Les Docks: Les Docks
We visited Les Docks to attend Inferno Festival on march 2013. For 2 nights some famous metal bands played at this club. I was surprised by the excellent sound system which is very important for heavy music that has lot of distortion etc We also like the fact that the clubs wasn’t packed so we could be close to the stage but also move easily near the bar or somewhere in the back when we felt tired, the upper floor has some cozy seats.
We saw the local legends SAMAEL but also PRIMORDIAL (Ireland), MY DYING BRIDE (UK), DARK FUNERAL (Sweden), AURA NOIR (Norway) etc
Best bar in town: KAI ZEN
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.
Shy club: o what a night !!!
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 !!!
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Bleu Lezard: Artistic Nigntclub (I&V)
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…
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Bleu Lezard: Dinner spot before the night
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.
MAD VIP: Selective but hard
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)
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King Sized Pub: Fun pub
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.
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D! Club: House/Dance Hall music
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.
White horse Pub: Irish Pub
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 .
Le Bourg: Night Culture
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.
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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.
- Gay and Lesbian
Le XIIIème Siècle: Bar w/dance floor, cool atmosphere
Cool disco bar near the cathedral, the age count is slightly higher than your-average-students'-place.
It 's located in a sort of old cellar so it's quite dark, but the mood is great. There are three different bars scattered over the place, so you should be able to get something to drink without having to wait too long. Prices are not cheap, though.
The music is very dance-y yet not over the top as in a disco, which is good both as background music if you're only there to drink something and as music to dance to if you actually go to the dance floor/hall downstairs.
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4310 Club: A queer night out
Not far from Place St. François and a plethora of busses on one side, or a multi-storey car park with a reduced night fare at just one minute from the most central locations on the other, it shouldn't be difficult getting there. It's the only real queer place in town (that I know of) but of course open to straight people as well (and you can definitely find some !). There's indeed a great variety of people there. The atmosphere is cool and friendly, the music not too bad either
Prices vary from 10 to 15 francs, and it's generally reduced if you get there before midnight (or half past midnight, I don't remember anymore). Drinks are tolerably priced, although by any means not cheap.
Better check on the website what kind of "night" is on, as there's usually a different theme each day of the week, except on Sundays and Mondays, when the club is closed.
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Le VO: Bar with (free) dance floor
A disco bar a bit further north, it's still at walking distance from the centre.
On the main floor there's a rather normal-looking bar with live music (at times - generally jazz - cool !), and if you go downstairs there's a hall with music you can dance to and another small bar. Access is free, but again, the price of drinks more than make up for that.
The music downstairs is very relaxed - you'll get your fair share of weird-dancing people too. It's certainly different from all the other mainstream discos with pumping music, but nice. Just don't expect a lot of people, or do, but only if you're lucky (which I'm not).
One thing to remember, though, is that if you're by yourself and female or in an all-female small group, then sure as hell you'll be approached by this or that guy who wants to... dance with you. Of course that happens everywhere, but there it just happens more frequently than in any other place I've been to.
D! Club: Students' parties
Centrally-located, it’s one of the places where students often hold university parties.
Prices are on the 10-15 francs range but there’s no drink included, and prices for those are fairly high.
One things that buggers me all the time is the fact you have to make a long queue just to deposit your jacket - and it costs 2 francs.
The ambience is cool, though. It usually gets very packed in there, which results in a yucky, sweaty, hot sauna-like place, but somehow I love it. Still, should you not be like me, there are spots where you can actually breathe a bit more - just get out of the main floor and go to one of the bars which border it.
The music is quite decent too (some '80s, some dance, some hip-hop...) - at least you can dance to it.
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