Bars & Pubs

The best places to drink throughout Switzerland – reviewed undercover by our expert critics

The best bars in Switzerland

The best bars in Switzerland

Wet your whistle by sipping on some of the best drinks on offer in Switzerland

Geneva’s best bars
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Geneva’s best bars

There’s certainly no shortage of pubs and bars in Geneva, from trendy rooftop hangouts to student theme pubs and elegant post-work wine bars. 

Lausanne’s best bars
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Lausanne’s best bars

Looking for the ideal Swiss bar? Lausanne punches above its weight when it comes to watering holes, and the scene keeps getting better.

The 10 best bars in Zurich
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The 10 best bars in Zurich

Once dominated by a classic bar and traditional pub scene, a flurry of openings has underlined Zurich's status as Switzerland’s most international city, at least when it comes to drinking. 

L’Apothicaire Cocktail Club • Geneva
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L’Apothicaire Cocktail Club • Geneva

It’s often pretty busy, but don’t let that put you off – it’s worth waiting to sample its 25-strong menu of imaginative cocktails. Flavours are fresh and inventive – with a particular bias towards Japanese whiskeys – and the presentation is a work of art.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars

Where to drink cocktails in Zurich

Widder Bar
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Widder Bar

With its 1,000-bottle library of spirits, its sleek interiors and elegant seating, the Widder Bar is certainly at the very top end of Zurich's establishments. 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Hotel Rivington & Sons
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Hotel Rivington & Sons

This large café bar on two floors has a comfy and cosy feel and serves good espressos and fine cocktails.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Jules Verne
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Jules Verne

Sitting here with 360° views of the city, sipping on a cocktail and holding your significant other's hand might be as close to a perfect date as it can get in Zurich. 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Raygrodski
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Raygrodski

With its rather minimalistic interiors, Chesterfield sofas and enormous bar counter, it aims to be a classic cocktail bar with a huge selection of both classic and signature drinks. 

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars

Where to go for after-work drinks in Geneva and Lausanne

Mirror Bar •  Geneva
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Mirror Bar • Geneva

This upmarket hotel bar is one of the top drinking spots in the city, thanks mainly to the regular 'Afterwork' cocktail events.

N’vY Bar •  Geneva
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N’vY Bar • Geneva

A vision in pink and purple, this bar within the trendy N’vY Hotel aims to bring a sprinkling of New York cool to Geneva’s less-than-salubrious Pâquis district. 

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Café Cuba •  Geneva
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Café Cuba • Geneva

Big, brash and loud, there’s nothing subtle about this Cuba-inspired bar which imbues this prime spot in Plainpalais with a beach holiday feel. 

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Les Arches •  Lausanne
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Les Arches • Lausanne

Sometimes you need a good spot to people-watch, and what better place than under the arches of the Grand Pont, the nineteenth-century bridge that cuts through the centre of town.

Les Boucaniers
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Les Boucaniers

A relative newcomer on the Lausanne bar scene, this smart pub is a a classy affair. 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Le Wine • Lausanne
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Le Wine • Lausanne

Originally a wine shop with a few tables suitable for a quick apéro, this place recently changed hands and now leans more towards bar than shop. 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars