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…
Bleu Lezard consists of two floors: the hip local bar and restaurant at the street level and the club below. Both are free of charge, visited by an eclectic local crowd and mostly happening on the weekends.
A prefect bar to start the night before heading to a club or simply downstairs.
Dress Code: None
MAD has the art of partying down to a science. They book cool acts like the Jim Rose Circus (think: people who swallow broken lightbulbs), Les Rita Mitsouko (French duo with former porno star as lead singer). Enjoy dance, trance, and theme nights. Show up after midnight when the real fun begins.
Pricing is a bit tricky: they charge 25 or 30 francs per night to get in, hoping you'll find that expensive and fork over 250 francs for a yearly pass. The pass guarantees you and two friends free entry.
Dress Code: Hip
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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These hosts are waiting for you in a Big Bar in the heart of Lausanne¹s hip and happening Le Flon area. Located on the ground floor of the 7-screen Europlex cinema, King Size Pub offers a surface of 450m sq. Service is British pub-style (look at the waiters in kilt...), along with the beers and the décor.
In summer there¹s a huge street terrace running the length of the building for great after work get-togethers. Inside, the wood-paneled snug with bar and fireplace is great for private functions. Every night there¹s a chance to see the unique Dueling Pianos (when two pianists battle it out to play requests on baby grands!),
Sandwiches, tea and Italian coffee available all day.
Open 11am 1am; 2am at weekends.
Dress Code: Not applicable...
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.
Well assuming you've been out all night and have discovered Lausanne's nightlife, an other suprise may be awaiting you on your way home.
If suddenly, in the middle of the town you see eyes flashing at you or a shadow swiftly dissapearing inside a hedge, do not be alarmed. The town is filled with foxes.
You see them, and in down town, on summer nights when you sleep with the window open, you even hear them. Lausanne has become their new woodland...
Le XIIIeme siecle (the 13th century) is a nightclub in the Old Town, very near the Lausanne Cathedral, which ressembles a wine cellar. Upstairs the bar, on the 2nd floor tables and a place to sit and talk, and downstairs the dance floor where they play hits from all decades.
It is mostly a student hang-out place, and pretty much only locals.
PS: 18 is the official legal age to go out in Switzerland.
Dress Code: None
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.