6 Of Zurich’s Trendiest Bars To Enjoy The Nightlife In

Experience a happy hour like never before in this Swiss city.

The Zurich bar scene is one you won’t want to miss. Here are the city’s top six trendiest bars to enjoy the nightlife in. Don’t forget to follow local etiquette and make eye contact when clinking glasses. Proscht!

Goethe Bar

Goethestrasse 10, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Goethe Bar Zurich’s Trendiest Bars
Goethe Bar. PHOTO Goethe Bar Facebook

Next door to the Zurich Opera House is the Goethe Bar, a classy establishment with an extensive menu and luxurious atmosphere. Sit back, relax, and order a drink from the backlit bar displaying the finest bottles. If you’re in need of a happy hour snack while basking in the pleasant ambiance, the bar serves food from the Schiller restaurant it’s a part of. At Goethe, the motto is savoir vivre or “live elegantly” which is the perfect catchphrase for an environment conducive to doing so.

Café Bar Odeon

Limmatquai 2, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Café Bar Odeon
Photo: Café Bar Odeon Facebook

Opened in 1911, Café Bar Odeon is a historic site in its own right. The building itself is under a preservation order so it maintains original marble and antique décor. Café Bar Odeon started as an Art Nouveau coffeehouse where public figures ranging from Benito Mussolini to Albert Einstein would stop by for a drink. Today, it operates as a café, bar, and restaurant frequented by tourists and locals alike. Make sure to order cüpli or champagne by the glass for a taste of history, because Odeon is where the concept originated.

The Nest

Weinpl. 2, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

The Nest Zurich’s Trendiest Bars
Photo by thenestzurich on Instagram

The Nest is a rooftop bar on top of the Storchen Hotel, sitting across from the Grossmünster and boasting incredible views of the city below. Environmentally conscious, the bar uses locally grown ingredients whenever possible, as with their champagne which is sourced from the Terreni alla Maggia farm nearby. The Nest is only open when the weather is nice from April to October since it’s outdoors and would be unpleasant in the winter months, so hit up this happy hour from above while you can!

Frau Gerolds Garten

Geroldstrasse 23, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Frau Gerolds Garten
Photo by fraugeroldsgarten on Instagram

If good vibes are what you look for in a bar, Frau Gerolds Garten is the place for you. In addition to the drinks, there’s a kitchen garden where fresh ingredients are harvested and the menu changes based on what produce is in season. Far from just being a bar, this outdoor area has various events happening all the time such as markets selling locally made goods. It’s also a popular place to watch soccer matches when there’s a game. Frau Gerolds Garten even stays open in the winter, making the space cozy no matter how cold it gets with colorful string lights. The website says whether its open or closed everyday so make sure to check before you go.

Weinschenke at Hotel Hirschen

Niederdorfstrasse 13, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland