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Nightlife in Zurich

Zurich nightlife ranges from glitzy to gritty - from classical concerts at Zurich Opera House in Riesbach, to alternative arts at Rote Fabrik in Wollishofen. Hit the Altstadt for a Guinness at the James Joyce Pub's mahogany bar or cocktails at Art Nouveau-style Café Odeon. Fashionable Zuri-West pulsates after dark; try candy-striped Liquid Bar for margaritas, Moods im Schiffbau for soulful jazz and X-tra for all-night clubbing. Most bars close at 2am, many clubs at 5am.

Zurich Opera House, Zurich. Courtesy of Zurich Tourism

Bars

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  1. 1. Café Odeon - Bars

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    Café Odeon, Zurich. © Café Odeon

    Café Odeon has been an Altstadt institution since 1911, welcoming luminaries from James Joyce to Mussolini. It exudes Art Nouveau glamour with chandeliers, red leather banquettes and marble walls. A friendly, fashionable crowd enjoys cocktails on the terrace.Show this on map

    Address

    2, Limmatquai, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 1 251 16 50

    Transport

    Limmatquai tram

    Website

    Cafe Odeon Website

  2. 2. Pur Pur - Bars

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    Pur Pur brings Moroccan exoticism to Zurich's Riesbach district with its low-level seating, brass lamps and arches leading through to intimate cubby holes. Depending on the night, the DJ might play anything from house to Latin, RnB or '80s grooves.Show this on map

    Address

    9, Seefeldstrasse, Zurich 8008

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 419 20 66

    Transport

    Opernhaus tram

    Website

    Pur Pur Website

  3. 3. Widder Bar - Bars

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    Widder Bar, Zurich. Courtesy of Widder Hotel

    Widder Hotel in the Altstadt shelters a moody jazz bar with red leather armchairs, wooden beams and low lighting. Recent performers at Widder Bar include Diana Krall and Ray Brown. The 1000-bottle spirit library includes 250 different malt whiskeys.Show this on map

    Address

    7, Rennweg, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 1 224 25 26

    Transport

    Rennweg tram

    Website

    Widder Hotel Website

  4. 4. James Joyce Pub - Bars

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    James Joyce Pub, Zurich. © James Joyce Pub

    James Joyce Pub in the Altstadt is named after Zurich's favourite Dubliner. The relaxed watering hole sports the original 19th-century interior of Dublin's Jury's Hotel, mentioned in Ulysses. Nurse a whiskey or pint of Guinness at the polished mahogany bar.Show this on map

    Address

    8, Pelikanstrasse, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 221 18 28

    Transport

    Rennweg tram

    Website

    James Joyce Pub Website

  5. 5. Liquid Bar - Bars

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    A flashback to the swinging 1960s, Liquid Bar appeals to the trendy set of Zuri-West. Candy-striped walls, leopard print stools and plastic bubble chairs define the retro interior. Sip one of the famous margaritas as DJs spin lounge music.Show this on map

    Address

    12, Zwinglistrasse, Zurich 8004

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 411 291 12 91

    Transport

    Helvetiaplatz tram

    Website

    Liquid Bar Website

  6. 6. Bierhalle Wolf - Bars

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    Perhaps Zurich's best-known beer hall, Bierhalle Wolf stays true to Teutonic tradition. Head to this Altstadt haunt to hear brass band music entertaining a lively, mixed crowd. Beer flows by the litre when the musicians strike up at around 8pm.Show this on map

    Address

    132, Limmatquai, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 251 01 30

    Transport

    Limmatquai tram

    Website

    Bierhalle Wolf Website

Clubs

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  1. 7. Adagio - Clubs

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    Ceiling frescoes, balconies and candle chandeliers give a grand, baroque look to the dancefloor at Adagio in Zurich's Altstadt. Sip cocktails in the lounge area with throne-like armchairs, then dance to chart classics, soul and funk under the glitter ball.Show this on map

    Address

    5 Gothardstrasse, Zürich 8002

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 206 36 66

    Transport

    Bürkliplatz tram

    Website

    Adagio Website

  2. 8. Kaufleuten - Clubs

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    Star of the Altstadt clubbing circuit, Kaufleuten's coolness has skyrocketed since Madonna paid a visit. The baroque dance floor is theatrical; all high ceilings, red velvet and chandeliers. Dress up to dance to soul or RnB with Zurich's beautiful people.Show this on map

