A Rugenbräu as usual ;-)
A nice and centrally located place with good mix between local and tourist. Sport fans will be reward by big screen for live events in a warm athmosphere.
At bar side, do not forget to taste the local beer named Rugenbräu or the Jungfrau Wasser (sparkling water).
This is a special little place, a locals hangout with great reggae music. It is a combination coffee shop/bar. Where the local 16 year olds and 50 + year olds hang out together. In discussions with one of the bartenders, Renee, I learned that maybe it is better that the young learn from the old in a comfortable welcoming setting. I don't know but I found young and old playing chess and cards and just having a good time hanging out. They also have two internet computers.
Dress Code: Be comfortable - this is a place where you can go after paragliding or after your trip up the Jungfraujoch.
The home of the Casino Kursaal is an historical building in Interlaken dating back to the 19th centrury. Set in a beautiful garden, it is one of many very appealing site/sights in the town.
It is very popular as a convention centre as well.
No, we didn't want to gamble our money away (the stock market was taking care of that during our vacation), but we thought the entrance way to the small casino provided a nice Interlaken scene.
Dress Code: Casual, no jeans or shorts preferably.
Found in one of Interlakens many bars, the oldies corner. We put Rod over there, on his own, as it was his birthday. There are a few bars in town but most of the people we met spent their time in their hotels and the local beer is awful so you will have to get about a bit to find somewhere you like. fortunately rod has been here many times before and was happy to show us around despite the fact that we put him in the oldies corner.
The only nightlife tip that I can provide is on Balmers bar, the Metro. It is located underneath Balmers and is a decent bar, but no better. It has a small dance floor that only gets used later in the evening / early mornings. Drinks are good and strong, but, as with everything Swiss, a bit expensive. There are plenty of couches inside, and they often show important sporting events from all around the world. I would have to say that Swiss nightlife isn't all that great, and maybe you should save your energy for all the day time activities you SHOULD be doing!
Maybe I just didn't find good Swiss nightlife, but it wasn't because my friends and I didn't try. After walking all over Interlaken listening for music coming from some bar or building in general, we kept on ending up here. At least we didn't have to stumble very far to our beds.
Dress Code: Noramlly warm clothes! Its cold!!!
The nightlife spots in Interlaken are best at either the Funny Farm or Balmers hostels. Balmers has an awesome bar and dance club right there and that's where we stayed. Otherwise you can go to the main drag and find some more places that I'm not to familiar with. I'm not so sure about places in Zurich.