We, a few VTers, recently visited the Plaz(d)a Bar on a weekday evening around 11 pm. When we were there it was very pleasant and roomy, but mind you, on weekends it's packed. Note the decorations (lamps, walls) while you are there.
In the same building which used to be a couple of cinemas until not too long ago, there is now a club which features various events and concerts. Check their website for more information.
Zurich has lots of cinemas. You will find multplex cinemas or studio cinemas. Going to the cinema is very popular and in most cinemas the films are shown in the original language with German and French subtitles. In the programm it will say E/d which means the film is in English with German subtitles. If it says Ov/d then it's in the original language like Chinese, Russian or whatever with German subtitles.
On Mondays cinemas are cheaper with a fixed price of CHF 12.00 (2007).
The link below takes you to a new website about nightlife for the English speaking community in Zurich.
Actually Zurich has an amazing night life szene, You can choose whatever music style you want...
Fisrt if you're in Zurich and you wanna know what's up in the next few days...you can get informations on
www.usgang.ch (just click to the calendar on the left side and you will find a list of clubs and partys on that date u've choosen...you don't have to understand english, cuz it's simple to figure out the music style, the name of the club and it's directin...)
or tillate.com (it's an international partycommunity...)
oke: some general nightlife tip...:
Kaufleuten: every day programm from black music (the best one is costa del soul (every thuesday) switch party on friday once a month) to latino music (sundays) and house (every thursday and on some fridays/saturdays)
mascotte: diffrent music styles from Rock over greek partys to hiphop...
le bal: nice little club near the lake, on thursdays they have some hot latino partys...
dynamo: raggae concerts
club Q: House, trance music
Indochine/ säulenhalle: House, R&B or HipHop partys, sometimes Latino music
we also have a lot of gay/lesbian bars/clubs: the problem to describe it is that they change every week her spot, some names: T&M, Kanzlei (on sundays or some fridays), ask for information at barfussbar or at the lobby in the niederdorf, sure they can help you out;)
and if you like late night clubbin' go to langstrasse it's the redlight area of zurich, but it turned into the secrect hot spot of bars and undergroundclubs (without redlight ambiente..., just watch where you walk in;) ---> ask for latino bars (they got a whole lot of 'em like fuego latino, piranha bar... or nice bars as: longstreet, straycat...or even latenigt opend fast food corners aftre clubbing: new point, mc donalds...
pretty laid-back restaurant and bar, friendly, with annexed small bio-shop.Very good music, mostly rock and alternative. Take a tournament of table-soccer while you sip a cold beer
Dress Code: Alternative, or just no dress code
A small bar in district 4. Not the average very cool downtown Switzerland athmosphere, just very laid back, cosy and intimate. A nice place to spend an evening with friends, or to drink your cappucino in the afternoon and read a paper.
Dress Code: Whatever you like
If you are looking for parties that are going on in the clubs of Zurich, have a look at the following websites.
This simple portal lists all parties in and around Zurich, sorted by date (pick it in the calendar on the left side). It is also possible to browse through the different locations (click locations in menu "events"). Also available for Berne, Lucerne, Basel & St. Gallen.
This well-known site works in the same way as usgang.ch does. It covers all parts of Switzerland and offers many useful hints. Have a look!
This place was a refreshing departure from the normally uptight atmosphere in Zurich. Good music and people, but drinks are crazy expensive (this is switzerland, after all!)
I also have it on good word that OXA is a great place to party in Zurich, alas, I had to leave before I could check it out. Maybe next time. Friday nights are a bit younger, Saturdays 25-35 year olds.
Dress Code: Guys, make sure you bring a girl unless you've made a career out of talking your way past tough doormen. They were tough, but fair.
Well, in Zurich you'll find a club for everything. There are clubs for Jazz, Blues, Classic, House, Techno, Trance, Wave, Rock, Reggae, RnB, HipHop, Latin... -- whatever you want, there is always a certain day in a certain club, where they play your kind of music!
Dress Code: Always depends, on what day you visit which club.
When I arrived Davos, it was in the night. Most people spend their night in Bars across the town that is full of hotels. The weather is so cold in this region at this particular time of my visit that most people rather sit around bars and socialise.
