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.
You can love electronic music, rock, pop, musica latina, seventies....you'll find your happyness
I'll add some travelogues later about the different discos
....Of course my favorite is L'atelier volant..the latine spot !!
What's better than a swiss cheese fondue and some great Valais wine? Well, a Valais fondue with tomatoes, a raclette with grison (beef jerky), pickle, aioli on boiled potatoes.
Try some apricot liquor that Yves's sister sells just up the slope off Sion. Tell them it's Pierre, Martin's brother friend of Yves and Pascal that is sending you.
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 !!!
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 .
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.
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)
Cool place for a chat, have a drink and just relax.
Cosy sofas surroounded by a nice design.
Expo and live music events are regulary organized.
Dress Code: Smart casual
This photo is taken on the 1st of August, the Swiss National day, by the lake at Ouchy (Lausanne South).
The national day is celebrated all over Switzerland with fireworks and outdoor parties.
If you haven't enough money to take a ticket or if everthing is sold out, you can have a look at the outdoor concerts or dance all night long in the hudge Jazz Café.