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

Weinschenke Zurich’s Trendiest Bars
Photo by weinschenkezurich on Instagram

Located in the cellar of Hotel Hirschen is Weinschenke, a wine bar with over 120 local and international wines to choose from. To get to this medieval room, you enter through an ancient well built in 1340 that still functions to this day. Weinschenke serve platters of various meats and cheeses to go with the drinks, and there are always staff-picked favorite wines if you’re not sure what to order. Even if medieval wine cellars aren’t your usual scene, you won’t want to miss out on this unique dining experience you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

Kronenhalle Bar

Rämistrasse 4, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Kronenhalle Bar Zurich’s Trendiest Bars
Photo by kronenhallebar on Instagram

The Kronenhalle Bar serves the highest quality drinks surrounded by original artwork from artists like Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Klee. Here you can find friendly and passionate bartenders among the dark mahogany and green leather that contributes to the elegance of the space. A notably unique aspect of the bar is its distinct lack of background music, putting more focus on good conversation and the ambient sounds of a fun night out. Don’t forget to ask about the secret menu with unique recipes that stray from the average choices available elsewhere.

Meghan St. Pierre

Content Editor Associate

Meghan is a native of South Florida who loves nature and landscape photography. Her favorite travel activities are getting lost in new cities and trying local desserts. She has been to 22 countries, and her favorites have been Sweden and Denmark so far.

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