The Oliver Twist Pub is one of the more popular pubs in Zurich. It was packed during my visit (a Friday night). Overall I liked the feel this place because it was in an older building which helped with the atmosphere. There was live music here and surprisingly the band was actually good. This is probably because the Oliver Twist is part of a chain and they can afford to attract decent bands. I am pretty sure I saw these guys in Canada.
Zurich is saturated with Irish Pubs so at least there are plenty of places to find a Harp. Out of the lot, I think the best pub I visited in Zurich was Paddy Reilly's. You might ask why and that is simply because it reminded me so much of a pub I frequently visit in Toronto.
The bar here is quite large. The beers at the time of my visit were not expensive by Swiss standards and they a large variety. There are several massive flat screen TV's where you can watch sports which I was I found the place so welcoming. Finally there is a patio which was not all that common in Zurich. This pub seemed to very popular with ex-pats from across the globe.
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.