Also because of the event that was on going at this time, the world economic forum; most places were fully booked and there was not much fast night life as one would have expected.
I never really went out on a big night but theres loads and loads of bars all around by the old town, right near the city backpackers hostel. I went in the Oliver Twist pub alot for a pint and to watch footy. A beer costs 8.80F(£4.40!). Theres loads of clubs too.
As soon as the sun sets, the city just comes alive!! In Niederdorferstrasse, Oberdorferstrasse and in the area around the Limmatquai, you really are spoilt for choice!
I tried out a few places and wished I had time to try a few more!
Barfüsser - was recommended to me by a local and was really nice - Spitalgasse 14
Wings - Limmatquai 54
Corazon - Cuban style bar, with lovely furniture where I really relaxed and enjoyed a drink, located in Zähringerplatz, opposite the cinema
Irish bar - Rindermarkt (during a football match, I couldn't get further than the entrance!)
Barios - a quaint little wine bar on the corner of one of the streets off Niederdorferstrasse. I got to try swiss wine for the first time here and it was quite nice. They also offer cheese platters and other local dishes.
No porblem to have some partys in Zürich. On monday you should go to X-Tra Limmathaus party called 'Cool Monday' entry is free, drinks are at the normal price. Take Tram Nr: 4 or 13 until Limmatplatz. There is it. If you are here in Summer you should go to 'Oberer Letten', it's at the river Limmat and on a hot summer evening its an almost perfect atmosphere to chill out. Also i want to recomend the cultural center Rote Fabrik in Wollishofen. Ask the peopel where to find that. And least but not last the club UG. It's not big but good, really good.
Dress Code: All the places recommended by me, haven't a dress code. But dress légère and cool.
zurich is a great place to be during summertime. in winter, however, it's rather gloomy as long as you don't know the right spots. if you feel like going out for a beer, you might like to pay a visit to PLUESCH. it reopened recently in Aemtlerstrasse and it's perfect if you love spending your evenings in a cool, seventy-ish atmosphere.
SI O NO in ankerstrasse is another favourite of mine: relaxed athmosphere, nice people and life music on sunday nights.
as to clubbing anything near escher-wyss-platz is worth a try. in geroldstrasse, for example, you'll find UG, SUPERMARKET (maybe you will meet supermarek there... ;-)) and SPIDER GALAXY. a location i recently discovered is LABYRINTH in pfingstweidstrasse. it's gay-owned but straight-friendly, so if you happen to be a girl or a straight guy you can have a great time there without feeling out of place ;-)
also located in pfingstweidstrasse is LES HALLES, a hip cafe/bar that also offers nice food. as many places in zurich they close at midnight, but it's a good start to a long night....
pubs and bars
My very favourite is hard to find, and when you find it, you'll notice that tabvles and chairs are about to fall apart: it's the furthest place from fancy that you can imagine - but the crowd is excellent 8read. alternative). The place is known to everyone as El Al (El International officially) and it's in kreis 4, in a tiny lane called Zentralstrasse. Another favourite place to hang out, drink and maybe listen to some bands is the once infamous Rote Fabrik (Red Factory): the name says it all, at least politically. They have a website, but it's only in german: http://www.rotefabrik.ch . For Irish pubs try The Irish Tavern at Talstr. 82, and the Oliver Twist Pub at Rindermarkt 6 if you care for the ex-pat scene. Two sort of dodgy-looking places, but which are not really quite as bad as they look, are the Pumpi-Bar at Niederdorfstr. 40 (it really looks like a strip-joint from the outside but it's not, and makes wonderful cocktails) and the Kon-Tiki at Niederdorfstr. 24. If you like partying barefoot the 'trendy' Barfüsser at Spitalgasse 14 is the place for you, then. And, finally, if you are really daring, I suggest the Aelpli-Bar at Ankengasse 5: I won't tell you what sort of place it is but I suggest you pack your sense of humour - it's a riot.
the inside is build like you were in the alps
with little hutts around you.
Dress Code: you can wear what ever you like