Theatre L’Uzine is an old venue, housed on a former gold treatment factory (pic 4).
It’s a typical alternative place where you find music gigs, art exhibitions, theatrical plays etc It was interesting to learn that after the closure of numerous squats in Geneva center (following the rising repression and criminalization of squatting the last years all over Europe) the place worked as a meeting place for activists and researchers of squatting with social sensibilities on the phenomenon.
The target group of the clubs varies, depending on what’s going on the night you will be there, you be surrounded by goths, metalheads, alternative hipsters etc :) You wont see famous rock stars here but it’s a great place for some great undergroundbands.
We went there one evening to see a concert of LONG DISTANCE CALLING, a band from Germany that was supported by SAHG and SOLSTAFIR.
It was a great concert although there weren’t many people inside. I think we paid 10chf to get inside but the beer is very cheap (4chf, cant be sure if the bar have the same prices on a regular DJ night).
We started the night very late...midnight to be precise...thinking that we would only get to enjoy about an hour or two of our last night. We went to La Clemence in the old town. A small bar with a huge terrace and good beer. Pints were less than 5 euro...7 francs to be exact and the fun was good. We decided we wanted to go clubbing but had no idea where there were any decent clubs. We were told about L'Usine which is about 15 minutes walk away. But what a place. The music was awesome, with some modern stuff as well as some classics (i.e. boombastic - shaggy etc.). The club is big, the beer is really cheap and the place was packed. Very underground with no airs or graces about it. Not snobby like so many swiss bars and discotheques. The cover was 10 francs, about the norm for most late bars and clubs we were told and the patrons there are pretty young but very friendly and up for a laugh. We fell out the exit of the club at about 5:15 with directions to an even later closing club...but we didn't make it...exhaustion kicked in. Definately worth a visit and I guarantee you will want to go back there.
Dress Code: Casual, very very casual...
Please check L'Usine, and if it's not enough underground for you, the Artemis area.
L'Usine is run by a community. It hosts a bar, restaurant and disco. I went there for a jungle night. Great.
Artemis is an aera with a few bars and discos where cannabis is 'legalised'. Can be quite dodgy sometimes, but nobody will bother you if you don't bother anyone.
Dress Code: As these are underground, you can wear whatever you like. But I'd leave tie, jacket and smart trousers home, and come as casual, even very casual.
In the more 'alternative' scene, l'Usine (the factory) is a very trendy and cool bar with a concert hall on the ground floor 'Le Kab de l'Usine'.
Dress Code: Trendy