    Address

    18, Pelikanstrasse, Zurich 8001

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 225 33 40

    Transport

    Sihlstrasse tram

    Website

    Kaufleuten Website

  3. 9. OXA - Clubs

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    Bass-loaded OXA in Zürich-Oerlikon attracts serious clubbers with its all-night parties. The four-level club comprises a restaurant, a bamboo-fringed garden and two dance floors - a blue one dedicated to techno and trance, and a red one for house.Show this on map

    Address

    70, Andreasstrasse, Zurich 8050

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 1311 60 33

    Transport

    Hallenstadion/Messe tram

    Website

    OXA Website

  4. 10. Club Indochine - Clubs

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    Club Indochine, Zurich. © Club Indochine

    Fashionable partygoers flock to Asian-inspired Club Indochine in trendy Zuri-West. The decor is 21st century meets the Orient with backlit Buddhas, tea lights and leopard-print lampshades. Velvet chairs frame the dance floor where clubbers dance to house music till 4am.Show this on map

    Address

    275, Limmatsrasse, Zurich 8005

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 448 11 11

    Transport

    Dammweg tram

    Website

    Club Indochine Website

  5. 11. X-tra - Clubs

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    X-tra, Zurich. © X-tra

    Zurich's largest club is X-tra in the Zuri-West district. Drawing a 20-something crowd, the line-up alternates between DJs pumping out house or salsa, and regular live bands. Clubbers retreat to the terrace to sip hot zingy caipirinhas.Show this on map

    Address

    118, Limmatstrasse, Zurich 8005

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 44 448 15 00

    Transport

    Limmatplatz tram

    Website

    X-tra Website

Entertainment

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  1. 12. Zurich Opera House - Entertainment

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    Zurich Opera House, Zurich. Courtesy of Zurich Tourism

    Located near the lakefront in the Riesbach district, Zurich Opera House hides a lavish interior behind its neoclassical facade. Since 1891, the venue has staged a varied repertoire of opera, ballet, concerts and recitals, including numerous world premiers.Show this on map

    Address

    1, Falkenstrasse, Zurich 8008

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 1 268 66 66

    Transport

    Operhaus tram

    Website

    Zurich Opera House Website

  2. 13. Tonhalle Zurich - Entertainment

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    Tonhalle Zurich, Zurich. © Priska Ketterer, Lucerne, courtesy of Tonhalle-Gesellschaft

    Opened by Brahms in 1895, Tonhalle Zurich is home to the acclaimed Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra under the baton of David Zinman. Overlooking Bürkliplatz, the venue offers world-class acoustics and a diverse programme ranging from chamber music concerts to solo performances.Show this on map

    Address

    7, Claridenstrasse, Zurich 8002

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 1 206 34 34

    Transport

    Bürkliplatz tram

    Website

    Tonhalle Zurich Website

  3. 14. Moods im Schiffbau - Entertainment

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    Moods im Schiffbau. © Heather Sills

    Touted as one of Europe's best jazz clubs, Moods im Schiffbau forms part of the ultra-modern Schiffbau arts complex occupying the old shipyard in Zuri-West. The laid-back venue draws serious jazz lovers with its line-up of local and international talent.Show this on map

    Address

    6, Schiffbaustrasse, Zurich 8005

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 1 276 80 00

    Transport

    Technopark or Pfingstweidstrasse bus

    Website

    Moods im Schiffbau Website

  4. 15. Rote Fabrik - Entertainment

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    Rote Fabrik, Zurich. © Rote Fabrik

    Squat turned alternative arts centre, lakeside Rote Fabrik, in Wollishofen, is a sprawling factory providing a stage for emerging and established talent. Party-goers, theatre buffs and Zurich's creative types come for concerts, performing arts, film screenings and club nights.Show this on map

    Address

    395, Seestrasse, Zurich 8038

    Telephone

    +41 (0) 1 485 58 58

    Transport

    Post Wollishofen tram

    Website

    Rote Fabrik Website

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