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Kai Zen is without a doubt my favourite hangout in Lausanne. The concept is quite original in the sense that the restaurant and bar menus revolve around 5 major cities around the world and their authentic cuisine (New York, Tokyo, Rome, Paris, Bangkok). The interior design of Kai Zen changes regularly: "Kaizen" is an actual philosophy involving perpetual improvement (Japanese word kai means “continuous” and zen means “improvement” or “wisdom). What I love most about Kai Zen, besides its design and sophistication, is their drinks menu. They make THE best cocktails in town!
Fun fact: Kai Zen is initially a model agency, which office is located right above the bar.
Dress Code: Casual Fancy.
Updated Mar 15, 2012
Address: Rue Pépinet, Lausanne
Le Shy club est la dernière née des discothèques Lausannoises. Ce qui m'a frappé c'est le mélange de la clientèle et la façon dont la clientèle est reçue. L'accent est mis sur la sécurité et le respect des clients. Le dress code est "Soyez corrects et avec le sourire". Un vrai plaisir.
C'est là que j'ai vécu mes plus belles soirées avec les plus folles ambiances ! En plus le design est très réussi. Pour moi c'est de loin la plus belle boîte de Lausanne !!!
Vive le Shy club !!!
Dress Code: Just your style !!!
Updated Jan 1, 2011
Address: Rue de la Borde 3B-1003 Lausanne
Bleu Lezard – the Blue Lizard is a charming bistro-bar and the nightclub. It is favourite place of Lausanne locals, especially students. Interior of Bleu Lezard is quite artistically decorated. It is often used for art exhibitions – at the time we visited it, in July 2008 there was witty installation made of drawings of jackets, hats, glasses, bottles, pigeons… imitating a real objects and birds.
Bleu Lezard is a very good choice for a night joy, listening to a good music…
Updated Jan 17, 2010
Address: Enning 10, Lausanne
Phone: +41 (0)21 321 38 30
Bleu Lezard is a nice youth restaurant in the very center, also a tipping point at the crossing. A favority place for nightriders and students who start the night with a dinner. The dinner section is a rectangular area and the bar. You will find a selection of food, including some menus. Music is nice, a DJ playing bar-type music during the dinner, not too loud but feels the atmosphere.
People not only dine but also grab a beer and an appetizer to warm up for the night. There is a bar section downstairs, which is slightly smaller, with a DJ cabin and a bar. This is, for me, still a bar section rather than a club-like environment.
On particular nights, they have live music. It's on the billboards inside. Check the website or follow-up with the staff inside.
Most people start the day here, dine, get another or two drinks and lead up to the nightclubs. If you plan a weekend out, starting with a dinner, this is one of the few selections you might consider.
Dress Code: Pretty casual place indeed.
Written May 28, 2007
Address: Rue Enning 10, 1003
Some of the large dance clubs, like Loft and D!, are high tempo house, progressive music with large crowds. You can find a large student crowd enjoying the night in these places. MAD, which stands for Moulin a Danse, is another large arena. The main entrance is behind the street, if you walk between MAD and King Size restaurant (which you might consider for a nice dinner). These selections are available if you like progressive house, tech-house and hard beats.
If you look for a nice high-end place, though, is tough in Lausanne. There are bars but the most exclusive place we have discovered is the VIP section of MAD. There is a small entrance to the place, by the road, with two bodyguards. I was extremely lucky to have a nice conversation with the body guard and he welcomed 8 of us, coming from the Point Bar close by (Point Bar had a house DJ, accompanied by a live saxophone playing girl).
You need a VIP card to get in. A definitely 25-35 place, very nice people. VIP section of MAD is very well designed and decorated. When you enter from the entrance, stairs walk you up to a small bar area, where the cloakroom is. To get upstairs, you need to pass another bodyguard at the stairs, who will check whether you come from the VIP entrance or the other stairs on the side.
The place is a rectangular area, stairs lead up to the middle where you will face the small bar. There you can get straight forward spirits and beer. Cocktails are on the main bar.
DJ played very good music, house tunes and very recent spins. If you are into house music, you would notice the good selections of mixes. The prices for the place, I presume, are reasonable if you consider yourself in Switzerland and in a VIP section. Spirits go around 16 CHF and beers would be half or slightly more.
It will be extremely hard to get in if you don't have a VIP card, or a good relationship with the bodyguard. But if you can, I think this is 'the' place in Lausanne.
Dress Code: Dress well, fashionable. (That doesn't necessarily mean no jeans)
Written May 25, 2007
Address: Rue de Geneva
This pub was absolutely packed with people, mostly students. They have a wide selection of beer, and have two piano players battle it out every night. The waiters are in kilts, and it was generally a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Written Jan 14, 2007
The location was easy to find, and the outside of the club was pretty. That's basically where the good times end.
It costs between 20 and 30 francs, depending on the night, and there is no drink included. Drinks are outrageously priced - for example, a vodka and coke is 16 francs!
There are few places to sit, and the dance floor is small. But, the club was crowded 30 mins after it opened, so that's a plus!
Coat check is 2 francs.
Written Jan 14, 2007
Address: rue Grand Pont
So many English pubs try to actually be English. This one is very Swiss-Romande and is possibly better for it, at least as a pub experience for the traveller who presumably would have gone to England to visit an English pub.Situated very near to the hotel that I use to stay this pub was an oasis in Lausanne .
Written Jul 30, 2006
Address: av. d'Ouchy 66
This is a great place for performances and life music. What had formerly been a cinema for non-blockbusters was later transformed into a special nightlife spot. It's cosy in there because of the delicate decoration. There are chanson and comedy nights. I went to an "open mic" event, where different artists played one or two songs or gave a comedy performance. Often free entry.
Dress Code: No dress code whatsoever.
Written Jun 3, 2006
Address: Rue de Bourg 51
Phone: +41 21 21 625 07 07
One of the biggest nightclubs in Lausanne, lots of famous DJ's come to play here. Sometimes there are live concerts as well, so check out their website to see who is playing.
Info programme : tel. +41. (0)21 340 69 60
Very well located, right down-town, in the Flon area. Can't miss it, a huge pink condom is on the building.
Gay night is Sunday.
Dress Code: No specific dress code.
Written May 3, 2006
Address: Entrepôts 23, rue de Genève 23, Lausanne
Phone: 021 340 69 69
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