Night time entertainment here in Lucerne seems scarce as far as I know. Well, around the Lake Lucerne area at least! I know we spent quite a bit of time hanging loose at the hugely popular Mr Pickwick Pub in Hotel des Alpes - just across the lake from our hotel via the Wooden Bridge. It is often jammed-pack with locals and tourists alike. Oh, and the beer/ drinks here are very reasonably-priced. So, you'd still have some money left to spend on shopping. If you rather spend your evenings on traditional entertainment, you can sign up for excursions (through your hotel concierge) where you'd be awed with the yodelling, flag throwing and performances on the almighty alphorn.
Alternatively, you can visit one of their many cabarets, nightclubs and discos (yes, they DO have discos here).
My personal recommendation? Check out Mr Pickwick Pub at Hotel des Alpes.
Dress Code: Casual.
Go to one of the cheesy dinner shows they have for the tourists. They maybe a bit silly but they are fun and the food is good. They will have the yodlers and people playing the alpine horn. They all get into contume. Its not super expensive but its a fun night out. Only expect to see tourist though.
See the Jesuit Church which stands on the left bank of the Reuss River. Built in 1666 it has a rococo interior of some note with pink porphry and frescoes. Like all the churches i saw in Switzerland, it had the ornate craftsmenship and detail of German churches, but with a lighter more upbeat color scheme.
The best night in Lucerne takes place once a year - the After Regatta Party after the final day of the 'Rotsee' Regatta.
Ladies, be careful.... you won't stay alone for long ;)
Dress Code: Rowing jackets, sneakers, Shirts that show which national team you belong to ... (nothing in case of the Irish national team ;)
Lucerne offers a really great variety of bars (Borromini, Seebar at the KKL, Oops, Schwanen, Latino Bar, Movie, The Lounge, Nachbar, Bar 57, Jazzkantine), some good clubs (P1, Penthouse, Pravda) as well as the joint concert houses, bars (Schüür, Werkhof, boa, Sedel) These are some of the names you need to know, you'll find something for your taste, inform yourself over posters hanging in shops or at busstops, ask somebody in a bar.
Dress Code: You're pretty much free whatever you want to wear. To get into some of the clubs states above, you just need to have some kind of level dressing yourself (don't look slubbish, don't wear sneakers)
If you are not too tired during your free time in the night time, go and have fun! Disco clubs are not only fun but they also allow you to see the night life of many European people. Much of the music the same as American and Canadian music but you do hear some 'different' sounds. It is very good music and when you get home, you wish that you could just hear some of the music that yo heard that night at the disco club!
Dress Code: Wear anything you want. Don't go too formal though because you would feel somewhat out of place. You will have fun in what ever you want to wear.
One of the best places to see live music in Lucerne is Schüür. Nice club in an old building!
Dress Code: Doesn't matter.
The pubs at the Reuss, especially when rowers are in town! The disco in the Flora Hotel is the place to dance through the night! Women don´t pay when they are joined by someone I think!