Tired after touring the scenic and picturesque locations in the Zurich city? Relax at the ONYX Bar, located in the Park Hyatt Zurich. True to its name, Onyx stone is generously used in the decor. It caters to the chic and uber cool crowd in the town. Watch the changing facades of the city, through the glass walls. Sip on the wide range of cocktails offered or simply enjoy a glass of vodka. Elegant and classy settings, truly add to the pleasant experience.
If you want to have a fun-filled night out, the Hive Club on Geroldstrasse Street is where you should be headed. With upbeat techno and house music as well as eclectic dance tunes, it’s easy to let your hair down and dance the night away. The crowd is young and cheerful and adds to the lively atmosphere. Keep a look out for their live music events and dive into the vibrant, buzzing place.
Zurich is famous for its public bathing pools that are a popular respite from the summer heat. As the sun sets on the city, the place livens up as a happening gathering spot for the Swiss nocturnal. Rimini on Schanzengraben is shadowed by the adjacent botanical garden that lends its tropical vibe to the place. The open-air bar is weather permitting and boasts an impressive list of cocktails and spirits that are accompanied by delicious pizzas, grilled specialties and homemade salads. Visit the watering hole by the waters for an experience like no other.
Café Odeon is primarily known as the birthplace of Dadaism. In later years some very notable personalities such as Albert Einstein, James Joyce and Patricia Highsmith have witnessed the charm of this Art Nouveau-style cafe. Even today the Odeon, opened in 1910, attracts the biggest artists, actors, authors as well as aspiring ones. Unfortunately this marble-lined cafe was halved in size in 1972 to make room for a new pharmacy next door. Mirrors have been fitted on the walls to attempt to recreate that spacious feel, visually if by no other means. Lunchtime normally brings a choice of three different generous set menus, complete with vegetarian options. The chocolate cake most certainly comes with a stamp of approval and in summer guests can sit outside on the terrace looking out onto the boulevard.
To experience the nightlife of Zurich, spend an eventful evening at Club X-TRA. With its eclectic line-up of concerts, DJ nights and themed parties, this sophisticated club attracts party revellers in town. The energy is always upbeat as there are regular live acts by several national and international artists for the raving crowd. Club X-TRA boasts a big hall, lounges, a foyer area and a restaurant; each tastefully decorated and well-equipped with great lighting and acoustics to adapt to any kind of event. All in all, one can be assured to have a memorable time at Club X-TRA.
The Swiss version of 'Blind Date', Swissdate, is filmed here once a week. On the weekend, the bar is full of young, lonely-hearts most of whom are aged between 18 and 25. Walk past and peer through the huge windows and you will soon see a range of young people mingling here. A lot of dancing takes place here, while the atmosphere is as good as you'll get at any swinging party. During the week, the Palavrion's modern-decor (custom-made bar stools and tables) is sought out by those on blind dates, which can be arranged via the bar's trendy and innovative website. A must for the curious and the trendy.
A ladies-only swimming pool by day, the Barfussbar-Frauenbadi transforms into a barefoot bar by night, floating on the River Limmat. Dance to some peppy numbers under the stars while sipping on delicious cocktails. Choose a cozy seat, lie back and enjoy the various concerts and events that are organized here. The terrific views of the city only add to the heady experience.
Almodobar - Bar Lounge transforms into a cafe in the morning and into a vibrant lounge by evening. This chic spot has generally a younger crowd socializing over a drink or tapas dishes. Take a sip of a cold beer or cocktail with your gang of friends or if you are alone then make some new ones.
As its French name implies, Le Philosophe is a place where pontificators, ponderers and general conversationalists will feel at home. Discuss existentialism with your colleague as you sip specialty cocktails – try the Paradiso if you're a fan of watermelon. Make fleeting or prolonged eye contact with someone across the room through one of Le Philosophe's many mirrors, a signature trait that adds a touch of mystery to this Zurich bar. Although seats are hard to come by, most don't mind; with a cocktail in hand, it's a chance to work the room, gaining pearls of wisdom along the way.