is one of the most popular café/bar/clubs in Lausanne. A good place to eat by day, by night the bar becomes busy with a diverse mix who tend to spill outside to the tables in the street so the crowding is bearable. There is no charge to enter the club downstairs where they feature live music and various popular DJs. An added extra is that the bar is also an exhibition space for young artists, which changes every month, making for great conversation pieces.
Since 1985 Mad Club has provided a fun, enjoyable atmosphere with fantastic DJs on four floors of a remodeled warehouse, which includes three separate sound systems, four bars, and a restaurant. Membership is suggested, however not required. This amazing dance club can also be rented out for private occasions.
La Bavaria Lausanne brasserie has a strong Germanic influence and is very popular in Lausanne. It is situated near the train station and has a typical traditional decor, which people seem to like. The specialty, without a doubt, is sauerkraut. But there are other dishes available, as well as an impressive range of mostly German beers. Sit on the small terrace to watch the people coming and going from the busy Place Saint-François.
Floor to ceiling windows, refined drinks, and a panoramic terrace make this cocktail bar one of the most elegant and pleasant in Lausanne. The bar is inside the Lausanne Palace & Spa, and exudes the same contemporary style. A comprehensive menu offers just about any drink one can think of, with dozens of champagnes, spirits, dessert wines, and aperitifs to choose from. Holding to Swiss tradition, the bar also offers nearly a dozen first-rate cigars to go along with cocktails. Hotel guests and locals come to LP’s for coffee and tea breaks, evening cocktails on the terrace with lake views, and live music sets during evenings five days a week.
D! Nightclub, originally an old theater, then cinema, and finally converted into a club, opened its doors in 1996 to throngs of eager club-goers. This super hip spot caters to the young and chic, yet you will find almost every kind of person there. Great music, lights, and drinks make this a great place to go for the night. The club also has live acts, from cabaret to comedy, and the shows and times can be found on the website.