Sky Bar
© La Réserve Eden au Lac

Bars with the best view

Find a place to relax, grab a cocktail and enjoy a stunning view with our guide to some of the best rooftop, lakeside bars and garden bars around

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Time Out editors
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What’s even better than a great bar? A great bar with a view, of course. Whether you want to live the high life on a sleek rooftop terrace, gaze at a luscious lake while you sip your cocktail of choice or feel like you’re in an oasis of garden calm, Switzerland is blessed with tons of bars that boast incredible views.

Take your pick from our list below, featuring the best bar views from Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne, Bern and beyond.

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  • Things to do
  • Event spaces

This buzzing beer garden and restaurant offers all manner of superb views from its terrace on the banks of the Limmat river  – take your pick from Lake Zurich, the Old Town and even the Alps in the distance. 

Terrasse, Zurich
  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Rathaus
  • price 4 of 4

Terrasse, as you might expect, has one of Zurich’s loveliest garden terraces, where you’ll feel you’ve escaped the city and found a little slice of green and pleasant heaven. The food and wine are also excellent, which is a pretty great bonus.

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Seebad Enge, Zurich
  • Things to do
  • Enge

Divided into a mixed and women-only swimming area during the day, Seebad Enge turns into a bar and live music venue after 7pm. Watch out for some of the city’s finest acoustic concerts during the summer months.

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  • Things to do
  • Event spaces
  • City

During the day it’s women-only in this Badi right next to Zurich’s town hall, but in the evening the location turns into the 'Barfussbar' with weekly concerts and cultural events. Be careful not to fall into the pool when dancing the night away under the stars.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Seefeld
  • price 3 of 4

Formerly known as Sky Bar in the Eden au Lac hotel, this impressive bar is now La Muña and the hotel that houses it has been renamed La Réserve Eden au Lac after an extensive refurb. Thankfully, La Muña can still lay claim to being one of the most stylish rooftop bars around thanks to its panoramic city views from six floors up.

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Schipfe 16, Zurich
  • Restaurants
  • Zurich

This listed building by the Lindenhof on the banks of the Limmat is partially hidden beneath the shade of several linden trees. It’s a great no-frills place to go in summer and autumn, thanks to a terrace with marvellous waterside views.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bars and pubs
  • Café bars
  • Rive Gauche / Left Bank
  • price 2 of 4

Built to resemble a 19th century ‘washing boat’, this bar-café is a lovely spot to go for a drink, a light lunch or an apéro as the sun goes down. In summer the rooftop terrace is a great spot to linger, soaking up the sun with the sound of water lapping at the side of the boat. 

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Rooftop 42, Geneva
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Rive Gauche / Left Bank
  • price 3 of 4

The main reason to visit this rather slick bar is, as you might guess, its rooftop, where you’ll find good cocktails, a varied food menu and regular DJ sets that continue into the small hours.

La Buvette des Bains, Geneva
  • Restaurants
  • Swiss
  • Pâquis
  • price 1 of 4

Set within ever-popular Bains des Pâquis, this casual venue is a great place to hang out in the sun right next to the lake, whether for coffee, drinks or a light bite. 

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Stage 22, Geneva
  • Hotels
  • Luxury hotels

Located in the five-star surroundings of Grand Hotel Kempinski, Stage 22 is a rooftop bar that offers panoramic views across the city and classy cocktails – what’s not to love?

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Brasserie de Montbenon, Lausanne
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary European
  • Ville Marché
  • price 2 of 4

This stylish brasserie occupies a prime location on the classy (and grassy) Montbenon park. Outside, the bandstand-style structure sports a large sunny terrace with far-reaching views of Lake Geneva and the mountains beyond, ideal for a leisurely lunch alfresco.

  • Hotels
  • Sous Gare

Ready for some glorious sky-high views? Head to the Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa, where you’ll find Sky Lounge, a cool and contemporary bar with excellent views across the city, Lake Geneva and the Alps in the distance.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • Schosshalde
  • price 3 of 4

On a sunny day, this charming venue in what’s surely Bern’s most beautiful park is the perfect place to relax and drink in views of the UNESCO rooftops – and those rooftops look even better at sunset.

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Le Deck, Chexbres
  • Bars and pubs
  • Lavaux-Oron
  • price 3 of 4

Tucked within the steeply raked Lavaux vineyards between Lausanne and Montreux, Le Deck enjoys an impossibly scenic position overlooking Lake Geneva and the mountains.

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